Compiled by Dave Hurley and edited by Roger George, a former Olympic-class decathlete at Fresno State and striper record-holder at Millerton Lake and who now guides in the greater Fresno area. Telephone numbers are in 559 calling area unless noted. Have a photo of a recent catch to share? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org with “fish photo” in the subject line.
Delta bass hitting, Randy Pringle said. Courtright trout bite rebounds, Chuck Crane reported. Forebay stripers active, Meng Xyong said. Kaweah bass on a tear, Larry Kerns reported. San Francisco salmon limits common, Dave Hurley said. McClure pumping out bass, Mike Gomez reported.
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Delta Mendota Canal and Sloughs
Stripers 3; Catfish 2
In the California Aqueduct, Meng Xyong of the Fishaholics reported, “The quality in fish are beginning to show at the aqueduct. Fishermen are catching bigger sized stripers than they were a few weeks ago. Soaking bait remains the top technique with anglers catching catfish and stripers fishing near checkgates. Throwing lures such as SpeedLures, Duo Realis or Lucky Craft Pointers work best in low light conditions, and adding scent to the lure can improve ones luck. On a recent trip, my son and I had to cull through several dinks before catching a fish over 20 inches. The water visibility is minimal in the north ducts with high volumes of water being transferred through the canal. South of O'Neill Forebay, the water begins to clear with less flow in some sections of the aqueduct.” In the south aqueduct in Kern County, Jacob Rutledge of Bob’s Bait reported fishermen continue to score catfish and striped bass with bait despite the accumulation of moss due to the hot temperatures. Blood worms, lug worms, Sonny’s Dip Bait, chicken livers and anchovies are all working.
Bass 2; Trout 1; Bluegill 2; Catfish 2; Crappie 2
Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “The best bass fishing remains in the afternoons to dark around the dam, the upper end of the lake is dropping, and the open end of the river arm is nearly out of water. A 9-pound largemouth was taken on a jig worked in a tree this week. Catfish to 4 pounds are found from the shoreline near the launch ramp.” The lake continues to drop, receding 4 feet to 483.76 in elevation and 14 percent capacity.
Call: Six Star Tackle Box 673-5688; Eastman Lake 689-3255
Bass 2; Trout 1; Catfish 2; Bluegill 2; Crappie 2
There isn’t much happening on the bass front. Catfish to 4 pounds are the best bet with chicken livers or nightcrawlers. The lake is expected to drop precipitously in the coming weeks to less than 10 percent capacity. It is currently at 27 percent, dropping 2 feet to 484.99 in elevation.
Call: Fresno Fisherman’s Warehouse 225-1838; Valley Rod & Gun, Clovis 292-3474; Six Star Tackle Box 673-5688; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Hensley Lake Hidden Dam 673-5151
Lake Don Pedro
Bass 2; Trout 2; Kokanee 1; King salmon 2; Crappie 1
The king salmon and rainbow action has slowed considerably for some reason, with Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing working Middle Bay, Blue Oaks and Fleming Bay for only two quality rainbows on a recent scouting trip. He will be looking up the Moccasin Arm in search of the rainbows holding in the cold water break, as September and October are generally the top months for king salmon and rainbows. Danny Layne of Fish’n Dan’s Guide went out this past week with Mark Enea of Concord, and they went up the river arm out of Moccasin Recreation Area looking for the cold water and the opportunity to boat a few king salmon. He said, “A few hundred yards before Rough and Ready Island, the fishfinder came alive, marking numerous fish at depths from 50-60 feet. After dropping down to this level, we hooked up on a hard-charging king at 5 pounds. Uncle Larry’s Glow Hoochies and rolled shad continue to produce numerous hookups throughout the morning in the canyon. The bite here at Pedro this summer has been strange for some reason with a mostly slow bite.” For bass, there is a small window for topwater lures before working the bottom with Pro Worms 124 or jigs such as Berserk’s Purple Hornet at 20 to 40 feet in depth. All three launch ramps are open with the lake dropping 2 feet to 777.72 in elevation and 71 percent capacity.
