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 sturgeon and striper bites good, Jay Lopes said. Millerton spotted bass hitting, Merritt Gilbert said. San Luis Forebay still producing stripers, Meng Xyong reported. Kaweah and McClure bass feeding, Dave Hurley said. New Melones trout and bass active, John Liechty reported.
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Delta Mendota Canal and Sloughs
Stripers 3; Catfish 3
The California Aqueduct has become a popular destination for Central Valley striped bass fishermen, and the explosion of the Fishaholics internet group out of Fresno has brought out new fishermen to the ’ducts, as they are known. There is potential for good fishing, but also for problems such as personal safety, poaching, excessive litter and automobile break-ins. Meng Xyong of the Fishaholics said, “The quality of stripers is starting to show. Anglers targeting checkgates are having success landing these fish. Water flow remains high in the aqueduct. The catfish bite has slowed down but anglers using stink baits have been landing them up to 8 pounds. Throwing jerkbaits and top water lures have been working great for anglers casting along the aqueduct.” Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun said, “Small stripers have been the rule, but there is more interest in the aqueduct within the past few weeks as our sales of Duo Realis jerkbaits and Lucky Craft Pointers have increased.” In the south aqueduct near Bakersfield, Jacob Rutledge of Bob’s Bait Bucket reported a larger grade of striped bass are showing up with blood worms, sardines, Lucky Craft Pointers, small swimbaits, and umbrella rigs while catfishing is best with Sonny’s Stink Bait, anchovies, or frozen clams. Parking is a concern throughout the stretches along the aqueduct, either from those doing so illegally in a no trespassing zone or from break-ins. There have been confirmed reports of a male and female couple, driving a late 1980s to early 1990s white Ford pickup truck burglarizing cars while anglers are away in area south of Highway 132 near Gustine. Any suspicious activity should be reported to the proper authorities. During periods of cold weather, extreme caution should be observed by those fishing along the concrete since the sloped aqueduct walls become very slippery and hazardous from early-morning frost. Anglers also are encouraged to keep the areas in which they fish clean to avoid closures by property owners.
Bass 2; Trout 1; Bluegill 2; Catfish 2; Crappie 2
The bass bite has slowed with the colder water temperatures affecting the largemouths. A few decent fish can be taken on crankbaits or plastics. The lake held at 8 percent and 468.71 feet in elevation. Eastman is California’s first Trophy Bass Fishery as designate by the California Department of Fish and Game; anglers may keep only one bass with a minimum length of 22 inches.
Call: Six Star Tackle Box 673-5688; Eastman Lake 689-3255
Bass 2; Trout 1; Catfish 2; Bluegill 2; Crappie 2
Hensley is very slow for catfish and bass as the water temperature is dropping. The lake held at 19 percent and 475.42 feet in elevation.
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 2; Kokanee 1; King salmon 2; Crappie 2
There are signs that the rainbow trout action is finally turning around. Bass fishing also is heating up as the water continues to cool. Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing said, “It looks like it is time to go fishing as there have been reports of limits of rainbow trout with three of the fish at 15, 18, and 19 inches taken on Speedy Shiners behind a Sling Blade within the top 20 feet of the surface. I would run a Speedy Shiner or one of my custom spoons without the flasher, but it is apparent that this set up worked for this fisherman. With the fish so high in the water column, the lake must have turned over, and all of the trout were stuffed with shad. I will be out scouting on the lake within the week.” Bass fishing has also improved with Mike Gomez of the Bait Barn in Waterford saying, “Bass fishermen are catching decent fish in the 2- to 4-pound range with Pro Worms 124p or with jigs such as the Berserk Purple Hornet or brown/purple at depths from 25-35 feet. We are also selling lots of trout dough bait for Don Pedro so there must be a good trout bite from the banks.” Don Pedro rose slightly to 769.46 feet in elevation and 67 percent capacity.
