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.
Eastman top bass location now, Steve Newman reported. Courtright trout action continues, Chuck Crane said. Lake Success bass on a tear, Chuck Stokke reported. San Luis stripers waking up, Coyote Bait said. Delta striper and bass hitting, Alan Fong reported.
2-Have to work hard
4-Fish jumpin’ in boat
Delta Mendota Canal and Sloughs
Stripers 2; Catfish 3
The northern section of the California Aqueduct remains relatively slow with most fishermen heading to O’Neill Forebay or the main San Luis Reservoir. The stripers in the aqueduct are scattered, and anglers have had to locate the fish before there is any success. Bait is the best option as the lure bite hasn’t taken off. In the southern aqueduct in Kern County, Pete Cormier of Bob’s Bait Bucket in Bakersfield said, “Sardines are the top option here, and catfishing is good with sardines while striper action has been ‘iffy,’ although there was a 14-pound lineside landed on a sardine this week. I think blood worms are your best option, but most fishermen do not want to purchase the more expensive bait. You will get bit on every blood worm soaked, and you have a real chance at catching a quality fish.” There is still moss in the southern aqueduct, but it is starting to dissipate. The growing popularity this year of the aqueduct led to increased numbers of anglers and trash. In order to maintain the right to continue to fish along the aqueduct, fishermen are encouraged to take out all debris when departing. Some have been conducting their own cleanup efforts, removing bags of trash left by others.
Bass 3; Trout 1; Bluegill 2; Catfish 2; Crappie 2
For the second week in a row, Eastman has risen to the top spot in the Central Valley for largemouth bass with a consistent grade of 2.5- to 3-pound bass. Steve Newman of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “It is fishing well with a good topwater or reaction bite in the mornings with squarebill or lipless crankbaits over rockpiles as the bass are feeding on bluegill or shad. The deeper fish are aggressive, and they are targeting bluegill more than shad right now. The action has been hit or miss with two or three good days in a row before the bite slows down for a day or two. The bass are moving around with the bait. There is a crankbait, rattling baits, and ripbait bite in the afternoon when the wind forms a mudline along the shoreline, and the bass are found on the edges of the mudline.” Eastman is California’s first trophy-designated bass lake with only one bass over 22 inches able to be kept. Most anglers will release the trophy largemouths. The lake dropped 2.5 feet to 549.10 in elevation and 61 percent capacity.
Bass 2; Trout 1; Catfish 2; Bluegill 2; Crappie 2
A smaller grade of largemouth bass is found here with more of a finesse bite with plastics on the drop shot or wacky-rigged Senkos. The largemouth bass are not chasing reaction baits. Catfishing is fair with anchovies or chicken livers from the shore in the evenings. The lake continues to release water, dropping a foot to 471.58 in elevation and 17 percent capacity.
Lake Don Pedro
Bass 2; Trout 2; Kokanee 1; King salmon 2; Crappie 2
Bass fishing remains slow, but it is expected to break loose when the water temperature stabilizes. Bass are holding in deep water around the shad. The weather front moved the bait out to depths to 60 feet, with a few taken on finesse techniques. Trout fishing should improve once the lake turns over, but there are few trout anglers for now. The lake dropped to 80 percent capacity.
Lake Isabella/Bakersfield area
Bass 2; Trout 3; Crappie 2; Catfish 3; Bluegill 2
Pete Cormier of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield reported continued good action in the upper Kern River with salmon eggs, Power Bait, live crickets and spinners. He said, “The river is running at around 300 cfs, and this is just ideal. In the lower river, we are hearing reports of a few planted trout, bass, and catfish.” At Lake Isabella, there are few reports of bass action with catfish remaining the primary species with frozen shad, chicken livers, nightcrawlers and cut baits. An occasional crappie is landed on minijigs in the submerged trees, but there are few fishermen heading up the hill. The lake dropped 1.5 feet to 2,562.63 in elevation and 32 percent capacity. In the local lakes, a 28-pound catfish was landed from Truxton on Wussy Bait, but carp and bluegill provide most of the action. Kern County residents are looking forward to trout plants within the next month, and the Taft Chamber of Commerce Trout Derby at Lake Buena Vista is on Nov. 18.
