Fishing report for the week of May 8 to 14: good bites for valley bass, Sierra trout

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Millerton Lake Capture

Rico Robles brings a bass captured at Lake Millerton in April, to the delight (or horror?) Of the family aboard his boat. By

Rico Robles brings a bass captured at Lake Millerton in April, to the delight (or horror?) Of the family aboard his boat. By

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 fishermen of the delta in the great multispecies bite, said Alan Fong. Pine Flat and Millerton have constant bass contusions, Steve Newman reported. McClure and Don Pedro played bass, said Ryan Cook. McSwain's trout plants encourage action, Steve Marquette said. Epic Isabella's crappie bite continues, said Pete Cormier. Kokanee shaver and good trout action, 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

The northern section of the California Aqueduct is starting to play more, and Steve Newman of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said: "Most fishermen are working around the moving water in the floodgates near Highway 152, near of Los Banos, with big white ripbaits or hair breeders ".

In the southern section of the aqueduct in Kern County, Bob Batesfield's Pete Cormier reported that striped bass fishing remains solid with 7-inch Magnum paddles in 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

Bass 3 Trout 2 Bluegill 2 Catfish 2 Crappie 2

Steve Newman, of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis, said: "The contrabass bite is still good for some, while a fight for others. The bite has been so good over the past year that the recent slower action has been frustrating for some. Many fishermen are adopting a silent approach due to the upcoming River Rat tournament, but the 10-inch plastic worms, the Brush Hogs, the larger Senkos of 6 to 7 inches or the large insoles are effective on the tops and mounts of the islands. There is some early or late action with the wakebaits, and the spinnerbait bite is beginning to appear. The large mouth bass that conforms to high water levels can be one of the reasons for the challenging action. 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

Newman said: "Most fishermen are heading to nearby Eastman, but there has been a solid bite for the contrabass with templates or Senkos around the edges along with crankbaits on the deeper rock piles. The basses are feeding strongly in post-spawn mode. A small degree of shit is showing around the submerged dollar brush. The small basses run through the banks. " The lake remained at 66 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 2 King salmon 1 Crappie 2

The fat and healthy kokanee is an option, and Monte Smith, of Gold County Sport Fishing, was at the lake on Sunday, and said: "We had 11 kokanee at noon, and we had a triple hook, which was very exciting. They are fat and some of them barely weigh around 2 pounds to 15 inches, they are just beautiful fish, but they are scattered at depths of 26 to 57 ft. I have been handling little cigarettes or Uncle Larry spinners behind Sling Blade, and the scattered kokanee, you have to stay with him, we were not aiming at the rainbows, but our first fish of the day was a trout. "

For the bass, Ryan Cook, of Ryan Cook & # 39; s Fishing, said: "The topwater bite has just started when a new wave of bass has reached the shores." The lake is ready to depart this week, and Zach Schmidt Atwater caught and threw more than 100 bass at 4 pounds in ripbaits and flukes this week. "

The lake has increased from 82 to 86 percent.

Call: Monte Smith, Gold Country Sport Fishing 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, Bob & # 39; s Bait, in Bakersfield, reported a continuous crappie bite, although the action has slowed a bit since the action & # 39; hot red & # 39; absolute of the last three weeks. Cormier said: "The slabs appear in other places that are not south of Fork, and Rocky Point and Camp 9 are producing minjigs or live minows." We continued to sell dozens and dozens of small ones daily, as the banks lined up with 50 100 people directed to the slabs 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 of almost the boundaries of the slabs. as far as Sacramento or Los Angeles, and the action of the bank is as good as that of a boat with minijigs or small to medium-sized ones, the shallow ones have moved to shallow waters, and the deep diving crankbaits like the DD 22 of Norman in the depths work about 15 ft. The lake increased from 41 to 47. The upper river is blown with melted snow, but the lower river flows have slowed down since most of the water is Hold 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 Elite Cen Cal bass tournaments held a tournament on Saturday with 32 teams, and it was a feast or a famine with some big limits followed by a progressive lowering of one or two fish at the weigh-in. The lake is rising dramatically, arriving this week, from 68 to 75 percent, 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.

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 are in the pre-spawn mode, and the Senkos are working better together with the plastics for the bedfish. The climate and water temperature are ideal for spawning. Polarized glasses are a necessity at this time to see the fish in the beds, and the action of the bass is good to excellent. "The lake rose from 76 to 82 percent.

