Fishing report for the week of May 15th to 21st: shadow fishing and Delta bass is the center of attention

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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 bass and shadow fishing of the delta occupies a central place, said Alan Fong. New bite of kokanee Melons goes on, reported Gary Burns. Jake Figgs said that Eastman bass hits the topwater and Millerton sites that eat baits. Don Pedro Kokanee and the action of the basses are getting warmer and McClure ate the basses, reported Ryan Cook. Shaver kokanee bite very well, said 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

The northern section of the California Aqueduct is heating up, and Mickey Clements of Coyote Bait and Tackle in Morgan Hill said: "The fishermen are starting to fish the aqueduct, and are throwing weights for the hair or soaking the bait with 5 at 6 ounces in weight. "Jake Figgs, from Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis, added:" White-zoomed swimbaits or Crystal Shad have been popular with the aqueduct fishermen who throw them around the moving water in the floodgates. "

"In the southern section of the aqueduct in Kern County, Pete Cormier of Bob & # 39; s Bait in Bakersfield said:" The action of the striped bass is still good with the jumbo, the anchovies, the sardines, the worms of blood or the jerkbaits like the Lucky Craft 128 and tube baits. "

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

Bass 3 Trout 2 Bluegill 2 Catfish 2 Crappie 2

Jake Figgs, of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis, said: "The bite of the sea bass is accumulating with some high water fish with baits to walk in the mornings or evenings. The best quality of the sea bass is coming out of the lighter water in the arm of the river when the main lake is stained. The plastics in the drop-shot or the templates are also working on the piles of rock. Bass is gravitating in shaded areas during daylight hours. The crappie bite has yet to emerge. The lake remained at 87 percent.

Call: Eastman Lake 689-3255

Hensley Lake

Under 3 Trout 2 Catfish 2 Bluegill 2 Crappie 2

Figgs said: "This lake is still cleverly good for the few fishermen who attack the largemouth bass here." Water is dyed from mustard plants, but ripbaits, surface water lures, plastics or the templates are working with the fineness techniques better on the rock piles, Crappie is still scarce. " The lake increased slightly to 67 percent.

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

Lake Don Pedro

Bass 3 Trout 2 Kokanee 3 King salmon 1 Crappie 2

The kokanee action is also heating up with fat and healthy kokanee that are taken in small hoochies or on Uncle Larry's spinners behind a Sling Blade at variable depths of 25 to 60 percent. Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing said: "The water level has increased and the kokanee are scattered, and we have to find them, we have had up to 4 in one, and we have downloaded them all." Bass fishing is improving. Cook, from Ryan Cook Fishing, has reported improvements in the size of the fish at all spawning stages and from 30 to 35 feet deep.The topwater bite is starting to take off, and the lows are starting to level up. You can launch six ships at a time in Fleming Meadows at this time, and it's a short walk up the ramp from the parking lot, with a lake rising from 86 to 89 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 3 Trout 2 Crappie 3 Catfish 2 Bluegill 2

Pete Cormier, of Bob's Bait, in Bakersfield, reported that shit still occupies a central place in Lake Isabella, with banks lined with fishermen in various places, and are scoring with minijigs or small to medium-sized children. The bite has dropped a bit since the hot and heavy action a few weeks ago, but it's still worth it for the fishing families to make the trip from the Fresno area. South Fork, Rocky Point and Camp 9 are three of the best locations. Bass fishing has been solid with crankbaits, plastics or deep diving templates, but the bite of the swimbait has been silent. The lake increased from 47 to 56 percent. The upper and lower rivers are still washed away by the thaw because the water discharges have been high. 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 2 Crappie 2 Trout 2 Catfish 2

The lake is rising dramatically, rising from 75 to 82 percent this week, and the lows are moving away from the banks in response. Once the lake stabilizes, the bass bite should take off in a big way. Crappie has been taken around the structure near Horse Creek with minijigs or small to medium ones.