Bass 2; Crappie 2; Trout 1; Catfish 2
The bass bite should go back on as the lake was stable this past week, rising slightly to 595.76 feet in elevation and 9 percent capacity. The bass are loading up on the shad schools all over the lake, particularly along main lake points and rockpiles.
Call: Sierra Sporting Goods 592-5212
Bass 4; Trout 2; Catfish 2; Crappie 2; Bluegill 4
Chuck Stokke of Sequoia Fishing Co. in Springville reported excellent bass fishing as the water level has stabilized. He said, “Plastics on the drop-shot or dart head along with jigs have been productive with the largest fish holding in the rocky points and around the dam.” Pete Cormier of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield confirmed the outstanding bass action, stating, “It is going nuts with fishermen reporting 50 fish days along with bluegill by the bucketloads.” The lake dropped 2.5 feet to 590.38 in elevation and 19 percent capacity. In the Tule River, Stokke said, “In the cool mornings, nymphs are the best option and dry flies are working as the day heats up.”
Bass 2; Trout 2; King salmon 1; Kokanee 1; Crappie 2; Catfish 2
Bass fishing remains on the slow side with the bait moving into deeper water. Finesse techniques of drop-shotting shad-patterned plastics are picking up a few fish at depths to 50 feet. There is plenty of natural bait in the lake, and the bass are more reluctant to hit artificial lures. The bite is expected to improve considerably once the water temperature stabilizes. The lake dropped to 67 percent capacity.
Trout fishing is fair with a good number of rainbow trout remaining from the early October plant. Future plants are anticipated from the Calaveras Trout Farm in Snelling. Power bait, Mice Tails, Power Eggs or Kastmasters are working from the shoreline at the brush pile, handicapped docks or peninsula near the marina. Trollers are working up the river arm with Wedding Rings tipped with a nightcrawler behind a dodger or blade/’crawler combinations at depths to 20 feet.
Call: McSwain Marina 209-378-2534
Millerton Lake/San Joaquin River
Bass 2; Striper 1; Shad 1; Bluegill 2; Trout 2
Between Pine Flat and Millerton, Millerton remains the better option for numbers and size with the best action on plastics on the drop-shot or dart head along the shorelines to 15-20 feet. Steve Newman of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “There is a crankbait and spy bait bite at depths from 10-15 feet with the larger grade of bass holding off of the shoreline following the bait into deeper water. There are plenty of 6- to 8-inch bass along the shorelines along with a few in the 12-inch range, with the larger fish keying on bluegill. The smaller grade are filling up with shad and crawdads with a 70/30 ratio in favor of shad.” Millerton dropped to 65 percent capacity.
Call: Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474
New Melones Reservoir/Tulloch
Bass 2; Crappie 2; Catfish 2; Trout 3; Kokanee 1
The cold front along with rain moving through Nrthern California last Thursday left the spotted and largemouth bass confused at New Melones, and with the BABC big swimbait contest arriving Oct. 28, it may make for tough conditions for the big bite. John Liechty of Xperience Bass Fishing Guide Service said, “We were out scouting on Saturday for the swimbait tournament, and it was a tough day with the big baits, and I think it would have been even a tough day with finesse techniques as the previous and following day were two of the slowest days I have had in the past two months. This tournament is going to be a slugfest with the quality of anglers out throwing swimbaits 6 inches and larger, but with the recent weather, the bite might be tough. I hope the giants show up, but we will wait and see.” Liechty continued, “Before the front on Thursday night, we caught and released between 35 and 40 bass for a 16-pound limit, but the fish were not chasing and everything was on the drop-shot, shakey head or dart head. After the front, I think the bait moved out into deeper water, and the bass didn’t respond. If it would have been raining for a couple of days, I think the bite would have been good, but with the less than 24-hour cold front, the unstable weather slowed everything down. We put in around half of what we landed on Thursday on Friday and Sunday’s bite was the lightest I have had in the past three months with a 10-pound limit out of maybe 15-20 bass. It is a direct reflection on the weather, and the water is gin clear right now and dropping a few degrees every day. We are in the transition period, and once the water temperatures stabilize, it should be good again.” The rainbow trout continue to move up in the water column, and trollers continue to score quality trout running shad-patterned lures at depths from 30-50 feet in the southern part of the lake. The annual Glory Hole Catfish Derby starts Nov. 1. The lake held at 84 percent capacity.
