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.
San Francisco Bay halibut hot, Captain Steve Mitchell said. Monterey rockfish and ling cod “wide open,” according to Chris Arcoleo. Don Pedro rainbows picking up, Monte Smith said. Pine Flat spotted bass numbers solid, Merritt Gilbert reported. Don Pedro largemouth, spotted and smallmouth bite “wide open,” Randy Pringle said.
2-Have to work hard
4-Fish jumpin’ in boat
Delta Mendota Canal and Sloughs
Stripers 2; Catfish 2
The northern aqueducts are starting to get some play, but the majority of Fresno-based fishermen are heading to the main San Luis Reservoir at night for try for a massive striped bass. In the south aqueduct in Kern County, Pete Cormier of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield said, “Most of our fishermen are heading to the aqueduct, and we are selling plenty of sardines, blood worm and pile worms. The June Striper Derby has started, and it is very early, but Mike Luna of Bakersfield has the current lead at 6.1 pounds with the lineside taken at Castaic. The entry fee for the monthlong derby is $1.” Sonny’s Stink Bait or Katnip Beef Bait have been best for catfish. The Buena Vista golf course, Highway 166/Old River area and Tupman remain the top locations in Kern County.
Bass 1; Trout 1; Bluegill 1; Catfish 2; Crappie 1
There have been few reports during the current week, but small crappie remain a possibility by working submerged structure with minijigs or small to medium minnows. Bass fishing is best at depths to 22 feet above submerged structure with jigs or plastics on a Carolina-rig. Bluegill are in the shallows with jumbo red worms. Eastman dropped slightly to 92 percent capacity and 579.56 feet in elevation.
Call: Eastman Lake 689-3255
Bass 1; Trout 1; Catfish 1; Bluegill 1; Crappie 1
Bass to 2.25 pounds are found at depths from 20-22 feet with deep-diving crankbaits or Senkos by midmorning. There are numbers of small fish holding around the shore in the morning hours. A few catfish are taken on cut baits. The lake has dropped slightly to 78 percent capacity and 526.56 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 3; Trout 2; King salmon 1; Crappie 1
Don Pedro is producing some huge kokanee for this time of the season, but there is concern that there may be only a small number of big fish in the lake. A consistent bite has yet to be found, but the emergence of a thermocline should provide some answers to this question in the coming weeks. The largemouth bass bite has been excellent with topwater lures such as the ima Little Stick or new ima Popper. Randy Pringle, the fishing instructor, found an “off the chain” topwater bite for bass to 4 pounds this week. Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing was on the lake Saturday and Sunday, and he said, “On Saturday, we got an early start and started out by the dam for a 14-inch king salmon, and we hooked another huge salmon at 35 feet in depth. This fish was burning line, and it eventually came unbuttoned when my young client was on the rod. We ended up with four rainbows and two salmon, losing a few others. There was so much boat traffic on the lake, and we returned to the launch ramp at 2, expecting a huge crowd, but most of the boats were still on the water. Sunday was a bit different with less boat traffic, and we ended up with two limits of rainbows including several rainbows over 2 pounds that were released. Young Jack Thompson of El Dorado Hills was able to land his trophy 4.5-pound rainbow at 53 feet in depth on a custom shad-patterned spoon. I didn’t try for kokanee, only focusing upon the rainbows and king salmon.” Kokanee Power is holding its annual Phil Johnson Memorial Kokanee Tournament on the lake on June 24. Information is available at kokaneepower.org. The lake rose 5 feet to 89 percent capacity and 811.26 in elevation with all launch ramps open. Because of the Controlled Spillway Operation that took place in February, Bonds Flat Road remains closed between Blue Oaks Campground and the DPRA Headquarters Visitor Center. If you are going to Fleming Meadows or the Visitor Center, you will need to take Highway 132 through La Grange, drive 8 miles east, then turn left on Bonds Flat Road. Access to Moccasin Point via Highway 120 and Blue Oaks via J59/La Grange Road is not affected. Bonds Flat Road repairs are to commence later this summer.