The seventh annual Warriors Day on the lake is May 18 on the South Tule ramp with veterans fishing on volunteer boats. For information and registration or to volunteer, contact Park Ranger Nicole Arbelo before May 16 at 559-784-0215.

On the Tule River, Stokke said: "The river was planted in Belknap, Coy Flat and Ferguson, and the river is now fishing, as it is falling and clearing. The anglers are using Power Bait, spinners, or night fishermen, while fly fishermen are using dry flies in a dropper along with Woolley Buggers. With high water, it's going to be a phenomenal season. "

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 is still the bright spot for the bass fishermen of Mother Lode, as the amount of stained bass is jumping on the boat.

Ryan Cook's Ryan Cook & # 39; s Guide Service pulled Mason Ferrulli out of Ripon along with his father, Kyle, and another young fisherman on Saturday to participate in the Lower Gold Country Youth Tournament, and each of the boys weighed a limit , selecting another dozen or so Fish each in the process. Cook said: "We had a less than ideal start when we launched without plugging the boat into the boat, and after this fiasco was relieved, I hit a log, cutting one of the blades in the prop, so we had to stop. The children still caught fish, and we finished in second place, which made up for the previous challenges.There is an excellent bite in the water within the first hour of the morning before going on to subsurface reaction baits. paddles, ripbaits and jerkbaits are working, and you do not have to fish more than 15 feet. "

Cook is organizing the next & # 39; Fishing McClure for Mason & # 39; at McClure on June 15 along with the Cen Cal Elite Bass Club and Mother Lode Kayak Fishing. The event will take place outside of Barrett's Cove South with an all-inclusive $ 200.00 entrance fee, including Big Fish, and the tournament will be limited to 80 boats. In addition to the event, we are organizing a large raffle, and some important items have already been donated, such as the AKC Labrador Retriever from Black Cloud Kennels, a fishing kayak donated by Douglas Goodman through Headwaters Kayaks in Lodi, and a Stage gun Stop at Atwater. We are looking for additional donations for the event, and information about registration or donations can be obtained through Cook at (559) 691-7008. Mason has had several surgeries and treatment for a brain tumor, but the fishing community has come together for his support.

Mike Gomez of Berserk Baits said: "You can capture between 50 and 100 basses at this time with plastics in the drop-shot, templates or 5-inch Senkos, and there is a good pitfall in the mornings with the River2Sea Rover in any Powder or bone The bass can be found from the edges up to 25 feet. "

Steve Marquette, of Lake McClure / McSwain Recreation Company, reported that shadows boil near McClure Point in the mornings and at night with the lows accumulating in 10 to 15 feet of water.

McClure has increased to 80 percent.

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

McSwain Reservoir

Steve Marquette, of Lake McSwain / McClure Recreation Company, reported that a Trout Farm Skull plant was produced this week, and Roostertails or Power Bait corn are working from shore while the trollers are scoring with Needlefish on the arm of the river, passing the Second Line of Fence. The camps have been full during weekends.

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 low spotting bite is very consistent with anglers reporting up to 35 fish in ripbaits with most points in the range of 1 to 1.5 pounds. The lows have only points on the main lake at depths of 5 to 15 feet. The numbers are less in the river, but there are some good basses that can be had with the supports, Hula Grubs, jigs, ripbaits, jerkbaits or plastics in a Neko Rig. The basses are aggressively striking reaction baits, and in the mornings there is a good bite in the water with 4 inch walking baits like Poppers or the River2Sea 95 Rover. Propulsion baits have been less effective. " The lake jumped from 57 to 64 percent.

Call: Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474

New melons / tulloch reservoir

Bass 3 Crappie 2 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.

Bass fishing is still good, and serious losses of up to 10.42 pounds have been reported this week. Super Spooks or the Little Stick ima are effective stormwater lures in the mornings before reaching the depths of 30 feet with Senkos on a crazy platform or plastics in the drop-shot. Most basses are in post-spawn mode. Trollers catch the large rainbow trout occasionally, and kokanee is still a future endeavor with few reports of landlocked salmon so far. Catfish are biting cut baits, while fish types move towards the structure while the lake balances the water releases with the inflow, and remains at 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 2 Kokanee 0 King salmon 0 Catfish 2 Crappie 3

Pine Flat remains one of the most important lakes for stained basses in the Central Valley, and the action has been stellar in recent weeks.

