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.
Kaweah bass bite on fire, Larry Kerns said. New Melones catfish prowling, John Liechty reported. San Francisco salmon rebounding, Bob Wright said. Success bass hitting, Chuck Stokke reported. San Luis Forebay striper bite picks up, Meng Xyong said.
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4-Fish jumpin’ in boat
Delta Mendota Canal
Striper 2 Catfish 3
In the California Aqueduct, the water is clearing up as the flows have slowed with the majority of Delta water used to pump up San Luis Reservoir and the O’Neill Forebay. “Soaking bait remains the top technique with anglers catching catfish and stripers while using an assortment of baits,” Meng Xyong of the Fishaholics out of Fresno reported. “Tommy Patol of Bakersfield was fly-lining sardines for his limit of stripers. Anglers throwing SpeedLures are catching stripers and bass in the evening hours. The best bet for stripers has been in low-light conditions in early mornings or late afternoon to sundown. Water clarity has improved with slow flow in the central and southern aqueducts.” In the south aqueduct in Kern County, Jacob Rutledge of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield reported solid catfishing with one angler picking up a 21-pound whiskerfish in addition to a number of smaller catfish and a limit of schoolie stripers while soaking chicken livers. Moss continues to be a limiting factor, and bait fishing is the best with a variety of presentations including Sonny’s Dip Bait, Katnip Beef Bait, or garlic shrimp.
Bass 2 Trout 1 Bluegill 2 Catfish 2 Crappie 2
Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis reported more fishermen are heading to the lake with an improved bass bite despite the yellow-green algae on the surface. An 8.2-pound largemouth was landed on a crankbait this week, Gilbert added, but the norm is largemouth bass in the 1.5- to 3.25-pound range using jigs or plastics on the drop-shot or Texas-rig. Catfishing has been fair at best. The lake dropped less than one-fourth foot to 469.00 feet in elevation and 8 percent capacity.
Call: Six Star Tackle Box 673-5688; Eastman Lake 689-3255
Bass 2 Trout 1 Catfish 2 Bluegill 2 Crappie 2
Bass fishing remains slow with some reporting, Merritt Gilbert said, the continuation of “the Dead Sea” while others are picking up only a few small bass to 2 pounds. Catfishing is fair with chicken livers or nightcrawlers with the best results at night. The lake is expected to drop precipitously in the coming weeks to less than 10 percent capacity from its current 19 percent after dropping a foot to 475.46 feet 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
Few reports and few trout or king salmon fishermen are heading to the lake. Bass fishing should improve as the water continues to cool. Limited numbers are taken on plastics on the drop-shot. All three launch ramps are open with the lake dropping a foot to 768.66 feet in elevation and 66 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
Bass 2 Trout 2 Crappie 2 Catfish 3 Bluegill 2
The Cedar Fire is in cleanup mode and anglers are returning to the lake. Jacob Rutledge of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield reported catfish are the top species with garlic shrimp, Sonny’s Dip Bait or Katnip Beef Bait from the shorelines. There are a few crappie holding in the marinas, but these areas do not have public access. Bluegill are the top panfish species with red worms. Bass fishing remained slow. The lake dropped three-fourths of a foot to 2546.86 feet in elevation and 18 percent capacity. Trout are still holding in the upper Kern River above the lake, and salmon eggs, live crickets, Roostertails, Kastmasters or nightcrawlers are picking up a few of the planters. In the lower Kern below the dam, smallmouth and largemouth bass can be taken on plastics worms. Lake Buena Vista is kicking out a few crappie at night with small minnows. Catfish are also a possibility at BV with Sonny’s Dip Bait, garlic shrimp or Katnip Beef Bait.
Call: Bob’s Bait (661) 833-8657; North Fork Marina (760) 376-1812
Bass 4 Crappie 2 Trout 1 Catfish 3
Larry Kerns of the Success Bass Club fished the club’s Tournament of Champions on Sunday for fifth place after taking first place in the previous month’s tournament, and he reported an excellent bite with a variety of lures for fish in the 2-pound range. “Drop-shotting shad-patterned plastics or deep-diving crankbaits were working over the rock piles as the fish are oriented to working the huge schools of shad in the lake,” Kerns said. “The fish are eating everything, but it is hard to find the larger fish.” The lake is very low at 6 percent capacity, dropping 1.5 feet to 583.59 feet in elevation. Catfish are also a good option in the early mornings, evenings or during the night with stinkbaits, sardines or live crawdads.