Call: Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fish’n Dan (209) 586-2383; Gary Vella (209) 652-7550
Lake Isabella/Bakersfield area
Bass 1; Trout 1; Crappie 1; Catfish 2; Bluegill 1
A trout plant at Lake Isabella has led to improved action for catchables with Power Bait or inflated nightcrawlers at the auxiliary and main dam shores. Catfishing is best in the South Fork with frozen shad, Sonny’s Stink Bait or Katnip Beef Bait. Pete Cormier of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield said, “Crappie are starting to show up with minijigs, and one of our employees came back with 10 crappie ranging from 1-1.5 pounds.” Bass fishing remains slow. The lake rose to 60 percent capacity and 2,583.55 feet in elevation this week. Both the upper and lower rivers are affected by the high flows and a trout plant in the upper river was postponed because of high water at 6,600 cfs at Kernville. Both the upper and lower river are affected by the high flows as water releases out of Isabella are nearly matching inflow. Chuck Stokke of the Sequoia Fishing Co. in Springville said, “The Golden Trout Wilderness Pack Station is now booking fly-fishing trips into the Kern River, and the phone number is 542-2816.”
Call: Bob’s Bait (661) 833-8657; North Fork Marina (760) 376-1812
Bass 2; Crappie 2; Trout 1; Catfish 2
Pete Cormier of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield reported good bass fishing with live bait including minnows or crawdads. The reservoir rose rapidly this week, and the fish are moving off shore. There is a huge amount of baitfish in the lake, and the bass are chasing the shad schools. Crappie are taken around structure with small minnows or minijigs near Horse Creek. Catch and release of larger female bass is recommended to maintain the trophy possibilities for this lake. Kaweah rose 10 feet to 683.74 in elevation and 67 percent capacity.
Call: Sierra Sporting Goods 592-5212
Bass 1; Trout 1; Catfish 2; Crappie 1
Chuck Stokke of Sequoia Fishing Co. said, "The lake is going to be sandbagged to hold more water this week, and fishermen are able to access places that have not seen fish in 20 years. The bass bite is best on plastics, swimbaits, and crankbaits. Success is nearly full for the first time in memory at 651.34 feet in elevation and 97 percent capacity. The bass have moved offshore in response to the high water and scattered out throughout the newly flooded areas. The Tule River remains closed because of snowmelt, but Balch Park has been stocked with trout and it is open.
Call: Sequoia Fishing Co. 539-5626, sequoiafishingcompany.com
Bass 3; Trout 1; King salmon 1; Kokanee 1; Crappie 1; Catfish 2
The crappie bite has improved considerably, and fishermen are using minijigs or small minnows around structure. Bass fishing is best with Pro Worm’s 266 or Berserk Baits Green Craw jigs at depths from 25-45 feet as the fish are feeding. There is an early-morning topwater bite. The launch ramps at Barrett Cove and McClure Point are open. The lake continues to be as full as it has been in several years, rising 13 feet to 85 percent capacity and 844.09 in elevation.
The recent trout plant has rekindled bank action at the normal locations of the brush pile, handicapped docks and the peninsula near the marina with trout dough bait, nightcrawlers or Kastmasters. As the fish scatter into the colder water of the river arm, Wedding Rings tipped with a piece of nightcrawler behind a dodger or blue/chrome Kastmasters will do the trick for trollers.
Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534
Millerton Lake/San Joaquin River
Bass 3; Striped bass 1; Shad 1; Bluegill 1
At Millerton, Gilbert said, “There are tons of small fish, and you can pick up a limit in the 9- to 10.5-pound range, but you will have to go through a lot of fish for a limit. Everyone is catching fish from the banks to 20 feet in the main lake, but there have been few reports from the river arm. There is lots of debris coming out of the river arm with the snowmelt so few boats are heading upriver. Shad-patterned ripbaits, chatterbaits, or topwater lures are working best as there haven’t been many reports on dark worms or jigs.” Recreational boating traffic is heavy, particularly on the weekends. The lake rose 4 feet to 555.46 in elevation and 80 percent capcity. In the San Joaquin River, the Sycamore Island Pond is open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and all state holidays. Passes are $9 daily and $85 for a season and can be purchased online or at the bait shop on the property. Camp Pashayan, located next to the intersection of Highway 99 and Herndon, is open Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. through 5 p.m. Entry is $6. If you purchase a day pass at Camp Pashayan and decide you would rather go to Sycamore Island, you can take the pass and get it upgraded for that same day at the bait shop for only $3. If you start at Sycamore Island and decide to visit Camp Pashayan afterward, entrance is free with a valid day pass from the same day. The two primitive boat launches at Camp Pashayan are not usable by trailers with the current river flows; once flows change again, they will be. Hand-launched boats are still able to use the ramps and park hosts can provide assistance. There have been a number of large spawning bass removed from the Sycamore Island Pond over the past few weeks, and anglers are encouraged to catch and release. 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. All wild steelhead or trout with an adipose fin present must be released immediately. The San Joaquin River is closed to the take of salmon, and they may not be targeted by fishermen and must be released immediately if inadvertently caught.
Call: Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474
New Melones Reservoir/Tulloch
Bass 3; Crappie 2; Catfish 2; Trout 3
High water levels at New Melones are scattering the bass throughout the lake and finding a location holding multiple fish has been a challenge for bass fishermen. John Liechty of Xperience Fishing Guide Service said, “When the fish are spread out from deep to shallow water and are in transition from spring to summer patterns, one of the best ways to locate fish is with a reaction bait. Lures that can be fished at a faster speed and cover a variety of depths will help anglers find areas that are holding fish. Once a productive area is found, switching to a slower moving presentation is a good idea. A few reaction baits that have been bringing us consistent results include; spinnerbaits, crankbaits and small swimbaits. When choosing colors keep in mind that the fish are feeding on shad, sunfish and baby bass. Try topwater in the mornings and evenings. Soft plastic baits work well once the fish have been located. A dropshot rig with a long leader will help keep your bait off the bottom and above the flooded vegatation (which is now decomposing). A Senko is another great option and many fish will take it before it reaches the bottom. It also works well as a follow-up bait to catch fish that have short struck a spinnerbait or swirled on a topwater bait.” On Friday, Liechty went searching for giant bass with large swimbaits, and although they had a couple of changes they failed to connect. While Liechty’s clients were tossing swimbaits, he would occasionally flip a Senko in front of the boat, and he landed a 6.3-pound largemouth this way while the Senko was lifeless on the bottom. The occasional kokanee can be taken at depths to 20 feet near the dam and spillway with spinners and hoochies behind a Rocky Mountain sling blade in purple/pink while rainbow trout are still possible with minnow plugs or spoons. Catfishing is getting better and better as the water warms, and the whiskerfish can be found in near submerged rock near inlets. Crappie fishing has improved with the slabs holding around submerged rock and timber. Glory Hole Sports in Angels Camp is holding their Sizzling Summer Seminars on Saturday, June 17, with seminars from Gary Burns of Take It To The Limit Guide Service, Cory Keller of Tasmanian Devil’s, local bass angler Josh Parris, John Liechty of Xperience Fishing Guide Service, Vance Staplin of Vance’s Products, and Nick Smith of the Informative Fisherman. Angels Cove and the main ramp on Glory Hole Point are open, with one ramp at Tuttletown. For campers, there is one campground open on the Glory Hole side of the lake and two open at Tuttletown. New Melones is releasing water down the Stanislaus River, but the reservoir has risen 2 feet to 87 percent capacity and 1,060.44 in elevation.
