Fishing report for the week of May 1 to 7: troop of Shaver Lake, trout that attracts fishermen

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Clark Cornwell shows a trout captured on Friday, April 26, at Shaver Lake.
Clark Cornwell shows a trout captured on Friday, April 26, at Shaver Lake. "The bite was incredible," he says. courtesy of Clark Cornwell 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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Delta bass, stripers and shad finials, said Alan Fong. Active Stripers of the Southern Aqueduct active, Isabella crappie in a tear, reported Pete Cormier. Low success in the shallows, said Chuck Stokke. The bass of McClure, Millerton and Pine Flat is good, Merritt Gilbert reported. New low melons eating, said John Liechty. The action of the trout and kokanee of Bass Lake is leaving, said Todd Wittwer. The Shaver Lake trophy attracts fishermen, reported Dick Nichols.


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 is still not much to do in the northern section of the California Aqueduct, as most striper fishermen head to the main San Luis reservoir to throw decoys or jerkbaits off the banks. The movement of water is increasing with the departures from San Luis, and the action should improve in the coming months. In the southern section of the aqueduct in Kern County, Pete Cormier of Bob's Bait in Bakersfield reported excellent excellent fishing for striped bass with 7-inch Magnum flutes on white or white ice along with blood worms, sardines , giant minnows and jerkbaits. Fishing with fish is also decent with mackerel, sardines or live crickets.

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

Eastman Lake

Under 2 Trout 2 Bluegill 2 Catfish 2 Crappie 2

Merritt Gilbert, of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis, said: "The double bass bite is good for some and a fight for others, while the larger bass is elusive. The smallest seabass in the range of 11 to 13 inches are all along the banks, but the best fish are found in the arm of the river where the water is lighter. Most fishermen are only collecting a low or two for their efforts. The type of fish bite has not yet emerged. " The lake increased from 86 to 87 percent.

Call: Eastman Lake 689-3255

Hensley Lake

Under 3 Trout 2 Catfish 2 Bluegill 2 Crappie 2

In Hensley, Gilbert said: "At this time there has been more bass of 2 pounds in Hensley than in Eastman, and the gossip or spinnerbaits work better together with the lizards on a platform in Carolina or Texas." A small degree of shit is showing around the submerged brush, and the low 12 to 13 inches are numerous. " The lake rose slightly from 65 to 66 percent.

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

Lake Don Pedro

Bass 2 Trout 2 Kokanee 2 King salmon 1 Crappie 2

The bite of the bass is still inconsistent with a hard general bite with the best action in delicacy techniques. There's some good news on the kokanee front, and Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing said: "These are the cleanest kokanee I've seen in Don Pedro without copepods in their gills." The kokanee and rainbow are in a narrow band 25 to 35 feet deep with ExCel spoons behind a Sling Blade dodger less than 2 mph on the troll. However, finding a consistent pattern has been a challenge for both the rainbow and the kokanee. You can launch six ships at a time in Fleming Meadows at this time, and it's a short walk from the ramp from the parking lot, with a lake rising from 80 to 82 percent.

Call: Monte Smith 209-581-4734; Ryan Cook – Fishing by Ryan Cook 691-7008

Lake Isabella / Bakersfield area

Bass 3 Trout 2 Crappie 3 Catfish 2 Bluegill 2

Pete Cormier, of Bob's Bait, in Bakersfield, reported that the bite of the type of fish continues to attract fishermen from all over the state with a number of fishermen from the Fresno area who are heading towards the limits near the slab boundaries. People come from as far away as Sacramento or Los Angeles, and the action of the bank is as good as that of a ship with minijigs or small to medium-sized children. The shallows have moved to shallow water, and immersion crankbaits like Norman's DD 22 in the depths work about 15 feet. The lake increased from 41 to 47 percent. The upper river is blown with melting snow, but lower river flows have slowed down since most of the water is retained behind the dam. Buena Vista is starting to kick bluegill, crappie and bass along with a few rainbow trout.

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 2 Catfish 2

The bass bite continues to improve as the fish are in all stages of spawning, and there should be heavy weights on the scales in the next tournaments, including the Baja Cen Cal Elite Tournaments next weekend. The lake is rising dramatically, pushing the fish off the shore into deeper water. The highest degree of contrabass can be taken in a swimbait rolled slowly along the bottom, but the numbers are in the plastics in the drop-shot or in the templates. The lake increased from 45 to 68 percent.

