The Delta: On the Sacramento River, the sturgeon bite is still happening in Cache Slough, Rio Vista Bridge and the Power Lines, using roe, using shrimp baits, and pile worms.
Two locals reported doing very well for stripers around the Rio Vista Bridge using Rebels in chartreuse with red heads. Other anglers are trolling from Decker Island up to the Isleton area, using both deep-diving and shallow-diving Rebels, Predators and Bombers in bright colors.
Bait fishermen are concentrating in the areas of the mouth of Broad Slough, Sherman Island and Decker Island, using shad, anchovies and sardines.
On the San Joaquin River, trollers are fishing the areas of upper Lombardi Shoals and Santa Clara Shoals, using Rebels, deep-diving Predators and Yo-Zuris.
Bait fishermen are using anchovies and sardines in the areas of Lombardi Shoals and Santa Clara Shoals. Fish are running up to 10 pounds.
Black Bass anglers have done very well this past week on Senkos and pitching crawdad type baits.
Pardee: Trolling for kokanee near the main body and the river is producing limits, using Mr. Kokanee Spinners, Uncle Larry’s Lures, Mag Tackle micro Hoochies in Pink and Orange behind Sling Blade Dodgers and Vance’s Dodgers, and GVF Dodgers. Best depths are 15-40 feet.
Bank fishermen are using Berkley PowerBait in garlic-flavored rainbow and straight garlic flavors. They are also casting from the shore with Kastmasters and Wooly Buggers behind a bobber.
Don Pedro: Trollers for salmon are working the dam area and Middle Bay rolling shad, pulling No. 3 Needlefish in shad patterns at 60-90 feet.
Anglers are working hard to catch kokanee in the Jenkin’s Hill and Middle Bay areas, using Mag Tackle Hoochies, Mr. Kokanee spinners, GVF spinners behind GVF Dodgers. Best depths are 15-45 feet.
Trout are coming from the dam area, using Needlefish, Rapalas and Uncle Larry’s Spinners with a nightcrawler. Best depths are 25-30 feet.
Bass and largemouth are best using Senkos, Robo worms and Crankbaits.
Lake Camanche: Anglers this past week were very successful using grubs, Speedy Shiners, and Rapalas, trolling at 15-25 feet, mainly in the main lake.
Bass fishing has been good this past week on Robo Worms. Best colors reported are Aaron’s Magic, Morning Dawn and green colors. Best areas have been on the points and in the coves. Fish are on the spawn.
New Melones: Ron Byes caught limits of kokanee using orange and pink Hoochies with garlic and anchovie scents, trolling down to 50 feet in the afternoon. Larry Rayburn and two of his buddies did great trolling for kokanee last Sunday, using micro hoochies in orange, blue and white behind Vance’s Dodgers and Sling Blades.
Trout anglers are trolling the main body of the lake from Black Bart to the spillway. Best depths are 15-30 feet, using Rapalas F7s, F9s, and Speedy Shiner spoons in copper colors.
Bait fishing has slowed down due to the warming of the water.
Bass anglers are drop-shotting and working jigs off the bottom. Best colors are crawdad and green pumpkin. The bass bite is wide open.
Ocean: The bite is wide open in the areas of Monterey, Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay. Many anglers are back at the docks with their limits by 9 a.m. They are using FBRs with anchovies and herring, Apexes in watermelon, blue and chrome behind Sep’s or Hot Spot’s Watermelon Dodgers. Others report using anchovies, Krocodiles and Brad’s Super Cut Plugs. Hot scents are krill, anchovie and herring.
• LAKE DON PEDRO — Guide Monte Smithfished the lake four days last week and had spectacular action for king salmon. Smith rolled shad at 85 to 95 feet to catch (and release) 33 kings and two rainbows on Friday and 13 kings on Sunday. His Friday clients were there to learn techniques for catching kings, so they didn't keep the fish. Kings have been running to 3 pounds, and a 7.2-pounder was taken Monday on a Shasta Tackle Wiggle Hootchie at 35 feet. Smith keeps his shad as cold as possible before baiting up, burying in the bait in ice. For bass, Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford said the fish are on the beds but will bite on pearl white 3-inch Hydra tube baits by Damiki. Drop shotting or brown jigs have also worked. Trout fishing from the banks is good, and anglers are soaking live minnows under a bobber for trout and bass. Power Bait, night crawlers or Kastmasters are also working. Tuolumne County high country streams will be planted this week in preparation for Saturday's stream opener. Call:Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne (209) 586-2383; Gary Vella (209) 652-7550; The Bait Barn (209) 874-3011.
• McCLURE RESERVOIR — Bass fishing is the top draw, and Diana Mello of A-1 Bait in Snelling reported good action on Keeper Worms in purple ghost, Senkos in green pumpkin/black flake Senkos, live minnows or live crawdads. They have been selling at least 60 dozen crawdads each weekend day. Manny Basi touted the Damiki Hydra pearl white 3-inch tube bait lure for plucking bass off their beds. There are fewer trout fishermen, but mixed limits of kokanee and rainbows have been taken on blade/crawler combinations in deeper water near the dam. Trout have also been biting in the river below the dam near the Mill Pond. The Mike Van Guilder Sr. Tournament is Saturday. Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505, Bub Tosh (209) 404-0053.
