Fishing report for the week of April 17

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Visalia's James Bailey shows a kokanee spar and rainbow trout captured on April 7 at Lake Shaver, some with a pink dodger with a white and pink hoochie.
Visalia's James Bailey shows a kokanee spar and rainbow trout captured on April 7 at Lake Shaver, some with a pink dodger with a white and pink hoochie. courtesy of Jason Bailey Special for the bee

Compiled by Dave Hurley and edited by Roger George, a former champion of the Olympic class in the state of Fresno and keeper of records at Lake Millerton and who now guides in the Fresno area. Telephone numbers are in the 559 call area unless indicated.

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The largemouth bass of quality at Millerton and Pine Flat and Eastman continues to improve, said Steve Newman. Fish fishing in San Luis Obispo is hot, reported Virg's Landing and Patriot Sports Fishing. Lake Isabella Trout Derby is a great success. A severe and severe bite in Lake Kaweah, reported Brad Scott.


1-Test the dynamite

2-have to work hard

3-Possible limits

4 fish jumping on boat

Delta Mendota Canal and Sloughs

Striper 3 Catfish 2

There have been few reports of the upper reaches of the California Aqueduct since most of the fishermen are heading to the main lake, but Steve Newman of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis reported that the ripbaits are working for those casting lures, while the Most fishermen are soaking anchovies or sardines. In the southern section of the aqueduct in Kern County, Bob Batesfield's Pete Cormier reported that the striped basin of the range of 19 to 27 inches is made with blood worms combined with night fishermen, sardines or anchovies, while the catfish is also presented with similar baits including stinkbaits and dipbaits.

Safety precautions should be taken at this time of the year at all times, since the calm waters of the aqueduct are deceptive, since the calm waters can begin to flow quickly without warning, which generates strong currents and turbulence. The concrete sides can be slippery with sand, algae or gravel, which makes it almost impossible to leave without help. The waterlines and safety ladders are periodically spaced along the sides, and the safety ladders are located at the end of the waterlines and along the canal 500 feet away on alternate sides of the Aqueduct and are marked by a yellow background painted on the concrete on the staircase. .

Call: Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis 292-3474; Bob's bait bucket 661-833-8657

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Eastman Lake

Bass 3 Trout 0 Bluegill 2 Catfish 2 Crappie 2

Steve Newman, of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis, said: "The double bass bite continues to improve as the water lightens and heats up.The dark colors of the big 10-inch plastic worms, Brush Hogs, a higher grade of Senko and wakebaits are working, fishermen are using search baits to locate fish in the river arm, and the action is improving in the water at 50 degrees in the river, while the main lake is in the low 60. The leakage of the entrances has warmed in the last week, in the shallow waters dollars are taken with spinnerbaits. "The lake increased from 84 to 85 percent.

Call: Eastman Lake 689-3255

Hensley Lake

Under 2 Trout 0 Catfish 2 Bluegill 2 Crappie 2

Newman said: "The bass is more consistent than the nearby Eastman, although the size of the fish is smaller, there is a good reaction with the spinnerbaits or the small swimbaits of Kei Tech along with the templates and the Senkos, and the key is to launch your lures to each rock. "Lows in the 2 to 3 pound range are eating, Crappie is still slow, but the action for the slabs will improve in the coming weeks." The lake rose again, from 60 to 64 percent.

Call: Valley Rod Gun, Clovis 292-3474; Army Corps of Engineers, Hensley Lake Hidden Dam 673-5151

Lake Don Pedro

Bass 3 Trout 3 Kokanee 2 King salmon 1 Crappie 2

The first annual Reel In for Kid & # 39; s event was held on Sunday at the Flemings Meadow launch ramp area in Don Pedro, and the event director, Ryan Cook, of Ryan Cook's Guides Service, said "We had 35 boats that helped, and we were able to accommodate all of the 93 young participants and their families." We had great support from the Cen Cal Elite Bass Club of the Visalia / Porterville area who attended the event along with many, many boaters who left. and donated their time, boats, tackle, rods and knowledge to the children, in addition to Cen Cal Elite, Mother Lode Kayak Anglers, Stage Stop Gun Shop in Atwater and Fatty & # 39; s Worms attended the event. of fishing, a barbecue was held along with a raffle and an awards ceremony, which was very successful, and we hope to be even bigger and better next year. " Cook said: "The bite is in the whole boat, since there are some baits that chase the bass and are caught in high water lures, while others are still in the pre-spawn." Mode and retention in deeper waters. Capturing numbers is not a problem, but size has been limited. "

The best tournaments for double bass came to Don Pedro last Saturday with 63 teams, only to find difficult conditions for the highest degree of double bass. Of the 63 boats, there were only two teams that exceeded 20 pounds during the BBT event with another 6 over 15 pounds. There were two major serious over 7 pounds of all equipment.