Steve Newman, of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis, said: "Pine Flat is our most productive lake in the area along with Millerton, and there are still some quality bass in beds at Pine Flat, but most are in post mode. -spawn. These fish are hanging near the falls, the piles of rocks and in open water near the planes at depths of 15 to 25 feet, and they are eating and recovering from spawning. Big plastics like Trick Worms on the Neko platform, bigger Senkos or trembling heads work better in these transitional areas. There are some reaction fish that come in the bottom. The lows on the river arm are more post-spawn and transient, and jerkbaits, ripbaits, and squarebill crankbaits are working for the river's low. The types of fish are becoming active around Trimmer, and are kept under trees or suspended. The fishermen are using 2 to 3 inch swimbaits with a tail along the ledges or on the trees, and they are counting around 5 to 7 counts before starting their recovery. We have not been selling so many bobber stops in the last few weeks. Many of our shitty fishermen are heading south towards Lake Isabella in search of numbers, and although the numbers are so impressive in Pine Flat, there have been some quality slabs. "The carp is kept in the low, grass-covered areas on the arm, and this is a good time for bow hunters to target these huge tents that weigh between 25 and 30 pounds."

Trout fishing has been slow for trollers, and most fishermen in the area climb the hill to Lake Shaver to make a rainbow. In the lower Kings River, trout continue, and Power Bait or salmon eggs are working in pocket water, while in the moving water there is a larger planter with heavy spoons like Kastmasters or Roostertail spinners. Some fishermen are reporting a very slow action around Winton Park.

Pine Flat rose from 63 to 69 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 continues to release water, and the striped bass has dispersed in response. There is a bite on the coast in the mornings or in the afternoons with jerkbaits or high water lures, but most fishermen are starting to troll again as they head to the sides of the line.

Steve Newman, from Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis, said: "We have been selling a lot of jerkbaits Duo Realis 120 in Ghost Minnow, along with a bright chartreuse with pink for the jerkbait bite early in the morning, and water lures. high are also working. We have not been selling much bait. "

Roger George of Roger's George Guide Service said he fished last Wednesday with guests Case Vyfhuizen and Mike and Rocky DeJager, all from the Chowchilla / Merced area. George said: "The sting of the trolling has definitely become harder in the fall of the water, but I could find some active schools that kept in waters more open than before at depths of 60 to 80 feet and hitting Lucky Crafts in silver colors. with 20 fish, many in the class of 21 to 24 inches, with the largest of 25. I had to almost hit the fish on the head to bite in. The fish are definitely moving to new areas. It was due to some previous commitments, I went back to explore for a couple of hours and ended up with seven more fish weighing around 10 pounds.I have had to work for all the fish lately.Several other fishermen told me they were getting 1 to 4 trolling fish, while the small ones were not happy with the slow and hard bite, the fish are also milking now.

Mickey Clements, of Coyote Bait and Tackle, in Morgan Hill, said: "It has not been too hot and heavy in San Luis, but a number of fishermen return to practice the trolling." We are selling a lot of small jumbo and pile worms for the fishermen of the coast. "

In O'Neill Forebay, the action of the striped bass is limited to small lines and of insufficient size that go from 8 inches to almost legal, and the algae begin to appear along the edges. The best bet has been to soak the bait around the rock walls. 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.

San Luis fell to 83 percent of capacity.

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

High Sierra

Under 3 Trout 3 Kokanee 3

The annual Bass Lake Chamber of Commerce, Trout Derby, was held last weekend, and a total of 73 tagged fish were delivered on Saturday. Bass fishermen begin to activate, and Kei Tech trunks with blue trout or trout patterns work when the water heats up after 10 am Spinners are effective around the docks, and the bass are in the process of starting spawn due to cooler water Temperatures in the lake. Jigs and Senkos are also productive. Todd Wittwer, of the Guidance Service, reported that Dean Uhrig landed a 6.5-pound rainbow in a flashing orange 4.4-inch Affordable Tackle starburst in front of a pink Triple Hoochie UV Triple P.

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 up to seven people per party from May 13 to June 3. The cost is $ 125 per night per person.

