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 email@example.com with “fish photo” in the subject line.
Delta largemouth and stripers hitting, Randy Pringle said. Courtright trout fishing steady, Chuck Crane reported. Kaweah bass on fire, Larry Kerns said. New Melones kicking out huge kokanee and crappie, Gary Burns reported. San Luis Forebay and Aqueduct boiling with stripers, Meng Xyong said. Pismo Surf Perch delighting anglers, Jacob Rutledge reported.
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Delta Mendota Canal and Sloughs
Stripers 3; Catfish 3; Bass 3
In the California Aqueduct, Meng Xyong of the Fishaholics reported, “Fishermen are finding more surface activity while fishing at the ’ducts. Boils are becoming more frequent and anglers are capitalizing on the opportunity. Cher Z. Xiong of Merced fished an hourlong boil for several shakers and keeper-sized fish before activity died. Most anglers are throwing SpeedLures, Duo Realis or Lucky Craft Pointers. Anglers have been switching back and forth between jerkbaits and flukes to target fish at different depths. The bass fishing has been great in the Central ’ducts. South ’ducts continue to produce for catfish. A cooling trend with stable weather could ignite the start of boil season at the ’ducts.” In the south aqueduct in Kern County, Jacob Rutledge of Bob’s Bait said, “The triple-digit temperatures have limited the number of fishermen at the aqueduct, particularly with the solid perch bite in the much cooler temperatures of the coast.”
Bass 2; Trout 1; Bluegill 2; Catfish 2; Crappie 2
Steve Burrows of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “Numbers of bass are absent, but the best quality in the Central Valley at 2-2.5 pounds is possible with plastics on the drop-shot or jigs in the deeper parts of the lake near the dam. The swimbait bite was good during the full moon period, but the reaction bite has slowed. A few bass are taken on deep-diving crankbaits over rockpiles.” Catfishing is best with mackerel, chicken livers, or sardines at night. The lake dropped more than 4 feet to 11 percent capacity and 478.34 in elevation.
Call: Six Star Tackle Box 673-5688; Eastman Lake 689-3255
Bass 2; Trout 1; Catfish 3; Bluegill 2; Crappie 2
“Catfishing is the No. 1 species here, and some decent whiskerfish to 14 pounds have been taken on chicken livers,” Steve Burrows of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said. Bass fishing remains slow with the fish suspending with the dropping water levels. The lake is expected to drop precipitously in the coming weeks to less than 10 percent capacity; it is currently at 25 percent, dropping 2.5 feet to 482.84 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 2
A few quality king salmon are possible up the river arm in the cold water break at depths below 80 feet with rolled anchovies, shad or Uncle Larry’s Salmon Spinners. Mike Gomez of the Bait Barn in Waterford pre-fished the lake for the upcoming Future Pro Tour tournament at the end of the month, and he said, “Bass fishing is slow with a limited topwater bite. The most consistent technique is working the bottom with Pro Worms 124 or jigs such as Berserk’s Purple Hornet at 45-55 feet in depth. Mulies, a hybrid of spotted and smallmouth bass, to 2.5 pounds have been showing up on the plastics. These are the hardest fighting fish of all the types of bass.” The surface temperature is 77 degrees in the early mornings. All three launch ramps are open, with the lake dropping 2 feet to 775.70 in elevation and 70 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 3
Jacob Rutledge of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield said, “Lake Isabella is kicking out catfish and bluegill, but the bass bite has been non-existent. The last tournament only produced two fish for a winning weight of 3 pounds, and there is concern that the five years of drought and removal of the bass by fishermen have devastated the bass population.” Sonny’s Dip Bait, mackerel and frozen clams are working best for the whiskerfish. The lake dropped 1.5 feet to 2,551.11 in elevation and 21 percent capacity. Trout fishing in the upper river is fair after the plants have ceased, and the remaining fish are holding in the deeper pools. Salmon eggs, live crickets, Roostertails, Kastmasters or nightcrawlers remain the best baits. Chuck Stokke of the Sequoia Fishing Co. in Springville said, “Kern River pack trips are still an option through the Golden Trout Pack Station until the end of the September to fish the Kern which is still fishing excellent.” In the lower Kern River below the dam, smallmouth and largemouth bass are biting plastic worms. Buena Vista has been the top location for bass and catfish in the area with a few bass and bluegill found at both Hart Park and Ming. The RiverWalk remains hot and mossy, and Truxton continues to be very slow for all species. Bob’s is sponsoring its annual Carp Derby in August.
