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.
Delta stripers, bass and sturgeon ramp up the bite, Randy Pringle said. Lake Success bass on a tear, Chuck Stokke reported. Courtright continues pumping out trout, Chuck Crane said. San Luis schoolie stripers keep hitting, Merritt Gilbert reported.
2-Have to work hard
4-Fish jumpin’ in boat
Delta Mendota Canal and Sloughs
The northern section of the California Aqueduct is starting to generate some interest for local striped bass fishermen with Duo Realis jerkbaits as well as similar reaction types of lures. The stripers are spread out into different areas. In the southern aqueduct in Kern County, Pete Cormier of Bob’s Bait Bucket in Bakersfield said, “There hasn’t been much change as the hot weather has kept the moss heavy in the canal. With the moss, bait remains best with sardines being the top option.” This season’s popularity of the aqueduct has led to increased numbers of anglers. In order to maintain access, fishermen are encouraged to take out all trash and other debris when departing.
Bass 2; Trout 1; Bluegill 2; Catfish 2; Crappie 2
Bass fishing has slowed, but jigs in crawdad or bluegill patterns are working over rockpiles or humps with the occasional largemouth landed on a River2Sea Whopper Plopper at dusk. Plastics in bluegill patterns on the drop-shot also are effective as the bass are loading up on the small panfish. RiverRat is having its first appreciation tournament Saturday, blasting out of the Cordoniz ramp. Participants will be provided a tri-tip lunch at weigh-ins. Spokesman Nick Sanches said, “We are expecting from 50-60 boats with a first place payout that could go over $3,000 depending on entries. The entry fee will be $120 with all the options.” The lake dropped 2.5 feet to 549.10 in elevation and 58 percent capacity.
Bass 2; Trout 1; Catfish 2; Bluegill 2; Crappie 2
Small bass in the 1- to 1.5-pound range have been observed breaking the surface at dusk, chasing bait along the west side of the lake. Fishermen are targeting the small bass with topwater lures. Catfishing remains the top option with anchovies, nightcrawlers or chicken livers in the evenings. The lake basically held at 17 percent capacity and 471.83 feet in elevation this week.
Lake Don Pedro
Bass 2; Trout 2; Kokanee 1; King salmon 2; Crappie 2
Not much change amid continued slow bass fishing, with the best action on plastics on the drop-shot at depths from 35-85 feet. Mike Gomez of Berserk Baits reported an occasional reaction fish is taken, but the bass are reluctant to hit artificials with the dropping water and abundant shad schools. Trout fishing should improve once the lake turns over, but there are few trout anglers at the present time. The lake dropped to 79 percent capacity.
Lake Isabella/Bakersfield area
Bass 2; Trout 2; Crappie 2; Catfish 3; Bluegill 2
Pete Cormier of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield reports minimal change in the area with the best fishing taking place on the upper or lower Kern River. In the upper river, salmon eggs, Power Bait, live crickets and spinners are working. In the lower river, fishermen are finding planted rainbows, catfish or bass on Power Bait, nightcrawlers or cut baits. Lake Isabella continues to attract few fishermen, but those heading up the hill are picking up catfish with frozen shad, chicken livers, nightcrawlers and cut baits. An occasional crappie is landed on minijigs in the submerged trees. The lake dropped 1.5 feet to 2,560.86 in elevation and 30 percent capacity. Cormier said, “Kern County residents are looking forward to the upcoming trout plants within the few weeks.” The Taft Chamber of Commerce Trout Derby at Lake Buena Vista is Nov. 18.
Bass 3; Crappie 2; Trout 1; Catfish 2
Pete Cormier of Bob’s Bait Bucket in Bakersfield reported a good bass bite with a variety of techniques including topwater lures, crankbaits and plastics on the drop-shot. The lake level has stabilized, and the bass are chasing shad throughout the lake. Working rocky structure as well as vertical walls is best as the bait is holding near structure. Crappie also are starting to show up around structure. The lake rose slightly to 596.27 feet in elevation and 10 percent capacity.
Call: Sierra Sporting Goods 592-5212
Bass 3; Trout 3; Catfish 2; Crappie
Chuck Stokke of Sequoia Fishing Co. in Springville said, “Bass fishing is excellent, and there is a lot of interest with a number of boats out this week. The fish are chasing the shad schools and working points and rocky structure with plastics on the drop-shot and crankbaits are working best.” The lake dropped 1.5 feet to 588.71 in elevation and 8 percent capacity. In the Tule River, Stokke said, “The river is fishing well with nymphs, and the dry fly action has slowed, but not to a halt. In the high Sierra, the Golden Trout Wilderness Pack Station has closed for the season.”