Call: Sierra Sporting Goods 592-5212

Lake Success

Under 3 Trout 2 Catfish 2 Crappie 2 Bluegill 2

Chuck Stokke, of the Sequoia Fishing Company in Springville, said: "The bass is definitely getting ready to go to bed, and the lake is 76 percent full, the bass is in the shallow water, especially in the submerged trees, and Senkos in a crazy crazy seems to be the most effective style. " On the Tule River, Stokke said: "El Tule is currently off, but with the high water, it looks like this is going to be an incredible year on the river."

Stokke 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

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

Lake McClure has been the bright spot in Mother Lode in terms of stained bass numbers, but the size has decreased in recent weeks.

Ryan Cook, Ryan Cook's Guide Service, participated in Saturday's Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Fighters fundraiser, and he and his partner, octogenarian Don Longton, took second place at 13.91 pounds. He said: "We must have got 120 bass with the largest of around 2.5 pounds, and it was all in water lures such as the River2Sea Rover or the Super Spook, the lake is rising rapidly, and the bass chases bluegill or frying on the coast and also on the rocky structure. "We are working on the boil with the upper water lures, and the bite has been excellent for this grade of fish."

Mike Gomez, of Berserk Baits, also participated in this derby, and had a similar report with numbers from 1 to 1.5 pounds of bass, but the quality is poor. He said: "We must have made 25 explosions in the high water lures in the morning with the River2Sea Rovers, but the fish were just slapping the lures, knocking them 3 or 4 feet into the air." We weighed three in the Rover and two more in the drop-shot. The lake is approaching and the fish are at depths of 5 to 30 feet. Berserk's Sprayed Grass templates have also been effective for numbers. "

McClure went up from 66 to 69 percent.

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

McSwain Reservoir

Steve Marquette, of Lake McSwain / McClure Recreation Company, reported that rainbow trout sown in the range of 1 to 2 pounds are removed from the banks around the Café with night fishing / marshmallow combinations, Power Bait in garlic, or Kastmasters in Silver / Blue or Gold along with rooster tail spinners. A trout plant is anticipated in the coming weeks, but the best action occurs immediately after the plant. The camps have been full during weekends.

Call: McSwain Marina 209-378-2534

Lake Millerton / San Joaquin River

Under 3 Rayado Bajo 1 Shad 1 Bluegill 2 Crappie 2

Merritt Gilbert, of Valley Rod and Gun, said: "The lake is releasing water, but it is not running down the San Joaquin River when it is diverted to the Friant / Kern Canal and the Madera Canal. With the lake falling down to 1.5 feet per day, the shallows have moved off the banks on the river arm, but the bite is still good. Ripbaits, crankbaits, chatterbaits and spinnerbaits are working together with dragging Hula Grubs or lizards on a Carolina platform. At Squaw and Winchell's Cove there is a decent bite, but most of our fishermen are heading to the Nacimiento coast or south of Lake Isabella. The lake rose to 57 percent.

Call: Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474

New melons / tulloch reservoir

Bass 3 Crappie 3 Catfish 2 Trout 2 Kokanee 1

The action of the bass continues to come alive in New Melons, and the topwater bite has begun to accelerate.

John Liechty of the Xperience Fishing Guide Service was at the lake for five days during the past week, and said: "Bass fishing has been excellent, and the upper water bite is accelerating." It is not as open as I would like, as there are some areas that are not yet being produced, but we have been doing a series of explosions with Lucky Craft Whopper Ploppers. The style of dog walking lures, like a Spook, is much more effective, but you have to master the technique to get a bite. It takes some time to properly move the lure from side to side, but if the lure can work, the percentage of explosions increases exponentially. My client was launching the Whopper Plopper, and he was hit about 1 in 5 pitches, which is a good proportion. I was working with a Spook, and either I got a spotted bass or I made an explosion in 25 consecutive releases. The basses just want this kind of recovery, and they're hitting it. Once the bite of the water dies, we enter a depth of no more than 30 feet, and the Senkos or the plastics in the drop-shot work better, since the bite of the head has slowed down. Awesome, the Senkos works better and most of the basses are generated. We landed a 4.5 pound bass this week that was long, but it would have been more than 5 pounds before spawning. "

With the rising water temperature, the shit is being activated around the submerged structure with minijigs or small to medium-sized ones, and the catfish is moving towards the shallow waters with the best action at night.