Call: Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fish’n Dan (209) 586-2383; Gary Vella (209) 652-7550; Bait Barn (209) 874-3011
Lake Isabella/Bakersfield area
Bass 2; Trout 2; Crappie 2; Catfish 3; Bluegill 2
Jacob Rutledge of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield said, “Freshwater fishing in our area has been very slow with the hot weather, and most of our fishermen are heading to the coast with blood worms or lug worms. Bass fishing at Lake Isabella is a mystery, and generally the bass should be showing up by this time of year. A few catfish, crappie, and even rainbow trout have been caught, and catfish are the top species with Sonny’s Dip Bait, mackerel, and frozen clams.” The lake dropped over a foot to 2,552.54 in elevation and 22 percent capacity. Another trout plant took place in the upper river, and salmon eggs, live crickets, Roostertails, Kastmasters, or nightcrawlers are all working in the deeper pools. In the lower Kern River below the dam, smallmouth and largemouth bass are biting plastic worms. Buena Vista is best for the occasional largemouth bass, catfish, or crappie. Bob’s is holding its annual Carp Derby this month; there is no current leader.
Call: Bob’s Bait (661) 833-8657; North Fork Marina (760) 376-1812
Bass 3; Crappie 2; Trout 1; Catfish 2
Larry Kerns of the Success Bass Club said, “The lake is starting to stabilize, and the bass bite has taken off with Senkos, jigs, and deep-diving crankbaits. There have been good numbers of fish taken including a few over 11 pounds.” There are upcoming tournaments on Aug. 19-20, and big weights are possible. The lake receded 6 feet to 596.71 in elevation and 10 percent capacity. Bluegill and crappie can be taken, but hot temperatures have limited the number of anglers.
Call: Sierra Sporting Goods 592-5212
Bass 2; Trout 3; Catfish 2; Crappie 1
Chuck Stokke of the Sequoia Fishing Co. in Springville said, “Bass fishing has improved with the slightly cooler temperatures, but you still need patience to work for them. The best action has been with plastics such as lizards or Brush Hogs. Carp are getting active, and dough baits are working for this species in the shallows.” The lake dropped 8 feet to 597.57 in elevation and 14 percent capacity. In the Tule River, Stokke reported, “The action is great with dry flies, and we are seeing limits of planters taken out of the campgrounds and also at Balch Park.”
Call: Sequoia Fishing Co. 539-5626, sequoiafishingcompany.com
Bass 3; Trout 2; King salmon 1; Kokanee 1; Crappie 2; Catfish 3
Mike Gomez of the Bait Barn in Waterford reported, “Numbers of bass can be taken on plastics such as Pro Worm’s 124 on the drop-shot or Berserk’s Purple Hornet jigs at depths from 20-40 feet. There is an early morning topwater bite with the River2Sea Rover, but the window is short in the warm surface temperatures.” Catfishing is best along muddy, sloping banks with anchovies, sardines, or mackerel. The McClure Point and Barrett Cove South launch ramps are open with the Barrett Cove North ramp under construction. The lake keeps on releasing water, and it has dropped 4.5 feet to 770.84 in elevation and 48 percent capacity.
Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505; Bub Tosh (209) 404-0053
After months of extremely slow trout fishing, conditions are changing for the better with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife releasing about 10,000 pounds of catchable-sized rainbows into McSwain and also into the Merced River downstream of the reservoir. McSwain received 7,500 pounds Thursday and Friday with the remainder released into the river. Action picked up immediately, with shore fishermen scoring at the brush pile, handicapped docks and the peninsula around the marina with chrome or gold Kastmasters. The demand was so high that the McSwain Marina sold out of Kastmasters over the weekend. The windfall was created by the need to release the fish into cooler waters given warm water conditions at the Mojave Fish Hatchery in Victorville. The rainbows are in addition to the regularly scheduled plants expected during the fall and winter. With the closure of the Calaveras Trout Farm in Snelling, Lake McSwain has only been planted on an intermittent basis during the current year. The Merced Irrigation District had purchased trout from the Calaveras farm, and these were used to supplement the normal Fish and Wildlife plants. There had been only two plants this spring, in April and May.
Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534
Millerton Lake/San Joaquin River
Bass 2; Striper 1; Shad 2; Bluegill 1
Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “There is a reaction bite in the early mornings or late evenings, but once the sun comes over the canyon walls, the bite drops to the bottom with plastics on the split-shot, drop-shot, or dart head. There are still American shad are found near the logjam in the river arm, and white crappie jigs or Roostertails are working. The lake is dropping, and the shad will move out into deeper water once the river arm is dry. A few catfish are taken upriver with chicken livers, sardines, or anchovies.” There were no striped bass reports. The two-stroke low-emission motor ban is expected to be enforced in the coming months. The lake dropped 8 feet to 530.31 in elevation and 61 percent capacity. In the San Joaquin River, there are no fish plants scheduled, and the only action is for the occasional bass downstream of Sycamore Island. Regulations on the lower San Joaquin, and from Friant Dam downstream to the Highway 140 Bridge, allow only two hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead with a total of four in possession.
Call: Fresno Fisherman’s Warehouse 225-1838; Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474
New Melones Reservoir/Tulloch
Bass 2; Crappie 3; Catfish 3; Trout 2; Kokanee 2
Kokanee action isn’t fast and furious, but the largest fish in the state continue to come out of New Melones. Gary Burns of Take It To The Limit Guide Service said, “We landed our biggest kokanee in our boat so far this year at 19 inches, but it’s not a fast bite, and you have to put time on the water to land some of these beautiful kokanee. I am starting to see changes in some of the kokes as they are getting ready to spawn, so it is time to get on the water and fish. Spinners, hoochies, and Apex lures in pink or pink/blue are effective at depths from 80 to 95 feet in the main lake just south of the dam to the north side of Rose Island, and it is important to stay in the deeper water as the submerged trees will grab your gear.” John Liechty of Glory Hole Sports in Angels Camp added, “The average kokanee is 16 inches, and with the water dropping, the kokanee are moving into deeper water. Trolling at depths from 80-100 feet with large dodgers or Sling Blades in front of a Apex or wiggle hoochie on a small leader to get the most action from the lure.” Ken Hopper landed kokanee from 15-18 inches running pink hoochies behind a silver Vance’s Dodger or a orange micro-hoochie behind a watermelon Simon Wobbler at depths from 70-90 feet in 230 feet of water between Rose Island and the dam. Trout fishing remains fair at best, but there have been a handful of rainbows from 2-6.25 pounds landed with the past week, with Greg Cook of Jackson catching the largest rainbow of the week. The old river channel, the spillway and the dam remain the best locations for rainbows with large profile lures and dodgers. Night fishing under lights in deep water is the most consistent way to put in a limit of rainbows. The dropping lake levels have moved the bass deeper, and they are suspending around the shad schools during the heat of the day. There is a small window in the early morning for topwater lures, but the best action is with shad-patterned plastics on the drop-shot at depths to 40 feet. The crappie bite has come on during the day and at night under a submersible light. The slabs are holding in main lake pockets, coves, and creek channels near standing timber or brush, and small swimbaits, minijigs, Beetle Spins, or live minnows are all working. Catfishing remains solid with frozen shad, anchovies, or mackerel as Melones catfish prefer fish baits. Liechty added, “It is best to have a two-rod stamp and give the fish multiple offerings.” The lake is releasing water on a daily basis and this week fell 2 feet to 872.29 in elevation and 24 percent capacity. Glory Hole remains the only launch available on the lake with two lanes and a courtesy dock.