Bass 2; Trout 2; King salmon 1; Kokanee 1; Crappie 2; Catfish 2
Bass fishing continues to be very slow with dropping water levels and abundant shad contributing to the bass moving out into deeper water. Mike Gomez of Berserk Baits reported drop-shotting plastics at depths from 35 to more than 80 feet are the best technique for the wary bass, with few fish taken on reaction baits. The bite is expected to improve considerably once the water temperature stabilizes. The lake dropped to 65 percent capacity.
Trout fishing is fair with a good number of rainbow trout remaining in the lake 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 shore 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 1
Pine Flat and Millerton remain on the slow side for central Valley bass fishermen as hot weather continues to stretch into November. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “Millerton is the better of the two options, but with the dropping water levels, the bite is not great. A few 2-pound spotted bass are showing up, and there are more numbers than Pine Flat with most anglers picking up from 12-15 bass with around half being keepers, but most of the fish are barely over 13 inches. Jigs, plastics on the drop-shot, ripbaits and spoons are possibilities for success, and there was a limit at 8.25 pounds landed on spinnerbaits in the wind, but the swimbait bait has not emerged as of yet.” Millerton is releasing water now, dropping this week to 61 percent capacity.
Call: Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474
New Melones Reservoir/Tulloch
Bass 2; Crappie 2; Catfish 2; Trout 2; Kokanee 1
New Melones was the host for the inaugural BABC big swimbait Oct. 28, and the big sticks arrived to find an overall tough bite on the big lures. A smaller grade of spotted and largemouth bass is there for the taking on finesse techniques such as drop-shotting, but with the warm weather conditions, the giants are far more reluctant to hit the big baits. John Liechty of Xperience Bass Fishing Guide Service partnered with Josh Parris of San Andreas, and Liechty said, “We have been scouting the previous weeks in anticipation for this tournament, and I literally went a day and a half of throwing the big baits for 8 hours without hooking a fish. We were getting a few blow-ups, but nothing stuck. We left a few areas alone for over a week, and I figured the bite was going to be tough during the tournament. We had a good game plan, and we figured that if one big fish might make a mistake, it would be early in the morning. We went to an area where we saw some larger fish earlier with largemouths around 7 pounds and spotted bass in the 3- to 4-pound range, and Josh’s first cast of the morning with the River2Sea Swaver 200 produced the huge largemouth at nearly 12 pounds. I was shaking when the fish came to the boat since I thought it might be around 7 pounds. We did put in a lot of time scouting, and our efforts paid off since there were only five teams weighing in bass with the second place team bringing in three for a total of 7 pounds. One cast and one fish for first place – it doesn’t get much better than this.” For numbers, drop-shotting shad or bluegill patterns are productive with Liechty stating, “After 4 hours of throwing the big swimbaits without results, I finally got tired of catching nothing so I switched over to drop-shotting and hooked a fish within 4 minutes.” For rainbow trout, the big rainbows are still out there, but Gary Burns of Take It To the Limit Guide Service said, “With the water cooling off, the trout bite has slowed a bit as the rainbows are moving up. We are still fishing from Carson Cove to Coyote Cove with ExCel’s, Needlefish, or Krocodiles at depths from 40-50 feet.” Crappie are showing up with Sep’s grubs near structure, and Glory Hole Sports annual monthlong 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
The bass bite at Pine Flat is sporadic with no pattern developing and the fish suspending into deeper water from 25-50 feet. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “Two boats of good fishermen went out recently for a total of three fish between them with one boat fishing the river and the other in the main lake, and they had consistently been landing limits in the 8- to 9- pound range previously. There are a few bass taken in the early mornings with topwater lures and an occasional ripbait fish, but the best bet is drop-shotting shad patterned plastics in deep water. Spoons have also been picking up a few bass over the shad schools.” Trout fishermen are starting to come out of the woodwork with the water cooling slightly, but it is still warm for this time of year. In the lower Kings River below the dam, trout fishing remains solid with salmon egg, meal worms, or grubs on a light split shot rig in the fast-moving water. The lake dropped to 48 percent capacity.
