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 striper and bass action good, Alan Fong reported, Shaver trout bite holds up, Dick Nichols said. New Melones bass on a tear, John Liechty reported. San Francisco lingcod action good, Jim Smith said. Aqueduct stripers hitting, Merritt Gilbert reported.
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Delta Mendota Canal and Sloughs
With low water levels and an overall slow bite in central California reservoirs, the California Aqueduct has become the No. 1 target for striped bass fishermen from Merced to Kern Counties in the central Valley. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “At least 30 percent of our fishing business over the last month has been for the striper fishermen in the aqueduct, and we continue to sell 6-8 Duo Realis jerkbaits per day along with Lucky Craft Pointers.” In the south aqueduct in Kern County, Jacob Rutledge of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield reported striper fishermen are still heading to the aqueduct, and they have restocked the shop with the popular 5-inch Whopper Ploppers. Rutledge expected on a run on the lures during the week.
Bass 2; Trout 1; Bluegill 2; Catfish 2; Crappie 2
Bass fishermen are few and far between with the low water conditions, but those heading out can expect 6-10 bass per trip to 3 pounds on jigs or Brush Hogs over submerged structure. Most boaters are running trolling motors instead of the main engine to keep from bottoming out on unmarked rockpiles. Catfishing is best at night with chicken livers, sardines, or anchovies from the banks. The lake rose slightly to 466.71 feet in elevation and 7 percent capacity.
Call: Six Star Tackle Box 673-5688; Eastman Lake 689-3255
Bass 2; Trout 1; Catfish 2; Bluegill 2; Crappie 2
The lake is very low at 5 percent capacity, and the boat launch is closed. Kayaks are able to be launched, and a few bass can be taken with Senkos or drop-shot plastics. Catfishing is best at night with chicken livers, nightcrawlers, or prepared dough baits. The lake held at 447.09 feet in elevation.
Call: Fresno Fisherman’s Warehouse 225-1838; Valley Rod Gun, Clovis 292-3474; Six Star Tackle Box 673-5688; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Hensley Lake Hidden Dam 673-5151
Lake Don Pedro
Bass 2; Trout 2; Kokanee 1; King salmon 2; Crappie 2
Few fishermen are heading to the lake, with most targeting bass with plastics on the drop-shot. The minnow bite has slowed as the fish are suspended and holding in deeper water around the shad schools. The shad are balling up as the water continues to school. The lake should turn over within a few weeks depending upon the arrival of cold storms, and the rainbows and kings will migrate toward the surface. A grant for the improvement of the Fleming Meadows Launch Ramp has been approved, and construction to create a two-lane ramp should start shortly. The lake held at 673.84 feet in elevation and 32 percent capacity
Call: Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fish’n Dan (209) 586-2383; Gary Vella (209) 652-7550; Bait Barn (209) 874-3011
Lake Isabella/Bakersfield area
Bass 2; Trout 2; Crappie 2; Catfish 3; Bluegill 1
At Lake Isabella, few fishermen are heading to the lake with the low water conditions. Launching a boat is a concern, and very few bass fishermen are willing to put their expensive vessel into the shallow lake. Catfishing from the banks is the top draw, and super meal worms, mackerel or Katnip Beef Bait are the best options. Crappie are showing up around submerged structure as the shad are balling up in response to the cooler water. The lake held at 2,522.47 feet in elevation and 5 percent capacity. Jacob Rutledge of Bob’s Bait in Bakersfield said, “The lower Kern River continues to be a highlight in the area for largemouth bass with Deadly Duo plastics in natural patterns on a Texas-rig or drop shot from mouth of the canyon west into the city limits.” Buena Vista is kicking out a few catfish and crappie, and heavy trout plants will occur right before the the Taft Chamber of Commerce Trout Derby on Nov. 21 at Buena Vista. Another 1,000 pounds will be planted within days after the derby, leaving Rutledge to state, “There will be plenty of trout in the lake, and it may be the only reservoir in the Bakersfield area receiving trout plants since the closure of a number of hatcheries.”