Call: Bob’s Bait (661) 833-8657; North Fork Marina (760) 376-1812
Bass 4; Crappie 3; Trout 1; Catfish 2
Larry Kerns of the Success Bass Club said, “The bass bite is on fire with everything, and we caught numbers of bass in the 2- to 3.5-pound range this week using plastics on the drop-shot or deep-diving crankbaits. There are two tournaments on the lake this weekend, and someone will catch a big fish, but there are loads of undersized bass in the lake.” Shoreline pressure for bass and crappie has been very high, particularly at night. The lake receded 3.5 feet to 593.20 in elevation and 9 percent capacity. Bluegill and crappie can be taken, but hot temperatures have limited the numbers of anglers.
Call: Sierra Sporting Goods 592-5212
Bass 2; Trout 1; Catfish 2; Crappie 2
Chuck Stokke of the Sequoia Fishing Co. in Springville said, “The lake is low, but the bass bite has improved with the more stable water levels. The heat has kept most fishermen off of the lake, but the few out there are finding a few bass on Senkos, lizards, Brush Hogs, or topwater lures in the early morning or late afternoons toward dusk.” The lake dropped 2.5 feet to 594.87 in elevation and 12 percent capacity. In the Tule River, Stokke reported, “The river is lower, and dry flies and Woolley Buggers are working for the native browns and rainbows.”
Call: Sequoia Fishing Co. 539-5626, sequoiafishingcompany.com
Bass 3 Trout 2 King salmon 1 Kokanee 1 Crappie 2 Catfish 2
The lake keeps on releasing water, and it has dropped 4 feet this week to 766.60 feet in elevation and 47 percent capacity. Mike Gomez of the Bait Barn in Waterford said, “The topwater bite has slowed, and the best action is on the bottom at depths below 45 feet with plastics such as Pro Worm’s 124 on the drop-shot or Berserk’s Purple Hornet jigs.” Catfishing is decent along muddy, sloping banks with anchovies, sardines, or mackerel. Trout, kokanee, and king salmon have been non-existent throughout the summer. The McClure Point and Barrett Cove South launch ramps are open with the Barrett Cove North ramp under construction.
Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505
McSwain Marina reported the catchable rainbows from last week’s plant of 7,500 pounds have moved out into the main lake after hanging around close to the docks for a few days, and the bite has slowed. Kastmasters in gold or chrome are still working best near the marina, the brush pile and the handicapped docks. Triple-digit temperatures have kept the optimum time to a short window in the early mornings or late afternoons.
Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534
Millerton Lake/San Joaquin River
Bass 2; Striped bass 1; Shad 2; Bluegill 2
Steve Burrows of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “The spotted bass are oriented toward the abundant shad, and shad-patterned crankbaits up the river arm is the best bet as the fish are grouping up. The better grade is found at depths from 12-15 feet along ledges with access to shallow water. The bass are in a defensive mode, and they are slapping at the crankbaits. In the main lake, plastics on the drop-shot or spinnerbaits are working before the recreational boat traffic hits the lake.” The low-emission motor ban is expected to be enforced in the coming months. There were no striped bass reports. The lake dropped 6.5 feet to 523.94 in elevation and 57 percent capacity. In the San Joaquin River, there is not much change with minimal fishing interest with the exception of some carp being taken from the shorelines near 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. The hatchery fish have a healed adipose fin clip.
