Thursday, May 24, 2012

Fishing Weekend "Shout Out!" May 24-27 2012


LAKES
ANDERSON: Bass bite is decent. Find fish shallow with drop-shots, Senkos and topwater lures early and late. 408-463-0711.
BERRYESSA: Trout and kokanee bite has slowed. There's a brief morning bite and then it slows by midmorning before another spurt of action. If you find fish stay on them. Kokes are spread 35 to 55 feet. For bass, drag drop-shot rigs along bottom and enjoy a very good bite. Some get 15 to 20 fish per day. Size varies from 1 to 3 pounds. 916-502-3474, 707-372-7599.
CALERO: Water is being pumped in, and bass are off points and in coves. 408-463-0711.
CHABOT: Trout fishing continues to be tough. Bass bite is improving. Island and shoreline across from Raccoon Point has been most productive. Plastics such as flukes or Senkos work best. 510-247-2526.
CHESBRO: Dam and the boat dock have bass and crappie nearby. Use minnows or crappie jigs for crappie. Catfish also are in the area. 408-358-3741, 408-463-0711.
CONTRA LOMA: Catfish are providing the action. Trout fishing has been slow. 510-544-3154.
COYOTE: Fishing is tough, but payoff is bigger bass. Try dam or south end with A-rigs, Senkos,

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crankbaits or jigs. 408-463-0711.
DEL VALLE: Kokanee, kings and trout were planted in Del Valle last week. DFG planted 20,000 kokanee and 15,000 kings on successive days. A plant of Mount Lassen trout also was added. Surface temperature is 69 degrees. Best action is for those pursuing striped bass with bait near dam. Trout fishing is fair, catfish bite picking up. 925-449-5201.
LAFAYETTE: Water has become too warm for trout plants, but catfish are biting aggressively. Night crawlers and chicken livers are working well. 925-284-9669.
LEXINGTON: Boats are allowed and catfish bite is best. Use chicken livers or mackerel. For bass, look for structure and use bluegill baits. 408-463-0711.
LOCH LOMOND: Trout will be planted for the first time since 2008. A truck bringing 1,000 pounds will arrive before Memorial Day. Bass are coming off spawn. Small swimbaits or crankbaits will get bass 3 to 4 pounds. 831-335-7424.
LOS VAQUEROS: Striped bass fishing is good and there are limits weighing 4 to 7 pounds being caught regularly. The shoreline has been extended another 50 yards. 925-371-2628.
QUARRY LAKES: A plant of 500 pounds of trout went in Tuesday but fishing has been slow. Catfish bite picking up. 510-544-3130.
SAN LUIS RESERVOIR: Romero Center is best spot to try for stripers on big lake. Best is to go at night when stripers are close to shore. Best spots in Forebay are bridge and Check 12. Expect small stripers. 408-463-0711.
SAN PABLO RESERVOIR: Dam, El Sobrante Point and Main Recreation area are good spots. Catfish are coming from Pines and Scow Canyon. Trout plants going in every week. 510-223-1661.
SHADOW CLIFFS: Trout fishing is good. Catchables are plentiful. Bass anglers use Senkos at the Island Pond and get steady attention. 510-544-3230.
UVAS: Bass are near old launch ramp and dam. Crappie are being caught off face of dam and coves. Bass take Senkos, drop-shots, spinnerbaits and reaction baits. 408-463-0711.
DELTA
ANTIOCH: Sturgeon are in Cache Slough. Stripers are near Bethel Island and up into Isleton. Use ghost shrimp for sturgeon. Good crappie bite at Lindsey Slough. 925-706-7400.
BENICIA: Weekend sturgeon action was at Buoy 2, Glomar, mouth of Montezuma Slough and into slough. Shrimp, eel or pile worms work. 707-745-4921.
FRANKS TRACT: Striper action is best in deep channel at False River where it meets Franks Tract. Black bass bite has been good. 925-625-2441.
PITTSBURG: Stripers to 7 pounds are being caught from Broad Slough and Honker Bay. Use bullhead, mudsucker, minnows or shrimp. 925-252-0151.
RIVERS
NAPA: Striper fishing is so-so. A few get bass trolling with broken back Rapalas. Outgoing tide is best time to fish. Sturgeon fishing is best from Buoy 11 south. 707-255-5544.
RUSSIAN: Shad are running. Fly fishers use silver bitchens or yellow string flies. Spincasters are using green clear or curly pink champagne grubs. Shad are scattered from Healdsburg to Casini's. There's decent bass fishing for smallmouth and largemouth from Cloverdale to Guerneville.
SALTWATER
BERKELEY: Tuesday two boats had 22 anglers catch 29 salmon to 24 pounds. Boats are going north on a shorter run, trolling between Point Reyes and N Buoy. Sizes are scattered from keeper to 10 pounds and larger. Most average eight to 10 pounds. Live bait is available, so party boats should have better luck with halibut. 510-849-3333, 510-223-5388, 707-334-4827.
CAPITOLA: Halibut are around but not in great numbers. Rock cod and ling cod bite is good on local reefs. Beaches east of Capitola have stripers moving in and out. 831-462-2208.
EMERYVILLE: New Salmon Queen on Sunday had nine salmon for eight anglers to 17 pounds. Weather has canceled all trips since. 510-654-6040.
MONTEREY: Rock cod trips go south to Carmel Bay for limits of cod. Lots of reds and yellows. Lings are plentiful. Salmon fishing has been hampered by wind and a slow bite. 831-375-5951, 831-372-7440.
PILLAR POINT: Queen of Hearts on Tuesday had 10 anglers who hooked 27 salmon, 15 were shakers, six were landed and six got away. Two weighed 19 pounds. Action was in vicinity of Deep Reef. Rid Tide on Tuesday took 10 below Pigeon Point and came back with 68 rock and three lings to 10 pounds. 650-726-7133, 510-581-2628.
SANTA CRUZ: Salmon bite is tough. Monday's trip on Velocity had one salmon for 10, lost a half-dozen more. Saturday evening rock cod trip had 14 limits with three lings, including good quality reds. 831-427-2334.
SAN FRANCISCO: Halibut are in front of Oyster Point. Smelt are in front of pier, as well as sharks and rays. 650-589-3474.
SAN PABLO BAY: Wind hasn't allowed access to bay. Forecast is for wind to go away by weekend. Sturgeon anglers on weekend averaged limits. Best boat caught and released six sturgeon. Crabs have vacated, for most part. 415-456-0321.
SUISUN BAY: Wind has been blowing since Monday. Those going out go for sturgeon on other side of bridge and Buoy 4. Stripers have been hooked at Buoy 6 on bullhead. 925-229-9420.

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