• McSWAIN RESERVOIR — More than 600 anglers took part in the Merced Irrigation Trout Derby over the weekend, and 14 tagged fish were caught. The big trout weighed 49.5-ounces.Stephanie Powell of the marina said most of the action was from the banks, especially around the handicapped docks. The new Berkley Garlic Power Eggs or Power Bait in garlic or rainbow/garlic have been the top baits from the banks. Trollers are using night crawlers behind a copper or silver flasher in small oval patterns such as a Sep's Sidekick or Crystal Basin's Wild Things. Tasmanian Devils are working in the main river channel's open water. The best action has been upriver from the floating restrooms to the dam. A trout plant is scheduled for next Wednesday. Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534.
• NEW MELONES RESERVOIR/TULLOCH LAKE — Trout trolling has improved with the weather and the trout are moving into open water off the banks. Guide Danny Layne put Sonora residents Ed Brandi and Bob Edwards onto easy limits of kokanee and trout using Uncle Larry's spinners at 10 feet on Friday. Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp said bank anglers are catching 2 to 3 rainbows each off points using Power Bait, Power Eggs or with night crawlers with a marshmallow. Robert Gallegos of Oakdale landed an 11½-pound brown trout rolling shad at 48 feet in the main lake. Anglers are using Apex, Needlefish, Wedding Rings, Rapalas and Hootchies in bright colors. The water is stained, so brighter colors are working best at 10 to 15 feet in the main lake or the river arm. Night fishing has been picking up withPower Bait or minnows under a submersible light near the spillway or under the Stevenot Bridge. Lewis said kokanee are starting to school up and becoming aggressive, but they're still small. During Saturday's Nor-Cal tournament, Alex Niapas and Jerry Harvey weighed in a huge limit of 38 pounds, including two fish over 12 pounds. Steve and Rylie Vantz of Modesto landed an 11¼-pound largemouth on a greenpumpkin Senko in Glory Hole Cove. Bank anglers have been walking the shoreline catching fish on soft plastics. It is time for fish to spawn. Wacky or Texas-rigged Senkos in green pumpkin and jigs are the top techniques, but reaction baits are starting to work. Lewis asks anglers to release any largemouth they catch since they are increasingly scarce. This is prime time for crappie with small minnows or minijigs in submerged willows in Bear orCarson Cove working. Call: Glory Hole Sports (209) 736-4333; Monte Smith (209) 581-4734;Danny Layne (209) 586-2383; Sierra Sport Fishing (209) 599-2023.
• SAN LUIS RESERVOIR / O'NEILL FOREBAY — The lake is very full, and stripers can be found off the banks at Dinosaur Point, Basalt Recreation Area and Portuguese Cove with swimbaits, RatLTraps and flukes. Vic Trinh of Coyote Bait in Morgan Hill said boaters are finding stripers with spoons or jumbo minnows near the trash racks. Forebay action is slow. Call: Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711.
• DELTA — John Badger of Barbarian Sport Fishing went sturgeon fishing Friday and Saturday in Suisun Bay and released an 80-inch oversized at Buoy 2 to go with a 61-inch keeper caught Friday. Saturday's action was even better with keepers of 65, 57 and 53 inches at the Horseshoe. In the San Joaquin River, striper action is best with swimbaits in the Antioch area around Sherman Lake and surrounding cuts. Alan Fong at the Fishermen's Warehouse in Sacramento reported excellent largemouth fishing in the San Joaquin system with bass at 9½ and 7 pounds taken on Senkos last week. He is filming a show for Comcast on how to rig Yamamoto baits for the upcoming Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge on May 19-20. Call: Randy Pringle (209) 543-6260; Jolly Jay's Guide Service (209) 478-6645; Mark Delnero (209) 367-4665.
• HALF MOON BAY — The epicenter of the California salmon world is off the coast in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties. Capt. Dennis Baxter of the New Captain Pete scored 21 limits to 23 pounds plus a crew fish Saturday near Ano Nuevo. Baxter said it was a big concentration of fish and nearly everyone there had early limits. Friday, Baxter put in nine limits in 45 fathoms off Pigeon Point.The blessing of the Half Moon Bay fleet will be Monday at 1 p.m. Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Huck Finn Sport Fishing Center (650) 726-7133; Don Franklin, Soleman (510) 703-4148.
• MONTEREY/SANTA CRUZ — Chris Arcoleo of Chris's Landing called it "an absolute massacre" for salmon on Friday and Saturday with the Star of Monterey tied up back at the docks by 10:30 a.m. with 34 limits — despite a 90-minute run to the grounds. The Caroline had 22 limits, and the Checkmate posted near limits with 43 salmon for 25 anglers Saturday. The boats are running to the Three Trees area near Davenport, and Arcoleo said, "Once you get into the dirty water, the fish are in the krill and they are hot." Sunday, the Checkmate boated 49 salmon for 26 fishermen, the Caroline was on a charter for 15 limits, and the Star of Monterey put in 49 for 30 anglers. Call: Chris' Landing (831) 375-5951, Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173.
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