New Melons continues to release water, and has dropped to 80 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 3 Kokanee 0 King salmon 0 Catfish 2 Crappie 2

The low elevation lakes of Pine Flat and Millerton remain solid for stained basses despite the fact that Pine Flat rises and Millerton falls rapidly.

Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said: "Pine Flat is emerging quickly, and the bass action is better thanks to Windy Gap with reaction lures.There is a high water bite early and late, and a spinnerbait bite. When the wind blows, I would expect a 15/16 pound limit to be required to participate in the American Bass Association tournament on Saturday, and most fishermen are working on the arm of the river. Sailors are thrown to Trimmer instead of Deer Creek to get closer to the river, chatterbaits, ripbaits and umbrellas also work.The bite of shit is better around Sycamore and Big Creeks along with Trimmer, and the bite is not very open for the numbers, but there are some larger slabs. "

In the lower kings, water discharges have raised the river, but planting continues on a regular basis. Fewer fishermen are working in high waters, and the planters are brought to Kastmasters in gold, silver or white in the deeper pools along with salmon eggs or night fishermen. The lake increased from 56 to 63 percent.

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 fishermen of the coast are throwing ripbaits or lures of high waters in the first light at around 10 a.m. or from 6 p.m. in the dark, but the size of the stripers has been a bit small. The lake is falling into the water, and some boats are drifting from small jumbo or dead anchovies around the Basur Racks or in Portuguese Cove. Trolling is also better in these areas at depths of 80 feet with jerkbaits or with umbrella platforms. Water discharges have increased, and the lake was reduced to 88 percent.

Roger George of Roger George Guide Service said he fished with Marco Vuicich of Fresno on Friday and that the bite was slow from the start, until he found a group of active fish in the main lake, which was kept at a distance of 50 to 70 feet. "We finished with more than 25 stripers of good quality, most in the range of 21-25 inches that drag Lucky Crafts in minnow colors again. We also got a striper of 8.5 pounds and 11.5 pounds, both very thick fish that we launched, and Marco lost another fish that was bigger. I've heard about thinner fish, but I'm discovering that troll fish are bigger and heavier for some reason. Water temperatures range between 66 and 68 degrees and the algae begin to take off. The fish are moving to new areas since the water is now going down 20 feet from the top and I had to look at the fish. Many trollers are not doing very well so far with scattered and moving fish. The guys are also telling me that the jerkbait bite has been good from the beginning. There have been some days of bad wind; the one to watch is the one that comes out of the Northwest of Dinosaur. May is the month of the wind. "

At O'Neill Forebay, finding striped contrabass schools is the key to those who throw jerkbaits along with high water lures when the stripers are pushing the shad. Cut baits, such as anchovies, work together with the giant miniatures in the moving water near Check 12 or around the bridge of Highway 152. There is water pumping in and out of the small reservoir to both the main lake and the Aqueduct. of California, since the main lake has been decreasing in elevation during the last three weeks.

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

High Sierra

Under 2 Trout 3 Kokanee 3

The annual Trout Derby of the Bass Lake Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for May 4-5, and there are two grand prizes of $ 10,000 along with one to $ 5,000 for fish tagged along with a series of other tags for a total of $ 55,000 in prizes. There will be 847 fish with a value of $ 20 and 150 with a value of $ 100. Registration is priced at $ 25 for participants over 16, $ 15 for children 16 and under, and $ 10 for each additional child. thereafter. Registration is available at or through Michelle Miller at 642-3633 or by email at [email protected]

Todd Wittwer of the Guide Service found a good action before Sunday with up to 16 kokanee at 14.5 inches and three rainbow trout on Saturday. Wittwer said: "We've been trolling in front of Miller's Landing, and the fish are in the top 20 feet, we lost another 20 kokes when they jumped and turned when they were hooked, so we changed to the dodger Tsunami Rocky Mountain Tackle pink / purple more small in front of a pink Radical Tube or a pink or purple Super Squid of Cotton Candy, we've been getting a lot of bumps on the bigger pink Moonshine dodger of 5.5 inches, but we've been losing about half. 75 percent with the smallest dodger, trout fishing has been better north of Forks Resort, and my partner, Mike Beighey, has been finding a good action with the MAG Tackle team.Sunday was a different story with just two kokanee. "

Wittwer will move his operation to Shaver Lake on May 1 for the rest of the summer.