Call: Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fish’n Dan (209) 586-2383; Gary Vella (209) 652-7550; Bait Barn (209) 874-3011
Lake Isabella/Bakersfield area
Bass 2; Trout 2; Crappie 2; Catfish 3; Bluegill 2
Jacob Rutledge of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield reported the catfish are the top species at the lake with Sonny’s Stink Bait or the new Terminator Catfish Bait. Frozen shad, anchovies or nightcrawlers also are working with the best fishing in the deepest water near the dam. After a spurt of bass action with medium-diving crankbaits, there have been no further reports of bass. The crappie bite has yet to emerge. The lake dropped slightly to 2,543.80 feet in elevation and 16 percent capacity. Lake Ming and the River Walk are receiving trout plants on a biweekly basis, and Rutledge reported one group pulled out limits of rainbows in excess of 2 pounds from Ming using Power Bait. Buena Vista was planted prior to the Thanksgiving holiday and a 5.12-pound rainbow was taken on chartreuse garlic Power Bait. With the plants in the upper Kern River near Kernville, there is more interest with salmon eggs, nightcrawlers or Roostertails. In the lower river, bass fishing remains best with small swimbaits or plastics on the drop-shot.
Call: Bob’s Bait (661) 833-8657; North Fork Marina (760) 376-1812
Bass 3; Crappie 2; Trout 1; Catfish 2
The lake is rising steadily, and there have been some quality largemouth bass in the 8- to 10-pound range caught and released on live crawdads. Sierra Sporting Goods in Exeter reported spoons or plastics on the drop-shot also are working for bass at depths to 25 feet. There is a crappie bite in the submerged structure with small to medium minnows while large to extra-large minnows are effective for bass. Catfish are taken on anchovies or chicken livers. The lake, rising with the recent inflow, was at 586.30 feet in elevation and 7 percent capacity.
Call: Sierra Sporting Goods 592-5212
Bass 2; Trout 2; Catfish 2; Crappie 1
The lake level is very low, and fishing interest is limited to a few bass fishermen tossing a variety of deep-diving crankbaits, jigs or Senkos at depths to 15 feet. The lake rose a half-foot to 583.21 in elevation and 6 percent capacity. In the Tule River, native rainbows are taken on Roostertails; brown trout are hitting small dry flies or nymphs.
Call: Sequoia Fishing Co. 539-5626, sequoiafishingcompany.com
Bass 3; Trout 2; King salmon 1; Kokanee 1; Crappie 2; Catfish 2
Bass fishing has picked up with plastics on the bottom at depths from 25-35 feet for fish averaging from 1.5-2 pounds with the occasional spotted bass running 4 pounds. Robo Worms Margarita Mutilator, Pro Worms 124p and the Berserk Purple Hornet jig are all working. The launch ramps are back in play at Barrett’s Cove North and South. The ramps are on the concrete, with more than 100 feet of water on the concrete at both. Two boats can launch side-by-side on the south ramp. The lake held at 38 percent capacity, dropping less than a foot to 741.84 in elevation.
Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505
The planted rainbows are moving into the river arm as they have acclimated to the lake. The best action from the shore is in the early mornings or late afternoons along the normal locations of the brush pile, handicapped docks and the marina with various colors of Power Bait along with inflated nightcrawlers or silver/blue Kastmasters.
Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534
Millerton Lake/San Joaquin River
Bass 3; Striped bass 1; Shad 1; Bluegill 1
Millerton has taken the top spot in the Central California bass lexicon with solid numbers of spotted bass while the bass and trout bite have slowed at Pine Flat. Eastman and Hensley are slowing as colder water affects the largemouth bass, leading most area bass fishermen to Millerton or Pine Flat. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “Millerton is kicking out 15-20 spotted bass per trip with either spoons on the bottom at depths from 40-60 feet or with jigs or plastics on the drop-shot around 30 feet. The reaction bite has slowed, and everything has been on the bottom. The numbers are good and the size is decent. There have also been two additional reports of striped bass in the 15- to 16-inch range this week, and combined with the 4-pound striper landed last week, it appears that the linesides may be doing some incidental spawning in the lake since there haven’t been any plants for years.” Millerton rose 7 feet this past week to 55 percent capacity and 521.79 in elevation with inflow from the high country. In the San Joaquin River, a few anglers are targeting striped bass in the lower river with small swimbaits at night. 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: Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474
New Melones Reservoir/Tulloch
Bass 3; Crappie 2; Catfish 2; Trout 3; Kokanee 2