Call: Bob’s Bait (661) 833-8657; North Fork Marina (760) 376-1812
Bass 2; Crappie 2; Trout 1; Catfish 2
The Visalia Bass Club held a tournament last Saturday, and interest in bass fishing is picking up as the cooling water temperatures have the threadfin shad starting to ball up. The bass are chasing shad in the early mornings and late evenings before following the shad balls into the depths from 10 to 30 feet with the larger fish holding in deeper water. Drop-shot plastics, deep-diving crankbaits, or shad-patterned swimbaits are all working. With the cooler temperatures, catfishing is slowing down with the best opportunities at night with chicken livers or anchovies. The lake rose 2 feet to 594.97 feet in elevation and 9% of capacity.
Call: Sierra Sporting Goods 592-5212
Bass 2; Trout 2; Catfish 2; Crappie
Chuck Stokke of Sequoia Fishing Co. in Springville reported, “Bass fishing has been fair with jigs with a trailer, crankbaits, or finesse baits with a slow presentation, as the cooler temperatures have made for a tough bite. However, a few larger bass have been caught in the past week.” The lake rose nearly a foot to 575.40 in elevation and 4 percent capacity. The Tule River has slowed because of cooler temperatures, and Stokke advised nymphing or Woolley Buggers on a slow presentation.
Call: Sequoia Fishing Co. 539-5626, sequoiafishingcompany.com
Bass 2; Trout 2; King salmon 1; Kokanee 1; Crappie 2; Catfish 2
Few fishermen are willing to make the long trek down to the shore with the lake level at 7 percent capacity, although it only dropped slightly to 590.18 feet in elevation within the past week. Catfish are taken on frozen shad, anchovies or mackerel in the lowered pool; bass are susceptible to shad-patterned plastics such as Robo Worm’s Hologram Shad. Given the severe drought conditions, lake recreation is extremely limited at Lake McClure. The North Ramp at Barrett Cove may be used at boater’s risks by hand-launched craft, such as kayaks and canoes. The Barrett Cove South Ramp, as well as Lake McClure ramps at Bagby, Horseshoe Bend and McClure Point remain closed.
Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505; Bub Tosh (209) 404-0053
Lake McSwain Marina and launch ramp remain open, but the store is closed Monday through Wednesday. Campfires are again allowed at McSwain’s campgrounds. The annual Merced Irrigation Derby Fall Trout Derby has been postponed until April 9-10 because of warm water conditions. Few fishermen have been heading to the lake with the lack of trout plants since April. The Merced River is closed to fishing until Jan. 1 from the Crocker-Huffman Bridge to G Street in Snelling because of the conditions.
Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534
Millerton Lake/San Joaquin River
Bass 2; Striper 1; Shad 1; Bluegill 2; Trout 2
Bass fishing was showing signs of life before the recent weather front moved through the area, and spotted bass in the 1- to 1.75-pound range have been taken on ripbaits in the early mornings before dropping to the bottom with jigs or shad-patterned plastics worms on the drop-shot at depths from 20-50 feet. The bass are pushing the shad schools into the mouths of coves. The All vessels must possess a low-emission motor. The two-day Bass 101 Open Tournament concludes Sunday at Millerton, following the first day at Pine Flat. The lake is again releasing water and dropped three-quarters of a foot to 483.79 in elevation and 33 percent capacity. Only a few anglers working the lower San Joaquin, and Sycamore Island has closed for the winter before reopening Feb. 1. Regulations on the lower San Joaquin, and from Friant Dam downstream to the Highway 140 Bridge, allow only two hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead with a total of four in possession.