Call: Glory Hole Sports (209) 736-4333; Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fish’n Dan (209) 586-2383; Sierra Sport Fishing (209) 599-2023
Pine Flat Reservoir/Kings River
Bass 2; Trout 3; King salmon 1; Catfish 2; Crappie 2
Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “Despite rapidly dropping water levels, the trout bite has turned on with some limits of 15- to 18-inch rainbows possible in the main lake from the Pine Flat Marina to Zebe Creek and also in the middle of the lake as the bait fish schools are moving toward the dam. The bass bite remains tough with the fish as deep as 60 feet with plastics on the drop-shot, Crappie are found in the main lake around submerged structure and also near the Deer Creek Marina with minijigs.” The water releases may cease by the end of the month. The lake dropped 12 feet to 789.97 in elevation and 28 percent capacity. There remains minimal change in the lower Kings with high water from the releases and few trout fishermen are targeting rainbows in the swift water. Regulations in the Kings River above and below Pine Flat Dam set the season as running from the last Saturday in April to Nov. 15 from Pine Flat Dam downstream to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Bridge on Pine Flat Road with a five-fish limit. The bridge is the first one west of the dam.
Call: Fresno Fisherman’s Warehouse 225-1838; Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474; Sequoia Fishing Co. 539-5626; The I Forgot Store 787-3689
San Luis Reservoir and O’Neill Forebay
Striper 3; Catfish 2; Bass 2; Crappie 2
O’Neill Forebay has been the top spot for numbers of striped bass, with the main lake pumping out water at a rapid rate. Coyote Bait and Tackle in Morgan Hill reported that low water conditions in the Forebay are allowing fishermen to access areas previously unattainable. Live grass shrimp continues to be the top bait for shore fishermen in the main lake, and fishermen are catching their own shrimp with cast nets before tossing it out into deep water. The main San Luis Reservoir held at 10 percent, but at the level driving a vehicle to the shoreline is problematic. Roger George of Roger George Guide Service said that there is a blue green algae toxin health warning at the big lake. “They are warning anglers not to eat any stripers out of the big lake and that you should not touch the algae due to the toxins in it after they tested the waters off of Dinosaur a week ago. Children are particularly at risk. The Forebay levels of toxins are lower and below the Danger Action Trigger level, but warnings are still out to avoid eating Forebay stripers.” George said they tried to fish Sunday but the wind kept the big lake closed most of the day. Meng Xyong of the Fishaholics out of Fresno discussed key locations for the Forebay in a recent post. He reported, “The small lake is shaped almost like an upside down Y with the O’Neill Dam located on the east side of the lake. With a current that can flow in opposite directions on any given day, what has worked the previous day can completely change the next. The O’Neill Dam, the ledges along the deepwater channel to the shallows, deep water flats, weed edges, and the deepwater channel are the top locations for working various lures, but the techniques are dependent on a number of factors.”
Call: Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711, Roger George of rogergeorgeguideservice.com (559) 905-2954
Bass 2; Trout 2; Kokanee 1
Not much is going on for fishing at the lake with heavy recreational boat traffic expected to last until after Labor Day. A few anglers are walking the banks in the afternoon for spotted bass to 2 pounds with plastics on the drop-shot, split-shot, or dart head. Most bass fishermen will wait until after the Labor Day Holiday and the end of the seasonal Sheriff’s Motor Fee. The lake is still high at 95 percent.
Call: Todd Wittwer 288-8100; Mike Beighey 642-3748; Bass Lake Watersports 642-3200
Brown trout 2; Trout 2
Lake Edison continues to be a good option for trollers pulling Rapalas in the deepest part of the lake or casting spoons from the shore into deep water. Few fishermen are targeting the lake, although water levels remain high at 62 percent capacity. Florence rose slightly to 35 percent with Mammoth Pool dropping to 64 percent.