The boards in the dam were placed on April 1 and the reservoir rose to 88 percent.

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

Vermillion Valley Resort announced that it will make quad trips for groups of up to seven people from June 13 to June 3. The opening of the route to the vehicles is scheduled for June 7. The cost of quad travel is $ 125 per person per night and includes accommodation with TV. Use of dining room, bathrooms and a boat for a day. Additional boats are available for rent. Edison rose to 17 percent, Florence is also rising to 10 percent, and Mammoth Pool has an excess capacity of 103 percent.

Check the Caltrans website at or call 800-427-7623 to learn about road conditions.

Call: Vermilion Valley Resort on Edison Lake 259-4000

Shaver Lake / Huntington Lake

Kokanee 3 Trout 3

Shaver Lake experienced the first of two trout plants this week, with the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife planting 2,000 rainbows that weighed an average of 2 pounds last weekend, and the bank fishermen had fast limits with the bait of the trout mass, night fishermen or Kastmasters in Sierra Marina. The launch was made on the ramp of the Sierra, and the rainbows remain in the area for a long period before moving to the main lake, which facilitates the dam for bank fishermen. The Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project will make the first of two plants within a few weeks at an undisclosed location on the coast, and there will be rainbows with an average of 3 pounds in the mix.

Dick Nichols, of Dick's Fishing Charters, and president of the Shaver Lake Trophy Project, said: "The last two weeks at Shaver Lake have been productive with so many fish caught by so many people. This week has been mostly kokanee, Dennis Beard and Gary Kent have been tormented for weeks, and some weeks are better than others, but they also have a limit, and they have also collected some trophy trout at 27 inches. Along the way, other boats also have kokanee from 11 to 12 inches, I sailed with Don Munshower from the Sunnyside area this week, and we got the kokanee limits with the best action at the side pole loaded with a pink Koke Buster with tip corn behind a purple / silver mountain blinker that had more action.The downward action of the rigger was slower and the depths varied. water, which is increasing rapidly. That is also not helping the trout's action. As the water rises rapidly, it collects insects and other forms of aquatic life and sends them to the water where most of the trout are waiting to enjoy the source of heavy food. Both marinas are in operation with rentals. "

Tom Oliveira, of the Tom Oliveira Guide Service, took the Gilbert and John Garza brothers on Saturday along with a son, and we connected four boundaries of kokanee to just over 13 inches of work from Sierra Marina to Route 2 in the 12 top feet with orange MAG Tackle Hoochies behind an orange Stealth Dodger.

The shaver has risen to 57 percent.

Call: Dick Nichols, Dick & # 39; s Fishing Charters 281-6948; Todd Wittwer, Guide Service 288-8100; Dinkey Creek Inn 841-3435; Tom Oliveira Fishing 802-8072

Wishon / Courtright

The recent winter storms affected road conditions on both lakes, and the Dinkey Creek gate is closed, which eliminates access to Wishon and Courtright until late May or early June.

Call: Wishon RV Park 865-5361

Half Moon Bay

Salmon 2 Rockfish 3 Striper 2 Surf perch 2

As in other parts along the coast and inland, the fish left the dive on Sunday with the arrival of lower barometric pressure on Sunday, but recovered with a vengeance on Monday with early limits for boats partying. After several days of limit or close limit action, the boats of the party found a much tougher action on Sunday. Captain Dennis Baxter of Huli Cat said: "It was a slow start for the salmon boats, and today we went to Pigeon Point to find a slow bite for 11 salmon. But, below and outside Deep Reef, a couple of boats were located in the afternoon, and this is our objective for Monday's trip. "Baxter will make salmon trips seven days a week when the temporary closure on the 18th may.

The Huli cat was also on the deep reef on Sunday, and the second captain, Michael Cabanas, reported a slow bite in the morning with the best action of the afternoon.