Call: Fresno Fisherman’s Warehouse 225-1838; Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474
New Melones Reservoir/Tulloch
Bass 3; Crappie 2; Catfish 3; Trout 2; Kokanee 1
New Melones bass fishing remained very good, with John Liechty of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp stating, “Many anglers are catching a bunch of fish on each outing, and most fish are in the 1- to 3-pound range. They are filling their bellies in preparation for the colder winter months, and the fish are schooling up and feeding on balls of schooled shad. Once you find the bait, the bass will be nearby.” Small swimbaits, spoons, and drop-slot or Texas-rigged plastics are all working for the suspended fish. Liechty advised, “Try fishing many different locations until you find an actively feeding school, as they can be there one day and gone the next with most of the fish suspended off of the bottom.” Catfishing has been good from the banks as the fish are moving shallow during the day and night in search of easy meals washing off the land. Whole mackerel or sardines are working for the larger catfish with a double-hook rig on a weightless presentation. Adding scent to the bait is important to entice more strikes. Craig Smith of Orangevale landed a 13-pound,11-ounce catfish on chicken livers in the main lake for the big fish of the week. Trout action remained slow, but the fish are moving up in the water column as the lake continues to cool. The rainbows also are working the suspended schools of threadfin shad, and the bite will improve as the lake turns over. Crappie fishing is fair, but a few fishermen are finding quality slabsides under lights at night with live minnows. The lake rose dropped 2 feet to 797.58 in elevation and 11 percent capacity. Tulloch rose to 499.48 feet in elevation and 82 percent in response to releases from upstream Melones.
Call: Glory Hole Sports (209) 736-4333; Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fish’n Dan (209) 586-2383; Sierra Sport Fishing (209) 599-2023
Pine Flat Reservoir/Kings River
Bass 2; Trout 2; King salmon 1; Catfish 2; Crappie 2
Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “Trout action remained minimal, and a few trollers were out on the lake for less than impressive results during the past week. Bass are producing the most activity with a topwater bite within the first half hour of daylight before heading to the bottom with plastics on the drop-shot or Texas-rig from the banks to 20 feet in depth.” The two-day Bass 101 Open Tournament will start Saturday at Pine Flat before concluding at Millerton. The lake rose 1.5 feet to 724.88 in elevation and 12 percent capacity. In the lower Kings River, interest for planted trout continues to be very slow with few fishermen out with the low flows on the lower river. Regulations in the Kings River above and below Pine Flat Dam set the season as running from the last Saturday in April to Nov. 15 from Pine Flat Dam downstream to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Bridge on Pine Flat Road with a five-fish limit. The bridge is the first one west of the dam.
Call: Fresno Fisherman’s Warehouse 225-1838; Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474; Sequoia Fishing Co. 539-5626; The I Forgot Store 787-3689
San Luis Reservoir and O’Neill Forebay
Striper 2; Catfish 2; Bass 1; Crappie 1
Mickey Clements at Coyote Bait and Tackle in Morgan Hill said, “The cooler lake temperatures are ramping up the striped bass as they are feeding actively with the shad schooling up. Drifting jumbo minnows at depths to 60 feet is the top technique as trolling large plugs continued to be the slower of the two main options for boaters. The shad rising in the water column is a factor in the slower trolling action. The fish remain scattered, and electronics are essential to locate the schools. Roger George of Roger George Guide Service took out Nikki and Alex Hamilton of Fresno on Saturday for 21 released fish to 24 inches. “The bite is not easy, and the fish are scattered, but I finally found some areas and a few patterns and lures that were working. Nikki and Alex, 12, both scored new PR-sized stripers. The best bite seems to be in the middle of the day and we got fish in the 45- to 75-foot range. The water is coming up about a half foot a day since Nov. 4 and I think the third ramp off Dinosaur will get moved back to the second ramp right away,” George said. The lake’s level is low, but it rose slightly to 18 percent capacity. With the low water levels, a four-wheel-drive tow vehicle is advised at both ramps. In the O’Neill Forebay, Clements said, “Schoolie stripers continue to be the rule for shore fishermen tossing topwater lures, white flukes with an underspin, or ripbaits near the launch ramp while boaters are heading out to the Twin Islands with the same techniques. The weed growth has been progressively dying down. The stripers continue to chase bait on the surface in the mornings and evenings.”