Call: Glory Hole Sports (209) 736-4333; Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fish’n Dan (209) 586-2383
Pine Flat Reservoir/Kings River
Bass 2; Trout 1; King salmon 1; Catfish 1; Crappie 1
The trout and crappie bite at Pine Flat slowed, but the bass bite is holding up with the emergence of a reaction bite. The river arm is starting to perk up from Windy Gap on up for spots to 2 pounds. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “There is a reaction bite with ripbaits and crankbaits in shad-patterns along with plastics on the drop-shot. One of my friends went into the river arm, and he landed nine bass from 1-2.5 pounds. The cut of fish is better than at nearby Millerton.” Walt Lee of the Kerman Bass Club reported only three limits were weighed in out of 10 teams during Saturday’s club tournament, but the winning limit came in at 12.05 pounds with a big fish at 3.23 pounds by the team of Ron Orbacker and Dave Musick. All three teams weighing in limits were in excess of 10.5 pounds. Trout trolling has slowed to one or two fish per rod in the main lake, and the recreational boating has become very heavy on the weekends. Debris is moving into the main lake from the river arm, and the section above Trimmer is still loaded with floating wood. The lake rose 19 feet to 81 percent capcity and 917.77 feet in elevation. The lower Kings River is closed because of extreme danger posed by the high water flows. 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. The area from Cobbles (Alta) Weir downstream to the Highway 180 crossing is open all year with only artificial lures with barbless hooks with a zero limit. The Thorburn Spawning Channel, the 2,200-foot long channel 5 miles downstream from Pine Flat Dam, and the reach of river within a 200-foot radius of the channel exit is closed to all fishing all year.
Call: Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474; Sequoia Fishing Co. 539-5626
San Luis Reservoir and O’Neill Forebay
Striper 2; Catfish 2; Bass 1; Crappie 1
With the high lake levels, there is great interest in focusing on night fishing for striped bass at San Luis Reservoir. Most fishermen are working the shore around Basalt Recreation Area or Dinosaur Point with big flukes or topwater lures. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “We have a number of anglers who are coming to the shop at around 3 p.m. to head to the lake known locally as ‘152.’ We sold out of our supply of big flukes in white or white ice, and most fishermen are heading to the main lake.” Paul Jolley at Coyote Bait and Tackle in Morgan Hill said, “There are shad boils near the shorelines in the mornings and evenings, and with the stripers chasing up the baitfish, umbrella rigs with small shad-patterned lures are working. Trollers are scoring at depths from 30-40 feet with P-Line Predator Minnows, Yozuri Crystal Minnows, or Lucky Craft Pointer 128’s while a number of boats are working extra-large minnows near the trash racks.” The shad are stacked up near the trash racks and the stripers are hugging the water at depths from 80-100 feet in the Portuguese Cove and Dinosaur Point areas. In the O’Neill Forebay, Paul Jolley reported good action for small stripers with ripbaits or topwater lures along with anchovies, chicken livers, blood worms or pile worms. The dam area is off limits for any fishing, day or night, and the Basalt side of the lake requires anglers to walk there from the locked road gate just past the Basalt State Park Kiosk to fish past closing time. San Luis has dropped to 94 percent capacity. Nearby Los Banos Creek Reservoir has been outstanding for largemouth bass, including trophy fish to 10.4 pounds on ripbaits.
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 (800) 805-4805.
Bass 1; Trout 1; Kokanee 1
With the enforcement of the Sheriff’s Motor Fee, bass boats are staying off the lake until after Labor Day. The New Jen Bass Tournaments held an event at the lake Saturday. The bass are holding around the docks in the nearly filled lake. Anglers are pitching plastics on a Texas-rig or drop-shot around the docks. Trout fishing remains slow with experienced fishermen picking up a trout per hour at best. Kokanee remain absent after the dam reconstruction, but a plant of 80,000 kokanee fingerlings is expected this year. Webcams are available at basslakeca.com/. The lake is at 99 percent.
