Fishing report for week of Nov. 14-20 | Bass hitting at Pine Flat, Success

Fishing with Virg’s Landing out of Morro Bay

The Tribune spent a day on the water fishing for rock fish with Virg's Landing, a fishing operation that has been around since the mid 1950s.
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The Tribune spent a day on the water fishing for rock fish with Virg's Landing, a fishing operation that has been around since the mid 1950s.

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.

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Delta stripers and sturgeon on the bite, Alan Fong said. Shaver Lake still producing kokanee and trout limits, Dick Nichols reported. Pine Flat bass hitting, Steve Newman said. Southern Aqueduct stripers hot and Success bass active, Pete Cormier reported. Don Pedro trout bite good, Mike Gomez said.


1-Try dynamite

2-Have to work hard

3-Limits possible

4-Fish jumpin’ in boat


Delta Mendota Canal

and Sloughs

Striper 3 Catfish 2

The California Aqueduct is fair for striped bass with most anglers heading to the main San Luis Reservoir for the opportunity at a quality lineside or to the O’Neill Forebay for plenty of action for undersized to barely-legal stripers. In the southern portion of the aqueduct in Kern County, Pete Cormier of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield said, “Striped bass action is very good with jumbo minnows, and we have sold at least eight dozen minnows on Monday.” Catfishing is best with Triple S Blood Formula bait along with frozen shad or cut baits.

Call: Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis 292-3474; Bob’s Bait Bucket 661-833-8657

Eastman Lake

Bass 2 Trout 2 Bluegill 2 Catfish 2 Crappie 2

Anticipation was high for the River Rat Angler Appreciation Open Tournament at Eastman Reservoir on Saturday, but the largemouth bass bite was much tougher than anticipated due to the arrival of cold temperatures.

Steve Newman of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “It was a tough bite to be sure as the morning temperature was 41 degrees, and this knocked out the shallow water pattern that had been so consistent in the previous weeks. The best action was grinding on the bottom at depths from 20 to 40 feet with plastics on a Neko-rig, Texas-rig, or Ned-rig, but these were all a smaller grade of bass in the 13- to 14-inch range. We launched third and went to our spot for three bass right off the bat on a Rat-L-Trap. I counted down the lure to 10 or 11, but the bass didn’t really smack it. The bite was very soft throughout the day, and the jig bite that has been so good previously was non-existent. I worked a jig for around half the day without results, and you had to get to the bottom and put it in front of their face to get bit. Plastics on the drop-shot didn’t work as the bait was too high off of the bottom, and you had to be on the bottom. The big fish of the tournament was only 5 pounds with the winning limit close to 15 pounds. Most of the limits ranged from 8 to 11 pounds, and the big fish was landed on a Huddleston swimbait in a bluegill pattern worked slowly on the bottom. The bass are focusing on bluegill There were a number of fishermen working the banks in the early morning with plastics or small KeiTech swimbaits, but the pattern had changed, and the bass moved out into deeper water. The water temperature came down a few degrees to 61/62 degrees after being at 64 degrees a few days prior. In addition, it was overcast, and all in all, it was a strange bite.”

Call: Six Star Tackle Box 673-5688; Eastman Lake 689-3255

Hensley Lake

Bass 2 Trout 2 Catfish 2 Bluegill 2 Crappie 2

Similar to Eastman, the bass have moved out into deeper water, and free-falling baits such as weightless Senkos, Neko-rigs, or jigs are working for a smaller grade of bass, but you have to have contact with the bottom. The fish are holding at depths from 20 to 40 feet. Action along the banks remains slow. The lake held at 14 percent.