Call: Fresno Fisherman’s Warehouse 225-1838; Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474
New Melones Reservoir/Tulloch
Bass 2; Crappie 3; Catfish 2; Trout 2; Kokanee 3
Big kokanee to 19.25 inches remain the top story at the lake, and the average kokanee is 16 inches in length, but patience is necessary to put a few of these big salmon in the box. Gary Burns of Take It to the Limit Guide Service said, “Every day is a new day on New Melones, and boy does it change every day. The fish are holding between 90 and 100 feet, and pink spinners, hoochies, or blades are producing. Stay in deep water around the dam area and over to Rose Island, and with the water dropping, new trees and humps are just waiting to grab your goodies.” John Liechty of Glory Hole Sports in Angels Camp added, “As the water continues to drop and temperatures rise, the kokanee will move into deep water. Large dodgers and Sling Blades are working best with Vance’s dodgers with a bladed hoochie working best in order to create commotion and draw strikes.” Trout fishing remains fair, but the fish are growing rapidly. Liechty added, “The action is a little slow, and you will have to put in a few hours to catch a handful of these 2- to 4-pound fish. The surface temperature is extremely warm, and the fish have dropped down below 80 feet. Look for the deepest areas in the lake that are holding schools of shad.” Bass fishing has been fair. There is an intermittent bite with topwater lures in the early mornings or evenings, but the best action is on the bottom with small swimbaits, lizards, or Brush Hogs on a Carolina-rig. Catfishing is good with the best action in the early mornings, evenings and throughout the night with frozen shad, anchovies, or mackerel. Crappie fishing also has improved considerably with Liechty touting, ‘The best crappie fishing we have seen in the long time with slabs to 2 pounds on live minnows, minijigs, or spinners around brush or standing timber. Working under submersible lights at night with live minnows is another proven technique.” The lake is releasing water on a daily basis, dropping 2.5 feet to 869.75 in elevation and 23 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 2; King salmon 1; Catfish 2; Crappie 2
Steve Burrows of Valley Rod and Gun said, “The water level continues to drop, and the bass action remains very slow. There is a small window in the early mornings for spinnerbaits, ripbaits or topwater lures, but the bite dies after 7:30 a.m. Plastics in watermelon candy. Aaron’s Magic, and summer craw are working on the Texas-rig, drop-shot or dart head at depths below 20 feet.” Harold Hass of the Fresno Bass Club confirmed the tough bite during Sunday’s club tournament with a few limits taken with finesse plastics on a slow presentation in both shallow and deep water. The recreational boat traffic remains high. The trout bite has slowed, with the best action in the main dam as the fish are oriented to the shad schools. The lake dropped 9 feet to 778.68 in elevation and 25 percent capacity. The water releases from the dam are keeping the flows high in the lower Kings River, and trout fishing has been difficult in the high 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
The lake level in the main San Luis Reservoir is currently as low as it has been within the past three decades, but there have been a number of very large striped bass caught within the past few week in the lowered water pool. O’Neill Forebay also has become a very popular location for striped bass fishermen with boils occurring in the early mornings and late evenings, enticing those throwing topwater and subsurface lures. Fresh grass shrimp continues to produce huge fish, and a 48.5-pound striped bass was caught and released from the shorelines at Dinosaur Point. Meng Xyong of Fresno was out with Roger George of Roger’s Guide Service out of Fresno, and he caught and released his personal best striper of 27 pounds, also releasing a 16-pounder later in the day. The big fish broke Meng’s previous best by almost 20 pounds. They were trolling shad-patterned plugs in the flats in the 50-foot range. George said, “We had to cover a lot of area to find the roving schools, and the key seems to be putting the lure in front of active fish, since most fish we graphed were inactive. I went back on Sunday, but the bite had turned off. We released six fish to 25 inches. Last three trips I got blown off every time. The ramps are in good shape now.” The main reservoir has risen slightly to 11 percent capacity but remains near its lowest levels in 27 years. There are several reasons, most significantly the need to maintain state water standards for drinking and farm irrigation water resulting in the maintenance of fresh water flows in the Delta during the period of king high tides in July. The lake levels have contributed to elevated levels of algae in drinking water for domestic purposes. According to sources at the lake, the algae danger warning has been reduced to the lower warning level. It’s still recommended that anglers don’t eat the fish in the big lake because of toxins. O’Neill Forebay has been the spot for striper boils, and Xyong has been at the lake on several occasions recently. He said, “There have been lots of reports of boils and anglers catching big numbers of schoolie fish on SpeedLure 110MD’s and other lures.”
Call: Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711, Roger George of rogergeorgeguideservice.com (559) 905-2954
Bass 2; Trout 2; Kokanee 1
There is minimal change with fishing on the back burner during the last gasps of the summer. Recreational boating remains high, particularly on the weekends, but it will slow down after Labor Day. A few rental boats are trolling for rainbows, and the occasional quality trout to 20 inches is taken on blade/’crawler combinations. Bass fishing is the best option with spots to 2 pounds landed on 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 starting to release water at 94 percent.