Call: Mike Beighey 642-3748; Bass Lake Watersports 642-3200
Access to Edison and Florence lakes is still limited because of heavy snow on Kaiser Pass. All of the lakes shot up exponentially, with Edison rising to 67 percent capacity and Florence to 90 percent because of snowmelt. Mammoth Pool is at 102 percent capacity. Vermilion Valley Resort at Lake Edison will be bringing in their first crew this week for resupplying hikers. Bear Creek and the North Fork of the Mono are not passable because of high water, and the peak snowmelt has still yet to occur.
Call: Vermilion Valley Resort at Edison Lake 259-4000
Shaver Lake/Huntington Lake
Kokanee 2; Trout 1
Shaver Lake continues to pump out quality kokanee, along with catchable and trophy rainbow trout. Another plant from the Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project will occur this week with 750 trophy rainbows in the 3- to 7-pound range from Oregon, and these fish will mix in with the number of trophies holding in the lake from last year and the first plant this year.Dick Nichols of Dick’s Fishing Charters said, “We limited out both days this week with three kokanee in the 16- to 17-inch range and lost a few other quality fish along with the remainder of catchable rainbow trout. We were trolling at depths from 24-33 feet with pink Koke Busters tipped with corn behind a Captain Jack dodger on the downrigger along with Trout Busters behind a weighted Mountain Flasher on the side poles from the Island, Black Rock, and in front of the Boy Scout Cove.” Todd Wittwer of Kokanee.net Guide Service said, “The larger kokanee can be found near the surface early in the morning before dropping down to the 24- to 40-foot range later in the day. The pink Radical Glow Tube behind a pink Tsunami dodger has been my best setup. There are a number of small catchable rainbow trout around, and we are also releasing the small kokanee. On Saturday, we hooked six of the large kokanee and were able to land a pair. There have been kokanee to 18 inches landed in the lake this season so far. A few trophy trout were taken off of the banks near Camp Edison.” Upstream reservoir Huntington Lake is kicking out small kokanee in the 10- to 10.5-inch range with small spoons or spinners near the surface along with rainbow trout to 14 inches. The road is still closed on the Lakeshore side of the lake. Both marinas are open at Shaver, and ramp conditions can be viewed at www.sierramarina.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
Chuck Crane of the Wishon Village RV Park and Store said, “Trout fishing has improved considerably, and the number of rainbows has increased since the recent plant. The rainbows are found at depths from 15-20 feet with Speedy Shiners in copper/red or black Woolley Buggers on long setback.” The lake is rising steadily. The Wishon Village RV Park and Store is open for business. The road to Courtright is closed with an estimated melt off in few weeks. With the snowmelt, all of the creeks are running very high.
Call: Wishon RV Park 865-5361
Half Moon Bay
Rockfish 3; Striper 1
Captain Michael Cabanas of the Huli Cat went out on a rockfish trip Saturday, and they ended up with 12 lings for 12 passengers along with a number of quality bottom grabbers on the rockfish front despite breezy and choppy ocean conditions. There are stripers along the surf from Ocean Beach south to Pacifica, and the Diawa SP Minnow seems to be the lure of choice for the surf waders. These guys keep the bite pretty, pretty quiet, but the fish are there for those who know what they are doing. Captain Dennis Baxter of the New Captain Pete confirmed the solid bite for stripers along the beaches from the harbor down to the Ritz-Carleton, and there are humpback whales and anchovies in the bay. He said, “There have been no Coastside Fishing Club net pen salmon caught locally as of yet, but last year, the fish started coming in around this time. I will be running open load salmon trips both days this weekend.”
Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Captain Roger Thomas, Salty Lady (415) 760-9362; Emeryville Sport Fishing (510) 654-6040
Rockfish 3; Striper 1
More of the same great rockfish action with Chris Arcoleo of Chris’s Sport Fishing reporting limits of ling cod for 15 anglers on the Check Mate along with three-quarter limits of big quality rockfish. The Caroline had 20 lings and half limits of rockfish on Sunday as well. Arcoleo said, “The boats spent a lot of time searching for fresh squid, and the squid has moved out into the the piles of krill. There are at least 20 commercial squid boats in port, and they are starting to run south since they can’t get more than 600 pounds of squid out of the krill mass. There have been some good commercial salmon scores over the past few days near the Soquel Hole with boats bringing in up to 30 commercial-grade salmon.” The recreational ocean salmon season from Pigeon Point south to Point Sur is open until July 15, with the commercial season closing July 1.
Call: Chris’ Landing (831) 375-5951; Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173; usafishing.com
San Francisco Bay
Striper 2; Rockfish 3
Salmon fishing again was placed on hold given ocean conditions over the weekend. The Sausalito boats expected to be back out Tuesday in search of where salmon have relocated. Inside the bays, San Francisco was literally littered with floating vessels drifting for halibut Saturday in response to the great bite. Party boats that normally fish for salmon were inside the bay along with nearly every other skiff in Northern California. There was a wait of up to 1.5 hours at the bait dock in San Francisco on Saturday. Captain Trent Slate of Bite Me Charters out of Loch Lomond Marina had the foresight to bring out a supply of Loch Lomond shiners instead of waiting at the bait dock, and he put in six halibut with four of the fish in the 12 to 18-pound range for five anglers. He said, “It was a complete zoo out there, and I have never seen the bay like this with so many boats. We started off at Angel Island and landed a big fish before losing another large one before finishing up near Treasure Island. I thought a fish per rod was a good score for today with the heavy boat traffic. There were boats running through the drift at 30 mph, and all of the boat traffic will put down the bite.” Berkeley party boats in the Smith domain ended up with an average of a fish per rod over the wild weekend as well. Monday’s scores improved with Scott Marran of Yuba City taking Scott Fiest of Fiesty Fishing out for five halibut to 19.5 pounds drifting live anchovies near Treasure Island.
San Luis Obispo
The San Luis County ports continue to focus on rockfish, with varying scores depending on the length of the trips. Out of Morro Bay Landing, the Endeavor put in limits for 24 anglers Saturday with 220 vermilion and 20 Boccaccio along with six ling cod to 12 pounds. The Fiesta out of Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay went out on a half-day trip with 34 anglers for 240 assorted rockfish, five ling cod and a jackpot 10-pound cabezon landed by Joe Chernabaeff of Bakersfield. Out of Patriot Sport Fishing at Port San Luis, the Patriot went out with 14 anglers on Monday for two vermilion, two copper, 136 assorted rockfish for limits along with two ling cod to 7.25 pounds. Both harbors have upcoming trips running from a half day through two days.