Also in Pedro for trout and kokanee, Monte Smith from Gold Country Sport Fishing reported difficult conditions for the trolling before finding a key at the end of the day. He said: "After finding a good action last week, the trout did not seem to want to bite, but we picked up our first rainbow at 35 feet with the kokanee team, and then, we changed to 20 foot spoons, and the trout started to sting It was the weirdest thing I've seen, the deepest fish wanted a slower presentation, but the trout at 20 feet wanted it faster, we ended up with 6 rainbows and lost a kokanee on the boat. "

Don Pedro is throwing water, and is currently at 81 percent.

Call: Monte Smith 209-581-4734; Ryan Cook – Fishing by Ryan Cook 691-7008, Gary Vella 209-652-7550

Lake Isabella / Bakersfield area

Bass 2 Trout 3 Crappie 3 Catfish 2 Bluegill 2

The Kern Valley Lake Chamber of Commerce Isabella Trout Derby was a huge success, as the participants lined up at banks along the reservoir. Power Bait with garlic in various colors produced most of the rainbow planted along with Mouse Tails, night fishermen and Berkley spinners. The Crappies are still in South Fork with little fish or minijigs, and they are moving towards the trees. The lake remained at 40 percent. The upper river will flow high when the snowpack begins to melt.

Call: Bob & # 39; s Bait Bucket 661-833-8657; North Fork Marina 760-376-1812; Golden Trout Pack Station 542-2816

Lake kaweah

Bass 3 Crappie 2 Trout 0 Catfish 2

Visalia's Brad Scott reported: "I took my brother and his friend Jordan from Visalia to the lake this week, and Jordan got his personal best at 12.75 pounds in a chatterbait in the afternoon." This huge fish had already bred, and should Having eaten a duck or a bird since there was something hard in her stomach, I can only imagine what she would have weighed if the eggs were still in her body Fishing on the river is catching fire, since we must have caught 60 graves, from agitators to 7 lb. The lighter the fall, the better you are when the biggest bass came in at 68 Special Huddleston I let it sit there for 12 minutes The crazy part is that I had one that broke me on the P line 12 pounds and another on the 6-pound P-Line fluorocarbon The one I lost in the 12-pound test was the largest I've seen in 10 years. "The lake increased from 20 to 32 percent.

Call: Sierra Sporting Goods 592-5212

Lake Success

Under 2 Trout 0 Catfish 2 Crappie 2 Bluegill 2

Chuck Stokke, of the Sequoia Fishing Company in Springville, said: "Bass fishing was a bit slower this week, but some fishermen had good luck with swimbaits or soft plastics on the back of the lake in the trees. Crappie's fishing has been fair in the templates. The carp is still sipping the water. "The lake is filling despite the water discharges, and has increased from 53 to 58 percent.On the Tule River, Stokke said:" I took the river with dry flies at a flow high in water and I could glue some in. With the warmer temperatures, the snow will melt and it will be a while before the river reaches an impressive level of fishing. "

Chuck Stokke, of the Sequoia Fishing Company in Springville, teaches flies at the Pierpoint Café on the second Sunday of every month at 10 a.m. The lessons are free and all the equipment is provided.

Call: Sequoia Fishing Co. 539-5626,

McClure Reservoir

Under 3 Trout 0 King salmon 0 Kokanee 0 Crappie 3 Catfish 3

McClure is still a better choice for a larger bass cut, as Ryan Cook of Ryan Cook's Guide Service said: "McClure has been the best lake in size compared to Don Pedro, and Paul Arias of Visalia landed a largemouth The action is red hot with support points or bait of creatures of 4 to 6 inches, and the bite of the high and flat water bait is beginning to begin. shallow and cover the water, which is where the big girls are staged. "Crappie has been found with minijigs on submerged trees.The marina at Barrett Cove is open for summer.The lake remained at 66 percent.

Call: Ryan Cook – Fishing by Ryan Cook 691-7008

McSwain Reservoir

Steve Marquette, of Lake McClure / McSwain Recreation Company, said: "Trout fishing is decent in the coastal areas of Brush Pile, Disabled Docks, and near the cafeteria with Silver / Blue Kastmasters, Cocktails, White Power Eggs, Bait of white trout dough. Most of the rainbows taken are in the range of 1 to 1.5 pounds up to 5 pounds. Another trout plant is anticipated in the coming days. "

Call: McSwain Marina 209-378-2534

Lake Millerton / San Joaquin River

Under 3 Scratched Under 1 Shad 1 Bluegill 2 Crappie 3

Steve Newman, from Valley Rod and Gun, said: "The 4.5-pound quality oversize bass is taken in top lures or water plugs, while the insoles or plastics in Shakey's head are working at depths of 15 20 feet in the transition areas. Ned platforms along the jerkbaits are another option for the bass, and there are aggressive males that hit the lures. The action is solid both in the main lake and upstream. There is a good crappie bite in the submerged trees along the coasts, and the area along the Ramp 1 is easily accessible to the anglers. There are no reports of striped bass. " The lake fell from 60 to 55 percent.