San Luis Reservoir and O’Neill Forebay
Striper 3; Catfish 2; Bass 2; Crappie 2
Striped bass fishing remains very good at San Luis Reservoir with a tremendous number of legal stripers in the 18- to 24-inch range possible for those trolling plugs or umbrella rigs, casting topwater and ripbaits or soaking bait from shore. San Luis has become a popular destination for various anglers from the Fresno and San Jose areas, leading to concerns for overfishing for striped bass. The fish species in San Luis and the O’Neill Forebay arrive via the powerful pumps in the south Delta, and both reservoirs are holding locations for agricultural and domestic uses in the south Valley and Southern California. Roger George of Roger George Guide Service said that the bite has been good for smaller school fish, but the bigger grade is on a slower bite. “I fished last Thursday with David and Thelma Drinnon of Fresno and we released 34 fish trolling shad colored plugs. Lots of the fish were in the 10- to 15-inch range but we had six nice fish in the 20-23 inch range too. The next day I fished with Robert Lewis and Bill Braun, both of Fresno, and we had a 30-release day. I’m having experienced anglers who are doing well and others who are struggling. Unfortunately, I’m seeing guys online who are proclaiming that they are practicing ‘catch and release’ since they let 20 fish go – but who also took home their limit of two. That’s not catch and release; that’s taking your legal limit. We need more anglers that want to protect the fishery – it’s a fragile balance – rather than fish it till it fails again! Some groups are fishing it day after day right now and taking home fish every trip.” Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “Schoolie stripers have been the rule, and we are selling plenty of Speed Lures, Duo Realis jerkbaits, and Lucky Craft Pointers for those throwing lures while Live Target ripbaits have also been popular. Most of our anglers are heading to the big lake or the forebay, but a few more anglers are starting to work the California Aqueduct as well.” Coyote Bait and Tackle in Morgan Hill reported solid action in the main lake for trollers pulling P-Line Predator Minnows or Lucky Craft Pointer 120’s near the trash racks and the mouth of Portuguese Cove while there are those casting topwater lures in the early mornings and evenings in the coves of the main lake and also in the forebay. Rat-L-Traps are effective in the forebay with shore fishermen at Check 12 soaking pile worms or jumbo minnows. Sales of jumbo minnows remain high.
Bass 2; Trout 2; Kokanee 1
The public launch ramp remains in the water with the lake at 71 percent capacity, but the water is expected to drop below the ramp level by Nov. 15. There is heavy weed growth in the lake, and the best fishing has been working the outside edge of the weeds for spotted bass to 1.5 pounds with plastics on the drop-shot. 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 http://basslakeca.com/.
Brown trout 2; Trout 2
Lake Edison on Kaiser Pass remains high at 56 percent capcity, and Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun said, “One of our customers went trolling and didn’t find much action, and then he and his wife soaked trout dough bait and regular nightcrawlers from the shoreline for nothing, but once he inflated the nightcrawlers with a worm blower, they put in nine quality browns and rainbows from 16-24 inches within an hour.” Florence is still down at about 2 percent capacity for dam maintenance. Mammoth Pool has been lowered to 4 percent, and launching a boat is nearly impossible. The rapid release of water at Mammoth Pool may lead to decreased oxygen levels, endangering the fish population.
Call: Vermilion Valley Resort at Edison Lake 259-4000
Shaver Lake/Huntington Lake
Kokanee 2; Trout 2
Dick Nichols, president of the Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project, said, “The rainbows will congregate in Stevenson Bay at this time of year with the colder water moving into the lake, and trolling circular patterns from the Fishermen’s Club to the Tunnel and back works best with blade/’crawler combinations at a depth of 20 feet. There are trophy trout that were planted in June at the Tunnel, and they are still on this area of the lake. Second-year kokanee can be found in front of the dam to Road 1 with Koke Busters tipped with corn at 30 feet while there are still some trout and kokanee holding around the island at the same depth.” The lake receded to 69 percent capacity. There was no report on Huntington Reservoir.
Courtright remains the top reservoir for rainbow and brown trout in the central Sierra, and both Wishon and Courtright will remain open until the road closes upon the arrival of a significant amount of snow. With warm weather continuing into November, the lakes may stay open for the next month. Chuck Crane of Wishon Village RV Park and Store said, “We closed for the season on Oct. 29, and the store and RV Park will remain closed until the road opens again in the spring. The lakes are still open, and trout fishing is fair at Wishon and good at Courtright. At Wishon, trollers have been picking up a few rainbows running blade/’crawler combinations or Rapalas at 3-5 colors of leadcore up and down in front of the dam or along the far side of the lake. You have to work really hard for the few rainbows, but they are quality fish. Shore fishermen are finding good action at the mouth of the river with Power Worms, inflated nightcrawlers or trout dough bait, and fly fishing continues to be good up in the river as the water is still flowing. A few fly fishermen were up the river this week, and they did really well.” At Courtright, trollers are scoring rainbows or browns in the 15- to 18-inch range by trolling Rapalas or blade/’crawler combinations, but Crane said, “You have to work hard for the few fish. The cove to the left of Trapper Springs is the top spot for shore fishermen, and trout dough bait is the working for good fish.” 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 Reservoir continuing as the top option with Shaver Lake holding as the next best option.