Call: Coyote Bait andTackle (408) 463-0711, Roger George of rogergeorgeguideservice.com (559) 905-2954
Bass 2; Trout 2; Kokanee 1
Few bass fishermen are heading to the lake with the continued low water level at 47 percent making launching large vessels a chore. This is the time of year when the bass should be hitting swimbaits or shad-patterned plastics on the drop-shot or Texas-rig. Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun said, “This is the time of year for swimbaits.” The Sheriff’s Motor Fee is no longer in effect.
Call: Todd Wittwer 288-8100; Mike Beighey 642-3748
Brown trout 2; Trout 2
The high country along Kaiser Pass received snow over the weekend, and access to the region is limited. Road conditions should be checked before any trip. The lakes are still very low with Edison at 4 percent and Florence dropping to 11 percent. The lower elevation Mammoth Pool has risen slightly to 16 percent.
Call: Vermilion Valley Resort at Edison Lake 259-4000
Shaver Lake/Huntington Lake
Kokanee 1; Trout 3
Snow fell in the high country this week, but the hot rainbow trout action continued at Shaver Lake. Dick Nichols of Dick’s Fishing Charters continues to work well into the month of November, and his last trip resulted in a couple of limits, although he said, “They were harder to get than in the past weeks. The fish that I have cleaned in the last few weeks have been loaded with insects, and I am not certain why they took the bait from us, but many of our strikes have been occurring on the retrieve to the boat.” The lake level has risen slightly, and insects are washing down from the inlets and also from the shore. The rainbows are holding around the creek inlets from the Island to Stevenson Creek Bay from the surface to 29 feet in depth. Nichols is scoring with blade/crawler combinations or Trout Busters tipped with a piece of nightcrawler behind a weighted Mountain Flasher. Needlefish or Apex lures are also working well, but not every troller is returning with limits. Bank fishing has been hit or miss, but the areas around the Sierra Marina and Roads 1 and 2 have been the top shoreline locations with inflated nightcrawlers or trout dough bait. The Herb Bauer/Shaver Lake Visitor Bureau 2015 trout derby is nearing an end. The last day to beat a 10-pound 13-ounce ’bow is Dec. 31. Herb Bauer’s Sporting Goods will furnish the first prize of a $200 Herb Bauer gift certificate. It will be awarded at the Shaver Lake Visitor’s Bureau fireworks fundraising dinner in March. The Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project meets the third Wednesday of each month at the Edison Tiffany Pines meeting room at 9 a.m. The marinas have closed for the season, but there are outlets for tackle and bait in Shaver Lake. At Huntington, shore fishing has also been hit or miss, but Dam 2 has been kicking out a few brown trout on Rapalas. There are still a few inches of snow on the ground at Huntington. At Huntington, bank fishing along the snow-covered shoreline has been hit or miss, but there are reports of the occasional brown taken near Dam 2 on Rapalas. Trout dough bait or inflated nightcrawlers are the other shore options. The recent storm will attract the dedicated brown trout fishermen to come out of the woodwork to drag down their aluminum boats to the shore. Shaver held at 56 percent capacity with Huntington rising to 39 percent.
Call: Dick’s Fishing Charters 841-2740; Dinkey Creek Inn 841-3435; Rancheria Marina 893-3234; Shaver Lake Sports Inc. 841-2740; Fish Box Charters 871-3937
At Wishon, The Wishon Store and RV Park has closed for the season. There are still plenty of fish in the lake after heavy plants after the evacuation of the Friant Hatchery. The road was open as of Tuesday, but anglers are advised to contact the Sierra National Forest headquarters for current conditions at 297-0706. At Courtright, snow fell but the road had remained open. Wishon Store and RV Park is closed for the season, and anglers will have to come prepared with supplies.