Call: Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474

New melons / tulloch reservoir

Bass 3 Crappie 3 Catfish 2 Trout 1 Kokanee 1

The action of double bass and spotted seabass is very good, as fish migrate from 2 to 6 feet along the banks when the wind blows strongly before retreating to the level of 15 to 25 feet when it is quiet. Shakey head plastic, Alabama platforms and surface water lures are produced with the largest number of Shakey heads. John Liechty of the Xperience Fishing Guide Service put his client 121 down to 5.5 pounds in two days during the past week. Crappie is moving toward the structure as the lake is releasing water, and dropped to 82 percent.

Call: Glory Hole Sports 209-736-4333; Monte Smith 209-581-4734; Fishing guide service John Liechty Xperience 209-743-9932

Pines / Kings River Reservoir

Bass 3 Trout 1 Kokanee 0 King salmon 0 Catfish 2 Crappie 2

Newman said: "The bite of spotted and largemouth bass has been outstanding with the best fish cut found from Trimmer to Windy Gap with pins, bait for walking, surface water jumps, Keba Tech swimbaits from 3 to 3.5 inches or spinnerbaits.Shading the shading balls is the key, since the bass ones feed a lot of shade.There are bedfish in deeper waters around Lefevre Creek, with plastics at the launch, Senkos or templates at depths 15 to 30 ft. Large bass that is not in bed is roaming in the pre-spawn mode, looking to eat in. Several double-digit bass have been caught and released in the last two weeks.Small males are plentiful as along the banks with Senkos or templates. "The crappie bite is improving, and will continue to improve as more and more structure floods and the water temperature increases."

The trout trolling continues to be slow, but the lower Kings River continues to pot the salmon eggs. The water is a little dirty since the flows have increased. Kastmasters in gold, silver or white are working in the deepest pools. Water discharges have increased flows in the lower Kings River, below the dam, and the river is slightly stained. The lake increased slightly to 54 percent despite the water emissions.

Call: Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474; Sequoia Fishing Co. 539-5626

Reservoir of San Luis and O'Neill Forebay

Striper 2 Catfish 2 Bass 2 Crappie 2

The San Luis reservoir remains almost full, and with the short walk to the coast, fishermen are working in the coves along Portuguese Cove and Dinosaur Point.

Steve Newman, from Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis, said: "There have been a number of fishermen entering that use jerkbaits from 5 to 6 inches off the coasts, and white with aluminum foil, chartreuse shad, or anything with a chartreuse line It is the most popular.The surface water bite has not been removed, but in the shade they remain below and are chased to the points without rising to the surface.There have not been many furuncles, and the stripers are tying the hook to the coasts. The 7-inch paddles also work in white or white / ice Dinosaur Point and the Romero Visitor Center have been good places, and many fishermen soak the bait with a rod while they throw the other. in all the colors of the swimbaits that mimic the shadow have also increased. "

Mickey Clements, of Coyote Bait and Tackle, in Morgan Hill, said: "Many of our fishermen head to the main lake when they begin to find a larger striped bass in the Portuguese cove, the mouth of the Portuguese, and the coves to the left, dinosaur point, jumbo flies and live anchovies work better. "

Roger George of Roger George Service guide said: "The bite has not been easy, but it has been doing well." I sailed with my friend Andy Bedell from Watsonville on a fun exploration trip last Friday. We ended up with 31 fish released, mostly 21 to 25 inches and up to 7 pounds, dragging Lucky Crafts to 40 to 80 feet, and the Romero and Portugal areas seem to have the most fish, but falling water can change that soon. "

At the O'Neill Forebay, Clements reported that basses of 8 to 21 inches abound, and this is a good place to take children to soak an anchovy for multiple opportunities.

San Luis fell slightly to 96 percent.

George is doing his Downrigging 101 class on April 25 at the Sportsman & # 39; s Warehouse in Fresno at 6 p.m. Pre-registration is required for the limited seating class and the cost is $ 50. Call George at 905-2954 to pre-register.