Call: 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 3 Kokanee 1 King salmon 1 Crappie 2

At Don Pedro, Mike Gomez of Berserk Baits said, “The bite slowed down at Pedro with everything on the bottom at 20 to 50 feet with jigs or small swimbaits. I had picked up a 6.5-pound spotted bass on a jig within the past week, but the bite had changed for Saturday’s Christian Bass League tournament. My brother Mark and I came in eighth with 11.46 pounds with my best action with the Berserk Green Craw jigs or small swimbaits on an underspin. I did find a topwater bite earlier in the week, but everything was on the bottom on Saturday. The air temperature was over 70 degrees on Wednesday, but it didn’t get over 70 on Saturday, and it was overcast with smoke from the Northern California fires. The winning weight was just over 14 pounds from the 28 boats. The trout bite has been outstanding however, and I have caught a number of rainbows from 2 to 5 pounds incidentally on bass gear.”

The Kerman Bass Club held an event on Saturday, and there were 20 limits and 107 fish weighed in by 22 teams with the big fish at 6.58 by Mitch Melikian.

Call: Monte Smith 209-581-4734; Gary Vella 209-652-7550

Lake Isabella/

Bakersfield area

Bass 2 Trout 2 Crappie 2 Catfish 3 Bluegill 2

Pete Cormier of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield said, “Most of our area fishermen are either at the aqueduct or gearing up for this coming Saturday’s Taft Chamber of Commerce Trout Derby this coming Saturday. Buena Vista has already been planted with rainbow trout, and the report was the lake was closed during the planting on Monday. At Isabella, catfishing remains good for catfish with chicken livers, minnows, Triple S dip bait in Blood Formula, or nightcrawlers, and there are still crappie for those on boats trolling small spoons or minijigs around the French Gulch Marina or in the rockpiles in French Gulch. The lake held at 12 percent. In the upper Kern River, the sections of the Kern 4 through 6 continue to be planted regular basis, and it has been feast or famine with some anglers finding limits of quality rainbows in the deeper pools. The local lakes are limited to panfish, bass or catfish, but there is anticipation for the trout plants at the small lake of the RiverWalk, Hart Park, Ming, Truxton, and Woollomes.

Call: Bob’s Bait Bucket 661-833-8657; North Fork Marina 760-376-1812

Lake Kaweah

Bass 2 Crappie 2 Trout 2 Catfish 2

The lake remains very low at only 6 percent, and there are only a few rockpiles holding fish as the bait is found around the structure in the lowered pool.

Call: Sierra Sporting Goods 592-5212

Lake Success

Bass 3 Trout 2 Catfish 2 Crappie 2 Bluegill 2

Pete Cormier of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield said, “There is a good bite for bass with plastics, weightless Senkos on a wacky-rig, or jigs in the lowered pool of water.” The lake held at 8 percent. Chuck Stokke of the Sequoia Fishing Company is giving fly casting lessons at the Pierpoint Café the second Sunday of the month at 10 a.m. The lessons are free and all equipment is provided.

Call: Sequoia Fishing Co. 539-5626, sequoiafishingcompany.com

McClure Reservoir

Bass 2 Trout 2 King salmon 0 Kokanee 0 Crappie 2 Catfish 2

The topwater bite remains absent with the warm water conditions, and everything is on the bottom with umbrella rigs, jigs, or plastics on the drop-shot. Mike Gomez of the Bait Barn touted Berserk’s Purple Hornet or Sprayed Grass jigs along with Pro Worm’s 124p and 300 at depths from 35 to 45 feet. Catfish action has slowed down with the arrival of fall, but whiskerfish are still a possibility with chicken livers, cut baits, and nightcrawlers along muddy, sloping banks. The lake dropped to 55 percent.

McSwain Reservoir

Trout 2

The lake has been fluctuating due to maintenance on the dam, and it was low on Saturday before being nearly filled on Sunday. Steve Marquette of the Lake McClure/McSwain Recreation Company has been scoring rainbows to 3.5 pounds trolling a silver/blue Kastmaster on a set back to 250 feet near the new cabins. The Brush Pile has also kicked out limits with trout dough bait or nightcrawlers. A trout plant occurred this past week.

