Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Fishing Weekend SHOUT OUT! 1-18-2012


LAKES
ANDERSON: Bass fishing has been good for those throwing jigs or drop-shoting. Bass are scattered but 15 feet deep is a good place to start. 408-463-0711.
BERRYESSA: Minnow bite for trout is decent. It's not easy, but if anglers put in their time, trout can be caught. Capell Cove is popular. Pope Bridge and Putah Bridge also are good spots. Catfish get active in the north end after a rain. Keep that in mind this weekend. Shad, crayfish or shrimp will attract cats. 916-502-3474, 707-372-7599.
CALERO: Bass bite is slow, but try the main lake points with darter-heads, spinnerbaits or jigs. 408-268-3883, 408-463-0711.
CHABOT: Big trout of the week was a 7-pounder. Best shoreline spots have been Indian Cove, Alder Point and Raccoon Point. Trollers are going toward Raccoon Point and into Half Moon Bay. 510-247-2526.
CHESBRO: It has been crowded, but the bite has been so-so. 408-358-3741, 408-463-0711.
CONTRA LOMA: Fishing has been good. Trout are biting at the boat ramp and the Channel Point dock. Use night crawlers or any flavor Power Bait. Catfish have been biting with night crawlers, shrimp or chicken liver at

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numerous spots around the lake. 510-544-3154-3153.
DEL VALLE: Water temperature is 50 degrees. Best action is in the lower narrows and the East Beach. Swallow Bay is worth exploring. Best Power Bait colors are white, chartreuse, rainbow and spring Green followed by 3-inch Floating Trout Worms in white, chartreuse, pink shad or bubble gum. Kastmasters and Rapalas seem to be the best lures of late. 925-449-5201.
LAFAYETTE: The trout bite was excellent early in the week and then dropped off for a few day, only to pick up again in the last few days. Big fish of the week was a 7.4-pound trout caught by Cory Smith of Walnut Creek in the south end from a boat. Night crawlers, powerbait and rapalas were reported to be working well when the fish are biting. A plant from Mount Lassen goes in this week. 925-284-9669.
LEXINGTON: Bass aren't big, but anglers have been getting good numbers of fish drop-shoting or tossing 3/8-ounce jigs. 408-463-0711.
LOS VAQUEROS: Striped bass bite is good but has faded a bit. Shore anglers get five to 20 fish per day. Most are 5 to 8 pounds. Some are in the 10-pound class. Some days are better than others, but fish are being caught every day. 925-371-2628, 925-371-5056.
McALPINE: Trout take Power Bait and night crawlers. Long leaders three to four feet are best. There will a trout plant later in the week. 831-623-4263.
QUARRY LAKES: Trout bite has slowed. Anglers get a few here and there but nothing big. Best fish of the week was a 7-pound catfish caught by Fred Martinez of Newark. A plant of 750 pounds of trout from Mount Lassen went in Tuesday. 510-544-3130.
SAN LUIS RESERVOIR: Use live jumbo minnows, sardines, small swimbaits and ripbaits. Dinosaur Point has been a good spot, but that changes as the fish are cruising. 408-463-0711.
SHADOW CLIFFS: There haven't been a lot of limits, but a handful of trout in the 7-pound class are being caught. A 7-pound catfish was caught from the third dock. A trout plant is expected this week. 510-544-3230.
UVAS: Bass fishing is hit and miss. Be patient and fish slowly. 408-463-0711.
DELTA
ANTIOCH: A few sturgeon are being caught from Humphrey's Pier and Sherman Lake. The striped bass being caught are small. 925-706-7400.
BENICIA: Some sturgeon are being caught from the Mothball Fleet and Big Cut. Eel and roe will get attention. Bite has slowed over the last week. There are straggler striped bass in Montezuma Slough and Big Cut. Some are 15 to 20 pounds. Live bullhead is best. 707-745-4921.
FRANKS TRACT: Black bass bite is tough. A good day is a half-dozen fish. Crankbaits or ripbaits such as Lucky Craft Pointers and Alabama rigs work best. Cold weather will send the bass into deeper water. 925-625-2441.
PITTSBURG: Few are trying, but there is a good sturgeon bite at PG&E, Chain Island and Big Cut. Stripers are small -- best are 6 to 7 pounds. Doh from Dockside Bait went out Monday and caught seven striped bass in less than three hours. 925-252-0151.
RIO VISTA: Small striped bass in the 25-inch class are taking mudsuckers and pile worms from Sandy Beach and the dock off Main Street. Boat anglers are getting sturgeon from Cache Slough. 707-374-2372, 916-777-6498.
TRACY: The Tracy Bass Amateur Tournament will be held Sunday. Call for information. Crappie bite has been best thing going lately. Tracy Oasis Marina 209-835-3182.
RIVERS
NAPA: Sturgeon bite is good in the lower river. Larger stripers take live mudsuckers. The expected rain should push sturgeon throughout the system. Oversized fish in the 90- and 80-inch range were caught recently in the south end of the river. 707-255-5544.
RUSSIAN: The mouth is open and steelhead have been coming in. The lower river has attracted the attention of anglers, as has Johnson's Beach. Rain will change this. Call first. 707-869-2156.
SALTWATER
CAPITOLA: Pier anglers get sand soles, kingfish and the occasional perch. Not enough to fill a bucket but a good way to spend a day. 831-462-2208.
MONTEREY: Sand dab fishing is great with flat ocean conditions. Crab limits have been steady. 831-375-5951, 831-372-7440.
PACIFICA: Crabbing improved greatly last week from the pier. The reason? Hard to say. But the results are in the bucket. Water has been clean and clear. A few stripers have been caught from Rockaway Beach and the Pier. Perch fishermen at Mussel Rock also caught a few. Biggest was 26 inches. 650-355-8303, 650-359-9790.
SAN FRANCISCO: Most of the action in the South Bay has been on sharks and rays. Sturgeon fishing has slowed. Boaters have had decent sturgeon action at Coyote Point and further south at the San Mateo Bridge. 650-589-3474, 510-703-4148.
SAN PABLO BAY: It has been slow, but a couple of anglers Tuesday reported back to Loch Lomond caught sturgeon east of the Pumphouse in 10 feet of water. There are a few striped bass in the area. Tickets are available for the highly regarded seminar "Sturgeon Fishing in Bay Area Waters" on Feb. 4 at the Marin Rod & Gun Club. Cost is $5. Call for details. 415-456-0321.
SUISUN BAY: Sturgeon bite has slowed. Best results are at the east end of the Mothball Fleet, second row of ships and the Glomar. Best baits are grass shrimp. Some combine eel or pile worms with grass shrimp. 925-229-9420.

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