Call: Coyote Bait and Tackle 408-463-0711, Roger George, 905-2954,

San Luis Reservoir
courtesy of Fred Mishler Special for the bee

High Sierra

Under 2 Trout 3 Kokanee 3

For the first time in recent years since the reconstruction of the dam, there is a viable kokanee population in Bass Lake. Along with the kokanee, 19-inch rainbow trout have also recently been found, and fish remain high in the water column.

Todd Wittwer of Guide Service has been working on the lake for the past few weeks, and said: "It was better on Sunday after being slower during the previous two days, both the trout and the kokanee are at 20 feet. The kokanee have measured up to 14 inches and we carried rainbows at 18 and 19 inches last week.The kokanee are still scattered, and schools are not yet formed. It is difficult to land them when they are so shallow in the water column, since you have to use a long game away from the engine.The kokanee are hot, and they are jumping out of the water and rolling.I've been scoring with the spoon of the Tasmanian Devil Both rainbow and kokanee, and Smashing Pumpkin and Fire Tiger are effective.The orange squid of Rocky Mountain Tackle behind a 5.5-inch watermelon dodger is also working for kokanee. "

The presence of Kokanee in Bass Lake is a welcome sight after several years of no action after the reconstruction of the dam. Bass Lake has traditionally been a sleeping lake for kokanee, with fish over 18 inches in the past.

The annual Trout Derby from the Bass Lake Chamber of Commerce is May 4-5, and there are three grand prize rainbows: two for $ 10,000 and one for $ 5,000, along with 150 trout worth $ 100 each One and 847 trout for $ 20 each. Registration is $ 25, $ 15 for children under 15 and $ 10 for each additional child. The derby will take place regardless of the weather. Information: Michelle Miller 559-642-3633 or

The Sheriff motor fee applies on a year-round basis now. A lake webcam is available at

Call: Todd Wittwer 288-8100; Mike Beighey 642-3748

Edison / Florence / Mammoth Pool

Edison has 11 percent, Florence with 2 percent and Mammoth Pool has a 102 percent excess capacity.

Snow in the high country slowed down any interest in fishing in the Kaiser Pass region or the high country of difficult access since the road is closed during the winter. Check the Caltrans website at or call 800-427-7623 to learn about road conditions. The Vermilion Valley Resort in Lake Edison has been inaccessible, even on snowmobiles, due to the strong snow levels.

Call: Vermilion Valley Resort on Edison Lake 259-4000

Shaver Lake / Huntington Lake

Kokanee 3 Trout 3

The water level remains low in Shaver Lake, but the trout and kokanee bite is solid for trollers that pull a variety of equipment. The lake will rise to more than 50 percent by May 1. The trophy-sized rainbow trout continue to be taken from the coast, and the first of the two plants of the Shaver Lake trophy project will be produced in the coming weeks.

Dick Nichols, of Dick & # 39; s Fishing Charters, is planning to start his full-time charter flight business on May 1 from Sierra Marina before moving to Shaver Lake Marina once the water level rises enough to carry to the marina at Edison Cove. . He said: "Kokanee's action continued to be good this week, but the action has dropped from 17 to 22 feet. A friend and his grandson found a good bite at 22 feet, and they marked a number of fish on the road after finding their best action last week at 17 feet. They are traveling the stretch from the dam to highway 2 with pink boots behind a dodger. Both the grandfather and the grandson captured and launched multiple limits. Jerad and Manuel Romero, from Clovis, put the kokanee boundary from Point to Route 2 and up to the island with pink booties behind a ranger from 10 to 20 feet. The trollers also take some trophy trout in the same area as the kokanee with the largest rainbow this week, with 6.5 pounds. Wayne Parrish, of Fresno, landed a 6.5-pound rainbow with a flat line of Brad's Kokanee Cut Plug behind a pink / white dodger from Rocky Mountain Tackle. The trout bait with green glitter is also working for coastal fishermen for the occasional rainbow trophy. "More boats are making the trip to Shaver to fish, and I think they are doing well."

Two more trout trophies are scheduled for the next months from April to June, funded by the Shaver Lake Trophy Project, as well as small trout and brown trout plants on the lake by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The razor is currently at 47 percent, and Southern California Edison announced that the lake will be at 51 percent on May 1, as they are closely monitoring the heavy snowpack in the approaching basin to almost 200 percent of normal.

The navigators must verify the conditions of the launching ramp through the web camera of the Sierra Marina launch ramp at

Call: Dick Nichols, Dick & # 39; s Fishing Charters 281-6948; Todd Wittwer, Guide Service 288-8100; Dinkey Creek Inn 841-3435; Rancheria Marina 893-3234; Shaver Lake Sports Inc. 841-2740; Tom Oliveira Fishing 802-8072; Steve Santoro Fish Box Charters 871-3937

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Wishon / Courtright

Road conditions to both lakes have been affected by the recent winter storms, and the Dinkey Creek gate is closed, which eliminates access to Wishon and Courtright.