Call: McSwain Marina 209-378-2534

Millerton Lake/

San Joaquin River

Bass 3 Striped bass 1 Shad 1 Bluegill 2 Crappie 2

Steve Newman said, “Numbers of spotted bass remain solid, but the normal small grade of Millerton spotted bass continues to be the story. The best fishing is in the main lake with creature baits or 6-inch plastics on the drop-shot or split-shot as the bass are actively feeding on both crawdads or shad. Creature baits such as Sweet Beavers or jigs are working as Millerton is the one Central Valley lake with the bass feeding on crawdads. There have been no striped bass reported, even as incidental catches, for several weeks leading to questions regarding the lake remaining as a viable striped bass fishery. The lake held at 54 percent.

Call: Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474

New Melones


Bass 2 Crappie 2 Catfish 2 Trout 2 Kokanee 1

The bass bite in the Mother Lode lakes took a dive over the past weekend with the fish moving out into deeper water. The unseasonably warm temperatures overall seem to have the fish scattered in various locations, focusing upon the abundant shad schools.

At New Melones, John Liechty of Xperience Fishing Guide Service said, “It has been pretty much status quo around here with the bass holding in deep water as the shad schools are scattered. The shad is in both open water and in the creek channels, and you can find fish from 5 to 60 feet. A 19-pound limit led the first day of the Bass Federation two-day tournament on Saturday, and I was surprised with the big limit as the rest of the field was below 14 pounds.”

New Melones held at 73 percent.

Call: Glory Hole Sports 209-736-4333; Monte Smith 209-581-4734; John Liechty Xperience Fishing Guide Service 209-743-9932

Pine Flat Reservoir/

Kings River

Bass 3 Trout 2 Kokanee 0 King salmon 0 Catfish 2 Crappie 2

Steve Newman of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “The spotted bass are actively feeding on shad in the main lake, and there are huge schools of shad in the lake, leading some veteran fishermen to report that they are seeing more shad than ever before in the lake. With the abundance of bait, dragging the bottom with plastics on a Ned-rig, drop-shot, along with weightless Senkos are working best. Small spoons or ice jigs are also effective on a vertical presentation at depths from 20- to 40- feet. Plastics in green pumpkin, green red flake, or Pro Gold are the top pattern. The fish are focused on shad and not spitting up any crawdads. The river arm is slow with the Buoy Line starting at Trimmer. The crappie bite has yet to emerge, but it should start soon.” The lake rose slightly to 25 percent.

Pine Flat will host the annual Clovis Police Foundation’s fundraiser tournament on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Call: Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474; Sequoia Fishing Co. 539-5626

San Luis Reservoir

and O’Neill Forebay

Striper 2 Catfish 2 Bass 2 Crappie 2

The striped bass have moved out into deeper water at San Luis Reservoir, and shore fishing has slowed with trolling or drifting jumbo minnows the top techniques. The O’Neill Forebay is best for overall action, but you have to go through around 10 shakers to locate a striped bass over 18 inches.

Steve Newman of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “The big lake has slowed down as the fish have gone deep, and trolling is the best thing going right now with umbrella rigs or large plugs.”

Paul Jolley of Coyote Bait and Tackle in Morgan Hill had a similar report with the topwater bite being slow as the stripers are off of the shorelines. He said, “There have been some American shad showing up in the big lake, and the stripers are pushing them around. Most anglers are opting for the main lake as they are looking for larger fish, and rollers have the upper hand right now. The forebay has been producing numbers of smaller stripers with anchovies or jerkbaits, and there have also been some largemouth bass in the mix. Check 12 and the rockwall off of Highway 152 in the forebay have been the top areas, and there have been stripers boiling around the rockwall on occasion.”

Roger George of Roger George Guide Service said that the bite has been tough at times during the last week. “I took out three anglers from San Jose on Saturday, and it was a tough bite overall for a total of 15 fish, with one good fish that went 16 pounds. The fish are scattered and seem to be moving in tight groups, making them hard to find. Most trollers are having a hard time, catching just a few fish with the best action in the mornings. Finding actively feeding fish that will bite has been hard.”