Call: Sierra Sporting Goods 592-5212

Lake Success

Under 3 Trout 2 Catfish 2 Crappie 3 Bluegill 2

Chuck Stokke, of the Sequoia Fishing Company in Springville, said: "Bass fishing is excellent with Senkos, crankbaits and spinnerbaits with a trailer, and bass are in shallow water. Crappie fishing is also good near the marina with minijigs or small to medium. "The lake has risen almost 90 percent.

The seventh annual Warriors Day on the lake is May 18 on the South Tule ramp with veterans fishing on volunteer boats. Information and registration along with volunteers should be communicated to Park Ranger Nicole Arbelo before May 16 at 784-0215.

Stokke said: "The Tule River is still in a high flow, but the Department of Fish and Wildlife has been stockpiling Belknap and Coy Flat." Stoke will start flies launch classes in June the second Sunday of the month at 10 am The Pierpoint Café. Classes are free and all equipment is provided.

Call: Sequoia Fishing Co. 539-5626,

McClure Reservoir

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

The topwater bite has been off the charts with fishermen fishing and releasing 30 to 80 bass on a regular basis. The River2Sea Rover powder or bone along with Spooks in Okie Shad or Reaction Innovations Vixens are effective with the spawning of the shadow. Ryan Cook of Ryan Cook Fishing said: "It does not really matter what you're throwing, but the window for topwater is shrinking." At this time, everything is shallow, and there is no reason to work in deeper waters. "38 boats participated in the Best Bass Tournament event on Saturday, and the winning weight was 16.12 pounds for Vince's team and James Vella The Fishing McClure for Mason fundraising tournament for Mason Ferrulli is on June 15 at Barrett Cove South, the lake is rising rapidly, rising from 80 to 85 percent.

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

McSwain Reservoir

Steve Marquette, of Lake McSwain / McClure Recreation Company, reported that the troll bite has improved near Brush Pile and cabins with combinations of blades / tracks with some set limits. In the best case, fishing on the coast has been fair with the Rainbow Bait or Nightcrawler / Marshshallow combinations near the disabled springs or the pile of brushes. A Trout Farm Calaveras plant is anticipated next week.

Call: McSwain Marina 209-378-2534

Lake Millerton / San Joaquin River

Under 3 Rayado Bajo 1 Shad 1 Bluegill 2 Crappie 2

At Millerton, Jake Figgs, from Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis, said: "The upper water bite is good for numbers, and there have been some larger fish taken in jigs at 20 feet deep with a 5.3 pound point. in a squash green / chartreuse template and a large mouth of 6.5 pounds, and these are big fish for this lake.The ripbait bite has been slow, but the bass are being loaded in the back of the coves and will get fat soon In addition to the spots, there have been large serious ones, and large ones have been particularly active in high water lures.There have been some boils around East Bay, Soldier Cove and Sky Harbor. scratched from the side of the 37.5 pound line a few weeks ago. " Millerton went up from 64 to 75 percent.

Call: Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474

New melons / tulloch reservoir

Bass 3 Crappie 2 Catfish 2 Trout 2 Kokanee 3

As if a light switch had been turned on, the kokanee action in New Melons soared last week, attracting some of the best kokanee fishermen in the state to reappear in this forgotten destination of kokanee. Last year it was limited to a large kokanee, but they were few in number, but from the first signs, Melons is going back to its old forms, which have not been seen for years.

Richie Hight of Paulina Peak Tackle was at the lake with Brian Azevedo this week, and said: "We enjoyed a great day and found all of our fish in the Spillway area." The bite was quite consistent when we started at 8:00 a.m. We finished at 11:00 a.m., and the equipment was fished at depths of 10 to 30 ft. We rated with UV pink rays or Clown Hoochies behind a gold-plated Crush Glow dodger in both the 4-inch teardrop and in the Peak Performer, and the other was the Peak Performer Moon with a pink / purple scale.Orange-tinged garlic was another key to success. "

Gary Burns of the Guide Service "Take It To the Limit" is also ready for kokanee action, and said: "Take it to the limit." This year will return to the water with one of the best fishing beginnings from kokanee I can remember, the kokanee are really fat and healthy, and we're putting kokanee in the pot up to 16 "with the majority of 13 to 15 inches. This last week we put limits on the boat in five trips in a row. The hardest part has been finding the right depth. When the water flowed from the dam, we were marking 52 feet, but now they have slowed down and the lake comes back up with cold water from the melting snow. In response, the bite has moved from 30 to 46 feet with the surface temperature at 70 degrees. Hoochies, the Rocky Mountain Tackle Assassin spinners in pink and green, or the Apex watermelon lures have worked better.