Call: Wishon RV Park 865-5361
Half Moon Bay
Rockfish 3; Striper 2
This coming Saturday is the Dungeness crab opener along the California coast, and a storm system is anticipated to move in with some force for the first real rain and winds of the fall months. Private boaters have to understand their limitations since every year there are those who overestimate the ability of their vessel in the conditions and, in the best case scenario, are rescued safely by first responders. Going out in rough conditions in the dark on the crab opener puts everyone at risk, including those who are charged with saving lives. There is plenty of crab season left, and if the weather reports are as anticipated, it may be a good time to wait for another day. The arrival of Dungeness crab season is highly anticipated out of Half Moon Bay, and Sherry Ingles of Half Moon Bay Sport Fishing said, “The crab opener is the biggest event of the year here with the parking lots to be full with RV’s, all of the campgrounds filled, and the launch ramps busy. It is like the old days during the salmon opener when there were cars parked up and down Highway 1, and now the crab opener is much larger than the salmon opener.” Ocean salmon fishing closed on Oct. 31, but as of the final few days of the season, private boaters and kayaks continue to get in on the action around the Green Can. Ingles said, “One of our kayakers who has consistently been catching fish showed me another picture today, and one private boat hooked three and landed one on the last Saturday.” The change in depth restriction has led to fewer of the quality rockfish that were found at 40 fathoms, but there are still plenty of vermilions and browns with Ingles stating, “We have had some bomber blue rockfish lately.” Half Moon Bay Sport Fishing will be offering rockfish trips through the end of the season while Mattusch and the Huli Cat is the only large party boat offering the crab/rockfish combination trips. The Huli Cat is basically filled for the first three weekends of the Dungeness crab season, but weekdays are wide open for crab combination trips. The majority of party boats have switched over to commercial crabbing during the open season. Ling cod action has slowed with the big swells along the coastline over the past two weeks, but the bite should improve as the swell backs off and the lings move in closer to the shorelines to spawn. Farther north in Pacifica, the Dungeness crab opener will lead to a very crowded Pacifica Pier and the rocky shoreline area for those throwing crab snares loaded with squid or anchovies.
Rockfish 3; Striper 2
Chris Arcoleo of Chris’ Fishing in Monterey reported continued good rockfish action with the Caroline and Check Mate combining for 34 limits of rockfish and 15 lings on Sunday. He said, “The swell is starting to back off, but we didn’t even try for live bait over the weekend. School fish such as blues and yellows are showing up, and we had several quality lings on Saturday. There is plenty of room this last week before the crab opener on this coming Saturday.”
San Francisco Bay
Halibut 2; Striper 2; Rockfish 3; Leopard shark 2; Sturgeon 2
Mike Aughney of USAFishing.com said, “As the salmon season winds down the rockfish are chomping and many party and private boats are gearing up for the upcoming crab opener. On Sunday, Emeryville had two boats out. Both the New Huck Finn and Sea Wolf ran to the Islands. The Huck Finn reported 34 limits of rockfish adding 23 lings to 12 pounds. The Sea Wolf had 22 anglers who landed limits of rockfish and 34 lings to 15 pounds. Party boats are filled for the opening weekend of the Dungeness crab season but many boats have lots of space weekdays. The opener gets all the hype but for anglers who want to avoid the crowds and actually look at a weather forecast … waiting a few days can pay off. Emeryville is booking crab combos through December.” Inside the bay, Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael reported a slowdown in the bay on Sunday with anglers struggling for a few stripers. He said, “It was good on Saturday, but it was slow on Sunday with fishermen that have been catching from 60-100 bass ending up with a couple of stripers. I talked with four or five boats today, and they all had the same story – few fish. The bite had been good, but if you have been looking for halibut and stripers with ‘epic proportions,’ you will be sadly disappointed as the majority of fish are small. We have pile worms, live anchovies, and grass shrimp in the shop.” The Happy Hooker out of Berkeley is running a Cal Kellogg School of Fishing Trip on Nov. 17 and a Phenix Rods special crab combination trip on Nov. 21 with special prizes from sponsors on both trips.