Call: Vermilion Valley Resort at Edison Lake 259-4000
Shaver Lake/Huntington Lake
Kokanee 2; Trout 2; Smallmouth 3
Shaver Lake kokanee action continues to be less than slow, and guides are struggling for scores ranging from 0-9 fish during the past week. The best thing happening this weekend will be the Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project’s annual Sportsman’s Dinner, a sold-out event that raises funds for the release of trophy trout into the lake. Dick Nichols of Dick’s Fishing Charters said, “It is a little better than it was last week, and we are marking most of the kokanee in front of the Sierra Marina, Road 2, and the point in front of Road 2 at various depths from 30-69 feet. Kokanee to 16 inches have landed this week, but it is still not good. A limit or two is possible, and Saturday was particularly slow with only a few nets out from all of the boats.” Todd Wittwer of Kokanee.net said, “You can get lucky one or two days per week as we landed seven kokanee, losing three along with three more hits, but the following day, there were 22 boats out from the dam to the north end with only three fish landed. This is one of the toughest situations that I have ever dealt with as the bite has no consistent pattern as there is a day of fair fishing followed by very scratch fishing the following day. Friday was the day to be here this week with by far the best action of the week. One boat landed a limit using a Rocky Mountain Tackle’s Assassin Spinner. The double-stacked hoochies in pink cotton candy or the pink Tasmanian Devils have been the top producers for me, and the fish are schooling up, and we marked a number of kokanee near the dam, but the have been unwilling to bite. Two limits are possible at the right time and the right day, but 0-5 is a more normal score.” Smallmouth bass to 2 pounds have been found in deeper water to 25 feet using crankbaits or plastics on the drop-shot. Shaver held at 94 percent capacity. Huntington Lake has been much better for numbers of small kokanee to 11 inches at depths from 20-30 feet with a pink Captain Jack’s Super Hoochie tipped with corn behind a CJ Dodger on a 14-inch leader. Many fishermen are bypassing Shaver and heading further up the road to Huntington. Bank anglers are scoring planted rainbows with trout dough bait near Dam 2 or the mouth of Rancheria Creek. Huntington held at 98 percent capacity.
Call: Dick’s Fishing Charters 841-2740; Dinkey Creek Inn 841-3435; Rancheria Marina 893-3234; Shaver Lake Sports Inc. 841-2740; Fish Box Charters 871-3937
Wishon remains a struggling proposition, but Courtright is showing signs of life with the arrival of cooler weather temperatures. Both lakes are being used for generating power, fluctuating up and down daily, and the lakes are starting to drop in elevation. This will be the pattern for the remainder of the summer. Chuck Crane of the Wishon Village RV Park and Store reported, “Wishon is kicking out some limits for trollers pulling nightcrawlers two to three feet behind a willow leaf dodger on a slow-troll as depths from 2-4 colors of leadcore. The best action is on the far side of the lake between Woodchuck Creek and the dam, and most trollers are struggling for two to three fish per rod. Bank fishing is best at the mouths of Woodchuck and Short Hair Creeks with trough dough bait in rainbow. You really need to be patient to pick up a few fish.” At Courtright, trollers and bank fishermen are enjoying improved action with trollers working from 2-3 colors of leadcore with blade/’crawler combinations in the upper end of the lake. Crane added, “The best fishing is taking place in the later part of the day, and this is true for Wishon as well.” Shore fishing is best on the far side of the dam with anglers catching and releasing up to 20 rainbows using red salmon eggs or trout dough bait in rainbow or pink.
Call: Wishon RV Park 865-5361
Half Moon Bay
Salmon 2; Rockfish 3; Striper 2
A few salmon are being landed near Buoy 1 South in front of the harbor, and there was a solid bite off of Pacifica early in the week, but this action was short-lived. Rockfishing remains the most solid option, and the New Captain Pete is be the top option for rockfish trips.
Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Roger Thomas, Salty Lady (415) 760-9362; Emeryville Sport Fishing (510) 654-6040
Rockfish 3; Striper 2
It’s all about ling cod with the Caroline out of Chris’ Landing putting in 21 lings for 14 anglers along with three-quarter limits of rockfish while the Check Mate returned with 45 ling cod along with half limits of rockfish Sunday. Saturday’s scores were in the same neighborhood. They have some limited room during the week for the rockfish/ling cod trips.