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 2; Sturgeon 2; Bluegill 3
Stripers are making their move down from the upper Sacramento River tributaries, and the first real push of fish came through over the weekend. Shad fishing in the Freeport to Clarksburg area remains solid, and the larger females have still yet to arrive in force. Sturgeon fishing is best in lower Suisun Bay, but there are few boats out trying. J.D. Richey of Richey’s Sport Fishing was the only guide participating in Saturday’s California Striped Bass Association/Isleton Chapter’s second annual Take a Local Hero Fishing Day, taking out anglers from the U.S. Coast Guard for wide-open action with spoons and swimbaits. He said, “We must have landed 70 stripers, and we released everything.” In the upper river, bank fishermen are casting 1- to 1.5-ounce egg sinkers above shad darts for good scores of mostly males. The bulk of the shad run is in the metropolitan Sacramento area near the mouth of the American or up the American from Sunrise to Howe Avenue, but there is still good action in the north Delta. Bluegill have moved into the shore in the sloughs, and the Delta Loop off Highway 12 is a good location to try for the panfish with jumbo red worms. Tony Lopez of Benicia Bait reported quality stripers have been landed from the Benicia shore with anchovies, blood worms, or pile worms. He said, “There have been some quality striped bass taken under the Benicia/Martinez Bridge and at the Dillon Point State Park. Few sturgeon fishermen have been out, but the fish are still holding in Montezuma Slough and the Carquinez Straits.” For the first time in memory, grass shrimp may be available in area shops as Lopez was cleaning out the bait tank in preparation. Steffan Masters of Lost Anchor Bait and Tackle at McAvoy’s Boat is also preparing for grass shrimp from his shrimp boat. Largemouth bass continue to challenge fishermen wanting to will the reaction bite, but the conditions are still calling for a slow approach. A few striped bass are available, but most of the San Joaquin stripers are spawned out and moving back to San Francisco Bay. Dan Mathisen of Dan’s Delta Outdoors in Oakley said, “The water is still dirty on the Sacramento River.” In the San Joaquin, Mathisen said, “I have finally figured out the pattern right now as there are a number of largemouth bass still in pre-spawn and holding at depths from 6-12 feet. We have been working on the outside edges, and when the tide is moving, ‘the fish are chewing.’ I have been using a Squirrel Tail by Big Bite 4 inches above the weight along with the 6.5-inch Zoom Trick Worm in either crawdad or bluegill patterns over heavy weight from 3-5 ounces. The bluegill are moving up, and the river says March, but it is actually June. Cold water from the Tuolumne and Stanislaus Rivers are flowing into the south Delta, and the water temperature has dropped in a number of locations. The bite is good if you figure it out, but everyone wants to fish fast when the fish want a slow presentation. A number of fishermen are targeting shallow fish, but these are only around for a few hours, and the other times they are holding on the ledges. We are catching fish that we should have caught in March, and every time a front moves through, the fish back off again. My wife, Sandra, and I caught and released largemouths at 8, 7, and 5 pounds, and all of the fish were pre-spawn.” Randy Pringle, the fishing instructor, had a similar report of the need to slow down as the water temperatures have dropped into the 60s. He said, “The Florida-strain largemouth don’t like cold water, and the bite is behind in several areas of the Delta. Some fishermen are saying, ‘There is something wrong with the Delta,’ but we are just behind due to the colder water and the number of fronts moving through this spring. It is a good idea to use scent such as the new Berkley Power Bait Max Scent or Pro-Cure and to fish slower even if you want to fish fast.” Steve Johnson of H and R Bait in Stockton reported good action for striped bass on the outgoing tide on the San Joaquin River at the Highway 4 Bridge with Super Flukes. He said, “We must have landed 50-60 stripers, and most of the fish were in the 20- to 23-inch range. The stripers were gorging on shad, and one of the fishermen on the bridge gave us a tip that the fish were there. Other than this, a 14-pounder was landed on the Old River so there are still some larger stripers around. Bluegill are all over the place in every slough with red worms, and we have once again received a supply of fresh shad.” Restrictions in the San Joaquin River were modified May 22, with the rules lifted in many areas. Details are available at www.sjgov.org/department/oes/current.
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 1; Catfish 2; Crappie 1
At Lopez Lake, there is a topwater bite in the mornings before dropping down to the bottom by midmorning with plastics on the drop-shot or Texas-rig. Panfishing for crappie and bluegill remain solid with minijigs, jumbo red worms and wax worms. The Lopez Lake Marina is open for their summer hours to 9 p.m. A webcam of the lake is available at http://805webcams.com/lopez-lake-webcam/. At Lake Nacimiento, spotted bass fishing is fair with some topwater action in the early mornings before working the bottom with shad-imitation plastics or small crankbaits. White bass are starting to make a larger showing, but the bulk of the action is yet to come. Small white spoons or spinners on the surface will work for the whites once you find them. A webcam of the lake is available at www.lakenacimientolive.com. At San Antonio, the algae bloom is starting to clear up since water releases have started. Overall, action for both striped bass and largemouth bass has been slow, but the lake will host its first tournament in the past few years this coming weekend. The North Shore is expected to open on a full-time basis on Friday, June 9th. At Santa Margarita, there are repairs occurring at the marina and White Oaks. Reminder that consuming white bass, black bass, crappie, catfish or carp are subject to safe eating guidelines because of the risk of excessive mercury. Quagga mussel inspections are required before boats can be launched.
