Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Fishing Weekend "Shout Out!" May 9-13 2012




The Delta Report
By Dave Hurley
The majority of the Delta was hit with high winds for the past several days, and Mike Pipkins of Gotcha Bait in Antioch summed up the action with the following statement, “Things won’t change much until the winds die down.”
On Sunday 4-6 in Suisun Bay, Tony Lopez of Benicia Bait said, “There is not much to report.” The wind hasn’t been too bad in the area, and most hard-core sturgeon fishermen are working the larger tides in the late afternoons and evenings. Pile and blood worms have been the most desired baits with 9 boxes of pile worms and 3 boxes of blood worms sold over the weekend. A few small stripers have been taken from the Benicia shoreline, and Lopez knew of good sturgeon action from the Point at McAvoy’s Boat Harbor in Bay Point.
Do at Dockside Bait in Pittsburg said there were a number of boats out in the wind over the weekend with most hiding in Broad or Montezuma Sloughs for schoolie stripers in the 6 to 8-pound range. There were no sturgeon landed over the weekend.
Mike Pipkins said, “It has been windy most of the week, but quality largemouths have been taken, mostly near the docks in the marinas.” Striper fishing has slowed with the larger tides and fewer anglers in the wind. There were four sturgeon landed off of the Riverview Pier on grass shrimp or pile worms, and there have been a few sturgeon released in the same area. The red ear perch bite has been good in Holland Tract or Whiskey Slough with wax or red worms.
The Modesto Chapter of the California Striped Bass Association held their target length derby on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Bruno’s Island on the San Joaquin River. I am glad to hear that the Modesto Chapter has switched over to a target length derby, leaving the Stockton Chapter as the only holdout with a big fish derby still intact despite the recommendation from the State Board for chapters to hold target-length derby. There were over 30 anglers in the tournament seeking a target length fish from 22 to 25-inches with a total of 10 fish weighed in.

On Thursday 5-3 James Nguyen at Dockside Bait in Pittsburgh said small, but plentiful, stripers have been the rule, and shrimp baits have been working for both stripers and sturgeon. They have weighed in several sturgeon lately, and most of the fish have come from lower Suisun Bay near the Mothball Fleet.
Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, has been working the top water lures for largemouths to 7-pounds, and he said, “Furbet the Frog in the new blue gill or white pattern and the Ace in the Hole have come to life in the past week.” He added, “You have to delay and wait for the fish to take it down before setting the hook.” One of his clients did what I did a few years back on Furbet with a premature hookset on a recent trip. Pringle said, “I have a routine where I drop the rod and say ‘I got you now!’ before setting the hook. The fish have been blowing up on lures but not always swallowing the bait. He picked up a 4.5-pound bass on a 10-inch Berkley Power Worm after a blow up on top water. Spinnerbaits have been the go to bait, and he has been tossing the ½ oz. Persuader Imaged Blade spinner bait in crappie colors with willow leaf blades. He uses the ½ oz. spinnerbait to get deeper in the high water or on windy days with 3/8th oz. during periods of low tide. The key is to pitch the lure up against the tules or between the tules. The water has cleared up in the past week with 2 to 3 feet visibility. The bass are in full spawn, and there are baby bass schools all over the place. Pringle advises anglers to avoid the baby bass because it is important to let the male bass do his job by protecting them. If a male is picked off the fry, the babies are vulnerable to predation.
Rick Frisk of the Fishermen’s Friend in Lodi reported 42 anglers fished their Spring Striper Derby this past Saturday at Sandy Beach Park in Rio Vista, and two of the three top fish were taken by trollers Dennis Dobler and Mike Junker in Georgianna Slough. A number of fishermen were working between Eddo’s Boat Harbor and the Antioch Bridge where there was a large congregation of birds, sea lions, and striped bass. One boat was reported to hook 77 fish on Friday before the derby and 38 stripers on derby day. There are also stripers in Sherman Island and in the San Joaquin River near Three Mile Slough. Their target length was 31.75-inches and the winning fish weighed 12.5-pounds and was 30.5-inches in length.
At the Isleton CSBA Derby out of Viera’s near Isleton, the target length was 33.5-inches and first place went to Russ Rossburg at 33.10-inches. Second-place was Chester Linton at 32.74-inches with Andy Doudna in third at 29.73-inches.
Clyde Wands, shallow trolling expert, said, “The Sacramento River cleared up pretty good since the releases from Folsom last week, and we fished the same areas that we did on Saturday, but our results were much better.” He shallow trolled with P-Line’s Angry Eyes or Yozuris from the West Bank upriver and said, “A few fish showed up.” They caught and released 11 stripers to 9-pounds, and he knew of a 15-pounder that Mark Wilson of Mark Wilson’s Sport Fishing released in the same area. With all of the boat pressure on the San Joaquin, there are few boats working the Sacramento River.