Pine Flat Reservoir/Kings River
Bass 2; Trout 3; King salmon 1; Catfish 2; Crappie 2
Bass fishing remains spotty with the best action up the river arm with finesse techniques. There is a small window for topwater lures in the early mornings with River2Sea’s Whopper Ploppers or poppers before working the bottom with plastics on the drop shot or dart head at depths from 15-30 feet. The fish are scattered, and the bite is slow. In the lower Kings River below the dam, trout fishing has been excellent with salmon egg, meal worms, or grubs on a light split shot rig in the fast-moving water. The lake dropped 51 percent this week.
San Luis Reservoir and O’Neill Forebay
Striper 3; Catfish 2; Bass 2; Crappie 2
Striped bass fishing has been very good at O’Neill Forebay and the main San Luis Reservoir. Steve Newman of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “The bite is red hot right now with anglers hunting for boils in the backs of coves in the early mornings at dawn and also at dusk with jerkbaits. Trollers are going into the coves early in the day with umbrella rigs loaded with shad-patterned swimbaits before moving out into deeper water with P-Line Predator Minnows, similar broken-backed minnow plugs, or umbrella rigs at depths from 30-40 feet.” Jesus Reyes Silva of JKings Lures out of Hollister said, “There have been a number of quality stripers landed in the coves near the Basalt Recreation Area and along the westside of the lake with jerkbaits, swimbaits, topwater lures, or flukes. Trolling has been slow because the majority of stripers are hugging the shorelines.” Roger George of Roger George Guide Service said he was busy doing the Striperfest striper seminars at Sportsmans Warehouse for over 80 anglers, but the ones he’s talking to are doing well on both trolling and casting the shorelines. “The water temps are in the mid-60s, and there are tons of small fish in the mix right now,” George said. “I’m having anglers tell me about social media posts showing boatloads of guys taking their full limits of the biggest fish they catch , doing so day after day right now. San Luis has gone through other times of over fishing in the past and it seems a lot of anglers haven’t learned from past collapses – it can happen again. There are no more plants to bolster the striper fishery anymore. “ In the O’Neill Forebay, Coyote Bait and Tackle in Morgan Hill reported good action in the early morning and evenings with topwater lures and ripbaits for a small grade of striped bass. In the main lake, blood worms and jumbo minnows are working best for shore anglers off of Dinosaur Point or the Basalt Recreation Area. San Luis dropped to 76 percent capacity, and there are still patches of algae on the surface.
Bass 2; Trout 2; Kokanee 1
The weed growth remains relatively thick and the finesse bite has been difficult with plastics on the dart head or with jigs with the weed growth thick a foot off the bottom. Ripbaits in bluegill patterns are working along the main lake points and in the mudlines from the dam to Ducey’s Resort. Senkos on a wacky-rig or ned rigs are working along docks, and jigs also are effective around docks without weeds. The afternoon bite is best with reaction baits as the water is warming up. There were no trout reports. Webcams of the lake are available at basslakeca.com/. The lake held at 75 percent capacity this week, but it is expected to drop to 50 percent by mid-November.
Brown trout 2; Trout 2
Edison remains relatively high. Few reports are coming out of the Kaiser Pass lakes, but Lake Edison is the best bet with high water at 65 percent capacity. Florence remains about 2 percent amid dam maintenance. Mammoth Pool has been lowered to 4 percent, and launching a boat is nearly impossible.