The trout action at New Melones continues to roll on, and a number of the impressive holdover rainbows came to the net this past week. Bass fishing has improved as the fish transition to a fall-like pattern, feeding heavily in preparation for the cold winter months. John Liechty of Glory Hole Sports in Angels Camp said, “For trout, the water temperature continues to cool and with each coming week, the rainbows are moving into the shallows and toward the surface. The shad have been schooling in deep water, and they are starting to migrate into the shallows in the coves and creek channels. The trout will follow the shad. Rainbows in the 2- to 5-pound range have been taken by trollers running shad-patterned Rapalas or heavy spoons at depths from 80-100 feet in the main lake between the dam and the spillway while a few trollers are starting to work leadcore line or toplining in the early mornings. Bank fishermen are beginning to pick up a few fish on trout dough bait or a nightcrawler/marshmallow combination. The bite will generally turn on around Thanksgiving.” For bass, Lietchy, who also runs Xperience Bass Fishing Guide Service said, “ I went fun fishing with a good friend of mine, Josh Parris, and we threw nothing but big swimbaits in search of a giant bite. About an hour before dark a giant fish crushed my bait. After a short fight we netted, weighed and released her.” The most productive depth for bass has been in the 35- to 45-foot range along areas where the bass will push and ambush bait. Shad-patterned plastic worms on a dart head or shakey head are effective as well as in crawdad patterns on a three-quarter-ounce football head jig. The Glory Hole Sports Catfish Derby started at the beginning of November. Said Liechty: “We are almost through our Glory Hole Sports Fall Catfish Contest, and it has been a slow start, leaving the door wide open for anyone to win. It is just a matter of time before we start to see some of those giant catfish that New Melones has to offer.” Winter can be a good time to target crappie by looking in the back of major creek channels around standing timber with small minnows or minijigs. The Glory Hole launch ramp is on the dirt, until the lake rises during the winter. A courtesy dock remains available. Recent rains have brought the lake up 1 foot to 862.84 in elevation and 22 percent.
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
Merritt Gilbert said, “Bass fishing isn’t as good as it is at Millerton, and there is basically no reaction bite. The best fishing is on the bottom with similar techniques to Millerton with spoons, plastics, or jigs. The trout bite is also slow with few reports within the past week.” The lake rose 1.5 feet to 761.47 in elevation and 20 percent capacity. Trout plants are scheduled in the lower Kings River below the dam this week; Power Bait, nightcrawlers, Roostertails and Panther Martins are working for the planters. There is much more interest in the lower Kings since the plants have started. 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: Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474; Sequoia Fishing Co. 539-5626
San Luis Reservoir and O’Neill Forebay
Striper 3; Catfish 2; Bass 1; Crappie 1
O’Neill Forebay remained the top spot for central California striped bass fishermen as water from the south Delta continues to be pumped through the reservoir on its way to the main San Luis Reservoir. The main lake has risen to 40 percent over the past week. Meng Xyong of the Fishaholics out of Fresno said, “The bite is slowing down into a winter transition phase. Fishermen are finding it harder to catch the quantity of fish that has been abundant the past few months. Most fish can be found hugging the bottom or working the deep water channels.” Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “Stripers in the 16- to 24-inch range are common, and we are selling more and more Duo Realis jerkbaits, Lucky Craft Pointer 128’s, or Storm swimbaits in bluegill or shad-patterns for the forebay.” Coyote Bait and Tackle in Morgan Hill reported a topwater bite in the early mornings or late afternoons along with jerkbaits for school-sized striped bass. Most fishermen are heading to the forebay instead of the main lake. In the main San Luis Reservoir, the striped bass are schooling at depths from 40-100 feet as the shad schools are starting to ball up. Jumbo minnows or 1.5-ounce Duh! Spoons, Kastmasters or hair raisers are all working for the striped bass once the schools are located. Shore fishermen are soaking blood worms, pile worms, or anchovies for the occasional striped bass. Roger George of Roger George Guide Service sad that the overall bite has been slow after the super moon and weather fronts. “The fish are suspending and holding deep making it tough to find an active bite. I expect things to turn around soon – as conditions stabilize. The huge inputs of more than 17,000 acre-feet per day – for the past two days – is exciting and will change everything.” George said.
Call: Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711, Roger George of rogergeorgeguideservice.com (559) 905-2954; San Luis Reservoir and O’Neill Forebay Wind Conditions: 1 (800) 805-4805.