Call: Chris’ Landing (831) 375-5951; Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173; usafishing.com
San Francisco Bay
Halibut 2; Striper 2; Rockfish 3; Leopard shark 4; Sturgeon 1; Salmon 3
Salmon fishing improved Saturday, with the Sundance out of Emeryville Sport Fishing putting together six limits off the Marin coast. The Sausalito boats scored 51 salmon to 28 pounds for 63 anglers Saturday trolling from Muir Beach to Double Point, and two boats went back there again Sunday for 15 salmon to 20 pounds for 31 passengers. Jesse Hall of Off-Duty Sport Fishing has been conducting research trips near Duxbury, and he said, “The big ones are coming as we have been averaging a fish.” Rockfishing has been a better option with the Sea Wolf and New Salmon Queen posting 40 limits of rockfish on Saturday along with 36 ling cod to 19 pounds and 3 halibut to 33 pounds. All of the Emeryville boats went outside of the Gate on Saturday with the New Salmon Queen scoring three-quarter limits of rockfish for 23 fishermen along with 14 lings to 16 pounds and a 36-pound thresher shark while mooching for salmon. The Sea Wolf posted 19 limits and 9 lings to 21 pounds, and an 11-pound halibut. The New Seeker optimistically went mooching, and they ended up with 2 salmon to 20 pounds for 20 fishermen. Second captain Bob Wright of the Happy Hooker reported that poor weather conditions outside the Gate over the weekend made for a rough ride. He stayed in the bay Sunday with children and families aboard the boat. Working several rockpiles from the Brothers west to Harding Rock, Wright was able to scratch out over a fish per rod for his 13 anglers. They also released numerous shaker halibut. Wright likes the tides for halibut and striped bass this week, and he has a trip scheduled for Thursday. Inside the bay, leopard shark action is red hot in the south bay with Jay Lopes of Right Hook Sport Fishing saying, “It is all you want right now!” The conditions will change for the better with the smaller tides this week.
San Luis Obispo
Rockfish 3; Surf Perch 3
The surf perch bite continues to be the rage, and both Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis and Jacob Rutledge of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield reported sales of Berkley Camo and Sand Worms, lug worms and blood worms have been high for anglers heading to Oceano, Grover Beach, Pismo Beach and Cayucos. For rockfishing, three boats out of Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay returned with 33 ling cod, 182 vermilion rockfish, 591 assorted rockfish, 46 copper rockfish and a sheephead for a combined 82 anglers. Virg’s next open two-day trip is on Nov. 18-20, and these trips have been selling out quickly. The trips leave Friday night and return Sunday night at a cost of $295 per angler for the boat, bait and bunk on limited loads of 24 fishermen. Two limits are possible and generally the rule on these trips. The trip dates are available at virgslanding.com. Out of Patriot Sport Fishing in Port San Luis, the Phenix took out 12 anglers on a three-quarter-day trip Monday for 12 limits of rockfish and eight lings to 12 pounds while the Avenger went out on a half-day trip with 11 fishermen for 65 rockfish and four lings to 8 pounds.
Call: Virg’s Landing, (805) 772-1222; (800) 762-5263; Patriot Sports Fishing (805) 595-4100; Port Side Marine Sports Launch (805) 595-7214
Bass 3; Striper 2; Sturgeon 2; Catfish 3; Bluegill 3; Salmon 2
The salmon action remained slow off the Benicia shore with the minus tides muddying up the waters, but better tides occur this week and these are the best since the opener. More salmon are anticipated from the shore this week. Tony Lopez of Benicia Bait said, “We have been extremely busy with four boxes of blood worms and 10 boxes of pile worms sold over the weekend as striper fishing has improved. Sturgeon are also starting to be caught in the area.” Johnny Tran of New Romeo’s Bait in Freeport said, “The best salmon fishing is upriver from the bridge, but more and more salmon are coming into the shop on a daily basis from those throwing Flying C’s from the shorelines. Jigging has been the most consistent technique. Striped bass are showing up in Liberty Island and at the mouth of Miner Slough, and live mudsuckers are finding the larger fish.” Steve Santucci of Steve Santucci’s Fly Fishing Guide Service reported, “Delta water temps are from 71-76 degrees depending on location. Smallmouth and Largemouth are the best game in town. Striper action is starting off slow but should get better as we approach the end of August.” The Snag Proof Open out of Russo’s Marina featured 216 teams for the two day tournament, and just like last weekend, the team of Harvey Pulliam and Jamond Andrews led after Day 1 with a 13.02-pound limit buoyed by a 8.65-pound kicker. Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, is the tournament director for the Snag Proof frog tournament, and he has been finding great action in the east Delta with a variety of lures, stating, “Right now, you can catch a fish on anything!” Pringle has been experimenting with the new ima Popper and the suspending Rock N’ Vibe that were introduced at the recent ICAST show. He added, “With the warm water, the key is to work current which cools the water, and if the weeds are moving, you will be catching fish.” The ima Squarebill crankbait as well as the Havoc Flat Dog on Zappu head using 8-pound test have also been solid options. Steffan Masters of Lost Anchor Bait and Tackle in Antioch and McAvoy’s Boat Harbor in Bay Point reported several diamondbacks continue to be taken near the Riverview Lodge Pier with lamprey eel.