George will be starting 2- to 3-hour, downrigger/striper fishing classes in late November that will be held at Sportsman’s Warehouse on Friant Road in Fresno covering downrigger methods, lures, tips, sonar and setups for beginners and intermediate angler.

The main lake held at 60 percent.

Call: Coyote Bait and Tackle 408-463-0711, Roger George of rogergeorgeguideservice.com, 905-2954

High Sierra

Bass Lake

Bass 2 Trout 2 Kokanee 0

The bass bite was a grind for the anglers in Saturday’s Central Valley Kayak Fishing tournament, and Richard George took first place with 50.75 inches for three fish including the big fish at 17 inches. The water has turned cold, and you have to put the lure in the face of the fish to get bite. The largemouth bass are more active than the spotted bass, and they are found at depths from 20 to 30 feet with jigs, weightless Senkos, or plastics on the drop-shot. Anglers are waiting for the swimbait and glide bait bite once the water settles in elevation at it is still dropping at 60 percent. The Sheriff’s boat is still making regular patrols, and with the Sheriff’s Tower out of commission, boaters have to purchase their Motor Fee at Miller’s, Ducey’s, or the Forks.

Call: Todd Wittwer 288-8100; Mike Beighey 642-3748


Mammoth Pool

Brown trout 2 Trout 2

There are still few reports are coming out of the Kaiser Pass area lakes. The lakes are dropping with Edison at 45, Mammoth Pool at 21 percent, and Florence at 2 percent. The Vermilion Valley Resort at Lake Edison is open and fully operational for hikers, and the ferry is operating across Edison Lake twice a day, leaving the VVR at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Pickup is on the Mono Pass side of the lake at 9:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. Check the Caltrans website at www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi or call 800-427-7623 for road conditions.

Call: Vermilion Valley Resort at Edison Lake 259-4000

Shaver Lake/

Huntington Lake

Kokanee 3 Trout 3

Central Sierra trout trollers have been taking advantage of the unseasonably good weather to continue to find solid action for both kokanee and rainbow trout at Shaver Lake. The inclement weather expected during November is late to arrive, and more and more boats have been out on the lake this past week.

Dick Nichols of Dick’s Fishing Charters said, “With good weather, a few more boats came out to the lake, and the action for kokanee remains about the same with a few limits possible for those trolling in front of the Shaver Marina to the Point and over to the island in a triangle path. The kokanee can be found from 30 to 40 feet with a variety of terminal tackle tipped with corn behind a dodger. The trout bite remains decent, but not great with the best action from the island to Black Rock and into Stevenson Bay. A pair of fishermen found good action using Needlefish spoons behind a Mountain Flasher at 20 feet in Stevenson Bay. The Boy Scout Cove provided some trout and a few smaller, throwback kokanee. With the arrival of colder temperatures, the rainbows should be moving towards the surface and the kokanee also moving up between 20 and 30 feet.”

At upstream Huntington, Nichols said, “A few catchable rainbows and smaller kokanee are still available from the surface to 25 feet with small spoons or blade/’crawler combinations.

Even though the winter season is late to appear, boaters can check the accessibility of the Sierra Marina launch ramp at www.sierramarina.com/camera.html.

The lake held at 70 percent with Huntington dropping to 58 percent.

Call: Dick Nichols, Dick’s Fishing Charters 281-6948; Todd Wittwer, Kokanee.net Guide Service 288-8100; Dinkey Creek Inn 841-3435; Rancheria Marina 893-3234; Shaver Lake Sports Inc. 841-2740; Tom Oliveira Fishing 802-8072; Steve Santoro Fish Box Charters 871-3937


Trout 3

The Wishon RV Park and Store closed on October 28, and the dock is currently out of the water. Anglers need to be prepared with supplies on their way to both Wishon and Courtright. Blade/’crawler combinations along the far side of the lake continue to score limits, but bank fishing is slow with the exception of the far side of the lake near the river inlet.

