Thursday, May 31, 2012

Fishing Weekend "Shout Out!" May 30-June 02... 2012


LAKES
ANDERSON: Bass are near bridge, dam and off rocky points. Best tactics have been drop-shots, Senkos, spinnerbaits. Try topwater early and late. 408-463-0711.
BERRYESSA: Guide Don Paganelli on Wednesday landed a variety of smallmouth, spotted bass and largemouth. Mostly largemouth were caught with Carolina-rigged or drop-shot RoboWorms. Shad are plentiful but they aren't being chased. Bass continue to cruise shallows. 916-502-3474.
CALERO: Use tubes, jigs or Alabama rigs near dam or islands. A 10-pound bass was caught with a swimbait. 408-463-0711.
CHABOT: Bass bite is decent. Trout fishing is slow. A 5.8-pound bass caught by Erich Colter of Castro Valley was big fish of week. He caught it with a plastic worm in Half Moon Bay. Trout fishing is best near dam. 510-247-2526.
CHESBRO: Bass fishing is spotty. Crappie are putting on best bite. Use minnows or crappie jigs near old launch ramp or dam. 408-463-0711.
COYOTE: A 12-pound bass was caught last week by an angler throwing sweet beavers at night. There's a topwater bite in morning. An 8-pounder was caught on chatterbait and a 6-pounder was caught with a topwater

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plug. Big fish are lurking. 408-463-0711.
DEL VALLE: Striped bass are being caught in decent numbers from dam and lower narrows. Use anchovies or shad. Trout bite has slowed. Very few are getting limits. Half-limits is a good accomplishment given water temperature of 73 degrees. Catfish are near marina and will take anchovies, mackerel or nightcrawlers. 925-449-5201.
LAFAYETTE: Catfish are hitting on nightcrawlers and chicken livers. Trout bite has really dropped off since water temperature has warmed. Trout are mostly down deep, but some anglers are having luck trolling in East Cove. Bass bite is quite good. 925-284-9669.
LEXINGTON: Largemouth are chasing bluegill baits, chatterbait and jigs off rocky points. Small crappie are prevalent. 408-463-0711.
LOCH LOMOND: First trout plant in four years went in last weekend and attracted big crowds. Trout are shallow. Trollers go north of store between main parking area and island and get fish in top 15 feet of water. Bank anglers get trout in first two coves with nightcrawlers or Power Bait. Bass are chasing bluegill fry but have been tough to catch. 831-335-7424.
LOS VAQUEROS: 1,000 pounds of trout went in last Thursday and bite has been steady. Striped bass continues to be consistent, primarily anchovies. 925-371-2628.
QUARRY LAKES: Trout fishing is slow. Most anglers get one or two per outing. Big fish of week was a 7-pound trout caught by Damien Lee of San Jose. Catfish bite is improving along backside of Horseshoe Lake. 510-544-3130.
SAN LUIS RESERVOIR: When water is released into forebay, striper bite is good at Check 12. Use blood worms, pile worms or anchovies. 408-463-0711.
SAN PABLO RESERVOIR: Bass bite is improving. Trout fishing is good along Main Recreation Area and in boats of Sandy Point and Scow Canyon. Power Bait works best. Trolling with chartreuse Rainbow Runners and broken-back firetiger Rapalas will get trout. 510-223-1661.
SHADOW CLIFFS: Anglers get one or two trout per outing, but there are some big ones. A 16.2-pounder was caught in last week. 510-544-3230.
UVAS: Bass bite best in morning. Crappie are near dam or near rocky areas. Catfish are becoming active at night and early evening. 408-463-0711.
DELTA
BENICIA: Wind has kept away anglers. There were reports of stripers along shoreline. A handful of small keepers were landed over weekend. Sturgeon come from mouth of Montezuma Slough and into slough. 707-745-4921.
FRANKS TRACT: There are stripers weighing 8 to 10 pounds scattered around Franks Tract. Use swimbait, shad or anchovies. Black bass are falling for Senkos, crankbaits or spinnerbaits. Warm weather will turn on topwater bite. 925-625-2441.
PITTSBURG: Striped bass are being caught at Broad Slough, Sherman Island and Chain Island. Trolling or drifting with live bait will attract stripers 5 to 6 pounds. Sturgeon are at Middle Slough and Chain Island. Grass shrimp/eel combo is best. 925-252-0151.
RIVERS
NAPA: Sturgeon bite is good. Towers at American Canyon to Napa Train Bridge is best stretch. Best bite is at bottom of outgoing tide. Biggest push of an incoming tide is also worth fishing. Striper bite is slow. A few 7- to 10-pounders are being caught. Those using live bait are doing better. Best stretch is the Highway 29 Bridge into Napa. Incoming tide is best. 707-255-5544.
RUSSIAN: Shad run is peaking. Shad are biting throughout day from Memorial Bridge in Healdsburg downstream to Duncan Mills. Spincasters use green curly tail grubs. Fly fishers use silver bitchins. 707-869-2156.
SALTWATER
BERKELEY: Now that party boats can get live bait, Inside the Bay Potluck fishing is on. El Dorado had four halibut Tuesday and 19 on Monday. Biggest was 17 pounds. Salmon bite Sunday and Monday was solid. Boats with 25 anglers brought back a fish per rod. On Tuesday, Flying Fish and New Easy Rider had 12 and 14 limits with excellent quality. Most were 15 to 18 pounds. Biggest was 27 pounds. Action is near S Buoy and W Buoy. 510-849-3333.
EMERYVILLE: Potluck fishing inside the bay has picked up. New Huck Finn on Monday had 23 halibut to 19 pounds and eight stripers to 12 pounds for 22 anglers. On Sunday 45 anglers on three boats caught 75 salmon to 25 pounds. On Monday, 40 anglers on three boats caught 36 salmon to 27 pounds. Bite is straight out near W Buoy. 510-654-6040.
MONTEREY: Wednesday's trip on Checkmate had nine salmon for 11 anglers, all over 20 pounds. 831-375-5951, 831-372-7440.
PILLAR POINT: Rock cod fishing opens Friday north of Pigeon Point. Queen of Hearts will begin shallow-water rock fishing. Salmon fishing has been on and off. On Monday, Queen of Hearts had five salmon for 25. 650-726-7133, 510-581-2628.
SAN FRANCISCO: Halibut are showing in South Bay. Happy Hooker out of Berkeley fished Saturday off Oyster Point in South Bay and had eight halibut to 25 pounds and one 10-pound striper for 24 anglers. 650-589-3474, 510-703-4148.
SAN PABLO BAY: Halibut fishing is improving. Anglers can score a fish per rod. Drift live bait at Southhampton, Red Rock or Paradise. Minus tides this weekend and through the week should bring on a sturgeon bite. That may deter halibut bite and striped bass. 415-456-0321.
SUISUN BAY: On Saturday 11 sturgeon catches were reported at Martinez. Five more were caught from the pier, including two oversized fish. Best spot has been on other side of Benicia Bridge. Grass shrimp/eel combos are the ticket. Only a few stripers are being caught as return from spawning is but a trickle. 925-229-9420.

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