Call: Vermilion Valley Resort at Edison Lake 259-4000
Shaver Lake/Huntington Lake
Kokanee 1; Trout 2
Shaver Lake is another option for rainbow trout after heavy plants were conducted during the spring/summer months from the Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project along with the Department of Fish and Wildlife. The cooler waters are bringing the rainbows closer to the surface, and the larger grade of trophy trout remain in the Stevenson Arm for those soaking trout dough bait on the anchor. Huntington is still producing some small rainbows on trout dough bait in Rancheria Cove.
The high country trout action in the central Sierra is coming to a close within the next month or so, but the story basically remains the same with Courtright continuing as the top option. Chuck Crane of Wishon Village RV Park and Store said, “Fewer fishermen are coming to the high country with the arrival of colder weather, but Courtright remains the top option with shore anglers finding good action near the Trapper Springs Campground with trout dough bait. It is a bit of a walk to get down to the shoreline, but the action remains good with those willing to make the hike picking up limits. Trolling has been slower, but blade/’crawler combinations are best at 4-6 colors right across from the launch ramp. It is getting close to the end up here.” Wishon is showing some signs of life for shore anglers at the upper end of the lake with Power Worms. Crane said, “It hasn’t been taking long for shore anglers to pick up their limits at the upper end while trolling remains fair with the best action on blade/’crawler combinations at 3-5 colors of leadcore. It is slow, but the fish are there, and there are some quality rainbows and browns in the mix. There have been few fishermen up here.”
Call: Wishon RV Park 865-5361
Half Moon Bay
Rockfish 3; Striper 2
Captain Tom Mattusch of the Huli Cat said, “The Huli Cat crew continues to work on crab pots in preparation for the Dungeness crab opener, when not running rockfish trips. Tests for domain acid are still showing safe levels in the Half Moon Bay to San Francisco area. Captains Tom Mattusch and Michael Cabanas will continue to run rockfish trips with the revised depth limits. Sea lions are having enjoyable feasts on Salmon inside the Harbor as a result of the Coastside Fishing Club net pen program.” The Dungeness crab season is only a few weeks off with a Nov. 4 opening date, and the Huli Cat is gearing up for crab/rockfish combination or crab-only trips as it is the only large party boats running the combination trips. The Queen of Hearts and Riptide will continue to run rockfish trips until the Dec. 31 closure. Captain Dennis Baxter of the New Captain Pete has ceaseD recreational fishing for the remainder of the season as he will be crabbing commercial starting in mid-November. The crab opener at Half Moon Bay is one of the signature events of the season with campgrounds and launch ramps filled for the weekend.
Rockfish 2; Striper 2; White sea bass 1
Chris Arcoleo of Chris’ Fishing in Monterey reported tough action for rockfish the past few days with the big swell along the coastline. They struggled to catch live bait with the swell, and the big swell also affected the ling cod. They had to settle for school fish consisting of yellows and blues as the bottom grabbers were hunkered down in the rocks. They have room available Thursday, but the weekend is sold out.
San Francisco Bay
Halibut 2; Striper 3; Rockfish 3; Leopard shark 3; Sturgeon 2; Salmon 2
Mike Aughney of USAFishing.com said, “There is just one week left to the salmon season. Party boats are still seeing a few big fish and up to fish per rod scores working the usual haunts along the Marin coastline. Emeryville did not have a salmon boat out on Sunday, but they did have two chasing rockfish. The New Huck Finn reported 17 limits of rockfish and eight lings while the Sea Wolf reported 26 limits of rockfish and six lings. They have room for rockfish trips to the Islands and Marin coast salmon all this week. They are booking Dungeness crab rockfish combos on three boats. Jared Davis on the Salty Lady in Sausalito says they have room and light loads on the books every day this coming week. He is looking forward to seeing his regulars and just having some fun and "doing the best we can.” The Lovely Martha out of San Francisco also got in on the salmon action with 13 salmon to 23 pounds Sunday, but they are done with salmon fishing for the season as of today. The Happy Hooker is running a Phenix Rods special crab combination trip on Nov. 21 with special prizes from Phenix. Inside the bay, Captain Jim Smith, formerly of the Happy Hooker, reported good bass action in the bay with his son James on the California Dawn with limits of striped bass near Mission Rocks in the south bay. Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle said, “The bass fishing was slower on Sunday despite the great weather as it was hard for our skiffs to pick up legal bass. There have been some good counts on the anchor with shrimp baits near the Pumphouse for stripers in the 5 to 7-pound category, and these are much larger than those landed by drifting or trolling. There have been reports of a few sturgeon including an oversized lost off of McNear’s Pier. The World Series starts on Tuesday, but the ‘World Series Striped Bass Bite’ has basically lasted throughout the year.”