Edison rose to 22 percent, Florence is also rising to 17 percent, and Mammoth Pool has an excess capacity of 102 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 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 Trout Project Shaver Lake Trophy said: "We launched the first of our two plants last week, and there will be another plant later in the season.

Funding for the plants was raised during our annual Athletes Dinner in August. I opened my guide's season 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 Madera, captured and launched two 3 and 5 pound brown trout and threw 20 kokanee at 16 inches. In the first five days of the season, we captured or captured and released 112 kokanee and trout with 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 feet. My Mountain Hoochies in pink, pink or orange champagne with shoepeg corn scented 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 here 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 4 limits of the kokanee, releasing near 3 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 was easy to choose with 16 kokanee in the boat before 9:00 am, and we have been scoring with the RMT Double Glow Hoochie 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 dodger around 15 ft. We found a nice school near Sierra Marina, and the kokanee bite is shaping up nicely, most kokanee are about 13 inches long, and can reach 16 inches by the end of the season, Bruce Marion of The Boat Shoppe in Fresno got a rainbow 6-pound trophy 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 in the top 15 places and the best places were the Shaver Marina to the Point and the other side of 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; Rancheria Marina 893-3234; Shaver Lake Sports Inc. 841-2740; Tom Oliveira Fishing 802-8072; Steve Santoro Fish Box Charters 871-3937

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 early June.

Call: Wishon RV Park 865-5361

Half Moon Bay

Fish Rock 3 Striper 2 Crab 3

With the local salmon season closed, Gato Huli went fishing with the Disabled Veterans of Menlo Park on a trip sponsored by the Costa Rican Fishing Club. They ended with 19 limits of minnow and Dungeness crab. Huli's cat is making combined trips between rockfish and crab throughout the salmon seal.

Ankeney Street brought out 25 fishermen on Sunday for the limits of cod and 240 rockfish along with 3 cabezon. It was a constant selection of bottom inhabitants along the coastal reefs.

The ships will continue to work on the local reefs until the salmon season reopens on May 18.

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

The big news was the presence of bluefin tuna along the western edge of the Monterey Canyon, and there have been some landed in cedar plugs or poppers. The water temperature is in the range of 56.5 to 57 degrees. Troy, of Chris's Landing in Monterey, took out his 17-foot Boston Whaler on Sunday to burn 60 gallons of fuel in search of a blue fin. He said: "I went everywhere, but we did not find anything." There have been pretty and yellowtail landed by commercial salmon trollers.A commercial boat picked 31 yellow tail from 6 to 8 pounds.The salmon has deepened with low pressure, and We expect it to rise again when the pressure increases once more on Tuesday. "

On Monday, Bayside Marine and Go Fish Santa Cruz Charters came together for a bluefin trip to the Grand Canyon, and they saw jumpers all the way, ending up hooking three, landing a bluefin tuna.

From Chris' fishing trips in Monterey, two boats went fishing on Sunday and Check Mate headed south to Point Sur for 20 limits of cod and rockfish, while Caroline stayed local for 23 limits of rockfisih and 6 lings. Your next salmon trip is Tuesday.

On the beaches, Mickey Clements, of Coyote Bait and Tackle, in Morgan Hill, said: "The beaches still produce perch for surfing and occasional striped bass, but the holes have changed after the big waves this winter. Rio Del Mar, Sunset and Manressa have been the best beaches. "

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

San Francisco Bay

White Sea Bass 2 Halibut 3 Striper 2 Rockfish 3 Leopard Shark 2 Sturgeon 2

Live bait is available in the San Francisco bait receiver, and the halibut action in the first weekend of the bait was stellar. Captain Joel Sinkay left Sunday with his son, Danny, and Stephanie Scott, and tested against white seabass around Treasure Island after four seabasses were taken to Loch Lomond Marina on Saturday. The wind blew strongly, so they hid in Paradise for a pair of 24-inch legal halibut with lustres from Loch Lomond.

Captain Trent Slate of Bite Me Charters of Loch Lomond was in the water on Saturday for six halibuts and a striped bass with several opportunities that were lost from live bait near Paradise in San Pablo Bay.

The "Battle of the Brothers" was held on Saturday, and the Smith Brothers, plus a son / nephew, participated in a halibut shooting with live bait. The action was stellar, and Pacific Dream, California Dawn and Happy Hooker returned with great scores. The eldest brother, Chris Smith, took the trophy with 60 halibut in the Pacific Dream, beating his younger brother James for 4 halibut that ended with 56 flatfish. Jonathan also had a great day for his passengers too.