At Courtright, there have also been few reports, but trollers continue to work the far side of the lake with blade/’crawler combinations, Speedy Shiners, or Needlefish at depths to 20 feet. Shore fishing is fair with the best action at the upper end of the lake with various colors of trout dough bait.

Call: Wishon RV Park 865-5361


Half Moon Bay

Rockfish 3 Striper 2 Crab 3 Surf perch 3

The recreational crab opener started with a flourish for those with access to deep water, and crab limits have been the rule for party boats as well as private boats able to reach the best ground. The commercial crab opener is scheduled for Saturday, November 17th, and the parking lot at the launch ramp was loaded with commercial gear ready to be set.

Captain Tom Mattusch of the Huli Cat has scored limits of Dungeness crab on all trips since the opener, and he reported limits of crab, limits of rockfish, and 8 ling cod on Thursday after scoring limits of crab, a few rock crab, 8 lings, and near-limits of rockfish on Wednesday’s trip. He said, “The deep strings are producing with a ‘bad’ pot bringing up 11 to 14 crab with a good pot over 20 crab. The Coastside Fishing Club sponsored a veterans crab-only trip on Saturday, November 10th, and we pulled up 10-crab limits for all of the veterans on the half-day trips and followed this up with another set of limits on the afternoon half-day trip. The crab are mostly sport size with a few commercials, and the deep strings are producing best.” The Huli Cat is the only large party boat out of this port running crab/rockfish combination trips.

Mattusch has also produced a number of quality ling cod to 18 pounds on recent trips working the reefs from Martin’s Beach to San Gregorio. He said, “The interesting thing is that the big lings haven’t been coming on bars, but on shrimp flies.”

Captain Dennis Baxter of the New Captain Pete will be switching over to commercial crabbing for the season, and he will be selling live crab on the weekends at the docks.

Out of Half Moon Bay Sport Fishing, the Queen of Hearts continues to score limits of rockfish on all trips along with a few ling cod working primarily south of the harbor. The Riptide out of Half Moon Bay Sport Fishing will also be focusing on rockfishing until the end of the season on December 31st.”

Further north in Pacifica, the pier has been packed with fishermen since the opener beginning at 4:00 a.m. on November 3rd, but the action has been limited to a few crab per rod at best. Ocean Beach has been more productive for Dungeness with snares than the pier so far this season.

Call: Captain Dennis Baxter, New Captain Pete 650-576-3844; Captain Tom Mattusch, Huli Cat 650-619-0459

Monterey/Santa Cruz

Rockfish 3 Striper 2 Crab 2 Surf Perch 3

Chris Arcolleo of Chris’s Fishing Trips in Monterey reported a slow down on the crab on Sunday with 22 limits of rockfish, 5 lings, and 39 crab, but Saturday was more productive for the crustaceans with 78 crab, 24 limits of rockfish, and 5 lings. They are running to Point Sur on a rockfish/ling cod trip only; information 831-375-5951.

Call: Chris’ Landing 831-375-5951; Allen Bushnell, Santa Cruz Kayak and Surf Casting 831-251-9732

San Francisco Bay

Halibut 2 Striper 2 Rockfish 3 Leopard shark 3 Sturgeon 2 Crab 3

It’s been regular limits of crab, rockfish, and some ling cod for the Bay Area fleet with the New Huck Finn out of Emeryville returning on Sunday with 36 limits of rockfish, limits of Dungeness, and 12 lings. The California Dawn had a similar score with 31 limits of rockfish and crab and 10 lings. This seems to be the general rule. The commercial crab season is scheduled to open on Saturday with the pots going in 72 hours before the opener, and when the season opens, it will have a significant impact on both the quantity and quality of crab.

Captain Joe Gamez of Golden State Sport Fishing took a shark/crab trip on Sunday for limits of seven-gill shark and crab. He is running crab/shark combinations for $225/angler.