San Luis Obispo
Most of the trips from the San Luis Obispo County ports on Monday were of the half- day variety, but the rockfish counts remain close to either limits or near limits. Out of Morro Bay Landing, the Avenger came back with 17 limits of rockfish including 25 vermilion and 145 assorted to go with seven ling cod to 10 pounds. Gene Garcia of Visalia took a jackpot earlier in the week with an 8-pound ling. The big swell contributed to slower ling cod action, and the Rita G out of Virg’s Landing in Morro Bay went out with 23 anglers on Monday for 23 limits of rockfish including 70 vermilion, 40 copper, and 120 assorted rockfish on a half-day trip without landing a legal ling cod. Out of Patriot Sport Fishing in Port San Luis, 40 fishermen went out on the Flying Fish, Phenix and Patriot on Monday for near-limits of rockfish with 23 vermilion, 20 coppers, three Boccaccio, a cabezon, and 385 assorted rockfish to go with 10 lings to 15.8 pounds. All landings are taking a variety of trips ranging from half day to long range in the coming weeks.
Bass 3; Striper 3; Sturgeon 2; Catfish 3; Bluegill 3; Salmon 2
The salmon bite has slowed in the Sacramento River, but there are still bright, chrome fish landed on Flying C spinners from the banks along with trolling with Brad’s Cut Plugs behind an 11-inch Pro-Troll E-Chip Flasher from the Freeport Bridge to Clarksburg. The salmon bite has been up and down from the Benicia shore, but the action has been hot when the schools are moving through. Striper fishing has improved considerably with colder water temperatures, and more and more fishermen are opting for the linesides as opposed to salmon. The hot salmon bite has been in the Mokelumne River as pulse flows from Camanche Reservoir into the Mokelumne River have brought salmon in the the river system. Solid action for those trolling chartreuse single-bladed. Silvertrons in the North Fork of the river above New Hope Marina have been reported. Johnny Tran of New Romeo’s Bait and Tackle in Freeport reported scattered action for salmon below the Freeport Bridge, but the fishing pressure on the ocean-run salmon is lighter with the beginning of the fall striper run. He said, “The Sacramento Deep Water Channel and Liberty Island have been excellent areas for stripers with live mudsuckers, and sturgeon are showing up in the main river near the Sherman Island Power Lines with grass shrimp or lamprey eel. Sturgeon in the Freeport area has been hit and miss, but the action will improve in the coming weeks.” Alan Fong of Fisherman’s Warehouse in Fresno was also in the north Delta this week, and he caught and released striped bass to 12 pounds jigging spoons in 20 feet of water outside of Liberty Island. He said, “The majority of the stripers were schoolies, but they were out into deeper water, and boaters were doing well with live mudsuckers. We also found great bass fishing with Brush Hogs and Senkos in the north Delta as the fish are loading up on crawdads. They are in wolf packs, and if you catch one, you will catch ten in the same area. The water temperature is dropping, and it is currently in the 64 to 68-degree range.” Clyde Wands, shallow trolling expert, was out on the Sacramento River twice during the week, and although striper fishing wasn’t red hot, he hooked and landed a 30-pound salmon on Tuesday in addition to five small keeper stripers. For sturgeon, Steve Mitchell of Hook’d Up Sport Fishing out of Pittsburg Marina had a good day Sunday with his open load of six anglers picking up two legal sturgeon at 47 and 59.75 inches along with two big shakers released and three schoolie striped bass. He said, “The bite was much better on Sunday after only releasing one shaker on Saturday, and I stayed right outside the harbor as the sturgeon were stacked up in deep water on the incoming tide. As the tide was changing in the early morning, we went further west near the Pittsburg Pumphouse at 48 feet to intercept the sturgeon moving downstream, and we pick up a pair of shakers along with two stripers and three other good opportunities missed by the first-time sturgeon fishermen. I think the weather finally stabilized after last Thursday evening’s cold front, and the sturgeon were back on the bite.” Fresh off his second Rio Vista Bass Festival Derby victory in as many years, Andy Doudna of Oakley is preparing for the upcoming Addathon Ironman Sturgeon Derby on Nov. 4-5 at the Pittsburg launch ramp parking lot. This is a catch-and-release derby with points accumulated in a complex formula – the only one of its kind in Northern California. The is a 100 percent payback tournament to the top three teams with all fish released with an $80 per team entry fee. Tony Lopez of Benicia Bait reported salmon continue