The action was a bit slower on Sunday, but Chris Smith put his clients in the Pacific Dream with 44 halbit and 11 double bass. He said: "This new boat is moving very well, and we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the live bait."

Smith made his first rockfishing trip to the Farallones on Friday, and although the current was tearing, the rockfish bit once the current receded. Dan Wulff from Manteca returned with his limit of quality rock fish and a single ling.

Captain Joey Gamez of Golden State Sport Fishing and Mike Funtanilla of Bend Ur Rod Sport Fishing made their first halibut trip of the season on Sunday, with good results for a few 19-pound flatfish along with the release of 30 halibut of smaller size.

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 obispo

Rockfish 3 Surf perch 2

La temporada de Rockfish está en pleno apogeo, y los límites a los límites cercanos son la regla en los viajes de un día completo. Fuera de Patriot Sport Fishing en Port San Luis, el Phenix, Patriot y Flying Fish salieron el domingo con un total combinado de 61 pasajeros por 147 bermellón, 76 de cobre, 18 Boccaccio, 183 peces de roca, 40 Bolina, 3 cabezon, 8 canario, y 5 peces de árbol para ir con 5 ling bacalao a 12 libras. Kevin Rhea de Visalia tomó el premio mayor de 12 libras ling. Fuera de Morro Bay Landing, el Endeavour y el Avenger salieron con 33 pescadores el domingo para 330 peces de roca bermellón junto con 18 a 14 libras con Dave Johnson de Bakersfield ganando el premio mayor. Fuera del desembarco de Virg en Morro Bay, la Fiesta salió el lunes con 19 pescadores en los límites de peces de roca compuestos por 180 bermellones y 10 Boccaccio a 7 libras. Nick Bishop de Springville se llevó el premio gordo con el gran Boccaccio. Todos los puertos están realizando una variedad de viajes en las próximas semanas para el bacalao / bacalao, incluyendo viajes nocturnos.

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

Delta / Stockton

Bass 3 American shad 3 Striper 3 Sturgeon 3 Catfish 2 Bluegill 2

El agua alta en el Sacramento-Delta se está despejando, y la carrera de sábalo estadounidense está en pleno apogeo en el norte del Delta. La acción del contrabajo es solo una cuestión de tiempo antes de que se desate de manera importante en este lado del Delta, y a pesar de que hay menos pescadores que se dirigen a las especies antiguas, el esturión sigue siendo espeso en la Bahía de Suisun.

Johnny Tran, de New Romeo's Bait and Tackle en Freeport, dijo: “El sábalo está aquí, y los barcos están alineados cerca del Freeport Bridge para tirar el sábalo con pesas de una a dos onzas, y los pescadores del banco están lanzando dardos o larvas . Los stripers también están en el río, y los gusanos apilados, los gusanos de sangre o las sardinas cubiertas con spray de ajo están trabajando para los lados de la línea mientras que los trollers están tirando de señuelos de buceo profundo. Unos pocos esturiones también están siendo capturados incidentalmente por pescadores striper ”.

Alan Fong, del Almacén de los Pescadores en Sacramento, publicó un informe similar: “La pesca de la sombra está descolgada en este momento en todo el sistema de Sacramento / Feather River, y estamos vendiendo muchos dardos de color rosa o champán. El río está cayendo y los pesos de ½ a 3 onzas funcionan dependiendo de su ubicación en el río. Normalmente me gusta usar un equipo de tiro con dos ganchos con un líder de 10 pies para encontrar a qué profundidad está sujetando el sábalo. Una vez que encuentre la profundidad correcta con el peso correcto, obtendrá un gancho para cada lanzamiento. El río americano es lento para el sábalo, ya que este río es tradicionalmente el último en saludar al sábalo ".

Jeff Boyle, de Bass Pro Shops en Manteca, salió con Steve Wirfs de Modesto el viernes, comenzaron a trolear en el río Sacramento desde la isla Brannan, y encontraron una acción lenta con el agua manchada antes de ir al San Joaquin para Excelente arrastre de striper.