Bass 2; Trout 2; Kokanee 1
Snow dusted the edges of the lake over the weekend, and fishing interest has been minimal. Anglers are limited to a few small bass using plastics on the drop-shot. There are few reports of trout. The lake dropped to 62 percent capacity, with releases expected to take it down to 50 percent in the coming months.
Call: Mike Beighey 642-3748; Bass Lake Watersports 642-3200
Brown trout 2; Trout 2
Snow fell in the high elevation, and it is only a matter of time before Kaiser Pass closes for the winter. Edison is at 45 percent of capacity and Florence at 17 percent. Mammoth Pool dropped to 33 percent.
Call: Vermilion Valley Resort at Edison Lake 259-4000
Shaver Lake/Huntington Lake
Kokanee 1; Trout 2
The big news out of Shaver was that guide Dick Nichols and his wife were able to get out of their burning home just in time – after their visiting grandson alerted them to the late-night while everyone was asleep . “We barely got out and sadly the house burned to the ground. We lost everything!” Nichols said. The high-country lakes of Shaver Lake, Huntington, Wishon and Courtright have been quiet over the past few months, and snow fell in the region. Another snowstorm may close the gate at Dinkey Creek for access to Wishon and Courtright. The Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project has been working behind the scenes in preparation for their 2017 schedule of events. Trophy trout plants are expected to begin in April, and the cost of the rainbows is in the $7 per pound range from the possible hatchery sources in Oregon or Nebraska. Shaver, releasing water, is at 80 percent capacity. Huntington was holding at 31 percent. The project’s annual dinner is the second Saturday of August at the Shaver Lake Community Center, and the organization welcomes tax-deductible donations or unwanted water craft that can be sold to help fund all of its programs. Donations can be made to SLTTP, P.O. Box 908, Shaver Lake 9366, with more information at www.shaverlaketrophytrout.com.
Call: Dick’s Fishing Charters 841-2740; Dinkey Creek Inn 841-3435; Rancheria Marina 893-3234; Shaver Lake Sports Inc. 841-2740; Todd Wittwer 288-8100
The Wishon Village RV Park and Store closed for the season Oct. 30, with the campgrounds also closing.
Call: Wishon RV Park 865-5361
Half Moon Bay
Rockfish 3; Striper 2; Crabs 3
Out of Pacifica, Rob Chaney of the Rusty Hook Bait and Tackle reported rough ocean conditions are not keeping fishermen from heading to the Pacifica Pier in search of crab with snares. The L-section of the pier is closed indefinitely, and the only access is on the straight section of the pier. Snares are still the best bet with the rough conditions, and the Rusty Hook has sold more than 450 snares since the opener. Fishing is limited to the occasional small striped bass on blood worms or pile worms.
Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Captain Roger Thomas, Salty Lady (415) 760-9362; Emeryville Sport Fishing (510) 654-6040
Rockfish 3; Striper 1; Crab 2
Chris Arcoleo of Chris’ Landing in Monterey said, “The swell has been big down here, but we were able to get out over the weekend. The crab counts are getting better and better, and we are focusing exclusively on getting rockfish limits without spending much time on ling cod with the big swell. The Check Mate was out on Sunday with 23 passengers for 73 crab along with three-quarter limits of ling cod and 3 lings. On Saturday, the Star of Monterey, Caroline, and Check Mate were all out with the Star returning with 19 limits of rockfish and a ling, the Check Mate scoring 62 crab along with 17 limits of rockfish and 3 lings, and the Caroline posting 38 crab, three-quarter limits of rockfish, and a ling for 15 anglers. They have room throughout the upcoming week and even on next Sunday.” Allen Bushnell of Santa Cruz Kayak Fishing and Surfcasting Guide Service reported, “Wednesday’s trip aboard the beautiful Miss Beth also netted near-limits of Dungeness crab, but only half-limits of rockfish. Skipper Jim Rubin did report seeing a good number of bluefin tuna in the area, which might bode well for tuna fishing in the near future. As Thomas reports, “The bluefin tuna were running but that is exactly what they were doing – running. They are not biting. Good news on the surfcasting front: Beaches south of Seacliff are starting to get in shape amid heavy wave action of the past few weeks. We are starting to see holes and rip currents emerge as sand is scoured from the flat summer beaches. This is very promising for perch fishing as well as hunting for the elusive Monterey Bay striped bass.”