to be taken off of the Benicia shoreline with Vee-Zee spinners as 10 were landed off First Street on Sunday morning. Huge striped bass continue to be caught and kept out of McAvoy’s Boat Harbor on live splittail or bullheads at Garnet Point and the Middle Grounds. Jack Naves of Sacramento caught and released a 35-pound striped bass on chicken liver in the Pittsburg area. The launch ramps at Brannan Island State Park remain open, but the restroom and parking lot area is under construction which may continue through November. The temporary fence around the parking lots is making for difficult conditions for transporting a large boat around the fence, but it is possible. The San Joaquin Delta is moving into the period of time when the water cools enough for the striped bass to move up in force, but the run in the San Joaquin is always later than on the Sacramento River. Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, said, “Largemouth bass fishing will continue to improve as the water cools and the threadfin shad moves in. The shad will start to ball up, and reactions baits such as spinnerbaits, crankbaits, or rattling baits in shad-patterns will be an excellent choice. The ima Rock N’ Vibe Suspend has been a great lure as it will stay in the strike zone longer. Once the water temperature drops further, the metabolism of the fish will slow, and your finesse techniques of jigs and plastics on the drop-shot will be the best techniques, but this is some time in the future. For striped bass, the daytime temperatures of 80 degrees-plus are not cool enough to get the stripers to migrate far into the San Joaquin River, and the best action in this river system won’t happen until November. Everyone once in a while, someone will bump into a big one, but the big fish are the exception right now.” Dan Mathisen of Dan’s Delta Outdoors said, “There are lots of small stripers on the San Joaquin, but there is a school of 15- to 18-pounders that went through a few weeks ago, and they were found near the Cruiser Haven Bridge. Optimum’s Bad Bubba Shad or topwater lures have been the best baits, and there have been a few larger fish taken on the small boats that are drifting bluegill. Sturgeon are starting to garner more interest, and I know of three keepers so far. A few salmon still continue to show up with Flying C’s at Humphrey’s Pier. Largemouth bass action is still best with reaction baits such as spinnerbaits or chatterbaits, and I put in 15 pounds on a short trip in the afternoon this week.” Dan’s Delta Tournament of Champions is featuring the top 20 boats on his circuit out of Big Break Marina on Oct. 28-29. Steve Santucci of Steve Santucci’s Fly Fishing Guide Service said, “The fish are in good numbers in all areas of the Delta. Stripers are hitting 4-inch Clouser Minnows, and we are using Rio T-14 custom cut lines and the Rio intermediate type three for most of our fishing. “
Lake Nacimiento/San Antonio/Santa Margarita/Lopez
Bass 3; White bass 3; Striper 2; Catfish 2; Crappie 2
Lopez Lake still has a brief window for topwater lures for largemouth bass, but the reaction bite with chatterbaits, spinnerbaits, or crankbaits is producing in the warmer conditions of the afternoons. A smaller grade of bass can be taken on finesse techniques on the bottom, and this bite is occurring throughout the day. Bluegill and red ear perch fishing remains strong with red worms, meal worms, or wax worms. A webcam of the lake is available at 805webcams.com/lopez-lake-webcam/. At Nacimiento, the spotted bass are getting aggressive with the colder water temperatures, and lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits, or small swimbaits on an underspin are working around structure or rocky points. The overall grade of bass remains small, but they are numerous. White bass continue to elude anglers with only small windows of opportunity. The lake continues to release water slowly. A webcam is available at www.lakenacimientolive.com/. At San Antonio, catfishing is the best option with Sonny’s Stink Bait, anchovies, sardines, or chicken livers. Bass fishing is improving with finesse techniques producing a number of smaller fish while striper action remains slow. The occasional striper is hooked on a trolled swimbait, but these are the exception. At Santa Margarita, bass fishing has been “hit or miss” with small fish dominating the action. The best grade of bass are taken in deeper water with medium-diving crankbaits, swimbaits, or jigs as the bass are feeding on crawdads. Crappie and bluegill can be taken in red worms or minijigs. Catfishing is also decent with cutbaits. Reminder that consuming white bass, black bass, crappie, catfish, or carp are subject to safe eating guidelines due to excessive mercury.