Call: Wishon RV Park 865-5361
Half Moon Bay
Rockfish 3; Striper 2
The recreational and commercial Dungeness crab season was postponed by the Department of Public Health given the presence of high concentrations of domoic acid in crab waters. Up-to-date information can be received at the department’s 24-hour Shellfish Hotline (800) 553-4133. Toxin levels will be checked weekly, and the season opened once the crab are acceptable for human consumption. Cooler ocean waters are needed for the toxic levels to drop, and a few heavy northwest storms may do the trick. Second Captain Michael Cabanas of the Huli Cat went out on a rockfishing trip out of San Gregorio on Saturday, and Dwight Martin from Newark landed a 9-pound ling cod on shrimp fly. Eric Kawana from Santa Clara landed a 4-pound vermillion on a live bait rig and herring. On Sunday, the Huli Cat went rock fishing off Martin’s Beach for limits by noon with Brian White from Yerngton, Nevada, landing an 8-pound ling cod on a mackerel; Steve White from Plascencia landing a 3-pound olive on shrimp fly; and Chris Hackett from Jamestown landing a 6-pound Bonita on a Deep Diver 3 miles off the bay.
Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Roger Thomas, Salty Lady (415) 760-9362; Bait and Switch Sport Fishing Center (650) 726-7133726-7133; Emeryville Sport Fishing (510) 654-6040; Don Franklin, Soleman (510) 703-4148
Rockfish 4; Striper 2; White sea bass 2
Rockfishing continues to be outstanding with big time ling cod counts on the Star of Monterey on Sunday during the rain with 29 limits of lings along with three-quarter limits of rockfish. The Check Mate posted near limits of lings at 30 for 11 anglers in addition to half limits of rockfish. Saturday saw limits of ling cod and rockfish for 11 fishermen on the Caroline and 99 lings for limits for 33 anglers along with two-thirds limits of rockfish on the Star of Monterey. The ling cod and rockfish action remains excellent despite the Dungeness crab closure.
Call: Chris’ Landing(831) 375-5951; Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173; usafishing.com
San Francisco Bay
Halibut 2; Striper 2; Rockfish 3; Leopard shark 2; Sturgeon 2
With the temporary Dungeness closure, rockfish and ling cod with have to satisfy fishermen; and if you aren’t satisfied with the counts coming off Bay Area boats, you may never be satisfied. Captain Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker out of Berkeley went to the Farallons on Saturday and returned with 32 limits of ling cod to 24 pounds. He said, “Everyone started off with shrimp flies, but the rockfish weren’t biting, so we tied on some live bait rigs, and pretty soon, ling cod were coming over the rail right and left.” Ron Little of Sacramento contributed to boat limits with 11 lings to 24 pounds while our friend, Larry Nelson of Oakland, came through with seven lings and a limit of rockfish. They stopped in the bay to jig up the live mackerel before heading to the Islands. Smith added, “The rockfish just didn’t want to bite, and it may have been since there were so many lings around, keeping them tight to the rocks.” Captain James Smith on the California Dawn also went to the Farallons, and they found biting rockfish Sunday – with 20 limits of both lings and rockfish with a number of olives, coppers and reds in the sacks. On Saturday, they boated 23 limits of lings on their only drift before switching over to rockfish for limits as well. They even boated a 9-pound bonito at the islands. Both boats have lots of room since the requisite cancellations after the announcement of the closure of Dungeness crab season. Coastal rockfishing has been slow, and by far the best fishing is at the islands. Three boats went out of Emeryville on Saturday for the trip to the Farallons for 78 limits of rockfish and 122 ling cod to 15 pounds.
San Luis Obispo
Rock cod 4
Rockfish and ling cod action has been fantastic out of the San Luis Obispo ports. The Princess went north to Cape San Martin on the two-day trip, and they returned with 174 ling cod to 20.1 pounds, 406 vermilion rockfish, 170 assorted rockfish, three cabezon, 10 bonito and 5 skipjack. Charles and Cameron Paul of Springville took jackpots Saturday and Sunday with ling cod at 12.4 and 16 pounds. At Virg’s, given demand, there will be one or two additional two-day trips in December. At Port San Luis, the Avenger out of Patriot Sport Fishing took out 15 anglers on Monday for nine-tenths limits of rockfish at 75 vermilion and 76 assorted to go with 34 ling cod to 12 pounds. Freddie Cardenas of Visalia landed the jackpot ling. The John Rowley Ling Cod Tournament is Dec. 12, and the largest ling cod of the week qualifies.