The bite really heats up for a while, then decreases the speed until it's time to have lunch and lower the sandwich because there it returned. Put your time in the water to set limits for yourself!

The Spillway area has been full of kokanee trollers since the breakup of the kokanee bite in recent weeks.

The lake is rising once again, and reached 82 percent.

Kayak fishing in general has been the rage in recent years, and fishing with sea bass in a kayak has grown exponentially with circuits such as Central Kayak Fishing in the southern Central Valley, Yak-A-Bass in the Delta and the north of the lake. and Mother Lode's kayakers who work in Mother Lode's lakes.

The last stop of the qualifying series was held last weekend at Lake Tulloch, in the back bay of the New Melones reservoir on the Stanislaus River, and this lake is known for its clear waters.

In low kayak tournaments, a fisherman uses a camera instead of a live well, since the length of the bass is measured in inches on a measuring board. Once the fish is on the measurement board, a picture is taken and sent by an electronic application or an SD card at the end of the event. A panel of judges reviews and scores the length of each fish up to quarter of an inch, and the longest limit of fish by a fisherman is the winner.

Many additional rules may be in force, including the inability to use a stringer, secure a fish to the board, put your hands on the gill plate or cover the eyes.

A total of 52 kayakers participated in the Tulloch event, and the top 15 anglers of the three qualifying events will participate in the Lode Kayak Locks Kayak Fishermen Classic at Kelsey Bass Ranch in late June.

With the cold water from the bottom of the New Melons, the basses were at all stages of spawning, and the delicacy techniques worked best with the plastics on the Drop-shot or Ned platforms, and the general bite was hard with only 35 fishermen who brought a limit of three fish to the table.

Fishing with low kayaking is particularly popular in the southern Central Valley, and Tas Moua de Fresno ranked first with a limit of three fish of 58.75 inches, including a large 23-inch fish caught in a large swimbait in the early morning get out of bed .

The next Mother Lode Kayak general event for fishermen will be June 2 at Lake McClure.

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 2 Kokanee 0 King salmon 0 Catfish 2 Crappie 2

High water levels at both Pine Flat and Millerton have increased the volume for stained and low basses in these low elevation deposits east of Fresno.

Jake Figgs of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said: "Pine Flat has a good bite in the water with Poppers, Zara Spooks, Whopper Ploppers and buzzbaits, and the action on the surface is maintained throughout the day. I have been scoring with the Zara Spook in Okie Shad or the Rapala Popper in light frog, the shallow jigs are also effective, and there is a bite of ripbait and spinnerbait when the wind blows Most of the disgusting fishermen head south towards Kaweah, Success or Isabella, but there are still sawed by the arm of the river as they move towards the structure. "The trout drag is slow in the lake, but the lower kings receive consistent plants, however, quick release water requires a heavy spoon or spinner and a quick recovery to prevent snagging.

Pine Flat rose from 69 to 74 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 San Luis reservoir is constantly falling every week, and the surface water action is better in the mornings and afternoons in the coves, while the troll bite is a challenge and the small fish bite is still difficult.

Jake Figgs at Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said: "We have had a lot of fishermen going to the main lake at this time, and there has been a large 40-inch striped bass taken from the coasts near Dinosaur Point with the River2Sea Swaver 200s. "The stripers are pushing the bait into the coves in the mornings, but they are moving to the depths in open waters later in the day."

Mickey Clements, of Coyote Bait and Tackle, in Morgan Hill, said: "The deep waters surrounding the Romero Visitor Center have been the best location for those who drag the Lucky Craft 128s or the Atlas gear, along with the small fish that fall in the light monofilament test of 12 pounds. The stripers seem to be shy at this time, so the lighter test is more effective. Ripbaits and flukes in 5 to 7 inches in Green Albino are working since this lure resembles the lake piquita. In the resting area, fishing for striped bass has been fair with anchovies, sardines, blood worms or small jumbo near the launching ramp of Old Medeiros or the Bridge of Highway 33 ".