Para el esturión, el capitán Steve Mitchell, de Hook'd Up Sport Fishing, se está preparando para llevar su bote, el Top Gun, a la Marina de Berkeley, pero como está esperando que se completen sus asientos, sacó un viaje de halibut previamente reservado a El suelo de esturión en el Big Cut el domingo. Mitchell dijo: “Fue un viaje épico en el que un barco de esturión con límite de ranura para todos los que se encontraban en el bote para 4 esturiones legales junto con un gran tamaño liberado. El viento soplaba con fuerza, pero pudimos instalarnos en el Big Cut. There are only a few six-packs left in the Delta as most everyone is in the bay, but the sturgeon bite is really, really good right now. We started off in the Little Cut, but I didn’t like the looks of the numbers of fish so we motored into the Big Cut and found them there on salmon roe.”

Tony Lopez of Benicia Bait reported grass shrimp has been popular along with pile worms, and sturgeon fishing has been good from the banks under the Benicia/Martinez Bridge.

The dropping and clearing water levels in the Sacramento River should only bode well for the coming weeks for striped bass as they are moving both up and down the system.

The wind blew again on Sunday, making for difficult conditions on the Delta, but striped bass and largemouth bass fishing remains solid.

For striped bass, Clyde Wands, shallow trolling expert was out earlier in the week in the wind, and they stayed in the San Joaquin due to the breeze. He said, “A few guys tried trolling on the Sacramento River side, but the wind was too bad. I know of one striper taken behind Decker Island, but we were in the San Joaquin for a few quality fish including a 12-pound lineside released in addition to an 8-pound lineside that swallowed the lure so deep that it’s gills were bleeding. We were unable to release this fish. Every other day has been a good day.”

Jeff Boyle of Bass Pro Shops in Manteca was out with Steve Wirfs of Modesto on Friday, and after finding slow action on the Sacramento side, they motored over to the San Joaquin. Wirfs said, “The bite was slow in the morning, but we grinded it out and were rewarded with two limits to 12 pounds. Boyle took us to a number of locations and we went deep and shallow before finding actively biting fish.”

Jeff Soo Hoo of Jeff Soo Hoo’s Sport Fishing out of Laurtizen’s Yacht Harbor in Oakley cancelled on Sunday due to the high winds, and he said, “We have been finding great action on every trip until Saturday where we couldn’t mark stripers where they have been consistently for the past weeks. This was the first time that we haven’t marked a significant number of stripers, and they moved overnight. I had one client, and we had three keepers right off of the bat, releasing two small keepers in anticipation of a larger fish, and it took until 1:00 p.m. to pick up the second keeper. We ran all over and tried slow-trolling minnows and drifting minnows as the concentration of fish was not enough to spoon. Previously, we found good action at the end of the week with 4- or 5-inch Bad Bubba Shad swimbaits in pearl. They bite when they want to bite, and we found a bit of a topwater bite in the morning along with the swimbaits.”

For largemouth bass, Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, was out earlier this week when it was the coldest day of the week in the 50’s. He said, “The bass are in all three stages, but you have to slow down and let the bait sit there. If you rush it, you may land the occasional big one, but your numbers will be limited. This time of year, the reaction bite should be on, but the bass are only chasing bluegill or shad fry out of their territory and not fully committing to biting. We did find some topwater Little Stick fish in the early morning, but it is best to use the General, Chigger Craw, or Power Worm with Max Scent at just make multiple casts to an area where you believe there are bass. You have to let the bait just sit there. Once the temperatures become stable, the bite will be on!”

Dan Mathisen of Dan Mathisen Outdoors was out this week, and he said, “It was windy today, but the bass bite has been good with Dee Thomas landing a 12-pound largemouth while out with his son-in-law. He is recovering from heart surgery at 81 years old, and he has oxygen ports and handrails all over his boat, but he is still out there doing it. Striped bass in the 10- to 12-pound range are being taken by trollers near Rio Vista and also from the railroad bridge on the San Joaquin in the main channel towards Discovery Bay. This means there must be some stripers in the Grantline Canal as well. P-Line Predator Minnows or Yozuri Crystal Minnows in chartreuse are working best. My former shop, Dan’s Delta Outdoors is now Dave’s Outdoors, and it opened on Wednesday with a soft opening, but there will be a grand opening in June when we have our Pro/Am on the 2nd. Our next team tournament out of Russo’s is May 11th.”