Call: Virg’s Landing, (805) 772-1222; (800) 762-5263; Patriot Sports Fishing (805) 595-4100; Port Side Marine Sports Launch (805) 595-7214
Bass 3; Striper 3; Sturgeon 2; Catfish 2; Bluegill 3; Salmon 2
There are still salmon traveling through the Delta, but interest has waned within the past few weeks. Striper fishing took off in the Sacramento River, and trollers, bait fishermen, and lure tossers are all getting in on the action for a larger grade of lineside. Sturgeon action has been limited to a few fishermen working out of the upper Delta near Cache and Prospect Sloughs or in upper Suisun Bay out of Pittsburg. At the northern edge of the Delta, Johnny Tran of New Romeo’s Bait and Tackle in Freeport said, “There have been very few salmon fishermen out on the Sacramento River, but there are still some bright fish moving through for those tossing Flying C’s from the shoreline below the Freeport Bridge. The Delta is loaded with stripers, and limits are guaranteed with legal fish from 2 to 20 pounds near Liberty Island, Steamboat Slough, the Deep Water Channel, and near the Rio Vista Bridge with live mudsuckers, fresh shad, pile worms, or sardines.” With the past few days, larger fish have arrived. Mark Fehrenbach of Mark’s Sport Fishing in Rio Vista confirmed the limits of striped bass, stating, “The larger fish are starting to show up once again, and we found stripers to 10 pounds at the latter part of the week with fresh shad near Decker Island, Sherman Island and the Old Dairy with tons of smaller fish around. The area around the Old Dairy is loaded with grass, but you can find some clearer sections, and if you find clear water, you will do well as the hyacinth is starting to die off.” Mark Wilson, striper trolling expert, confirmed the improvement in the grade of striped bass with linesides at 15, 13, and 11 pounds caught and released during the week. He said, “I started off near Decker and the Old Dairy, but the ‘witch’s hair’ grass made trolling nearly impossible as we had to clear our lines every 100 yards, so I headed east to Montezuma Slough, Broad Slough, and Collinsville for a range from 10-13 keepers per trip. Most of our fish have come on three-quarters-ounce Rat-L-Traps in black back/silver or blue back silver on light tackle in the shallows, and we also landed three salmon from 12-20 pounds on the Rat-L-Traps. The fish are scattered, and I am covering lots of water to put together the number of fish, but by staying with it to the end of the day, we are putting together decent scores.” James Nguyen of Dockside Bait in Pittsburg confirmed the arrival of larger striped bass with quality linesides from 7-10 pounds being common over the weekend with live mudsuckers or fresh shad in the shallows. The water temperature is dropping, and the striper bite has picked up in response. Sturgeon fishing is also starting to improve with the best action in deep water with ghost shrimp, shad, or eel. With the crab closure, there should be more interest in sturgeon fishing as river salmon season is winding down. Dan Mathisen of Dan’s Delta Outdoors touted sturgeon action from Roe/Ryer Islands east to Antioch at depths from 14-26 feet with various baits. The major portion of maintenance on Highway 12 at the Mokelumne River Bridge was completed during the first two weekends of closure, and the highway is again open – though with delays expected on the weekends at that section. Maintenance at the Three Mile Slough Bridge on Highway 160 has the bridge down to one lane until July, with significant delays to the base of the Antioch Bridge. Water hyacinth continues to dominate discussion of fishing in the Stockton area, and the sloughs in the east Delta are loaded with the leafy green vegetation. However, striper fishing has been nothing short of phenomenal along the western edge of the San Joaquin River with a number of quality stripers caught and released within the past week. Dan Mathisen of Dan’s Delta Outdoors in Oakley confirmed the solid striper action in the west Delta, stating, “Our shop’s Catch, Photo, and Release Striper Series came to a huge end out of Big Break on Saturday with the big bite turning on for many with the fall-like conditions. Doug Chapman of Gotcha Bait in Antioch once again confirmed the larger grade of striped bass moving into the Delta, stating, “We had at least 15 fish over 20 pounds during the week-long ‘Pogo’ Striped Bass Derby, and Andy Doudna of Antioch caught and released several large bass on live splittail, only keeping the one winning fish at 38.66 inches. He has a system of keeping the fish alive in a spa cage at the side of his boat, and he brought in three other large fish for the derby, releasing all but the eventual winner.” Alan Fong of the Fishermen’s Warehouse in Sacramento reported a solid largemouth bite in the sloughs north of Stockton despite the hyacinth with Senko’s or glide baits. The Mokelumne River has been the location for salmon, and Fong said, “They are whacking them in the Mokelumne trolling Silvertron spinners in the South Fork.” The Delta Cross Channel Gates reopened Oct. 30 but may be closed on short notice for fishery protection. Information on the current status of the gates is available at the Army Corps of Engineers Central Valley Operations office at (916) 979-2194 or (916) 979-2683.