Roger George of Roger George Guide Service said that the troll bite has been slow for most anglers. "I was on vacation, but I've heard that the fish are being milked like crazy, so the spawning is now going on the main lake. The fall of the water has caused the fish to move a lot and it seems that they go from shallow to quite deep as the sun rises. The wind is still the most important factor that fishermen have to face. The basalt ramp has been almost out of the water and the slime on the ramp may be a problem, but I hope the park can restore the dock, or it may have already done so. "

Travis Porter and K.C. Wilson de Hollister left on Saturday with a striped bass on the troll, but the wind picked up and they ended up rescuing two rafts, a kayak and three swimmers after the wind rose.

San Luis fell from 83 to 78 percent of capacity.

At O'Neill Forebay, small striped bass is still the rule, and most anglers are aiming for a larger degree on the side of the line on the main lake or on the California Aqueduct. The side of the Highway 33 Bridge or the Old Medeiros launch ramp have been the main areas for bait makers, and anchovies, sardines, blood worms, hair worms or small jumbos work best. There is water pumping in and out of the small reservoir into both the main lake and the California Aqueduct, as the main lake has been decreasing in elevation over the past three weeks.

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

High Sierra

Under 3 Trout 2 Kokanee 2 Crappie 3

Crappie's action is warming up with the Fin-S-Fish of Lunker City in Monkey Milk or standard shading patterns. Bass fishing is improving, mostly with spotted spots, with a few puffs near the dam or on the rock piles. The bass has not yet gravitated on the docks. Kei Tech swimbaits in bluegill or trout patterns are working when the water heats up after 10 a.m. with templates or Senkos also productive. The trout trollers are working from the dam to the Sheriff's Tower with combinations of blades / caterpillars. The lake increased from 91 to 92 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

The opening of the road to vehicles is anticipated around June 7. Check the Caltrans website at or call 800-427-7623 to learn about road conditions. Edison rose to 22 percent, Florence is also rising to 17 percent, and Mammoth Pool has an excess capacity of 102 percent.

Vermillion Valley Resort makes quad trips for parties of up to seven until June 3. The cost is $ 125 per night per person and includes lodging, use of dining room, television, bathrooms and a boat for a day. Additional boats are available for rent. Call Jim 259-4000 with questions or for more details.

Call: Vermilion Valley Resort on Edison Lake 259-4000

Shaver Lake / Huntington Lake

Kokanee 3 Trout 2

Shaver Lake received two rainbow trophy plants in the last week, and fishing in banks has been outstanding for those working on the coast near Sierra Marina with trout bait, Kastmasters or night fishermen. The Shaver Lake Trophy Trout project launched the first of two trophy plants last week, and a second plant will arrive in the coming months. The largest funding for the plants comes from its annual athletes' dinner in August. Trolling for kokanee has also been very good for both rainbow trout and brown trout.

Dick Nichols of Dick's Fishing Charters and the president of the Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project said: "We launched the first of our two plants last week, and there will be another plant later in the season. our annual athletes' dinner in August.

"I opened my season as a guide on May 1, and what a way to start my 14th season as Frank Hoffman and his brother, Don from Ohio, connected with 17 kokanee, two browns and a rainbow trophy, keeping two boundaries of kokanee. The next day, Tom Frudden of Wood caught and launched two 3 and 5 pound brown trout, and threw 20 kokanee at 16 in. In the first five days of the season, we captured or captured and released 112 kokanee and trout with the most of the fish that landed between Lake Shaver Lake, the island and the Point at depths from the surface to 15 feet with occasional fish landed as deep as 31 ft. My Mountain Hoochies in pink, pink or orange champagne with scented shoepeg cornmeal with crayfish behind a purple / silver Mountain Dodger has been working better together with a pink Koke Buster behind a pink Mountain Dodger.Most kokanee are in the range of 11 to 13 inches. Both the trout and the kokanee are relatively high in the water column at this time, and the action must continue to be heard before they begin to fall. Now is a good time for the boats to leave if they do not have the fishermen with the fish so high in the water column. The kokanee dispersed on Sunday, and we worked from the Point on the island to the Eagle Point at a depth of 21 feet with the same equipment for four limits of the kokanee, freeing close to three other limits. The trout that can be captured is nowhere to be found, but we have focused on kokanee. "