Call: Wishon RV Park 865-5361

Half Moon Bay

Salmon 2 Rockfish 3 Striper 1 White sea bass 0 Crab 0 Surf Perch 3

The long-awaited salmon opener on the San Mateo coast north of Pigeon Point attracted the majority of the Bay Area Fleet along with the regular party and the private navigators of Half Moon Bay. By mid-afternoon of the opening day, the scores ranged from two to three limits for certain private boats, one fish per cane in six packs and up to a dozen salmon in party boats.

Clara Ricabal, from Angler West TV, participated in the first game in the six-pack, Pacific Fishing Alliance, with Captain Ross Corbett, and hit the ground in the first hour of trolling with an 18-pound quality salmon. In the middle of the afternoon he reported one fish per rod for his fishermen and finished with his first limit of 2019 later in the afternoon. Most of the private and party boats were south of the harbor at Deep Reef, and Captain Dennis Baxter of the new Captain Pete was among them. He said: "We have six fish in the box for 14 fishermen, and we have also released a number of agitators from 20 to 23 inches in size, the water is green, which is not particularly what we are looking for while targeting salmon, and our fish were loaded with some good-sized anchovies, there were a couple of private boats with early limits, Bay Area boats went down and looked for signs all along the coast, but almost all the action was taken on the Deep Reef. Running for salmon seven days a week with Half Moon Bay Sport Fishing as our booking agent. "

Captain Jerad Davis of the Salty Lady also came out early in the afternoon after a morning whale-watching trip, and said: "We have not wet a line yet, but we're heading south towards the Deep Reef with My two wings, I will be without Half Moon Bay until April 28, when we return to our port of Sausalito, so far, the tall ship seems to be Captain Jimmy Robertson on the outer limits with almost 20 salmon. number of fish of insufficient size, and these will be legal fish that exceed the minimum of 20 inches when the size limit changes 24 inches later in the season. "

On Sunday, cat Huli went fishing for salmon at Deep Reef with the Yerba Buena Anglers Fishing Club, but experienced a slow bite of 5 salmon at 7 pounds for 19 passengers, along with a cocktail shaker. The Huli cat took out the crab pots on Monday, as the crab season has closed due to the migration of gray whales and the entanglement in the crab pots. They came back with the limits of the rockfish and the crab for 8 fishermen and will focus on cod / salmon or salmon in the coming months.

Captain Dennis Baxter of New Captain Pete had a better day with 6 salmon for 10 fishermen, and said: "The San Francisco ships were also here with us at the Deep Reef, 8 miles southwest of the port. There is green water with some anchovies around, but not large amounts. "

Captain Tom Mattusch, from Gato Huli, made rock and crab combination trips over the weekend, and returned with 18 crab limits and near the rockfish limits on both fishing days south of San Gregorio . Monday's trip was to the Deep Reef by 14 limits of Dungeness rockfish and crab.

Call: Captain Dennis Baxter, new Captain Pete 650-576-3844; Captain Tom Mattusch, Huli Cat 650-619-0459

Monterey / Santa Cruz

Salmon 2 Rockfish 4 Striper 2 White sea bass 0 Crab 0 Dabs of sand 3 Surf Perch 3

Chris Arcolleo of Chris & # 39; s Fishing Trips reported that the wind was the limiting factor on Thursday, as he was confident that the limits of salmon would have been history. He said: "The northwest entered and also the bait and the salmon. There's a lot of salmon out there, since we put 19 salmon for 12 fishermen within three hours as the wind went up, and the boat came back at 11:00 am. I'm sure we would have easily published the limits, and not even most of the fish were like the boats on Soquel's side did very well. We were in front of Moss Landing with 20 other boats, and the morning was calm before the wind reached between 30 and 35 knots. The weekend is full, and we have changed our rockfish boat for salmon, since we do not want to go around the point in this climate. "

The salmon bite was much slower on Sunday, since Check Mate published 4 salmon for 17 rods in the Moss Landing area. All these boats are in motion.

Mickey Clements of Coyote Bait and Tackle in Morgan Hill reported a good bite on the beaches of Manressa and Sunset with the jerkbaits of Joe Bagg and Lucky Craft Flash Minnows.

Call: The landing of Chris 831-375-5951; Allen Bushnell, Santa Cruz Kayak and Surf Casting 831-251-9732

San Francisco Bay

Salmon 2 Albacore 0 Halibut 2 Striper 4 Rockfish 3 Leopard Shark 2 Sturgeon 2 Crab 0

Rock fishing is still good for the few boats that target the bottom fish, and the Emeryville sea lion on Saturday recorded the fourth and fourth limit of rockfish and 8 lings for 23 fishermen on its first coastal trip rock fish of the season, since the climatic conditions were not optimal for a run to the farallon island. The party boats that ventured all the way south along the coast of San Mateo returned with half a fish to a fish per rod.