Call: Lake Nacimiento (805) 238-1056, ext. 3; Lake San Antonio Marina (805) 472-2818; CentralCoastBassFishing.com (805) 466-6557
- Kokanee Power Pardee Team Tournament at Lake Pardee: Adult (three-fish weigh in), 1, Rand and Kaye Smith 65.30 ounces; 2, John Zeman/Mike Giovacchini 63.30; 3, Jack Schultz/Carol Voris/Alan Traynor 62.70. Junior (one-fish weigh-in), 1, Adam/Jack Naves 17.90; 2, Winton Babers/Vicki Noonan17.35; 3, Grace Naves 17
- Best Bass Tournaments on June 3 at Don Pedro: 1, David Homen/Scott Summers 14.66 pounds (big fish 3.23); 2, Xong Heu/Yoham Chang 14.49; 3, Rich Hale/Shane Soriano 14.38; big fish, Mike Van Guilder/Justin Steelman 4.53
- Kerman Bass Club on June 3 at Pine Flat: 1, Ron Orbaker/Dave Musick 12.05 pounds (big fish 3.23); 2, John Albidrez/Tony Lopez 10.94; 3, James Horton/Larry Correg 10.56
- June 9: 101 Bass Night Tournament at San Antonio
- June 10: Manteca Bassin’ Buddies at Delta/Ladd’s Marina; Central Valley Anglers Kokanee Tournament at Pardee; Contra Costa Bass Club at New Melones; Sonora Bass Anglers at Don Pedro; Kings River Bass Club/Bakersfield Bass Club at McClure; American Bass Association at Isabella; 23rd Youth Fishing Derby at Shaver, ages 3-15, with big fish and casting contests by age group, Greg Marks, derby coordinator, 855-8752
- June 10-11: Modest Ambassadors at Don Pedro; Calvet Bassmasters at Pine Flat
- June 11: Fresno Bass Club at Delta/B and W Resort; Bass N’ Tubes at Delta/Ladd’s; Riverbank Bass Anglers at Pardee; Kings VIII Bass Club at Eastman
- June 17: Best Bass Tournaments at Delta/Russo’s Marina; American Bass Association/Valley Hawg Hunters at Delta/B and W Resort; Yak A’ Bass at Delta/Ladd’s Marina; U.S. Forest Service Trout Derby at Pinecrest; Sierra Bass Club at Eastman; Visalia Bass Club at Kaweah; Golden Empire Bass Club at Success; Best Bass Tournaments at Nacimiento
- June 18: Bass 101 Open Tournament at Millerton; Gold Old Boys at Santa Margarita
- June 21: Bass Pro Shops at Delta/Ladd’s
- June 24: California Delta Tournament Trails at Delta/B and W Resort; Angler’s Press at Delta/Russo’s Marina; Phil Johnson Memorial Kokanee Power Tournament at Don Pedro; New Jen at Eastman
- June 25: Porterville Bass Club at Success
- Fresno County: Dinkey Creek; Tenmile Creek, Upper
- Kern County: Kern River, Sections 4-5; Lake Isabella
- Madera County: Lewis Creek; Nelder Creek; Willow Creek North Fork
- Mariposa County: Big Creek, Madera
- Tulare County: Big Meadows Creek; Kern River, Section 5; Stony Creek
- Tuolumne County: Lyons Canal (Columbia Ditch); Moccasin Creek; Pinecrest Lake; Powerhouse Stream
f = full moon > = peak activity