Todd Wittwer of Guide Service returned to Shaver full time during the summer months, and said: "It has been easy to choose with 16 kokanee in the pot before 9 am, and we have been scoring with the Hoochie double shine of RMT in orange behind a Moonshine Sunburst 5.5-inch dodger, the Super Squid pink plankton behind a Moonshine dodger, or the white pearl squid behind a white Tsunami around 15 ft. We found a nice school near Sierra Marina, and the The kokanee bite is shaping very well, most kokanee measure about 13 inches, and can reach 16 inches at the end of the season, Bruce Marion, of The Boat Shoppe in Fresno, got a trophy rainbow 6 pounds with me this week. "

Tom Oliveira, of Tom Oliveira Fishing, said: "I took out the four Simonson brothers, and John, David, Rob and Joe fought on Saturday and Sunday and enjoyed the kokanee action. They limited the two days in kokanee of 13 inches and also got three rainbow of trophies of five hooks using MAG Tackle mini mag hoochie in orange with a 4.25 inch dodger in orange. "The fish are still at the top of 15 feet and the best places were the Shaver Marina to the Point and the island."

The shaver has gone up to 64 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 to both lakes, but the Dinkey Creek gate is open.

Call: Wishon RV Park 865-5361

Half Moon Bay

Rockfish 3 Striper 2 Surf Perch 2

The central coast of California is preparing once again for the reopening of the oceanic salmon season on May 18 after a three-week break, and the minimum length will drop from 24 to 20 inches for the rest of the season that ends October 31st. In the interim time period, some party boats have been running south below Pigeon Point, where the season is currently open, but the minimum size remains at 24 inches below Pigeon Point.

Captain Dennis Baxter of New Captain Pete passed under Pigeon Point on Saturday, May 11, and said: "Our salmon attempt today was not successful, although the anchovies and whales were thick in the 56 degree water. We use 4 pounds. The weights in the braided line go as deep as possible from the stern, and we chose another defeat after not biting at 10 am People say you make lemons with lemonade, so we found an excellent bite of rockfish, and the fish Olive was climbing in. "

The second captain, Michael Cabanas, of the Huli cat, has been making combined trips between the rockfish and the Dungeness crab during the closing of the salmon, and they are still picking up the limits of the Dungeness crab and the rockfish with the occasional ling cod.

Ankeney Street has also been fishing coastal rockfish, and on Saturday, May 10 they returned with 17 rockfish limits, 8 codfish to 12 pounds and a bonus halibut in beautiful ocean conditions.

Outside of Half Moon Bay Sport Fishing, in addition to reserving the New Captain Pete, the Riptide, the six-pack Sera Sera and the firm's ship, the Queen of the Hearts, will focus on salmon in local waters from from May 18 to the rest. of the season, but there will be one or two boats a day directed at rockfish.

Coastal fishermen working from Ocean Beach south of Half Moon Bay can find small legal stripers from 18 to 22 inches. Perch fishing stays solid with Lucky Craft Flash Minnows or Berkley Sand Worms.

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 3

Chris Arcoleo, Chris's Landing in Monterrey, said: "There have not been many changes for the salmon, but we have some northwest wind this week, and this should bring them from the depths." Mark my words, Julio is going to have lights here for the salmon. There are commercial salmon boats that arrive with 100 fish per day up to the south of Morro Bay, and these fish will go up to the coast at some point. Our local commercial fleet has been working south near Point Sur. At this time we are concentrating on the rockfish, while the salmon remains deep, and the Check Mate and Caroline returned with a combination of 40 limits of rockfish and 10 bac of ling. He said: "There are a number of boats working on the beaches at the moment, which tells me there are halibut there, but since there are no squids, the white sea bass is not close." There is still a lot of interest in bluefin tuna, and private boats have come from all over for the opportunity to capture one of these incredible species. There have been some boats with up to two bluefins, but it's not easy to hook or land big fish. "Chris has plenty of room this week for rockfish trips.