Call: Captain Trent Slate, Bite Me Charters 415-307-8582; Happy Hooker 510-223-5388; Captain Jerad Davis, Salty Lady 415-760-9362; Captain Steve Mitchell 707-655-6736

San Luis Obispo

Rockfish 3 Surf perch 2

It was limits on Sunday with a huge ling count out of Morro Bay Landing on the Endeavor, Avenger, and new vessel Starfire for 91 anglers for 84 ling cod to 24 pounds, 490 vermilion, 355 assorted rockfish, 40 copper, and 45 Boccaccio. Also on Sunday, the Patriot, Flying Fish, and Phenix out of Patriot Sport Fishing out of Port San Luis scored 74 limits of rockfish consisting of 67 vermilion, 21 copper, 9 Boccaccio, 108 Bolina, 509 assorted rockfish, 5 treefish, 19 canary, 3 whitefish, 2 cabezon, and 15 ling cod to 9 pounds. Juan Villegas of Dinuba won a jackpot with the big ling. Out of Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, the Fiesta and Black Pearl took out 63 anglers on Monday for 80 vermilion, 525 assorted rockfish, 25 copper, and 2 ling cod to 7.5 pounds. All landings are running a variety of bottom fishing trips from ½ day to two-day ventures up the coast.

Call: Virg’s Landing 800-762-5263; Patriot Sport Fishing 805-595-4100



Bass 3 Striper 3 Sturgeon 3 Catfish 2 Bluegill 2 Salmon 2

Striped bass and sturgeon have taken over the top draw in the Sacramento-Delta, although there are still salmon trickling through both ends of the Delta. Sturgeon fishing has ranged from tremendous to slow depending upon which tides are fished, and striped bass continue to arrive in greater force.

Johnny Tran of New Romeo’s Bait and Tackle in Freeport said, “A few salmon are showing around Freeport, and trolling with Brad’s Cut Plugs behind an 11-inch Pro Troll E-chip dodger is producing some chrome-bright fish with sea lice. Striped bass action is best near Liberty Island, the Sacramento Deep Water Channel and around the Rio Vista Bridge with live mudsuckers. There are some big crappie on minnows around Liberty Island and Shag Slough, and sturgeon have been taken in the deep water outside of Liberty as well as Cache Slough on pile worm/eel combinations or pile worms solo.”

Alan Fong, manager of the Fishermen’s Warehouse in Sacramento was out at Liberty Island this week, and he said, “We went through a dozen mudsuckers in two drifts with a number of striped bass to 7 pounds. The fish aren’t big, but once you find the schools, you are on them.”

Further west, the lack of freshwater has allowed for saltwater intrusion further into the Delta, and striped bass caught in Suisun Bay have been found with whole Dungeness crab in their bellies.

In Benicia, Tony Lopez of Benicia Bait said, “Striped bass have been landed from the shorelines but the bait-stealing crabs are bringing up the bait bill, eating everything. Bullheads have been particularly susceptible to the crab. Shore fishing for salmon was decent during the weekend with 5 salmon landed one day off of 1st Street, but it slowed down over the weekend. The sea lions are still there which is a sign that the salmon continue to move through.”

Sturgeon fishing has ranged from epic to a long day depending on the tides, and Captain Steve Mitchell of Hook’d Up Sport Fishing put on a clinic on Wednesday night with 12 slot-limit and shaker sturgeon for four limits and a bonus 21-pound striped bass. He had a crew willing to wait for the best part of the tide, and after 6:00 p.m., the bite broke out after we hung up, and it was on for the 4 limits of sturgeon and the bonus striper. The weekend was a different story as the best water movement was during the evening hours. He said, “We released two shaker sturgeon on Saturday and kept a number of schoolie striped bass working the deep water near the Pittsburg PGE Plant, and we were fishing the deep water to try and get the most out of the water movement. Sunday was similar with no sturgeon landed, but I know if we had been able to stay for the ebb tide in the night, we would be on the fish since they are there. The evening hours will produce this week, but water movement is the key.” Earlier in the week with more water movement, Mitchell found the fish in the shallows as the bigger tides pushed them into less current.