After Captain Chris Smith of the new ship, Pacific Dream, which left the Berkeley Marina reached 22 limits on Thursday in the South Bay, it has been ballistic for the stripers with almost all the party boats in the fleet carrying the First limits near the Rockwall Mall and the Oakland Airport. The stripers have been very active and have burst on the surface. It will be interesting to see if these fish have already reproduced, and that is my question, since there should be more and more coming to the Delta at this point. Everything says that the race is late, and with the height of the Sacramento River, it is difficult to obtain an evaluation of where the stripers are. Normally, the stripers will return to the rocks in the central bay, loading the bait in mid-June.

The party boats will remain in the stripers until they move, and this is where most of the boats went on Sunday after a long salmon race to the Deep Reef in the first game.

Call: Captain Trent Slate, Bite Me Charters 415-307-8582; Happy Hooker 510-223-5388; Captain Jerad Davis, Salty Lady 415-760-9362; Captain Steve Mitchell 707-655-6736

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San luis obispo

Rockfish 4 Surf perch 3

La temporada de Rockfish está en su tercera semana, y los límites a los límites cercanos han sido la regla en los viajes de un día completo con menos de los límites en las empresas de medio día. Fuera de Patriot Sport Fishing en el puerto de San Luis, Patriot, Phenix y Flying Fish salieron el lunes con un total de 48 pescadores para 226 bermellones, 63 pescados de roca variados, 109 de cobre, 35 Boccaccio, 5 peces planos y 22 de roca para llevar. con 9 ling bacalao a 10 libras junto con 22 cangrejos Dungeness en el Patriot. Fuera de Morro Bay, el Endeavour de Morro Bay Landing salió el lunes en un viaje de ½ día con 28 pescadores para 260 bermellones, 10 Boccaccio y 10 peces de roca variados. La Fiesta, Rita G y Black Pearl de Virg´s Landing sacaron a 87 pescadores el domingo para un total combinado de 459 bermellones, 158 surtidos, 96 de cobre, 20 canarios y 50 Boccaccio para ir con 6 a 10 libras. Dale Carlton de Porterville ganó un premio mayor con un ling de 7.5 libras. Todos los puertos están realizando una variedad de viajes en las próximas semanas para el bacalao / bacalao, incluidos los viajes nocturnos.

Llamada: El aterrizaje de Virg 800-762-5263; Patriot Sport Fishing 805-595-4100

Delta / Stockton

Bass 3 Striper 2 Sturgeon 3 Catfish 2 Bluegill 2 Salmon 0

El viento fue la gran historia de la semana pasada, ya que las fuertes ráfagas dominaron la mitad de la semana antes de retirarse por unos días solo para regresar los fines de semana. El viento ha dificultado el anclaje en el río principal, y la mayoría de los pescadores de esturión se resisten a las tortugas marinas.

Steve Talmadge, de Flash Sport Fishing out of Martinez, reportó muy, muy buena pesca de esturión cerca del Puente Benicia / Martínez cuando transportaban a dos esturiones de límite de ranura a 47 y 42 pulgadas en la marea entrante, junto con dos contrabajos a rayas de 27 y 28 pulgadas Camarones De Anguila O Hierba. Dijo: "Hemos tenido mucha acción con hasta 9 esturiones durante la semana con dos cuidadores de 52 pulgadas junto con un gran tamaño de 73 pulgadas y algunos agitadores cerca de la marca de 40 pulgadas. Esta ha sido la mejor acción de la temporada para el momento, y la acción continuará durante varias semanas más, aunque nos dirigiremos a San Francisco una vez que se encuentre disponible el cebo vivo ".

El capitán Steve Mitchell, de Hook'd Up Sport Fishing, estaba luchando contra el viento el domingo en la desembocadura de Grizzly Bay en Montezuma Slough, y perdieron el límite de dos slots o el esturión en unos minutos después de que Justin Krueger de Concord aterrizó un slot de 44 pulgadas. Limite el diamante en las huevas de salmón. El viento volvió a causar estragos en Mitchell el jueves, ya que era difícil mantenerse recto en el ancla, y aún estaba fuera a las 6:30 p.m. con el fin de poner a sus clientes en un esturión. Dijo: "Marcamos un montón de esturión en el Little Cut y en la Flota, pero la combinación del viento contra la marea saliente puede hacer imposible mantener el barco recto. Esperé hasta el primer impulso de la marea entrante para permitir que la marea y el viento trabajaran juntos, y mi corazonada era correcta ya que sabía que los peces tendrían que alimentarse en algún momento. Mis clientes Cheryl Jones y Charlie McNabb consiguieron un esturión de 53.5 pulgadas cuando lo enganchó y le pasó la vara a Charlie para su primer esturión legal. Estuve en los pantanos más temprano en el día para salir del viento, pero la cantidad de esturión no estaba allí ".