On the beaches, Mickey Clements, of Coyote Bait and Tackle, in Morgan Hill, said: "The beaches still produce perch with Berkley Sand Worms and Lucky Craft Flash Minnow 110, and the best action has been in Rio Del Mar, Sunset, and Beaches of Manressa ".

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 Rockfish 3 Leopard Shark 2 Sturgeon 2

La pesca de fletán dentro de la bahía sigue siendo increíble, y con las mareas retrocediendo esta semana, los puntajes deberían subir más que los niveles asombrosos que han alcanzado incluso con mareas menos.

El capitán Chris Smith, de The Pacific Dream, estaba en el Día de las Madres, y regresaron con 5 halibut de los límites con 55 halibut y 11 stripers para 20 pescadores.

Hablando de Loch Lomond Bait y Tackle, Keith Fraser llamó para promocionar la increíble mordida de mero en la bahía y dijo: "Vendimos las anchoas vivas, fundimos y lustramos el sábado debido a la demanda". La mordida estuvo buena el sábado a pesar de la marea negativa, pero se desaceleró un poco el domingo a pesar de las mejores mareas y el buen clima. Tendremos anchoas vivas, olores y brillos en los corrales el lunes ".

El capitán Bill Clapp, de Bill's Sport Fishing, sacó a Dave Erlweins, de San Leandro, y Haines Ely, de Fair Oaks, junto con su hijo, Simms, de la ciudad de Nevada, el sábado para un viaje en vivo. Clapp dijo: "Fuimos atacados por pequeños stripers en Treasure Island, y luego otra vez por Shaker Halbit fuera de Alameda, pero eliminamos algunas de las dos especies a la deriva de cebo vivo".

Fuera de Fish Emeryville, el nuevo Huck Finn ha contado un increíble 385 mero en siete viajes durante la semana pasada. El domingo, el New Huck Finn regresó con 50 fletanes y un bajo rayado para 26 pescadores, el Tigerfish anotó 20 bajos rayados y 7 fletanes para 10 pescadores en un viaje de medio día, el Pacific Pearl regresó con 7 halibut y 13 stripers a 10 libras por 12 pescadores en un viaje de ½ día, la C Gull II registró 22 contrabajos rayados y 7 halibut a 10 libras por 19 pescadores en un viaje de ½ día, y el lobo marino realizó prácticas de pesca de bacalao de 30 ling a 22 libras, 20 límites de rockfihs, y 2 anguilas Wolf para límites de todo para 30 pescadores.

El capitán Trent La pizarra de Bite Me Charters de Loch Lomond salió el sábado, e hicieron algunas desviaciones para el halibut fuera del puerto, liberando a varios agitadores antes de establecerse en el ancla para el esturión. Él dijo: "Había esturión con límite de ranura saltando a nuestro alrededor, pero no pudimos hacer que mordieran a nadie más que a los shakers".

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

San luis obispo

Rockfish 3 Surf perch 2

La temporada de Rockfish es la historia completa de los puertos del condado de San Luis Obispo, pero hay informes de una intensa actividad comercial de salmón en la bahía de Morro y en la costa de Point Lopez. Fuera de Patriot Sport Fishing en el puerto de San Luis, Phenix, Patriot y Flying Fish salieron el domingo con un total de 53 pasajeros por 81 bermellón, 50 de cobre, 10 Boccaccio, 347 surtidos de peces de roca, 38 Bolina y 1 cabezal para acompañar 4 ling cod a 8 libras. Kevin Rhea de Visalia tomó el premio mayor de 12 libras ling. Fuera de Morro Bay Landing, el Endeavour y Avenger salieron con 55 pescadores el domingo para 430 bermellones, 40 de cobre y 40 Bolina para ir con 28 a 22 libras. Fuera de Virg's Landing en Morro Bay, la Fiesta y Rita G estaban fuera. en viajes de 1/2 día y medio día con 35 pescadores por 280 bermellones, 10 surtidos, 30 de cobre, 15 de canario y 15 de Boccaccio para ir de 5 a 9,4 libras con el premio mayor que ganó George Hernández de Hanford. All ports are running a variety of trips in the coming weeks for rockfish/ling cod including overnight trips.