Call: Sierra Sporting Goods 592-5212
Bass 3 Trout 1 Catfish 2 Crappie 1
Chuck Stokke of the Sequoia Fishing Company in Springville reported the lake has stabilized and bass fishing has improved with crankbaits, spinnerbaits or jig/trailer combinations. There is a window for topwater lures in the early mornings or late afternoons. The boat traffic is down quite a bit since the local schools have opened. The lake dropped slightly over a foot to 587.97 feet in elevation and 8 percent capacity. In the Tule River, Stokke reported excellent trout action with terrestrials or caddis patterns, but the river is getting very skinny.
Call: Sequoia Fishing Co. 539-5626, sequoiafishingcompany.com
Bass 2 Trout 2 King salmon 1 Kokanee 1 Crappie 2 Catfish 2
There also have been few reports from this lake despite the launch ramps remaining open. The best news has been for anglers working for bass, catfish, crappie or trout under lights near the houseboats. Catfish are still an option with frozen shad, sardines or anchovies from the shoreline. The lake dropped to 41 percent capacity and 750.79 feet in elevation. The McClure Point and Barrett Cove South launch ramps are open. The Barrett Cove North ramp is under construction and the Horseshoe Bend ramp closed.
Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505; Bub Tosh (209) 404-0053
Minimal change at the cold-water afterbay of Lake McClure with the best trout action coming in the early, early mornings for trollers working the deepest locations near the dam with blade/’crawler combinations, Wedding Rings tipped with a nightcrawler or blue/chrome Kastmasters. Garlic trout dough bait, red Power Eggs or red dough bait are the best bets from the banks at the handicapped docks, brush pile and along the marina, but the bite dies after midmorning before the next window at dusk.
Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534
San Joaquin River
Bass 2 Striper 1 Shad 2 Bluegill 1
Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis reported numbers of spotted bass remain possible with ripbaits, buzzbaits or spinnerbaits with by far the best action in the late afternoons. The morning bite has been limited to small fish on the bottom with plastics on the drop-shot, he added. No striped bass reports, but there have been some catfish around Sky Harbor with live crawdads or anchovies. Millerton dropped 3.5 feet to 509.83 feet in elevation and 47 percent capacity. In the San Joaquin, there is minimal fishing interest throughout the lower river with the lack of trout plants. 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
Bass 2 Crappie 2 Catfish 3 Trout 2 Kokanee 2
Catfish are the top species followed by crappie and largemouth bass. The cold-water species of trout and kokanee are in shutdown mode, but the trout bite should improve as the water cools. Fishing under lights at night has been a good option for crappie with live minnows, minijigs or small swimbaits under a slip float rig as the shad schools will be drawn to the light with the slabsides soon to follow. Standing timber has been the top location for the slabs. Glory Hole Sports will be running a 100 percent payback Catfish Tournament during November. Registration begins Oct. 1, and the entry is $10. The lake is releasing water on a daily basis, and the lake dropped a foot to 865.21 feet in elevation and 22 percent capacity.
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/
Kokanee 0 Bass 2 Trout 2 King salmon 1 Catfish 2 Crappie 1
Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis reported The reservoir is still releasing water, but the pace has slowed. “Trout fishing is best near the dam at depths to 65 feet with the rainbows holding near the shad schools,” Gilbert said. “Apex lures or hootchies in shad patterns are best. Bass fishermen enjoy a 1 1/2 - to two-hour window in the mornings before 8:30 a.m., but the bite is over after this time. There is a top-water lure or crankbait bite in the morning hours before the sun rises as there are fish boiling on the surface on occasion. After mid-morning, a few fish can be taken on jigs or plastic worms at depths from 20 to 35 feet.” The Deer Creek launch ramp is still in the water, but the Cove Island launch ramp may be out of the water. Pine Flat has receded another 1.5 feet to 752.71 feet in elevation and 18 percent capacity. The flows in the lower Kings are slowing, and trout fishing should be easier with less water movement. 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 1
The main San Luis Reservoir has bumped up to 21 percent capacity after dropping to 10 percent in July. A few huge striped bass continue to be landed by those using live grass shrimp, and the increased capacity has led to an improved trolling bite along the main lake points. One experienced bank fisherman is catching live grass shrimp with a net near the outlets and fishing throughout the night on the weekends. He caught and released a 39.5-pound striped bass at midnight Saturday on the live shrimp, later keeping a 28-pounder caught at 3 a.m. for entry into a local derby. Coyote Bait and Tackle in Morgan Hill reported, “Trollers are becoming more active in the main lake around rocky points, but the winds have kept most boats off of the water over the past week. Jumbo minnows are back in the shop on a regular basis, and boaters are starting to pick up stripers drifting the live bait.” Roger George of Roger George Guide Service said that when the wind lays down there are boiling fish along the shoreline. “I fished last Friday with Kent Horn of Madera and between some early top-water fish and trolling we released 30-plus fish to 25 inches. Jeff DeYoung of Fresno fished with me Saturday in more windy conditions and we ended up catching/releasing 24 nice schoolie stripers for a pretty good two days of fishing. The trolling patterns took some time to figure out both days with the fish moving around a lot. The surface temps are about 69 degrees now and new areas are coming online,” George said. In the O’Neill Forebay, Meng Xyong of the Fishaholics out of Fresno reported, “The lake continues to produce for several anglers. Frank Shaffer of Hollister caught over 40 fish this past weekend trolling the deep water flats. Fish are still boiling in the shallows. Early morning or late afternoon is your best bet. Shore anglers are scoring at night with swimbaits.” Bait fishermen are working around Check 12 with anchovies, jumbo minnows, or live grass shrimp..