Call: Randy Pringle (209) 543-6260; Captain Stan Koenigsberger – Quetzal Adventures (925) 570-5303; Intimidator Sport Fishing (916) 806-3030
Lake Nacimiento/San Antonio/Santa Margarita/Lopez
Bass 2; White bass 2; Catfish 2; Crappie 2
After a closure for over a year, San Antonio Reservoir will be open on a limited basis from Aug. 5-Sept. 11 – with the gate from noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with all boat launching at the Harris Creek ramp and quagga mussel inspections are required. At Nacimiento, there is a topwater bite in the early mornings and late evening for spotted bass to 2 pounds. Numbers of smaller bass are found on the bottom with jigs or plastics on the drop-shot. White bass can be found around Las Tablas, Dip Creek and Snake Creek with white Roostertails or Kastmasters. At Lopez, there is topwater bite in the mornings and swimbaits and glidebaits also are effective for the larger grade of bass. The lake has dropped to the point where launching takes some effort, and fishermen should call to confirm current launch conditions. At Santa Margarita, there is a reaction bite in the mornings and evenings with topwater lures, buzzbaits and frogs while plastics or jigs on the bottom work best during the daytime. Launching a boat is still not an option, but the marina has rental craft.
Call: Lake Nacimiento (805) 238-1056, ext. 3; Lake San Antonio Marina (805) 472-2818; CentralCoastBassFishing.com (805) 466-6557
- Snag Proof Open Pro Division on Aug. 6-7 at Delta/Russo’s Marina: 1, Juan Acosta/Mike Guitierrez 27.10; 2, Zach Thompson/Frank Caron 23.48; 3, Ken Mee/Alan Shultz 20.18
- Snag Proof Open Amateur Division on Aug. 6-7 at Delta/Russo’s Marina: 1, Ryan and Larry Nichols 24.25; 2, Bill Rowles/Jeff Short 23.75; 3, Doug Arlin/John Laughlin 22.42
- Aug. 13: Riverbank Bass Anglers at Amador; Delta Bass Club/Tri Valley Bass Club at Delta/Russo’s Marina; Modesto Ambassadors at Delta/Ladd’s Marina; American Bass Association at Isabella
- Aug. 14: California Delta Team Trail at Delta/B and W Resort; Fresno Bass Club at Pine Flat
- Aug. 19: Jim’s Pro Bass Tackle at Nacimiento
- Aug. 19-20: Visalia Bass Club at Kaweah
- Aug. 20: Best Bass Tournaments at Delta/Russo’s Marina; Bass Anglers of Northern California/Manteca Bassin’ Buddies at Delta/Ladd’s Marina;Taft Bass Club at Isabella
- Aug. 20-21: Kokanee Power Team Tournament at Pardee; Sierra Bass Club at Eastman; Success Bass Club at Success
- Sept. 10: Kokanee Power Shaver Lake Team Derby at Shaver, kokaneepower.org.
- Fresno County: Portal Forebay; San Joaquin River, South Fork
- Tulare County: Balch Park Lake Upper and Lower: Hedrick Pond (Redwood Lake)
- Tuolumne County: Lyons Canal (Columbia Ditch); Moccasin Creek; Pinecrest Lake; Powerhouse Stream; Stanislaus River Clarks Fork, Middle Fork and South Fork
q = quarter moon > = peak activity