Call: Virg’s Landing 800-762-5263; Patriot Sport Fishing 805-595-4100


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

The shad run is in full swing in the Sacramento-Delta from Freeport upriver, and sturgeon action remains outstanding in Suisun Bay although few anglers are trying for the diamondbacks at this time of year. Largemouth bass are getting active in the north Delta, and the water is clearing in the Mokelumne River. Striped bass has been the only lacking species in the Sacramento-Delta region, but the linesides will be turning around for their journey back to the bay shortly, and the action should be hot along the West Bank towards Collinsville.

Alan Fong of the Fishermen’s Warehouse in Sacramento said, “Shad action is wide open from Freeport to the mouth of the Feather River, and we are selling lots of shad grubs. Anglers are using the grubs instead of the darts since they can set up with a sinker on the bottom like a surf rig with two grubs up the line. 4 or 5 ounces have been necessary to stay down right now, and the larger females have moved in along with the abundant early arrival of the smaller males. My nephew, Michael ‘Bub’ Fong, was in the north Delta this week throwing Jason Kincannon’s glidebaits, and he put together a 26-pound limit of largemouth bass including a big fish at 11.3 pounds. The bass are spawned out, and they are hungry.”

Few fishermen are targeting sturgeon right now as the halibut bite in San Francisco Bay has lured most anglers towards the bay, but the diamondbacks are still around and hungry. Sturgeon action should be good for the next few months for those willing to sit on the anchor.

Captain Joe Gamez of Golden State Sport Fishing was out on Captain Mike Funtanilla of Bend Ur Rod’s boat for 9 oversized and three slot limit sturgeon on Wednesday with plenty of other missed opportunities on salmon roe in Suisun Bay.

Tony Lopez of Benicia Bait reported shore anglers are still picking up legal sturgeon under the Benicia/Martinez Bridge with grass shrimp or pile worms.

When the wind is down, trollers will be able to work the West Bank from Rio Vista to Collinsville, and the downstream striped bass should be flooding through within the week.

Wind has been a constant factor on the San Joaquin-Delta, but largemouth bass is improving daily as the bass are moving into post-spawn, and striped bass are holding on with a variety of techniques. A salmon smolt release took place outside of Eddo’s Boat Harbor this week, but the big minus tide pushed many of the smolts downstream quickly.

Jeff Soo Hoo of Soo Hoo’s Sport Fishing was out on Mother’s Day with his children, and he said, “We put in over 30 stripers on the short trip either drifting minnows or spooning, and all of the linesides the past two days have been males. Some are spawned out while others are still milting. It is a different bite every day, but when you are on them, you are on them. We have either been drifting live bait or spooning when we see a concentration of stripers on the meter. We will stick around the Delta for stripers for a few more weeks before I head to the bay to run a party boat for Fish Emeryville for the summer.”

James Netzel of Tight Lines Guide Service will be wrapping up his operations out of Korth’s Pirate’s Lair this coming Thursday, and he said, “We were also out early on Mother’s Day, landing on a school of fish right off of the bat for 6 limits to 4 pounds within a short period of time drifting live minnows. We stuck around and caught and release for a few more hours before heading in at 11 a.m. The grade of fish was small, but we did pick up a striper at 9 pounds earlier in the week on a live bluegill.”

Clara Ricabal of Angler West TV was out with Rick Tietz, the manufacturer of Blade Runner spoons. They started off at Eddo’s for overall slow action for a few small stripers before heading up to the Mokelumne out of Wimpy’s Marina for some quality stripers on the Blade Runner spoons coated with Baitwaxx crayfish scent.

Also striped bass, Clyde Wands, shallow trolling expert, was also out on Tuesday, and he said, “It was a tough bite as we struggled for a few stripers to 23 inches. Dave Houston picked up an 8 pounder at the end of the day, but it was tough overall. The weeds around Eddo’s were heavy, and it made for difficult trolling so we tried a number of different areas, including False River.

