Thursday, July 19, 2012

Fishing Weekend Shout out! 7-18-23 2012

BERRYESSA: Topwater bass bite has slowed. Bass have pushed to depths of 18 to 30 feet. Guide Don Paganelli netted bass while drop-shotting Basstrix minnows. Surface temperature is 80 degrees. 916-502-3474.
CALERO: Bass bite is steady on deep-diving crankbaits. There is a topwater bite early. Bluegill bite is good near the launch ramp. Red worms work best. 408-463-0711.
CHABOT: A 9¼ pound bass was caught and released by Billy Coelho of Hayward. It's the biggest bass of season at Chabot. It was hooked with a crankbait in Half Moon Bay. Catfish bite is solid, too. Best spots are Half Moon Bay and Raccoon Point. 510-247-2526.
CONTRA LOMA: Fishing has been fair. Catfish have been biting with nightcrawlers, anchovies or chicken liver at Loma Island or boat ramp area. Fish for crappie or bluegill with jigs or worms anywhere around lake. Trout fishing is slow. 510-544-3154.
DEL VALLE: Surface temperature is 75 degrees. Anglers have been pulling in mostly catfish and striper. Trout are still deep. Stripers are being pulled in with anchovies. Seven-inch Power Worms, Rapalas, Senkos and Panther Martins are being used


for bass near fallen trees or other types of coverage. For catfish, mackerel, sardines, anchovies, stink bait and chicken livers have worked very well in south end and Heron Bay. Catfish are doing very well because of multiple plants and warm temperatures. 925-449-5201.
LAFAYETTE: Plant of 1,000 pounds of catfish last week sparked fishing success. Chicken livers and nightcrawlers are working best. Catfish to 10 pounds are being caught. South end is best spot. 925-284-9669.
LEXINGTON: Bass bite is good for those drop-shotting or throwing baby brush hogs. Crankbaits also will work. 408-463-0711.
LOCH LOMOND: Fishing continues to be slow. A few can cajole trout. Bass bite is tough and even bluegill have stopped biting. 831-335-7424.
LOS VAQUEROS: Striper fishing has picked up a bit. Limits of bass in the 18- to 24-inch class are being taken with anchovies or shad. A few large trout are being caught with Power Bait. 925-371-2628.
QUARRY LAKES: Catfish bite is improving. Go to old boat ramp or El Cerrito shore. An 11.7-pound cat was big fish of week, caught by Fred Martinez of Newark with shrimp. 510-544-3130.
SAN LUIS RESERVOIR: Water level is low. Striper bite is slow, but some are caught near Romero's Visitors Center on flukes. Check 12 is a good bet for small stripers. Use grass shrimp or anchovies. 408-463-0711.
SAN PABLO RESERVOIR: Plant of 1,200 pounds of trout went in Monday and trollers do well pulling broken-back Rapalas, Rainbow Runners 10 to 20 feet below surface. Crappie bite is good in cove near Big Point. Catfish bite is good in Scow Canyon. Preserve area has been good for bass and catfish. 510-223-1661.
SHADOW CLIFFS: Catfish bite is good for fish weighing 1 to 2 pounds. Morning bite has been best. Biggest cat was a 5-pounder caught by Billy Garridy of Dublin, who used linguica as bait. Bass anglers get steady action using Senkos from float tubes in the Arroyo. Bass to 5 pounds have been caught. 510-544-3230.
UVAS: There's a fair topwater bass bite in evening near dam. Brush hogs also will work. Catfish bite in evening, but action is only fair. 408-463-0711.
BENICIA: Still no salmon. Wind has kept people away, and big tides have muddied water. Some sturgeon are being caught at Ozol. Afternoon incoming tides are best. Striped bass are scarce. 707-745-4921.
FRANKS TRACT: A two-day firefighters tournament was won with a 26-pound bag (10 fish). Largest was a 7.15-pound bass. Most were caught with Senkos or topwater frogs. Most action is being provided by bass 1 to 2 pounds. Snag Proof Open will be held Aug. 4-5 from Russo's Marina. Entry fee is $100 per day. 925-625-2441.
PITTSBURG: Wind is battering lower Delta. Small stripers aren't enough to get anglers to brave elements. 925-252-0151.
RIO VISTA: Most stripers being caught are shakers. Better size is on San Joaquin side. Catfish bite is good along banks. Five salmon were weighed in at Vierra's. 707-374-2372.
TRACY: A 12-pound channel catfish was caught with anchovies from Grant Line Canal for big fish of week. Shaker striped bass are plentiful. A 7.84-pound black bass was caught last week in weekly turkey shoot. 209-835-3182.
BERKELEY: Salmon limits are regular. Salmon to 25 pounds are being caught between W Buoy and Chimney Rock. Tuesday, New Easy Rider had 23 limits to 22 pounds. Monday, Flying Fish had 18 limits to 24 pounds and New El Dorado III had 20 limits to 20 pounds. Happy Hooker on Saturday went to Marin and had 35 limits of rock cod and a dozen lings to 12 pounds. Sunday, score was 25 limits of cod and 17 lings to 20 pounds. 510-849-3333, 510-223-5388, 707-334-4827.
CAPITOLA: White sea bass bite is on and off. Action is straight out from Capitola. Halibut fishing is decent, although size has been lacking. A good number of 12- to 15-pounders are being caught past Mile Reef and in front of O'Neil's. 831-462-2208.
EMERYVILLE: Salmon boats continue to get limits. Monday four boats with a total of 40 anglers had limits and Tuesday five boats with 115 anglers had limits to 25 pounds. Boats are working Marin Coast near N Buoy. 510-654-6040.
MONTEREY: Salmon trips come back from local trips off Pacific Grove with about a fish per rod. Lots of 15- to 20-pound salmon. A trip to Point Sur is planned for Saturday. 831-375-5951, 831-372-7440.

PACIFICA: Striper bite died Sunday. Water has cleared but striped bass haven't come back. 650-355-8303, 650-359-9790.
PILLAR POINT: Salmon boats have been getting limits or near limits by heading north. Local rock cod trips have been getting limits. Variety has been good with more cabezon and lings getting caught. Queen of Hearts is getting great action between Deep Reef and Farallons. Some days its limits, but lots of fish are lost. 650-726-7133, 510-581-2628.
SANTA CRUZ: Velocity had limits of cod for 21 on its last trip Sunday. Sacks included lots of 3- to 6-pound browns and reds. Action was off Davenport in 100 feet of water. Stagnaro's is running evening trips that leave at 4 p.m. Call for info. 831-427-2334.
SAN FRANCISCO: No halibut, no stripers, no anglers in South Bay. 650-589-3474, 510-703-4148.
SAN PABLO BAY: Salmon anglers are starting to pay attention. A 28-pounder was caught Tuesday. Halibut are outside Gate. 415-456-0321.
SUISUN BAY: Sturgeon continue to be caught from Martinez Pier. Baits are herring or ghost shrimp. Boats go to Ozol or Mothball Fleet. Shaker sturgeon and bat rays made up catch at fleet. 925-229-9420.

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