San Luis Obispo
The rockfish counts fell from limits to around two-thirds limits over the weekend, perhaps because of the effects of the big swell that moved along the California coast. There have been large ling cod, with a 22.5-pounder landed by Jim McManus of Shafter on the Flying Fish out of Patriot Sport Fishing and a 21.7-pounder on the Endeavor out of Morro Bay Landing. The Patriot, Flying Fish, and Phenix took out 77 passengers Saturday out of Port San Luis for a combined 19 lings to 22.5 pounds, 533 assorted rockfish, 12 coppers, two Boccaccio, three Bolina and a cabezon. Out of Morro Bay, the Endeavor and Avenger out of Morro Bay Landing combined for 17 lings to 21.7 pounds, 540 assorted rockfish and 82 vermilion for 81 fishermen on Saturday. The Fiesta and Rita G out of Virg’s Landing took out 35 fishermen on Monday on a private charter for 264 vermilion rockfish. All landings are taking a variety of trips ranging from a half day to long range in the coming weeks.
Bass 3; Striper 3; Sturgeon 3; Catfish 3; Bluegill 3; Salmon 2
On of the surprising developments of the early fall has been the number of salmon wandering around the Delta. In the Sacramento-Delta from Benicia to Freeport, the salmon action has been fair at best over the past few weeks, but in the back sloughs and in the Mokelumne River, anglers have been able to target the “Delta Trifecta” of striped bass, largemouth bass and salmon with reaction baits. There have been a number of salmon taken with crankbaits in the recent weeks. Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, has also been picking up salmon on crankbaits in the Mokelumne River with client George Scott of Elk Grove landing a limit Tuesday before heading out for largemouth bass. He said, “We targeted salmon in the morning with ima Squarebill crankbaits, and I know a few areas in the lower Mokelumne where the salmon congregate. He had one on for around 10 seconds on an early cast before landing one 10 minutes later, and after a number of additional casts, he scored his limit within 30 minutes.” Kris Huff of Stockton has been having an absolute ball catching and releasing big striped bass on topwater Delta Wood Bombers, and he released his personal best at over 25 pounds on Sunday morning. Clyde Wands, shallow trolling expert, said, “We had a very good day this week trolling shallow around Decker Island with an early bite that slowed down after 9 a.m. The best action was on the incoming tide, and most everything came in the shallows. We released plenty of stripers in the 19- to 20-inch range, but we did catch some larger stripers to 9 pounds.” Johnny Tran of New Romeo’s Bait and Tackle in Freeport said, “The arrival of the fall striped bass run is attracting more and more fishermen, but there are still salmon coming through the river. Trollers are pulling Brad’s Cut Plugs behind an 11-inch Pro Troll E-Chip dodger while shore anglers are throwing Flying C spinners. Stripers are moving into the Sacramento Deep Water Channel, Liberty Island, and Prospect and Shad Sloughs, and live mudsuckers along with frozen shad or sardines coated with Bang Garlic spray are working. A few sturgeon are showing up in Cache Slough, but the Sherman Island Power Lines is the top area with lamprey eel/pile worms combinations, salmon roe or live grass shrimp.” Alan Fong, manager of Fisherman’s Warehouse in Sacramento, said, “Salmon fishing is really good in the Mokelumne River as boaters are cruising around watching for the salmon breaking the surface and then throwing Flying C’s in the backs of Hog and Sycamore Sloughs. Largemouth bass fishing is good with flipping plastics or spinnerbaits, and I expect the striped bass bite to break out in a big way if this rain cools down the water temperatures.” Captain Steve Mitchell of Hook’d Up Sport Fishing out of Pittsburg experienced lots of action this week with a huge sturgeon estimated at 9 feet released at the boat after a long fight. He said, “With the small tides right now, you have to fish the deep water in order to get enough current as the sturgeon need to be around moving water. My friend fought this fish on tuna gear with lots of line on the reel, and we didn’t have to release anchor to chase it down. In total, we released six sturgeon fishing in the deep water off of Pittsburg. Captain Jay Lopes of Right Hook Sport Fishing was out the following day in the same area, and he put in four keepers at the bottom of the tide in the deep water. The sturgeon are stacking up in the deep water on the incoming tide.” Captain John Badger of