For largemouth bass, Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, said, “The bass are getting active as there are a lot of fry in the water. The bass are focusing upon the fry, and they are in all stages of spawning as they are on beds, in spawn, and also in post-spawn modes. You can catch crankbait fish throughout the day, and spinnerbaits are working on windy days. Flipping a black/red Chigger Craw will catch the most fish, and there is a topwater bite as the water temperature is coming up as it is in the 60’s right now. There is no problem catching fish, but the bigger giants have been hard to find. We had had a few swirls, but overall the larger fish have been lethargic.”

Kris Huff of Stockton took the second Wednesday Night Shootout of the year held out of Ladd’s Marina in Stockton by a number of elite Delta bass fishermen. He said, “I walked away with the WIN during the Wednesday nighter in the Delta with just shy of 20 pounds with a big fish at 8.62. I am stoked about this win….. especially with the crowd that shows up..!!!!! "

Dan Mathisen of Dan Mathisen Outdoors hosted Saturday’s team circuit tournament out of Russo’s Marina, and he said, “We had limits over twenty pounds with the team of Harvey Pulliam and Jamond Andrews taking first place at 26.77 with a solid bag of 6-pound bass. The next two place teams came in above 22.50 pounds. I guided three days this past week, and the bass are in pre-spawn mode around Frank’s Tract. A big wave of largemouth bass will be spawning soon. Spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, punching the weeds, and plastics are all working. We have also picked up stripers to 8 pounds on Optimum’s Bad Bubba Shad swimbait.”

H and R Bait in Stockton reported Whiskey Slough and Eight Mile Road are the two top locations for bank fishermen west of Stockton, and Eight Mile has been kicking out some crappie on small minnows or minijigs. They continue to have a supply of fresh shad in the shop most days, but there is always plenty of frozen shad.

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, the 101 Bass out of Paso Robles held a tournament at the lake on Saturday, and a solid limit with over a 2-pound average was the winning bag. The spotted bass action has slowed a bit, but there is some topwater action with small poppers or similar baits in the mornings. The best bet is for white bass in the coves in the river arm with small white Roostertails or Kastmasters in the shallows in the mornings before dropping to 15 feet later in the day. There have been some large crappie to 2 pounds taken on minijigs near structure. The fuel dock is now selling fuel again from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The lake dropped slightly to 82 percent this week.

At San Antonio, the lake held at 41 percent, and the lake is open from Thursday to Sunday with plans to open seven days per week by the end of the month. Catfishing remains the best option with scented cut baits or nightcrawlers using no or minimal weight while the carp have invaded the shallows, making targeting the bass species difficult.

At Lopez Lake, the wind has been up over the past week, and anglers are scoring largemouth bass with smaller lures such as 4-inch plastics in shad-patterns or smaller spinnerbaits in the wind.

At Santa Margarita, the bass are primarily in post-spawn mode, and the best largemouth fishing has been happening with plastics on the drop-shot, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, and spinnerbaits. A decent grade of crappie are found around structure with minijigs. 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

Best Bass Tournaments: May 11 at McClure – 1, Vince and James Vella, 16.12 (Big Fish 6.84); 2, Bill and Mike Goodman, 15.07; 3, Michael and Matt Beevers, 13.72.

Dan Mathisen Outdoors: May 11 at Delta/Russo’s Marina – 1, Harvey Pulliam/Jamond Andrews, 26.77 pounds; 2, Andy Doudna/Andrew Kobayashi, 22.85; 3, Dave Tencati/Dale Shirley, 22.53.

101 Bass Tournaments: May 11 at Nacimiento – 1, Roger Haas/Randy Wilber, 11.58 (Big Fish 6.84); 2, Graham Grove/Brandon Colombo, 9.14; 3, Damon Meeks/Jay Short, 9.08.

Mother Lode Kayak Anglers: May 11 at Tulloch: 1, Tas Moua, 58.75 inches (Big Fish 23 inches); 2, Richard George, 55; 3, Kong Yang, 53.75.

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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