Captain Zach Medinas of Gatecrasher Fishing Adventures is back in Pittsburg Marina on his catch-and-release trips, and using his special roe formula, his first trip was a success on Saturday with 3 slot-limit, 2 oversized, and 6 undersized sturgeon released. Medinas has been able to consistently put up big numbers of sturgeon released within the past few years.

Kenji Nakagawa of Lodi went searching for striped bass in the north Delta on Saturday, and he said, “We had to cover a ton of water to find a few fish, and we ended the day with four fish to the boat with three keepers to 18 pounds. We did see two giant stripers in the 30-pound class inspecting the glidebaits, but they never committed to biting.

Striped bass interest continues to be the best along the western end of the San Joaquin-Delta, and more and more striped bass are moving in as the water temperatures continue to cool.

Dan Mathisen of Dan’s Delta Outdoors in Oakley said, “The striper bite is good with Bad Bubba Shad swimbaits and River2Sea’s Swavers around Broad Slough, Middle Slough, and Brown’s Island. The west is far better than the east right now as the stripers remain from Three-Mile Slough towards the Antioch Bridge.”

Clyde Wands, shallow trolling expert, had a good day running shallow-diving 1-ounce Rat-L-Traps during the middle of the week for over 20 striped bass.

Scott Marran of Yuba City found good action for 2 limits of school-sized striped bass drifting live mudsuckers outside of Eddo’s Marina.

Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, went out mid-week with an elderly client for a dozen striped bass tossing Bad Bubba Shad swimbaits on the San Joaquin after launching out of B and W Resort. He said, “The overall bite on the San Joaquin has gotten tough since the water is so clear at 8 to 9 feet of visibility and the unseasonably warm weather. We could only fish a couple of spots, and I plan on launching out of Ladd’s Marina in Stockton on Thursday due to the high winds. For striped bass, you have to be willing to move around on both tides as the linesides are migrating fast due to the water being much warmer than normal. For largemouth bass, you have to fish deep with the clear water as the bass are holding in deep water in cover. I would use a Max Scent plastic on a Zappu head or drop-shot on light line at depths to 15 feet. The cover will allow for less opportunity for the bass to see the line in the deep water, and fishing in the morning is easier with the low light conditions.”

For largemouth bass, Mathisen added, “There are those punching the weeds, and when the wind is blowing, spinnerbaits are working. Since it has been overcast from the smoke, there is a topwater bite as well.”

Michael Birch took first place with his partner Billy Hines on Saturday’s SIMMS Pro Day out of Sugar Barge Marina on Bethel Island, and he said, “It was a tough bite out there with the 50 degree air temperatures, and the action ranged from finesse to power techniques.”

Mike Pipkens of Gotcha Bait in Antioch reported sturgeon are coming from Broad Slough on grass shrimp or ghost shrimp, and striped bass in the 2

H and R Bait in Stockton reported most fishermen are heading west for sturgeon and striped bass out of Antioch and Pittsburg, but they are receiving 30 pounds of fresh shad every other day along with 100 pounds on Fridays and Saturdays. Whiskey Slough and Eight Mile Road remain the top locations in the south Delta for bluegill and red ear perch with jumbo red worms.

Call: Randy Pringle 209-543-6260; Captain Mike Gravert, Intimidator Sport Fishing 916-806-3030; Vince Borges, Vince Borges Outdoors 209-918-0828; J.D. Richey, Richey’s Sport Fishing 916-952-1554

