• LAKE DON PEDRO — Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing reported excellent trout action on his trolling trip on Monday with 22 rainbows caught and released. The majority of fish were planters, but they released 5 holdover rainbows. Smith was trolling heavy shad-patterned spoons at 2.5 to 3 mph at 5 to 7 colors of lead core. Guide Gary Vella has been trolling from the 49 Bridge to the Jacksonville Bridge for rainbows and king salmon to 2-pounds while also finding king salmon from 1.5 to 2-pounds at Woods Creek. Largemouth and spotted bass are biting on swimbaits with the 8-inch Huddleston ROF 12 in rainbow trout or the ABT Multi-Rig filled with shad patterned swimbaits working best. Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford said Robo Worms Hologram Shad or Pro Worms Pro Gold are working on the drop shot at 20 feet. Call: Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne (209) 586-2383; Gary Vella (209) 652-7550; The Bait Barn (209) 874-3011.
• McCLURE RESERVOIR — Most of the bass landed during Saturday's Fresno Bass Club tournament were taken on plastics in shad-patterns, green, purple, or brown on the drop shot or Texas rigs at a variety of depths. Several keepers were landed down to 30 feet. The fish are getting ready for the spawn. Diana Mello of A-1 Bait in Snelling reported selling out of medium minnows over the weekend though she had stocked extras. Live crawdads are also in high demand. Trout fishing has been best up the river from Bagby to the horseshoe, casting close to the surface with Rapalas or Wedding Rings tipped with a night crawler behind a flasher. The planted trout bite from the banks has slowed down in the past week.Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505, Bub Tosh (209) 404-0053.
• McSWAIN RESERVOIR — Stephanie Powell of the McSwain Marina said the lake got a double plant last week from Fish and Game and the Calaveras Trout Farm. So bank fishing and trolling were both good through the weekend. Bank fishermen are fishing the A-loop near the campsites, the handicapped docks, and near the McSwain Dam with rainbow or garlic Power Bait,night crawlers, or Gulp! crickets. The crickets have been particularly effective in the evenings. Trolling is best from Gilligan's Island to the chimney area with blade/crawler combinations, small Rapalas tipped with a Gulp! worm, silver/chrome Kastmasters, or Wedding Rings tipped with a night crawler behind a dodger. Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534.
• NEW MELONES RESERVOIR and TULLOCH RESERVOIR — Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp said bass action is good, and there were two largemouths over 9 pounds caught during Saturday's Western Outdoor News tournament and several limits exceeded 10 pounds. Most anglers used jigs, soft plastics or swimbaits to work main lake structure at 25 to 65 feet. The California Reservoir jig in brown or green with a matching Yamamoto twin-tail grub trailer has been effective. Sam Saeturn released a huge largemouth while fishing from the banks. Lewis is asking everyone to release the largemouth since they are becoming scarce. She also said the trout bite was "very good." Nelson Wong of Sacramento reported catching and releasing over 60 planters up the river arm past the Parrott's Ferry Bridge after switching from a gas motor to electric. Bank anglers are loading up at Tuttletown and Glory Hole and Angels Coves with Power Bait, Gulp Eggs, and marshmallow/night crawler combinations. Since the fish are spitting up shad, shad-patterned lures are working form the banks with Kastmasters, Krocodiles and casting spinners. 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 and O'NEILL FOREBAY — Roger George, the editor of this report, landed a 37.5-inch, 22-pound striped bass during the California Striped Bass Association tournament in the big lake Saturday. He was fishing at 80 feet using an ABT multrig and hadn't gotten a bite from 6:30 a.m. until after noon. After landing the huge fish, he caught and released another 10 fish up to 8.5 pounds in short order. Anthony Lopez of Coyote Bait in Morgan Hillreported improved bank fishing on pile worms for linesides to 10 pounds near Dinosaur Point close to Honker Bay or the rockwall. Most of the fish are small. Boaters are drifting live jumbo minnows in Portuguese Cove or trolling broken backed Rebels or P-Line Predators. The water level is low in the forebay, but the area near Check 12 is producing a few linesides on jumbo minnows from the banks. Most fishermen are heading for the big lake. Remember, all boats and watercraft of any sort are being checked for quagga and zebra mussels. Any boater who refuses inspection will not be allowed on the lake. Call: Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644, Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711.
• DELTA — Sturgeon have been scattered throughout the Delta, and action was slow over the weekend. The crabs are thick in San Pablo Bay and into the Napa River. The folks at Dockside Bait in Pittsburg said quite a few boats were out over the weekend, and most headed west to Garnet Point and Grizzly Bay. A 9-foot sturgeon was released Saturday after traveling from the firing lineto the Pittsburg PG&E Plant on the incoming tide. The anglers had to drop anchor and chase down the fish, which took an hour to get into the boat. Then they released it. Small striped bass have been the rule. A 30-inch striped bass was taken off the Antioch Fishing Pier, and catfishing is good near Discovery Bay. Crappie are biting from Discovery Bay north to White Slough. So are catfish, especially on clams and chicken livers. Alan Fong of the Fishermen's Warehouse in Sacramento reported striped bass in the San Joaquin River along the shoal. One angler caught and released more than 30 fish to 8 pounds on white Fish Traps in the flats from the mouth of Three Mile Slough to Disappointment Slough. The bass bite is picking up, and Fong has been flipping Senkos, though a 10-pounder was taken on a white Fish Trap while targeting stripers. When the weather warms to 70 degrees, he predicts the bass bite will break loose. Two anglers trolling upper Steamboat Slough out of Hogback launch ramp Sunday caught 3 stripers to 6 pounds. But most boats in the area came up empty. Guide Randy Pringle said the fish are getting more active, moving into the shallows. He expects some fish will begin to spawn "on the next full moon." The water is murky because the weeds that normally filter it have died back, so a big wind or high tide keeps it muddy for awhile. Call: Randy Pringle (209) 543-6260; Mark Wilson Sport Fishing (916) 682-1630; Jolly Jay's Guide Service (209) 478-6645; Mark Delnero (209) 367-4665.
• HALF MOON BAY — Whale watching and sand dab/crab combination trips are the only games in town until the salmon opener in April. Whales can be seen moving in both directions this time of year. If you've already seen the whales, some party boats are taking reservations to check in on the Mavericks surf competition and practice. Sheryl Jimno of the Rusty Hook in Pacifica said the pier is still crowded with crabbers. Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Huck Finn Sport Fishing Center (650) 726-7133.
• MONTEREY/SANTA CRUZ — Sonny Arcoleo of Chris's Landing in Monterey reported excellent sand dab action Sunday with the flatfish found near Moss Landing. He said the sand dabs school up in thick clouds. He said 15 anglers got 5 crab each along with their sand dabs Sunday. He's taking combination trips out Wednesday through Sunday. The upcoming 8th Sand Crab Classic Surf Perch Tournament is March 8. Information at http://theletsgofishingradioshow.com/.Call: Chris' Landing (831) 375-5951, Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173.
• SAN FRANCISCO BAY — Tiny, bait-stealing crabs have moved into the entire bay system from the Carquinez Bridge to the Golden Gate. Throughout the bay, perch fishing remains outstanding from the Alameda Rockwall, Richmond shoreline, Treasure Island, and the Sausalito shores for white, rubberlip and splittails.