El capitán Joey Gamez, de Golden State Sport Fishing, tuvo una mañana espectacular el viernes con cuatro esturiones de límite en una media hora de la mañana en Suisun Slough, pero fue una historia diferente el domingo con varias oportunidades perdidas.

Tony López en la Bahía de Benicia dijo: “Ha habido un gran esturión liberado en el Estrecho de Carquinez en Eckley Pier en Crockett, y el número de esturiones de gran tamaño ha sido impresionante. Hemos estado muy ocupados con el fin de mantenernos al día con la demanda, ya que soplamos a través de 13 cajas de gusanos de pila, de jueves a sábado, antes de recibir cinco cajas más. Estos son gusanos de pelo grande, y Curtis Hayes, nuestro dueño, tiene un punto dulce para los camarones de pasto, y está trayendo de 20 a 30 libras de camarones de calidad ".

Johnny Tran of New Romeo’s Bait and Tackle in Freeport said, “The water is clearing up in the north Delta, and striper fishing has been good around Freeport with pile worms, blood worms, or sardines coated with garlic spray. An occasional sturgeon is taken by striper fishermen. The water is still flowing, but the clarity has improved. The upper Mokelumne has been very good for striped bass with jumbo minnows on a 3-way leader with a 1 to 2-ounce torpedo sinker. The upper river is clear and trollable now.”

Alan Fong of the Fishermen’s Warehouse in Sacramento said, “There are stripers all over, but they are late. The water in the Mokelumne River is high from releases from Lake Camanche and it is pushing hard. I went into Liberty Island this week for good action for largemouth bass with chatterbaits and Senkos before heading over into the Mokelumne River to flip for bass.”

The northwest wind roared in like a lion during the second week of April, but the largemouth and striped bass are still biting if you were able to work around the gusty conditions. Muddy water has been a problem around the mouth of the Mokelumne River and the San Joaquin as the surge through Georgiana Slough from the Sacramento River has affected the water clarity.

For largemouth bass, Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, has been launching out of Ladd’s Marina in Stockton and working the east/west banks where the winds blow over the top of the levee. He said, “I had out two lawyers who work together from Los Angeles and Texas, and they put together a 30-pound limit with a big fish over 7 pounds. He said, “Right now, there are small windows at the right time of the tide, and you have to work with this window to get the fish to go. A number of anglers have been crying the blues, but there are bass to be had with the right presentation and conditions. We have been scoring with the General which is a heavy worm along with the large Power Worm. The wind has been brutal, and there were 4 to 5-foot rollers reported on Frank’s Tract on Wednesday.”

The Purple Heart Veterans Derby was held on Saturday out of Brannan Island, and 31 boats took out 71 veterans for an outing followed by a BBQ in the parking lot. Captain James Netzel of Tight Lines Guide Service said, “The striper bite has been inconsistent with two or three days of good action followed by two or three days of slow action. We only landed six stripers during the derby, and Sunday was even slower with only three stripers along we lost a very big fish right at the start. The bite has really slowed down, but it was phenomenal earlier in the week as we released a 15-pound striper while keeping linesides at 8, 7, and 5 pounds.” Netzel will be working out of Korth’s Pirate’s Lair until mid-May.

Clyde Wands, shallow trolling expert, also took veterans out during the derby, and he reported a decent day trolling deep-diving lures for stripers at 10, 8, and 7 pounds along with a 21-inch lineside. He said, “It was all deep on Saturday after during the previous few days, a new school of stripers moved in, and we were able to score with the shallow-diving P-Line Angry Eye Minnows from Lauritzen’s Yacht Harbor in Oakley upriver.”

J.D. Richey of Richey’s Sport Fishing found tough action on both Saturday and Sunday in the San Joaquin system with topwater and swimbaits. He said, “We had a 2 boat party on Sunday after a 3 boat party on Saturday, and there is a lot of boat traffic on the river, and it is getting muddier by the day with the water coming out of Georgiana Slough from the Sacramento River. It was even muddy at Tower Park on the lower Mokelumne on the incoming tide. It has been a struggle the past two days after really good action last week.”