Call: Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711, Roger George of rogergeorgeguideservice.com (559) 905-2954
Bass 2 Trout 1 Kokanee 1
Trout fishing remains exceedingly slow with one boat trolling over two days for a single rainbow trout. Bass fishermen should start returning to the lake now that the sheriff’s motor fee is on hold until Memorial Day 2018. Bass fishing should improve with plastics or jigs on the bottom with the cooler nighttime temperatures. The lake held at 92 percent capacity.
Call: Todd Wittwer 288-8100; Mike Beighey 642-3748; Bass Lake Watersports 642-3200
Brown trout 2 Trout 2
There hasn’t been much information coming out of the Kaiser Pass lakes, but Edison seems to be the best option for rainbow or brown trout for trollers working the deeper portions of the lake. Edison held at 55 percent capacity while Florence dropped to 23 percent and Mammoth Pool fell to 38 percent.
Call: Vermilion Valley Resort at Edison Lake 259-4000
Kokanee 2 Trout 2
The took place at Shaver Lake over the past weekend, and Jim Travis of Fresno, one of the tournament’s organizers, said, “We had a good turnout with over 75 participants in attendance and 30 boats.”
Kokanee Power President Gary Coe and partner John Lico took first place in the Kokanee Power Derby over the weekend at 59.0 ounces for three fish with Cory Keller and Doug Philpott coming in second at 57.3. There were over 75 participants and 30 boats, said Jim Travis of Fresno, one of the tournament’s organizers. Coe noted t was a challenging bite, and we were able only to pick up seven to eight kokanee. “John landed the largest fish of the tournament at 21.7 ounces on an Uncle Larry’s spinner behind a Crystal Basin Wild Thing dodger,” Coe said. “I found my best action with either the UV or Reverse Kevorkian Apex lure. The fish are starting to turn into spawning colors, which is normal for this time of year. We had a number of experienced fishermen in the event; and although it was a grind, the difference between first and eighth place was a mere seven ounces.” Kenny McDonald of Manteca came in fourth place and added that Apex lure in Ultra-violet along with spinners in pink, green or blue worked best. Dick Nichols of Dick’s Fishing Charters added, “I finished my last charter of the year this past weekend, and it was not a great year after mid-May. On my last trip, we picked up a few kokanee with two at dawn and then one here and one there near the Sierra Marina at depths to 58 feet with pink or pink/clear Apex lures tipped with corn behind a Sierra Gold or C.J. dodger. In 2015, I ran 128 charter trips, and with the slowdown this year, I was down to 93 charters. We haven’t landed a catchable rainbow trout in the past two months although we did put in 16 trophies to 6 pounds this year. It is a disappointment to close up shop so early in the year, but I can’t see charging people for four fish.” Todd Wittwer of Kokanee.net will continue to run trips for up to two people for another week or so: “I don’t want to take more than two people with the current situation. There are a few kokanee still out there.” Smallmouth bass are a solid option for those working around the rocks with small crankbaits or live crickets. Most are in the 9-inch range, but they are abundant despite efforts to remove the species from the lake during the drawdown. Shaver dropped to 79 percent capacity. As for Huntington Lake, Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun reported it is kicking out small kokanee and a few trout, and more anglers seem to be heading to this lake rather than Shaver. Huntington dropped to 90 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 and Courtright continue to be puzzling for anglers, but there is more reason for optimism at Courtright with a somewhat improved bite. “Courtright is the better of the two high country Kings River lakes with trollers picking up rainbows at two to five colors of leadcore on a very slow troll with blade/’crawler combinations,” said Chuck Crane of Wishon Village RV Park and Store. “The action is best when there is a little ripple on the surface from the breeze, and one boat caught and released three limits of trout running a Woolly Bugger fast behind the boat on the surface with light monofilament line at 4-pound test. The black Wolly Bugger seemed to be working best in the mornings before switching over to a brown Woolly, but a long setback is essential. The best action is taking place close to the rocky shorelines.” Shore fishing is just fair with most success on orange or pink trout dough bait or nightcrawlers under a bubble near the upper end of the lake or the Day Use Area. At Wishon, Crane reported continued difficult trolling with some anglers picking up near limits while others are struggling to get a bite. He said, “The best fishing is taking place with blade/’crawler combinations at three to five colors of leadcore, and Speedy Shiners or Needlefish are also good option. Trollers are working in the upper end of the lake near the tunnel on a slow troll while some fishermen are drifting trout dough bait in orange or pink, just allowing the wind to drift the boat. Nightcrawlers under a bubble are another option for drifting. Bank fishing is slow with a few fish taken on trout dough bait in orange, pink, or rainbow near WoodChuck Creek.”