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

Monterey / Santa Cruz

Salmon 2 Rockfish 3 Striper 2 Surf perch 2 Halibut 2

Chris Arcolleo of Chris & # 39; s Landing in Monterey said: "The action of the salmon was phenomenal until Sunday, when the barometric pressure was significantly reduced and the salmon disappeared from the bite." When the crystal falls, the salmon does not bite because the pressure began to decrease on Saturday night. "After setting fast limits one hour earlier in the week, the Check Mate returned with 3 salmon for 25 fishermen on Monday, while Caroline We went south in search of Rockfish with 200 Rockfish and 16 ling cods for 24 fishermen, limited space during the week, and full or almost full weekends.

Outside Santa Cruz, Allen Bushnell of the Fishing and Surfcasting Guide Service of Santa Cruz said: "The salmon has been very good, but do not overlook the other available species. Halibut are reaching shallow waters. Reports are increasing from halibut up to 39 inches from the beaches of Monterrey and the protected areas near Santa Cruz. Stripers are constantly spreading across the bay. The Marina / Salinas river area remains the most consistent area for larger fish, but scattered catches occur on all the beaches surrounding the bay. Johnny, also known as "Abalone", picked up a nice striper on his way to work on Thursday in a Lucky Craft Flash Minnow 110. "

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

San Francisco Bay

Halibut 3 Striper 2 Sturgeon 2

The Golden Gate boats are still heading south to the Deep Reef, but with the slowest bite, some of the boats should be exploring other places closer to home.

Captain Chris Smith, of the new and luxurious Pacific Dream out of Berkeley, is making his first cod / rockfish trip of the year next Friday with an outing sponsored by Fishsniffer magazine. He said: "I expect some raffles, and Friday's weather forecast is for calm seas."

Within the bay, the halibut bite remains outstanding in general, as flatfish are flooding the bay, but the limits found earlier in the week were harder to reach over the weekend. However, the bite resurfaced on Monday with six boats that found limits once again on the boat of the big party, the California Dawn of Berkeley, which arrived with two charter boats per fisherman for a big load on Monday.

Bill Clapp, captain of Bill & # 39; s Sport Fishing, put his clients in two per stick with halibut at 10 pounds on Sunday.

Hugh Marchand, of Lodi, left Berkeley Flats on Saturday, and posted a high score of two halibut limits despite having to troll dead baits.

The Pacific Dream of Berkeley came out on Saturday with 23 fishermen for 22 halibut and a striped bass for one fish per rod, which is a very respectable score for no live bait.

Live bait is still not present at the receivers in San Francisco or Berkeley, but the Loch Lomond Marina has an offer of live shiners and live smells.

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

San Luis Bishop

Rockfish 3 Salmon 2 Surf perch 2

The Rockfish season continues, and limits to nearby limits are the rule in full-day trips. After Virg's Landing in Morro Bay, Black Pearl made a one-night trip from Saturday to Sunday, and its 22 fishermen returned with 21 ingots to 14.5 pounds along with 200 vermilions and 20 copper rock fishes. The Rita G and the Fiesta went on day trips with 47 fishermen from 6 to 11 pounds, 380 vermilions, 35 assorted, 35 copper and 10 Boccaccio. Outside of Morro Bay Landing, Endeavor, Avenger and Starfire left with 81 fishermen on Sunday for 590 vermilion, 10 copper, 25 Boccaccio and 40 assorted rockfish, along with 24 cod ling at 18 pounds. Further south, in Port San Luis, the Patriot, Flying Fish and Phenix of Patriot Sport Fishing left on Sunday with 77 fishermen for 144 vermilions, 27 copper, 10 Boccaccio, 101 Bolina, 250 assortments, 15 canaries and a cabezon to go with 9 cod ling at 11 pounds with the big fish caught by Daniel López de Visalia. They are the rule in full-day trips with the possibility of limits on ½ day trips. Ling cod stays elusive with a handful taken on each trip. Outside of Patriot Sport Fishing in the port of San Luis, the Phenix went out to fish salmon on Sunday with three fishermen for three salmon, while the Flying Fish and the Patriot went fishing with 34 fishermen for 42 vermilions, 86 rockfish, 10 copper, one Boccaccio, and 5 ling cod to 7 pounds. All ports are making a variety of trips in the coming weeks for cod / cod, including night trips.