Call: Chris’ Landing (831) 375-5951; Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173
San Francisco Bay
Striper 2; Rockfish 3; Leopard shark 3; Sturgeon 2; Crab 3
It was ugly outside the Gate on Saturday and Sunday, and both Chris Smith on the California Dawn and Jim Smith on the Happy Hooker canceled combination trips given the ocean conditions. Papa Smith was able to run Friday, and they pulled 25 pots for 29 limits of crab along with good rockfishing. Inside the bay, Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael was able to receive a shipment of live crab Saturday as their crab boat went out in the rough conditions to pull their pots. Fishing in the bay was minimal this weekend due to the wind and “crummy” weather, but he added, “Right now would be the best time to be out there with the big outgoing tide with some Loch Lomond ghost shrimp.” Fraser likes those big San Pablo Bay outgoing tides.
San Luis Obispo
The rockfish season ends Dec. 31 and bottom fishing remains the only game in town. From Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay, the Fiesta, Princess and the Rita G took out 75 anglers Saturday for a combined 81 ling cod to 19.8 pounds, 272 vermilion, 126 coppers and 350 assorted rockfish and a sheephead for limits of rockfish plus over a ling per rod. John Campbell of Bakersfield landed the near 20-pounder on the Fiesta with Daniel Chapman of Bakersfield taking the jackpot on the Princess with a 13-pound ling. Brad Brandewei of Three Rivers was the jackpot winner on the Rita G with a 9.8-pound ling cod. Virg’s third annual Biggest, Baddest Ling Cod Contest is Dec. 10, but this trip has been sold out for months. Virg’s has a number of different types of trips during the final six weeks of the season including: Ladies Day, Senior Days, and First Responders Trips. Their two-day trip Dec. 30-31 still has openings. Out of Patriot Sport Fishing in Port San Luis, the Patriot and Avenger were out the day before Thanksgiving with a combined 74 fishermen for 375 assorted rockfish, 16 vermilion, five copper rockfish and 29 lings to 12 pounds. Garrett Pierce of Bakersfield took the jackpot on the Avenger with the big ling. The Patriot also pulled crab pots for seven Dungeness and 14 red rock crab.
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 2; Striper 3; Sturgeon 3; Catfish 2; Bluegill 2; Salmon 2
The recent rains in late November have muddied up the Sacramento River, and along with dropping water temperatures, sturgeon fishing has been remarkable. Striped bass have slowed with the off-color water, and bait fishermen have the upper hand at the present time. An occasional salmon has been taken in the upper Delta below Freeport by trollers pulling Brad’s Cut Plugs behind a Pro-Troll Flasher, but the muddy water will slow down the remainder of the salmon run for the time being. Out of Martinez, Captain Steve Talmadge of Flash Sport Fishing took his second sturgeon trip on Saturday, and he said, “I have to say it is starting out to be a good season. The first trip I had a light load of three fishermen. We had quite a few good bites and landed five sturgeon.” Jay Lopes of Right Hook Sport Fishing found a good sturgeon bite this week with three keepers along with another legal sturgeon lost. He said, “The sturgeon bite has been spotty, but we were able to land at least one keeper on previous trips. The conditions are perfect right now as the water temperature has dropped to 58 degrees in the main river. Lamprey eel is working best as the salmon roe is not as effective in the colder water.” Farther north in the Freeport area, Johnny Tran of New Romeo’s Bait and Tackle reported good sturgeon action in Prospect and Cache Slough along with the main Sacramento River near Courtland and Freeport. He said, “Lamprey eel/nightcrawler combinations or pile worms are the top baits. Striper fishing is good in the main Sacramento River with sardines while live mudsuckers are working in the Deep Water Channel, Prospect Slough, and around Liberty Island.” Huge stripers in the 30- to 40-pound range continue to be caught and kept out of McAvoy’s Boat Harbor on live splittail or jack smelt. Jay Lopes went striper fishing earlier in the week in the north Delta, drifting live mudsuckers for up to six limits to 10 pounds. He said, “The fish are holding