Call: Wishon RV Park 865-5361
Half Moon Bay
Salmon 2 Rockfish 3 Striper 2
The most consistent bite is for rockfish, but a few private boats continue to troll Cop Car Apex lures at depths to 40 feet out in front of the harbor between the buoys for the opportunity for a few salmon. Captain Tom Mattusch on the Huli Cat is planning on being back and running by this weekend for salmon or rockfish/lingcod trips with Dungeness crab combinations coming the first weekend in November.
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 2 White sea bass 2 Halibut 2
Chris Arcoleo of Chris’s Sport Fishing in Monterey reported the squid schools have dissipated, and they are jigging up a few sand dabs for lingcod. The Caroline returned with 20 limits of rockfish along with 13 lingcod in flat, calm, overcast conditions. They have plenty of room for rockfish/lingcod trips throughout the week. In Santa Cruz, Allen Bushnell of the Santa Cruz Kayak Fishing reported, “We may be turning the corner into a fall weather pattern. Last week started out with strong winds blowing by noon, and ended with milder daytime conditions including evening fog and calm waters. Fall fishing can sometimes be the best with plenty of rockfish, hungry lingcod, white seabass, and often some exotics like bonito and albacore or bluefin tuna. OK. So far we are right on target with the lingcod and white sea bass, and big halibut from the North Coast beaches. Bonito are on the bite about three miles off Moss Landing, and over the other canyon arms such as the Soquel Hole. Albacore are being caught from ports as far south as Eureka, but it’s a long-shot bet that we will see any off our local coastline. Bluefin tuna are still a possibility within the next eight weeks or so. We have plenty of time and plenty of fishing available before winter arrives.” The beaches off the North Coast are a good bet right now, according to Todd Fraser from Bayside Marine. He reported anglers are fishing from Davenport to Natural Bridges for halibut and lingcod. “There were a few nice halibut caught near Capitola in 70 feet of water,” he added. “The bait fish are in and the fishing is getting better.”
Call: Chris’ Landing (831) 375-5951; Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173; usafishing.com
San Francisco Bay
Halibut 2 Striper 2 Rockfish 3 Leopard shark 3 Sturgeon 1 Salmon 3
The salmon bite was good for some over the weekend, and captain Bob Wright of the Happy Hooker returned with over a fish per rod at 18 salmon to 24 pounds for a light load of 12 anglers at Double Point. Second captain Jerad Davis of the Salty Lady out of Sausalito returned with 6 limits to 15 pounds on Monday, and he was back to the harbor early. Three other Sausalito boats went to the same region Sunday with 47 anglers for a combined 28 salmon to 21 pounds trolling from Muir Beach north to Double Point. On Saturday, the scores were nearly a fish per rod with 45 salmon to 26 pounds for 49 anglers from south of the main ship channel to Double Point. The Sundance and the C Gull II out of Emeryville Sport Fishing put in 16 salmon to 26 pounds for 20 anglers Sunday after scoring 26 salmon to 25 pounds for 24 anglers Saturday. Rockfishing remains outstanding with the California Dawn running to the Farallon Islands on Saturday and Sunday for limits of 18 limits of rockfish and 28 lings on Sunday after posting30 limits of rockfish and 19 lings Saturday. The Sea Wolf, New Salmon Queen, Tiger Fish and New Huck Finn out of Emeryville ran out to the Islands for a combined 98 limits of rockfish along with nearly two lings per rod at 187 lings to a whopping 28 pounds Sunday. Captain Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker is back from Alaska, and he is planning on working the beaches and small coves along the Marin coastline with live bait Friday for halibut. Inside San Francisco and San Pablo Bays, Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Marina’s big news of the week was the salmon bite that broke out at California City on Thursday and Friday with some boats scoring limits.