Call: The landing of Virg 800-762-5263; Patriot Sport Fishing 805-595-4100

Delta / Stockton

Bass 3 Striper 3 Shad 3 Sturgeon 2 Catfish 2 Bluegill 2

The water in the Sacramento-Delta is clearing and falling, and the shadow is appearing around Freeport in the upper river. The launching ramps in the Sacramento metropolitan area remain inaccessible, but Clarksburg is open. The shad run is starting in numbers, and the action of the striped basses is improving as the water is clearing.

Clyde Wands of Sacramento, an expert in shallow trolling, has been mainly on the San Joaquin River, but said: "For the first time this season, we have heard of striped bass in the West Bank, these fish are small, but the big ones are arriving. "

Johnny Tran, of New Romeo & Bait and Tackle in Freeport, said: "The tarpon is here, and the darts or shadow larvae with up to a 1.5-ounce sinker are running while the water is clearing. the amount of weight you are using depending on the current, there have been a lot of basses in earthworms or blood in the main river, and in Steamboat Slough, anchovies or sardines coated with garlic spray are the most effective. the Mokelumne River, near the New Hope landing, the small jumbo drifting are working for stripers, and the bite of the blue mesh is better around Locke with red worms or wax worms. "The sturgeons are on their way back al estuario más bajo después del desove, y los pescadores striper están tomando un esturión ocasional".

Alan Fong, del almacén de pescadores en Sacramento, confirmó la llegada del sábalo y dijo: "Creo que han estado aquí por algún tiempo, pero los pescadores ahora pueden llegar a ellos cuando el agua se está aclarando hasta cierto punto. La acción para el sábalo comienza alrededor de Freeport y va río arriba a la boca de la Pluma en Verona. Estamos vendiendo muchos dardos o larvas de champán de 1 pulgada, y el agua se está aclarando un poco más cada día. Fui a pescar lubina en el Delta superior alrededor de Liberty Island, y encontré un excelente bocado con Senkos y también con ranas. Los vientos se produjeron el domingo, y limitaron el acceso a Liberty ya que uno de los profesionales en el evento Pro / Am de Wild West Bass Trails puso 15 libras allí el sábado con su pescador de pesca que pesaba 16 libras, pero era una historia diferente. el domingo."

Para el esturión, el capitán Steve Mitchell, de Hook’d Up Sport Fishing, salió el domingo con el Dr. Cyrus Buhari de Stockton y sus dos hijos, junto con Dave Scatena de Stockton, y comenzaron en el Little Cut por la mañana. Mitchell dijo: "Lanzamos un esturión de tamaño insuficiente desde el principio, y el esturión está apilado allí, pero estaban mordiendo activamente. Nos mudamos al Big Cut, y en 5 minutos, el joven Alex Saccani vio el bocado e hizo exactamente lo que le dije que hiciera. Después de una buena pelea, lanzamos un esturión de más de 7 pies al lado del bote. Estuvimos en la marea saliente, y el Dr. Buhari encontró lo que buscaba con un diamante de 51 pulgadas en la marea saliente ".

Tony Lopez de Benicia Bait reportó un gran interés en la pesca durante el fin de semana debido a las excelentes condiciones climáticas.

El esturión se quedará en la bahía de Suisun durante algún tiempo, pero la mayoría de los pescadores de esturión ahora se han ido al halibut y al bajo rayado en las bahías. Las lubinas rayadas solo mejorarán en las próximas semanas a medida que el agua se aclare y las líneas se muevan hacia los terrenos de desove y regresen a la bahía y al océano.

El viento llegó el domingo, limitando la capacidad de los pescadores en el torneo Pro / Am de 150 botes Wild West Bass Trails para llegar a sus lugares sin ser golpeados por las ráfagas. La picadura del contrabajo fue difícil para la mayoría, ya que algunos pescadores luchaban por alcanzar un límite, mientras que otros podían acercarse o romper 20 libras por día.