along the edges in deeper water, and live bait is working best.” Mark Wilson, striped bass trolling expert, went in the Sacramento River Delta from Broad Slough into Montezuma Slough, and he caught and released striped bass at 9 and 16 pounds using shallow diving Rat-L-Traps or the new P-Line Predator prototype deep-diving lure that runs below 16 feet. Striped bass of a larger grade are moving into the San Joaquin-Delta, and the small fish that dominated action for several weeks seem to have been replaced by their larger brethren. Largemouth bass fishing has been slow overall as the water conditions are changing. Dan Mathisen of Dan’s Delta Outdoors in Oakley said, “Striper fishing has been better than it has been all year long, and arms are tired from catching so many fish. Remember a few weeks ago when we were catching 30-50 stripers and only one or two were of keeper size? This week I went out for 2.5 hours, and I landed 28 keeper stripers and only four shorts working mid-river humps in 6 to 8 feet of water with hair jigs or the Optimum 5-inch Bad Bubba Shad swimbait. The topwater bite continues to be slow, but it is coming.” Mathisen continued to report that every 10th to 15th fish landed while targeting striped bass is a largemouth bass in the 3- to 5-pound range as the bigger largemouths are holding with the striper schools, chasing shad. Those targeting largemouth bass are finding difficult action, and the overall grade of fish is small with anglers struggling for a limit in the 8- to 12- pound range. Drop-shotting with the new Strike King Power Finesse worm in purple or shad colors are working best, and ripbaits have also been effective for the small bass. Steve Santucci of Steve Santucci’s Fly Fishing Guide Service reported, “Delta fishing is heating up as we approach winter, and the water temps have dropped into the mid-50s to 60 degrees depending on time of day. The stripers are very aggressive and taking larger flies, and the bigger Stripers are starting to show.”
Call: Randy Pringle (209) 543-6260; Intimidator Sport Fishing (916) 806-3030; Captain Steve Mitchell – Hook’d Up Sport Fishing (707) 655-6736
Lake Nacimiento/San Antonio/Santa Margarita/Lopez
Bass 2; White bass 2; Catfish 2; Crappie 2
At Nacimiento, the most consistent action is on the bottom with Brush Hogs, jigs or plastics on the drop-shot while there is a small window early and late for topwater lures. White bass have slowed to a crawl, but a few whites can be taken on white Roostertails or Kastmasters. The lake rose risen slightly to 24 percent capacity and 729.95 feet in elevation. Nacimiento will be hosting a number of tournaments within the coming months. At Lopez, the lake remains very low at 20.5 percent, and the launch ramp remains out of the water. There has been little change, with the best action remaining with reaction lures such as spinnerbaits, deep-diving crankbaits and jigs. Catfishing has improved with the recent inflow into the lake, and cut baits are the top offering. With the inability to launch private boats, bass fishing is limited to rental boats or working the shore. At Santa Margarita, the lake is slightly in excess of 9 percent capacity. The launch ramp remains out of the water, leaving rental boats at the marina as the only power option. Fishing pressure continues to be minimal, but there is a decent bass bite with spinnerbaits or chatterbaits as well as plastics on the bottom. Catfishing has slowed to a crawl. San Antonio Reservoir is closed indefinitely with the lake at 6 percent.
Call: Lake Nacimiento (805) 238-1056, ext. 3; Lake San Antonio Marina (805) 472-2818; CentralCoastBassFishing.com (805) 466-6557
- Saturday: American Bass Association at Delta/Russo’s Marina; Kerman Bass Club at Pine Flat; American Bass Association at Nacimiento
- Saturday-Sunday: California Bass Nation at Nacimiento
- Sunday: Riverbank Bass Anglers at New Melones
- Dec. 10: Tracy Bass Club at Delta/Tracy Oasis; Sonora Bass Anglers at New Melones
- Dec. 10-11: Sierra Bass Club at Pine Flat
- Dec. 11: Hook, Line, and Sinker at Delta/Russo’s Marina; Fresno Bass Club/Modesto Ambassadors at McClure; Kings VIII Bass Club at Pine Flat
- Jan. 1: RiverRat Bass Club at Eastman; Bakersfield Bass Club at Nacimiento
- Fresno County: Kings River, Below Pine Flat Dam
q = quarter moon > = peak activity