San Luis Obispo
Surf perch action remains outstanding from the area’s beaches, and Jacob Rutledge of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield said, “A good part of our business has been for ocean fishing, and we are selling lots of blood and lug worms along with Berkley Camo and Sand Worms and Lucky Craft Pointers for the surf perch at San Simeon, Goleta, Pismo Beach, and Ventura.” Rockfishing remains solid out of both San Luis Obispo County ports, and the Flying Fish and the Patriot out of Patriot Sport Fishing in Port San Luis took out a combined 32 anglers on Monday for 32 limits of rockfish along with 35 ling cod to 21 pounds. The Avenger’s crew focused upon ling cod on a half-day trip Monday, and the 27 anglers were rewarded with 54 ling cod to 13 pounds to go with 27 vermilion rockfish, 81 copper rockfish, 2 bolina and 106 assorted rockfish. Out of Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, the Fiesta and Rita G took out a combined 35 anglers on Sunday for a total of 15 lingcod to 17.6 pounds, 58 vermilion rockfish, 278 assorted rockfish and 14 copper rockfish. Mitch Webster of Bakersfield took the jackpot on the Rita G with an 12.1-pound ling. Bob’s Bait is hosting a trip on the Endeavor out of Morro Bay on Oct. 8 with a few spots still available.
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 1 Catfish 3 Bluegill 3 Salmon 2
The excellent salmon fishing outside of the Golden Gate has contributed to a vastly improved bite off of the Suisun Bay shoreline with anglers crowding around the Dillon Point State Park and off of First Street. Striped bass are holding around Decker Island, but the majority of the fish are on the small size although a few larger bass to 30 pounds have been caught and kept by both trollers and bank fishermen. From the Benicia shoreline, Tony Lopez of Benicia Bait and Tackle said, “The salmon have finally arrived in force with over 30 fish landed at the Dillon Point State Park on Thursday with another big score on both weekend days. The park is so crowded on the weekends with crowds between 200 and 300 fishermen that all of the parking lots are filled, and people are blocking each other in along the surface streets. First Street is also starting to produce with seven fish on Sunday. Vee-Zee or Mepp’s Flying C spinners are working best.” The increased numbers of salmon coming through Suisun Bay has not translated to improved action in the upper end of the Delta at Freeport, but there are fish taken on a daily basis by jigging spoons, tossing Flying C’s from the shorelines, or trolling Silvertron spinners. The Old Sacramento River continues to be limited to few salmon per day. Mark Wilson said, “ The winds limited us to Decker Island throughout the week, and there was a good bite along the West Bank at the start of the week, but the grass became too thick to troll this area by the end of the week. We have been averaging between 20 and 40 stripers per day with 10 to 12 keepers. Other than the 8-pounder and another at 6 pounds, every keeper has been from 20 inches and below. We have been finding schools in deeper water, and I use a Yozuri Crystal Minnows on a 120-foot setback to get to these fish at 20 feet, but when the stripers are in 12 to 13 feet of water, I have been using P-Line Predator Minnows. Greens, firetiger, and red head/white have been the best colors in the deep-divers while I have been running Rat-L-Traps in silver/black or silver/blue on the shallow troll.” There has been the occasional large striped bass caught and kept within the past week with a 30-pounder kept by a troller near the West Bank and a 29-pounder by a bait fishermen inside Decker Island. Striped bass of these proportions are becoming increasingly rare, and there is a consensus from many experienced fishermen to release striped bass over 10 pounds. The Rio Vista Striped Bass Derby and Festival is Oct. 7-9, and information and registration is available at www.bassfestival.com. The numbers of striped bass have increased significantly on the San Joaquin-Delta around the mouth of the Mokelumne River. For largemouth bass, Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, said there is a very good bass bite with the ima Pinjack crankbait in shad or crawdad patterns around the weed lines, and there are schools of small stripers in the San Joaquin River. Dan Mathisen of Dan’s Delta Outdoors in Oakley said stripers are moving in with a few fish around Sherman Lake with schoolies to 28 inches taken on the 5-inch Bad Bubba Shad swimbait. Salmon are starting to show up off of the Antioch shoreline. For largemouth bass, the hot weather has brought back the punch bite along with spinnerbaits and the Strike King Red Eye Shad lipless crankbait.