Call: Todd Wittwer 288-8100; Mike Beighey 642-3748; Bass Lake Watersports 642-3200
Brown trout 2; Trout 2
Few reports from the Kaiser Pass lakes, with Edison dropping slightly to 60 percent capacity and Florence rising slightly to 35 percent. Mammoth Pool fell to 53 percent.
Call: Vermilion Valley Resort at Edison Lake 259-4000
Shaver Lake/Huntington Lake
Kokanee 2; Trout 2
The Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Dinner was Aug. 13, and Dick Nichols of Dick’s Fishing Charters, president of the lake’s Trophy Trout Project, said, “It was perhaps our best event yet, and our chairperson, Caroline Thompson, outdid herself this year. With the money raised at the dinner, along with the regular trophy plants in spring 2018, we should see more youth programs taking place at the lake.” Shaver Lake is the only no-fee lake featuring trophy trout from community-raised resources. The Kokanee Power Shaver Lake Derby is Sept. 10. Todd Wittwer of Kokanee.net Guide Service said, “One of these days, the bite will have to break out and someone will put in more than 10 fish. Nine has been the top score for the past several weeks, and the norm is from 1-5 kokanee. I had one decent day this past week along with another much slower day, and I sure hope these small grouping of fish will start to bite.” Nichols added, “Fishing remains slow; however, we do have our good days on occasion. The best areas remain the Sierra Marina along with Roads 1 and 2 as we are marking a fair to good amount of kokanee. Earl Taniguchi put in limits on three consecutive trips, but it remains a hit or miss situation. The fish are scattered with the best concentration near the Sierra Marina. It is an early bite, and some fish can be had to 11 a.m. with spinners or Apex lures in pink or red behind a Captain Jack’s CJ Dodger at depths from 37-42 feet. Trout fishing has been slow, but Christian Scott of Monterey landed a 4-pound trophy trout on a Dick’s Trout Buster on Sunday morning. Bank fishing is starting to pick up near the Shaver Lake Marina near Dorabella Cove with green or rainbow trout dough bait.” Huntington is a better option for kokanee with small fish to 11 inches taken on small spinners or spoons at depths to 20 feet. Bank fishing has also improved at Huntington with limits taken on trout dough bait near the Auxiliary Dam. Shaver dropped to 91 percent capacity while Huntington is at 98 percent.
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
Ironically, as the lake levels are dropping, trout action is improving at both high-elevation lakes on the Kings River drainage. Wishon is just starting to perk up while Courtright is a more sure option for limits of rainbow trout. The lakes are generating electrical power; as a result, levels fluctuate on a daily basis while overall, the water is trickling out of the system. Chuck Crane of the Wishon Village RV Park and Store reported, “Fishing is starting to improve, and the best action has been for trollers pulling blade/’crawler combinations, Speedy Shiners or Tasmanian Devils at 3-4 colors of leadcore. Monofilament line with a long setback is another way to get your lure down as the spoons are working best without flashers. Fishermen who are familiar with the lake are doing much better than those new to the lake, and limits are possible, but you will have to work hard and use patience in order to get them.” Bank fishing is best at the upper end of the lake, and four fishermen were able to land 12 rainbows using inflated nightcrawlers after boating to the spot. At Courtright, trollers are picking up limits at the upper end of the lake with Speedy Shiners, Needlefish, or blade/’crawler combinations at 3-4 colors of leadcore. Crane added, “Once again, you have to have patience to put together limits, but those with experience are finding action while others are struggling for a few fish.” Bank fishing is best on the far side of the dam with trout dough bait in pink or orange along with inflated nightcrawlers.
Call: Wishon RV Park 865-5361
Half Moon Bay
Salmon 2; Rockfish 3; Striper 2
Captain Dennis Baxter of the New Captain Pete will be salmon fishing Monday, and he said, “I am going to start off of Egg Rock and Pedro Point in the morning as the bite has been pretty good up there the past few days. It was a late bite on Sunday with the salmon starting to bite after 2:30 p.m. in 75-80 feet in depth off of the Pacific Pier. The salmon started snapping late, but they haven’t thickened up yet as they are starting to cruise along the shoreline. The bite outside of Pillar Point has been slow, and the reef north of the harbor is loaded with squid boats on the anchor. Rockfishing has finally started to take off as the blues and blacks are biting. The lings are hitchhiking on the school fish, and there have been some big lings and vermilions landed down near Bolsa. With all of the squid around, white sea bass shouldn’t be far behind, and Smitty on the Riptide was able to land a huge white sea bass off of Pacific Pier while trolling for salmon.” Baxter will be fishing during the week after taking nature/bird trips over the weekend.
Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Roger Thomas, Salty Lady (415) 760-9362; Bait and Switch Sport Fishing Center (650) 726-7133; Emeryville Sport Fishing (510) 654-6040; Don Franklin, Soleman (510) 703-4148
Rockfish 3; Striper 3
Chris Arcoleo of Chris’ Sport Fishing in Monterey said, “It is basically the same thing around here on the ling front with Captain Tinker Neece putting his clients onto 49 ling cod on Sunday. The school rockfish are starting to bite as the water has warmed up a few degrees, and we are getting limits of rockfish for those targeting them. Live squid is still productive for the larger rockfish and the lings, and the squid boats are working up the Santa Cruz coastline above Davenport. Halibut have been showing up on the beaches, and commercial fishermen have been picking up around 10-15 flatfish per day. A few stripers are showing up at Manressa Beach. We took out scientists into the closed zone near Twin Rocks on a research trip, and nine anglers caught, tagged, and released a total of 1,038 rockfish, and there were some huge vermilions and coppers in the mix.” Allen Bushnell of Santa Cruz Kayak Fishing reported, “Monterey Bay anglers enjoyed mild conditions this week and were able to fish every day. Some of the best fishing right now along Monterey Bay requires no boat whatsoever. Surfcasters have enjoyed a banner season for striped bass on al the beaches of Monterey Bay. These fish move around in schools, so one week they are here, and the next they are there. Avid striper anglers dial in reports and share info in order to be in the right place at the right time.” Most of the stripers are not quite legal, but at least one in 10 is a keeper, and they are all very fun to target and hook up out of the surf line. Topwater poppers, Krokodile and Kastmaster lures as well as some of the soft plastic swimbaits are working well for these fish. High tide is the best for fishing stripers from the beach, but sunrise and sunset might be even more critical for success.”
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 2
The salmon bite slowed significantly Sunday, with two boats out of Sausalito trolling up 14 salmon to 16 pounds for 40 anglers from south of the Gate at Linda Mar north to Duxbury. Similar to the pattern all year, the fish are biting solid for a few days before moving on. Limits were the rule Thursday and Friday before the slowdown for most boats. The New Seeker out of Emeryville had a much better score Sunday with 16 salmon to 18 pounds for 16 anglers. Captain Bob Wright of the Happy Hooker went out to the Farallons in glassy calm ocean conditions Saturday with a charter that focused on rockfish. They put in full limits of rockfish along with 21 ling cod, which came primarily on rockfish gear or hitchhikers. Four Emeryville boats went rockfishing, with the Tigerfish, New Huck Finn, Sea Wolf, and New Salmon Queen combining for 106 limits of rockfish along with 105 ling cod to 17 pounds. Inside the bay, Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael reported outstanding shark fishing in the south bay with midshipmen. Don Franklin of Soleman Sport Fishing out of San Francisco told Fraser, “The bite is off the hook.” Striped bass and halibut action has slowed overall with nearly all party boats heading outside of the Gate for rockfish or salmon. He added, “The higher tides this week should help the salmon bite at Cal City since they should be coming in on the incoming tide.”
San Luis Obispo
Rockfish 3; Surf perch 3
Jacob Rutledge of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield continue to report numbers of Valley fishermen are heading to Pismo Beach and environs for the hot surf perch bite, and sales of Lucky Craft Pointers Berkley Camo or Sand Worms, blood worms and lug worms have been high. For rockfishing, the Patriot and Avenger out of Patriot Sport Fishing at Port San Luis combined for 55 vermilion rockfish, 20 coppers, 175 assorted rockfish and 19 ling cod to 10 pounds Monday, with the Patriot putting in limits on their three-quarter-day trip. Out of Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, 77 anglers went out on Sunday for 76 lings, 193 vermilion rockfish, 388 assorted rockfish, 92 coppers, a rock sole and a sheephead. Saturday’s trip produced an 18.5-pound jackpot sheephead. 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 evening at $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.