Lake Nacimiento/

San Antonio/

Santa Margarita/Lopez

Bass 3 White bass 3 Striper 2 Catfish 2 Crappie 3

At Nacimiento, white and spotted bass are found on reaction baits along with spoons and plastics on various presentations. The Golden Empire Bass Club held an event at the lake on Saturday with an 11.55 winning limit including a 3.14-pound largemouth bass. Crappie continue to be taken on minijigs, but there is a health warning for eating fish from Nacimiento due to excessive levels of mercury. Catfish are found on dip or stink baits. Launching a boat remains viable, but there are a number of hazards just under the surface, requiring boaters to use extreme caution after launching. The lake held at 12 percent. The marina remains open for all services with the exception of gasoline. A webcam of the lake is available at http://www.lakenacimientolive.com/. At San Antonio, catfish continue to be the top species with the other species remaining slow at best. The whiskerfish are taken on cut baits, Triple S Blood Formula dip bait, or chicken livers. Bass fishing remains slow with a few fish taken on jigs or plastics on the drop-shot. Launching at the Harris Ramp is still a possibility, but the Lynch Ramp remains closed. At Lopez, bass fishing remains best with finesse techniques of plastics on the drop-shot or Texas-rig along with jigs at depths from 10 to 20 feet, but there is a reaction bite for a slightly larger grade of bass on chatterbaits, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. Bluegill and red ear perch have dropped in the water column, and meal worms, waxworms, or red worms are working on a drop-shot rig to 25 feet, but crappie fishing remains slow. A webcam of the lake is available at http://805webcams.com/lopez-lake-webcam/. At Santa Margarita, numbers of a small grade of bass are possible with plastics on the drop-shot or Texas-rig, weightless Senkos, or reaction baits. The occasional larger bass are found on swimbaits. Catfishing is best with mackerel, anchovies, or chicken livers, and there have been some big cats landed in the past week. Bluegill and red ear perch are found on jumbo red worms or meal worms in deep water. A webcam of the lake is available at http://805webcams.com/santa-margarita-lake-webcam-california/.

Call: Lake Nacimiento 805-238-1056, ext. 3; Lake San Antonio Marina 805-472-2818; Central Coast Bass Fishing.com 805-466-6557



Christian Bass League: Nov. 10 at Don Pedro – 1, Dan Sexton/Nate Couchman, 14.52 pounds (Big Fish 4.34); 2, Jonathan Whitesett/Chuck Fuller, 13.03; 3, David Permenter/Trey Jones, 12.48.

Kerman Bass Club: Nov. 10 at Don Pedro – 1, Mitch Melikian, 13.74 (Big Fish 6.58); 2, John Horton, 13.69; 3, John Albidrez, 12.67.

RiverRat Appreciation Open: Nov. 10 at Eastman – 1, Ron Sanches/Wade Veneman, 14.48 (Big Fish 5.32); 2, Ryan Orozco/Michael Bryant, 11.99; 3, Brian Cox/Chad Grissom, 11.45.

Golden Empire Bass Club: Nov. 10 at Nacimiento – 1, Mike Merlo/Duane Dalke, 11.55 (Big Fish 3.14); 2, Tom and Heath Johnson, 9.72; 3, Richard Carrier/Dave Heine, 8.40.

California Bass Federation National Semifinals: Nov. 10-11 at New Melones (10-fish limits), Boater Division – 1, Jason Remmers, 34.13; 2, Bill Kunz, 26.60; 3, Mike Alvarez, 26.43. Co Angler Division – 1, Sharif Zagsaw, 18.17; 2, Jeff Green, 18.10; 3, J.R. Diaz, 16.53.

Central Valley Kayak Fishing: Nov. 10 at Bass Lake – 1, Richard George, 50.75 inches for three fish (Big Fish 17 inches); 2, Damian Thao, 50.75 for four fish; 3, Kong Thao, 48.5.


Nov. 17: Don Pedro – Merced Bass Club/American Bass Association, McClure – 17-90 Bass Club, Eastman – Sierra Bass Club, Pine Flat – Bass 101, Lake Buena Vista – Taft Chamber of Commerce Trout Derby

Nov. 18: Delta/Russo’s Marina – Hook, Line, and Sinker, Delta/Contra Costa County – Tri Valley Bass Masters, McClure – Riverbank Bass Anglers

Dec. 1: Delta/Russo’s Marina – American Bass Association, Pine Flat – Kerman Bass Club, Nacimiento – American Bass Association

Dec. 2: New Melones – Roosevelt High School Bass Fishing Club, Millerton – American Bass Association

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