En este evento, los participantes profesionales se combinan con un aficionado diferente durante los dos primeros días con pesos separados para profesionales y amateurs. Dan Mathisen, de Dan Mathisen Outdoors, pronosticó que los pescadores del torneo llevarán algunos pesos pesados, ya que este circuito atrae a algunos de los mejores pescadores de bajo en el oeste. Dijo: "Vi todo el tráfico de barcos en Russo el miércoles, así que salí y lancé a Mossdale, y hay muchos peces para ser capturados allí. Si alguien corre hacia el sur hasta Turtle Beach, predigo que saldrá de allí una bolsa de 30 libras. Recogí un 7, 6 y dos 5 en 25 minutos en un junio Bug Lizard con una cola chartreuse. Creo que todos los peces en esta área fueron a los bancos al mismo tiempo. El Yamamoto Fan-Shu, que es una imitación de renacuajo en la calabaza verde, también ha estado caliente, ya que los bajos se están cargando en los anfibios. También hay un bocado de rana en las tardes cuando hace calor, y si pasas una rana por el piso, el bajo no puede resistirse ". El domingo, Mathisen agregó:" No creo que muchos pescadores estuvieran dispuestos a hacerlo. to make the 50-minute run south with the winds. The Yamamoto Big Bass Tournament will be held on Saturday and Sunday of the coming week, and we will be doing a tips and tricks for working Yamamoto baits starting at 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Dave’s Delta Outdoors in Oakley.”

Nic Nouret won the pro division for the Wild West Bass Trails coming out of 4th place on the final day with the Day 2 leader, Ken Mah, coming in second with only a few hundreds of an ounce behind.

For striped bass, Clyde Wands, shallow trolling expert was out for two consecutive days in the San Joaquin River, and they took stripers to 8.5 pounds in every spot from Eddo’s Marina to False River to the Old River Flats. He said, “We released everything but a limit of 6-pound linesides, and the action has been coming on deep-diving lures. I was out earlier with Dave Houston of Livermore, and we released 14 stripers to 12 pounds, also on the deep troll.”

Jeff Soo Hoo of Soo Hoo’s Sport Fishing out of Laurtitzen’s Yacht Harbor in Oakley found the spoon bite by mid-week, and he loaded up with early limits on every trip bouncing P-Line Laser Minnows above the thick schools in the San Joaquin. On Sunday, Soo Hoo said, “The bite was a bit tougher, but we ended up with limits. We are still seeing the big number of stripers, but they were more reluctant to bite. 90 percent of our action has been with spoons, and every day is a little different out here.”

Captain James Netzel of Tight Lines Guide Service out of Korth’s Pirates Lair has been finding good action trolling deep-diving Yozuri Crystal Minnows along with drifting live jumbo minnows. He said, “We have been catching and releasing stripers to 15 pounds this week, but the weeds have been thick, and you have to really watch the action on your line and clear the weeds. When the troll bite slows down, we are drifting minnows.” Netzel will be working out of Korth’s through mid-May.

was out in the winds on Saturday, and he said, “It was a struggle in the morning with only 4 stripers by noon, but the bite turned on in the afternoon with 7 more keepers to 15 pounds. The wind, big minus tide, and dirty water in locations didn’t make a difference, and we found our best action from Eddo’s to Three Mile Slough with deep-diving Yozuri Crystal Minnows. There was too much debris on the surface to work shallow lures as the big tides brought flotsam off of the banks. The river below the mouth of the Mokelumne is dirty on the outgoing tide and this occurs also below Three Mile Slough. Right now, there is a lot of hydrilla and weeds in the water, but the stripers are there.”

Nelson Vineyard of Topline Sport Fishing was on the San Joaquin River over the weekend, and he said, “We started on Saturday morning at the Old River Flats where we trolled several different area for only two bites and one shaker released so we mad a run back to the Sacramento side all the way to the Deep Water Channel. We found the stripers there with chartreuse or red/white deep-diving Yozuri Crystal Minnows. I went back into the north Delta on Sunday morning and started working different areas, but we ended up again in the Deep Water Channel for five keepers to 10 pounds on shallow-diving plugs. Fishing is still pretty darn good, and I plan on trolling for striped bass well into May.”

H and R Bait in Stockton reported most interest in the area has been from the banks around Whiskey Slough, and they have been getting in up to 70 pounds of fresh shad of a medium to large grade. Bluegill action is best off of Eight Mile Road west of Stockton with red worms or wax worms.