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 3; Sturgeon 1; Catfish 3; Bluegill 3; Salmon 2
Salmon are starting to trickle in with more force, but the bulk of the run has yet to arrive. A few fish continue to show off the Benicia shoreline up into the northwest Delta below the Freeport Bridge, but there are long stretches of empty water. Striper fishing is a better bet, but once again, the majority of linesides have yet to arrive. Optimism exists for the coming months with the anticipation of solid striped bass and salmon fishing in the Sacramento-Delta. Johnny Tran of New Romeo’s Bait in Freeport said, “Davis Cochrane of Sacramento has gone out five times this year, and he has landed a fish every time trolling Silvertron spinners. Sunday was no exception with a 22-pounder taken just above Freeport.” Tran added that stripers have moved into the shallows in Liberty Island and the Sacramento Deep Water Channel, and live mudsuckers, sardines, pile worms or blood worms are working for the linesides. Striped bass are starting to make their move, and Clyde Wands, shallow trolling expert, was on the river Tuesday near Decker Island for good numbers of striped bass to 22 inches. He said, “We found good numbers, but the size was limited, but the stripers are coming as another boat using the same techniques found a larger grade of stripers to 10 pounds in the afternoon.” Wands motored to the Sacramento River near Decker Island for numbers of small stripers. He said, “In some stretches, you couldn’t go 20 feet without getting a hit. Everything came on the deep troll with P-Line Predators in fire tiger working for most of the stripers.” Mark Wilson, striper trolling expert, was out Thursday in the area below the Rio Vista Bridge, and he said, “We caught at least 40 fish up to 7 pounds with 16 of the fish being keepers from 7 pounds to 22 inches and below. We covered a lot of water near Decker Island, Sherman Island and the West Bank, and we marked a lot of fish, The action was steady throughout the day, and almost every fish came off of deep-diving Yozuri Crystal Minnows or P-Line Predators in with some pattern of green or fire tiger at depths from 11-14 feet. The water temperature is still warm at 71 to 72 degrees.” Steve Santucci of Steve Santucci’s Fly Fishing Guide Service reported, “Striper fishing is improving as numbers of stripers are hitting the West Delta. I can’t wait for air and water temps to cool below 70 degrees. Great fishing is right around the corner.” Largemouth bass remain the top species in the San Joaquin-Delta, and the action has been solid despite fluctuating temperatures and smaller tides. The triple-digit temperatures within the past week should push the bass below the mats once again, and the punch bite should turn on as a result. For largemouth bass, Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, was fresh off the 226-boat Snag Proof Open, and he was back on the Delta early this week. He said, “With the cooler temperatures, the topwater bite with the ima Little Stick slowed down as there was a mist on the water in the early mornings, but once the sun came out and the water warmed up, the topwater bite came back on. The best action came on the Havoc Flat Dog on a Zappu head, and we crushed them, with over 50 bass caught and released. The shad are everywhere on the San Joaquin River, and these shad are in the 3- to 4-inch range. Berkley Power Worms on a Texas-rig are another good technique, and you could also probably catch them on a jig. The fish are holding around the outside edge.”
Call: Randy Pringle (209) 543-6260; Captain Stan Koenigsberger – Quetzal Adventures (925) 570-5303; Intimidator Sport Fishing (916) 806-3030
- California Delta Team Trail on Aug. 14 at Delta/B and W Resort: 1, Lemaj Plaza/Lorenzo Rossetti 23.99 pounds; 2 , Harvey Pulliam/Jamond Andrews 20.33; 3, Greg Leonard/Wade Goodwin 19.22 (big fish 6.07)
- Fresno Bass Club on Aug.14 at Pine Flat: 1, Nathan Harbison 8.41 pounds (big fish 2.43); 2, Joe Alanis 7.41; 3, Bryan Coy 7.09
- Friday: Jim’s Pro Bass Tackle at Nacimiento
- Friday-Saturday: Visalia Bass Club at Kaweah
- Saturday: 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
- Saturday-Sunday: 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
- Tuolumne County: Lyons Canal (Columbia Ditch); Moccasin Creek; Pinecrest Lake; Powerhouse Stream; Stanislaus River Clarks Fork, Middle Fork, North Fork and South Fork
f = full moon > = peak activity