Mike Gomez of Berserk Baits participated in the Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge at Russo’s Marina over the weekend, and he said, “The wind on Sunday made for very difficult conditions. I came in a few ounces of sitting in the chair on Saturday, and I threw a Flappin’Hog all day. My brother Mark of Turlock came in second during one weigh in on Saturday with a 6.22-pound largemouth on a chatterbait.”

Jeff Huth was the emcee for the Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge, and he reported close to 200 participants along with 10 juniors. He said, “The weights reflected the typical Delta conditions with wind. We had six separate weigh ins every day with cash prizes between $150 to $50 with the winners of each of the weigh ins qualifying for the Super 12. Each of the 12 anglers in the Super 12 received an envelope, and they opened them at the same time. Sal Flores of Oakley was the winner of the grand prize of $5000.”

Vince Borges of Vince Borges Outdoors was out fly fishing on Sunday in preparation for the Costa Bass N’ Fly tournament, and he said, “Bass fishing was tough on the fly, but we got into some huge bluegill and red ear perch up to 11 inches. He said, “It has been typical spring in the Delta with some days with limits over 30 pounds and a tougher bite the following day. If you want to sight fish, this is a good time to go, and we have been scoring with the Reaction Innovation’s Skinny Dippers, Mega Bass’s Magdraft, and the Yozuri Ninja Glide. The bass are in all stages of the spawn.”

H and R Bait in Stockton reported Whiskey Slough has been the top location for bluegill and striped bass in the area along with Eight Mile Road for bluegill. They are receiving up to 70 pounds of fresh shad on the weekends with deliveries during the week as well. The size of the shad range from trout-sized baits up to mega 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 3

At Nacimiento, the Best Bass Tournaments held a tournament at the lake on Saturday, and a solid limit with over a 2.5-pound average was the winning bag. The surface temperature of the lake has risen, and the best action is in the mornings and evenings as there is a topwater bite with small Poppers. After the morning bite is over, dropping to the bottom with plastics on the drop-shot, Neko rig, or shakey head is most effective. Catfish are hitting cut baits coated with scent while bluegill and red ear perch are found around structure with red worms or meal worms. White bass are still in the river arm and coves, and small white Roostertails or Kastmasters are still the best bet. The fuel dock is now selling fuel again from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The lake dropped slightly to 84 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. Bass fishing remains slow while carp have moved into the shallows.

At Lopez Lake, the reaction bite has slowed considerably, and the best action is found by working jigs or plastics in crawdad patterns. A breeze is necessary for the reaction bite to occur, and spinnerbaits or chatterbaits are effective when the wind is blowing. Crappie jigs are working for slabs around submerged brush while bluegill are taken on red worms or meal worms.

At Santa Margarita, there is a reaction bite for the best quality of largemouth bass with crankbaits, spinnerbaits, or ripbaits before going to the bottom with plastics on the drop-shot. 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

Ocean, Delta, Kern and Central Coast

Go to for reports

American Bass Association: April 27 at Isabella – 1, Randy McAbee Jr./Mason McAbee, 31.92 pounds (Big Fish 8.28); 2, Randy McAbee Sr./Clark Small, 20.01; 3, John Van Rensselaer/Brett Ege, 18.47.

Best Bass Tournaments: May 4 at Nacimiento – 1, John Jr. and Erik Zillig, 12.31 (Big Fish 4.59); 2, Robert Gardner/Sheldon Waters, 10.56; 3, Wyatt Debusk/Brandon Medieros, 10.02.

Cen Cal Elite Bass Tournaments: May 4 at Kaweah – 1, Jaydon and Lucien Durdanad, 13.14; 2, George Rosales/Ray Grammer, 12.28 (Big Fish 9.39); 3, Kyle Manes/Terry Hamlin, 11.24.

Kerman Bass Club: May 4 at Hensley – 1, Luigi Bianchi, 13.15 (Big Fish 3.98); 2, Ron Orbaker, 12.19; 3, Darren Graef, 11.98.

Yak-A-Bass Northern California: May 4 at Lake Berryessa (Five Fish Limits) – 1, Brandon Miller, 96 inches; 2, Rindy Her, 92.25; 3, Greg Blanchard, 92.25.

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

Trout plants

Week of May 12 by California Department of Fish and Wildlife:

Kern County: Kern River sections 4-5

Tulare County: Kern River sections 5-6

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