Call: Randy Pringle (209) 543-6260; Captain Stan Koenigsberger – Quetzal Adventures (925) 570-5303; Intimidator Sport Fishing (916) 806-3030
Lake Nacimiento/San Antonio/Santa Margarita/Lopez
Bass 2; White bass 2; Catfish 2; Crappie 2
At Nacimiento, the spotted bass bite has been sporadic with the best action in the early mornings with topwater lures before dropping to the bottom with plastics on the drop-shot. White bass have been less active, but a few can be taken on small Kastmasters. Nacimiento and Lopez remain the only coastal lakes where boats can be launched from a ramp. The ramp at Lopez is anticipated to remain open for the remainder of the season as the lake is holding at 34 percent capacity. The bass bite at Lopez is up and won, with the best action on the bottom with plastics on the drop-shot or Texas-rig. There is a spinnerbait bite when the wind is blowing. Bluegill and perch are oriented toward the shallows with wax or meal worms. Santa Margarita is less than 15 percent capacity, but the marina store is open for supplies and rental vessels. Catfish are picking up mackerel, sardines, or chicken livers on a weightless presentation. The weather fronts moving through have accounted for a slower crappie bite. Bass fishing is slow. The river arm has dropped to the point where the old road is now exposed for the first time in years. San Antonio remains closed.
Call: Lake Nacimiento (805) 238-1056, ext. 3; Lake San Antonio Marina (805) 472-2818; Central Coast Bass Fishing.com (805) 466-6557
- Dan’s Delta Outdoors Catch, Photo, and Release Striped Bass Derby on Nov. 7 at Delta/Big Break Marina: 1, Shane Pitchford/Chris Barrett; 2, Mike Andrews/Phil Dutra; 3, Gary and Andrew Kobayashi
- Mike “Pogo” Pereira Striped Bass Derby on Oct. 30-Nov. 7 at Delta/Antioch Marina (39.25-inch target length): 1, Andy Doudna; 2, Gordy Brooks; 3, Karen Martinez
- Saturday: Kerman Bass Club at Delta/Ladd’s Marina; California Hmong Bass Tournament at Delta/Ladd’s Marina; Contra Costa Bass Club at New Melones; Visalia Bass Club at Kaweah; Taft Bass Club/Golden Empire Bass Club at Nacimiento
- Saturday-Sunday: Tri-Valley Bassmasters at Delta/Russo’s Marina; California Bass Nation/Delta Bass Masters at Delta/Russo’s Marina; Delta Bass Busters at Delta/Ladd’s Marina; Bass N’ Tubes at New Melones; Bass 101 at Pine Flat/Millerton, two-day team open, $160, winner take all, Mark Corrente 284-2768; Taft Bass Club at Nacimiento
- Sunday: Tracy Bass Club at Delta/Tracy Oasis; Hook, Line, and Sinker at Delta/Russo’s; Modesto Ambassadors at Don Pedro; Kings River Bass Club at Pine Flat
- Nov. 21: Sierra Bass Club at Eastman
- Nov. 22: Stockton Bass at Delta/Ladd’s Marina
n = new moon > = peak activity