• LAKE DON PEDRO — Guide Monte Smithis focused on Don Pedro for rainbows, king salmon and kokanee. Smith has scored mixed limits to 3 pounds rolling shad at 80 to 135 feet. Monday, one of his clients dropped a heavy spoon to 43 feet on his first pass and landed a 2-pound king. Guide Danny Layne has been working higher in the water column (40 to 95 feet) with rolled anchovies or shad soaked in Pautske's new Fire Brine for kings to 3 pounds off Jenkins Hill, Big Oak Island and in the open water off Fleming Bay. Rainbows are in the top of the water column at 15 feet and biting blade/crawler combinations or Uncle Larry's spinners. Manny Basi of the Bait Barn reported Senkos in Natural Shad (306) or Greenpumpkin/purple/green flake (301) are working in the shallows with the Yamamoto double-tail Hula Grub in Watermelon/red flake (208) on a half-ounce jig head also a good choice. Bass are on their beds. Call: Monte Smith (209) 581-4734;Danny Layne 586-2383; Gary Vella (209) 652-7550; The Bait Barn (209) 874-3011.
• McCLURE RESERVOIR — Manny Basi said the bass are biting the same kind of presentation in McClure that biting onin Don Pedro. The swim bait bite has been hit or miss, but a few quality spotted bass have been taken on the River2Sea SWaver in light trout. Live minnows or crawdads are the top choice with one angler scoring bass at 17 and 20 inches on medium minnows while drifting for trout. Limits of trout have been found near the dam or around the houseboats in Temperance with blade/crawler combinations at 30 feet. The occasional king salmon is also found between the A frame house and Temperence Bay near the river channel at 40 to 80 feet with rolled shad or anchovies. Crappie are biting on small minnows at night in Horseshoe Bend around rockpiles or submerged trees. A trout plant is scheduled for the upper Merced River this week.Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505, Bub Tosh (209) 404-0053.
• McSWAIN RESERVOIR — Bank fishing took off this weekend with quality rainbows taken at the brush pile and handicapped docks on night crawlers or Power Bait in rainbow/garlic, chartreuse/garlic or glitter/garlic. Trolling was slower with the high winds chopping up the water during the week. Calmer water should bring the bite back to normal from the floating restrooms toGilligan's Island. A trout plant is set for next week. Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534.
• NEW MELONES RESERVOIR/LAKE TULLOCH — Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp said the trout bite from the banks has slowed as the water warms in the shallows and the fish move into open water. Lewis said bank anglers should try the area near the main lake because it's deepest. Live minnows or night crawlers work best, but Power Baitor Power Eggs in rainbow/garlic are effective, too. Night fishing under lights is improving, andPower Bait or minnows are working near the spillway and dam or under the Stevenot Bridge. Ted Self of Angels Camp landed a 4.15-pound brown trout while fishing at night upriver with a large ball of night crawlers. Kokanee are starting to school up, but are still on the small side. Bass fishingis wide open, with good numbers of 2- to 3-pound spots bass on a variety of soft plastics in the shallows. Anglers have been walking the banks tossing plastics and there is action on nearly every cast. Catfishing is picking up, and will only get better as the weather warms. This is prime time for crappie in the submerged willows in Bear or Carson Cove. A trout plant is set for this week at Tulloch. 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 — Fierce winds kept boaters off both lakes.Anthony Lopez of Coyote Bait in Morgan Hill said the best action is on pile worms or anchovies from the banks near Dinosaur Point. Call: Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644, Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711.
• DELTA — The Modesto Chapter of the California Striped Bass Association had a target-length derby last weekend at Bruno's Island on the San Joaquin River. More than 30 anglers were after fish from 22 to 25 inches with a total of 10 fish weighed in. Bass are in full spawn, and there are baby bass schools all over the place. Pringle advises avoiding the baby bass so the males can protect them from predation. Call: Randy Pringle (209) 543-6260; Mark Wilson (916) 682-1630; Jolly Jay (209) 478-6645.

TROUT PLANTS
Reservoirs and lakes that will be planted with trout during the week of May 13:
• Tuolumne — Clarks, North, Middle, South forks of Stanislaus River; Beaver Creek, Lyons Canal, Lyons Reservoir, Moccasin Creek, Pinecrest Lake, Powerhouse Stream; Middle, South, North forks of Tuolumne River.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/05/08/4476055/fishing-report-5912.html#storylink=cpy

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