Barbarian Sport Fishing out of Martinez found success on his first sturgeon trip of the year with three keepers for three anglers at 45, 46, and 47 inches on lamprey eel in the deep water in front of Pittsburg. The first of the upcoming sturgeon derbies, the Addathon Ironman Sturgeon Derby, is 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. There is a 100 percent payback tournament to the top three teams with all fish released with an $80 per team entry fee. The striped bass run is starting to pick up steam in the San Joaquin-Delta, and with the planting of salmon smolts in the Eddo’s Area as well as trucking fish to San Pablo Bay, salmon are getting lost in the sloughs of the San Joaquin. The San Joaquin River is off-limits for keeping salmon, but there have been reports of many anglers unwilling to release their catches. For largemouth bass, Pringle said, “With the small tides, we have been ticking the tops of the weeds with the ima Squarebill crankbait in crawdad colors, and with the higher water, we fished in and around the top of the weeds. The Delta is clearing up right now, and I plan on throwing topwater lures in the early morning on Friday. We have had fish hit the bait before it hits the water since it is so clear. It is not a speed retrieve with the crankbait, and we stayed with the cranks throughout the day for over 50 largemouth bass released. There are still small stripers all over the San Joaquin River.” Vince Borges of Vince Borges Outdoors said, “Largemouth bass are hitting reaction baits in shad patterns as they are feeding heavily on shad, and white flukes, white chatterbaits, or white spinnerbaits are all working. Punching the weeds is also a successful technique as there is a ton of vegetation out there on the smaller tides. There is some danger is running through the mats of hyacinth since there is wood lodged into the hyacinths. The vegetation actually accumulates on the wood and holds there. You have to be careful out there right now.” Steve Nicholas of Delta Fishing Charters took clients out for six legal striped bass to 10 pounds using live mudsuckers and shad in Broad Slough on the outgoing tide. Dan Mathisen of Dan’s Delta Outdoors hosted the circuit’s Tournament of Champions over the past weekend, and the first-day leaders were Nick Coultier and Joey Skym at 20.01 pounds and a 7.3-pound kicker.
Call: Randy Pringle (209) 543-6260; Captain Mike Gravert - Intimidator Sport Fishing (916) 806-3030; Vince Borges – Vince Borges Outdoors(209) 918-0828; J.D. Richey – Richey’s Sport Fishing – (916) 952-1554.
Lake Nacimiento/San Antonio/Santa Margarita/Lopez
Bass 2; White bass 2; Striper 2; Catfish 3; Crappie 2
Not much change at the coastal lakes with the continued warm daytime temperatures. At Lopez Lake, panfishing remains strong with red worms, meal worms or wax worms with a few crappie found on minijigs near structure. A smaller grade of bass can be taken on finesse techniques on the bottom, and this bite is occurring throughout the day. Small topwater lures are working in the early morning, but the reaction bite with chatterbaits, spinnerbaits, or crankbaits is producing in the warmer conditions of the afternoons. A webcam is available at http://805webcams.com/lopez-lake-webcam/. At Nacimiento, the spotted bass are more likely to strike reaction baits such as lipless crankbaits, spinnerbaits or small swimbaits on an underspin around structure or rocky points. The spots are on the small side, but the larger grade is found on reaction baits in the early mornings or evenings. Few reports of white bass. The lake continues to release water slowly. A webcam of the lake is available at www.lakenacimientolive.com/. Reminder that consuming white bass, black bass, crappie, catfish, or carp is subject to safe eating guidelines because of the risk of excessive mercury. Quagga mussel inspections are now required before boat launching is allowed.
- Dan’s Delta Outdoors Tournament of Champions on Oct. 28-29 at Delta/Big Break Marina: 1, Harvey Pulliam/Jamond Andrews 39.24; 2, Garret Bradshaw/Pat Leiser 38.32; 3, Phillip Dutra/Mike Andrews 31.45
- California Tournament Trail on Oct. 28 at McClure: 1, Jeff D’Alessandro/Tim Wells 17.57 pounds (big fish 4.66); 2, Keith Rakoncza/Kyle Rasmussen 11.57; 3, Tom Gomez/Dennis Wainright 11.27
- HowToFish Striped Bass on Oct. 28 at San Luis Reservoir/Dinosaur Point (24-inch target length): 1, Lindsay Sedillo 24 inches; 2, Ty Phuon 23 5/8; 3, Felipe Espino 23 3/8
- 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
f = full moon > = peak activity