Call: Randy Pringle (209) 543-6260; Captain Stan Koenigsberger – Quetzal Adventures (925) 570-5303; Intimidator Sport Fishing (916) 806-3030
Bass 2 White bass 2 Striper 2 Catfish 2 Crappie 2
At Lopez Lake, the launch ramp is still out of the water with the low lake level. As a result, few anglers are heading to the lake. There are rental boats available at the marina, but the action is limited to working the shorelines or from the rental boats. There is a small window for top-water lures and buzzbaits before dropping to the bottom with plastics or jigs. There is a catfish bite at night with sardines, anchovies or chicken livers. Nacimiento hosted the Golden Empire Bass Club over the weekend, and small limits were the rule with keeper fish in the 1.25- to 1.5-pound range on plastics on the drop-shot, shakey-head, split shot or dart head along with jigs worked slowly on the bottom. The white bass can be found under the surface near Las Tablas, Dip Creek, and Snake Creek with small white Roostertails or Kastmasters. The air quality is returning to normal after the extinction of the Chimney Fire.San Antonio has closed once again after a short season interrupted by the Chimney Fire. The lake is still extremely low.
Call: Lake Nacimiento (805) 238-1056, ext. 3; Lake San Antonio Marina (805) 472-2818; CentralCoastBassFishing.com (805) 466-6557
- Kokanee Power Team Tournament at Shaver on Sept. 10: Adult Division (three fish weigh-in), 1, Gary Coe/John Lico, 59.0 ounces; 2, Cory Keller/Doug Philpott, 57.3; 3r, Kenny MacDonald/John Zeiman, 52.9. Youth Division (one fish weigh-in), 1, Collin Sloan, 17.25 ounces; 2, Nick Stubblefield, 15.95; 3, Tyler Davis, 15.25.
- California Tournament Team Trail at Delta/B and W Resort on Sept. 10: 1, Jason Cordaile/Ken Phillips, 16.68; 2, Bub Tosh/Brian Coy, 15.77; 3, Robert Cloutier/Gary Mullins, 15.20.
- Golden Empire Bass Club at Nacimiento on Sept. 10: 1, Dan and Charlie Barros, 8.39 pounds; 2, Clayton Rogerson/Kenny Cleveland, 7.82; 3, Tom and Heath Johnson, 6.87 (big fish, 2.34).
- Bass Fest hosted by Best Bass Tournaments at Delta/Russo’s Marina on Sept. 11 (three-fish limits): 1, Obedie Williams/Clint Groenewold, 22.89 pounds (big fish, 9.64 pounds); 2, Nick Nourot/Gene Wall, 18.48; 3, Michael and Ron Coleman, 16.89.
- Success Bass Club Tournament of Champions at Kaweah on Sept. 11: 1, Gary Wasson/Daniel Moreno, 13.57 pounds; 2, David Coy/Jerry Williams, 13.50; 3, Newt Price/George Rosales, 10.44.
- Friday: Jim’s Pro Bass Tackle at Nacimiento
- Saturday: Forrest L. Wood, LLC at Delta/Russo’s Marina; Tracy Bass Club at Delta/Tracy Oasis; American Bass Association at Isabella
- Sunday: Fresno Bass Club at Delta/B and W Resort; Delta Bass Club at Delta/Russo’s Marina; Riverbank Bass Club at Delta Ladd’s Marina; Kings River Bass Club at Pine Flat
- Sept. 24: Sierra Bass Club at Delta; Future Pro Tour at Delta/Ladd’s Marina; Hook, Line and Sinker at Delta/Russo’s Marina; Dan’s Delta Outdoors at Delta/Big Break Marina;Christian Bass League at Tulloch; Bakersfield Bass Club at Lopez; Tri-Valley Bass Club at Santa Margarita
- Sept. 24-25: California Delta Team Trail at Delta/B and W Resort
- Sept. 25: Hook, Line and Sinker at Delta/Russo’s Marina; Tracy Bass Club at Delta/Tracy Oasis
- Oct. 7-9: Rio Vista Bass Derby and Festival
f = full moon > = peak activity