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 3

At Nacimiento, the spotted bass spawn is on the downside with most spots moving off of the banks into post-spawn mode. The best action has been around shade with plastics on the drop-shot, jigs, or small spinnerbaits. White bass remain active in the river arm and coves with small white Roostertails or Kastmasters. Crappie action has picked up considerably with minijigs or other small lures. Bluegill and red ear perch are biting red worms or wax worms. The fuel dock is now selling fuel again from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The lake dropped slightly to 85 percent this week.

At San Antonio, the lake held at 41 percent, and the lake is expected to be open seven days a week starting May 1. Catfishing is the best option with cut baits or nightcrawlers using no or minimal weight. Bass fishing is fair at best with plastics on the drop-shot.

At Lopez Lake, working the shallows early with reaction baits is the best option for the largest grade of bass, but they will move out into deeper water by mid-morning. Jigs, chatterbaits, jerkbaits, and spinnerbaits are best in the mornings in the shallows before dropping to the bottom with plastics on the drop-shot, NED-rig, or shakey head. Crappie jigs are working for slabs around submerged brush while bluegill are taken on red worms or meal worms.

At Santa Margarita, a weedless approach is best for bass as the shorelines are loaded with debris from the full lake. The majority of bass are small, and the largest quality have been elusive. Spinnerbaits are working in the shallows in the morning, but numbers are taken on plastics on the drop-shot or shakey head. Boaters are advised to contact the lake’s ranger station at 805-788-2397 for information on the availability of the single ramp.


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

Wild West Bass Trails Pro/Am: April 26-28 (3 Limits) at Delta/Big Break Marina – Pro Division, 1, Nic Nouret, 62.08 pounds; 2, Ken Mah, 61.60; 3, Mark Mello, 58.96. Amateur Division, 1, Travis Williams, 42.96; 2, Cesar Laguna, 40.34; 3, Firuz Gizatullin, 38.68.

Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Department: April 27 at McClure – 1, Garrett and Chase Maddex, 16.67 (Big Fish 5.81); 2, Ryan Cook/Don Longton, 13.91; 3, Jeremy Edwards/Jason Bowmer, 13.64.

Bass 101: April 28 at Pine Flat – 1, Gary Wasson, 13.31; 2, Corey Squires, 10.73; 3, Tony Hunt, 9.75.

Mother Lode Kayak Fishing: April 28 at Don Pedro – 1, Josh Martinez, 57.25 inches; 2, Tas Moua, 56.75; 3, Jiongbo Zhang, 54.75. Big Fish Steve Palomar, 21.25.

May 4: Camanche – Central Valley Anglers Trout Derby, McClure – Gold Country Junior Bass Club/Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Department, Hensley – Kerman Bass Club, Hume Lake – Hume Lake Christian Camp Trout Derby, Kaweah – Cen Cal Elite Bass Tournaments, Nacimiento – Best Bass Tournaments/Golden Empire Bass Club

May 4-5: Delta/Russo’s Marina – Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge, Delta/Ladd’s Marina – Kern County Bass Masters, Bass Lake – Bass Lake Chamber of Commerce Trout Derby

May 5: New Melones – RHS Bass Fishing Club, Don Pedro – Oro Madre Bass Anglers, McClure – California Bass Federation, Kaweah – Cen Cal Elite Bass Tournaments

May 11: Delta/Russo’s Marina – Dan Mathisen Outdoors, Delta/Ladd’s Marina – California Hmong Bass Trails, Lake Tulloch – Mother Lode Kayak Fishing, McClure – Best Bass Tournaments, Nacimiento – 101 Bass

May 17: Nacimiento – 101 Bass

May 17-18: Clear Lake – Fresno Bass Club, Delta/Russo’s Marina – Sierra Bass Club

May 18: Delta/Ladd’s Marina – Yak-A-Bass, Don Pedro – Best Bass Tournaments, Eastman – River Rats Bass Club, Success – Central Valley Veterans, Isabella – American Bass Association, Nacimiento – San Luis Obispo Bass Ambushers, Santa Margarita – Bakersfield Bass Club

June 15: McClure – Fishing McClure for Mason, information Ryan Cook at 559-691-7008

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