Nelson Vineyard of TopLine Sport Fishing found some quality stripers for his clients trolling in the San Joaquin River with a 13-pound lineside taken by L.J. Lockwood of Marysville on a P-Line Predator Minnow.

Fresh shad is available in limited supplies in Delta-area bait shops.

Call: Randy Pringle 209-543-6260; Captain Steve Mitchell 707-655-6736; 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 3 White bass 3 Striper 1 Catfish 2 Crappie 2

At Nacimiento, action for both white and spotted bass has been outstanding with spots to 2.5 pounds and white bass to 1.5 pounds. The whites are in the river arms and taken with a variety of offerings including white Kastmasters or Roostertails. There is a reaction bite with various types of lures in the shallows for the spots, and if the reaction bite is off, plastics on the drop-shot are also effective. Crappie are found in the trees with minijigs. The water clarity continues to improve, but there is a wide variance in water temperature from the river inlets to the main lake at 62 to 68 degrees. The lake held at 86 percent this week.

At San Antonio, the lake held 40 percent, and the lake is only open on weekends until at least May 1. Catfish remain the best option with scented cut baits or nightcrawlers on a fly-line or a minimal weight. Bass fishing remains very slow as well as panfish.

At Lopez Lake, the cut of largemouth bass is the best in the coastal lakes, and the fish are moving into the shallows. Spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, crankbaits, and jigs are all working for quality largemouth bass. Catfishing is improving with cut baits or stinkbaits, and panfish are getting active with meal worms, wax worms, or red worms.

At Santa Margarita, similar to Lopez, the largemouth bass are moving into the shallows, and reaction baits are working for an overall smaller grade of largemouth bass. The high-water levels have made for difficult conditions for the largemouth bass desiring to spawn. Boaters are advised to contact the lake’s ranger station at 805-788-2397 for information on the availability of the single ramp. Crappie are taken on minijigs or small crankbaits in the shallows around structure, and bluegill are taken on red worms.


Call: Lake Nacimiento 805-238-1056, ext. 3; Lake San Antonio Marina 805-472-2818; Central Coast Bass 805-466-6557

Ocean, Delta, Kern and Central Coast

Go to for reports

Wild West Bass Trails: April 13 at Delta/Russo’s Marina (7 Fish Limits) – 1, Dennis Sisto/Timothy Rhyme, 32.96 pounds; 2, Gerry Johnson/Dave Homen, 28.43; 3, Nicholas Cloutier/Joey Skym, 26.29.

Best Bass Tournaments: April 13 at Don Pedro – 1, Kevin Nunes/Scott Taylor, 22.86; 2, Rich and Ron Ingram, 22.56; 3, Christian Ostrander/Ronnie Heil, 19.68.

Kokanee Power Member Appreciation Kokanee Derby: April 13 at Lake Pardee (3 Fish Limits) – 1, Ron Lemos and team, 77.9 ounces; 2, Matt Till and team, 75.4; 3, Dale Gibbons and team, 71.3.

Fresno Bass Club: April 14 at Tulloch – 1, Bill Kunz, 19.33 pounds (Big Fish 7.77); 2, Ron Red, 16.65; 3, Jose Guzman, 14.16.

Kern Valley Chamber of Commerce Trout Derby: April 13-15 at Isabella– Men’s Division, 1, Ramon Anzaldo, 25.375 inches; 2, Ryan Crawford, 24.25; 3, Jeremy Hill Jr., 23.5. Women’s Division, 1, Heidi Hodge, 23.75; 2, Julie Akin, 20.375; 3, Laura Valdez, 20. Youth, 1, Ryleigh Nuno, 22.5; 2, Jonathan Heu, 22.175; 3, Gloria Brand, 22.

April 19: New Melones – Bronco Wine Company, Don Pedro – E and J Gallo

April 20: Delta/Russo’s Marina – Best Bass Tournaments, Tulloch – Kerman Bass Club, Don Pedro – American Bass Association, McClure – Merced Bass Club, Pine Flat – Cen Cal Elite Bass Tournaments, Santa Margarita – San Luis Obispo County Bass Ambusher

April 23: Eastman – Mid-Valley Bass Club

April 27-28: Don Pedro – Bakersfield Bass Club, Millerton – American Bass Association

April 27: Delta/B and W Resort – Bass Anglers of Northern California, Don Pedro – Christian Bass League, McClure – Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Departments, Isabella – American Bass Association, Santa Margarita – 805 Kayak Fishing Club

April 28: Delta/B and W Resort – California Bass Federation, Pine Flat – Kings River Bass Club, Bass Lake – Bass 101

Trout plants

Week of April 21 by California Department of Fish and Wildlife:

Fresno County: Hume Lake, Kings River below Pine Flat Dam, Wishon Reservoir

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