Call: Lake Nacimiento (805) 238-1056, ext. 3; Lake San Antonio Marina (805) 472-2818; Central Coast Bass Fishing.com (805) 466-6557
Go to fresnobee.com/fishing for reports on Half Moon Bay, Monterey/Santa Cruz, San Francisco Bay and San Luis Obispo
- Fresno Bass Club Two -Day Tournament on Oct. 21-22 at Delta/B and W Resort: 1, Corey Squires 24.13 pounds; 2, Mark Corrente 22.43 (big fish 3.58); 3, Ron Red 20.95
- Sierra Bass Club on Oct. 21-22 at McClure: 1, Ryan Reynolds 11.22 pounds (big fish 3.88); 2, Ben DeLaFuentes 10.24; 3, Romero Cardenas 8.97
- Oct. 28: Delta/Tracy Oasis, Tracy Bass Club; New Melones, BABC Swimbait Tournament; McClure, California Tournament Trail; San Luis/Dinosaur Point, How To Fish Striped Bass Derby; Santa Margarita, Taft Bass Club
- Oct. 28-29: Delta/Big Break, Dan’s Delta Outdoors
- Nov. 4: Delta/Brannan Island, Central Valley Anglers Sturgeon Derby; Delta/Big Break, Tracy Bass Club; Don Pedro, Kerman Bass Club; Eastman, RiverRats Bass Club; Isabella, Lake Isabella Bass Club
- Nov. 4-5: Delta/Pittsburg Marina, Addathon Ironman Sturgeon Derby
- Nov. 5: Don Pedro, Modesto Ambassadors; Pine Flat, Kings River Bass Club
- Nov. 11: Delta/Tracy Oasis, Tracy Bass Club; Delta/Big Break Marina, Tracy Oasis Marina; Don Pedro, Sonora Bass Anglers/Christian Bass League/Gold Country Junior Bass; McClure, New Jen Bass Club; Eastman, Sierra Bass Club; Millerton, California Tournament Trail; Kaweah, Visalia Bass Club
- Nov. 12: Delta/Russo’s Marina, Hook, Line, and Sinker; Kaweah,– Kings VIII Bass Club; Nacimiento, Good Old Boys
- Nov. 14: Kaweah, Visalia Bass Club
- Nov. 18: Delta/Russo’s Marina, Tri Valley Bassmasters; Pine Flat, New Jen Bass Club; Nacimiento, Taft Bass Club/Golden Empire Bass Club
- Nov. 18-19: Delta/Russo’s Marina, California Tournament Trail
- Nov. 19: Delta/Ladd’s Marina, TriValley Bass Masters; Delta/Tracy Oasis, Tracy Oasis Marina; McClure, Fresno Bass Club; Kaweah, Central Valley Kayak Fishing
- Fresno County: Kings River, below Pine Flat Dam
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