• DELTA/STOCKTON — C. King of Modesto scored a limit at 4 and 9.9-pounds while trolling P-Line Predators on the San Joaquin River just below the Antioch Bridge. For largemouth bass, Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, said, "The big ones are playing hide and seek, but we are catching and releasing 50 to 60 fish in the 1.5- to 2-pound range on a variety of lures … It is junk fishing at its finest." Pringle has been using the ima Flit ripbait in bluegill pattern using a stop-and-go retrieve, and the ima Squarebill crankbait in bluegill is also effective. With the cooling air temperatures, the best action has been in the afternoons, and Pringle touted the Persuader Double Buzzbait in the afternoons. In the Freeport area, Captain Mike Gravert of Intimidator Sport Fishing said: "There were seven salmon at a striper jigged up at the Minnow Hole by 7:30 on Saturday morning. … This has been the best fishing we have seen to this point, and it is full speed
ahead in the coming weeks." Call: Randy Pringle (209) 543-6260; Stan Koenigsberger/Quetzal
Adventures (925) 570-5303; Mark Wilson Sport Fishing (916) 682-1630; Intimidator Sport Fishing
(916) 806-3030; Jolly Jay's Guide Service (209) 478-6645; Mark Delnero (Fin Addict Sport Fishing) (209) 367-4665.
• DELTA MENDOTA CANAL — The local water conveyance systems are on the upswing, and Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said sales of Lucky Craft 110s or 115s in American shad or Ghost Minnow have increased with the striper action improving in the California Aqueduct near Firebaugh. Sardines, mackerel, or anchovies are also effective baits for stripers ranging to sublegal at 15 inches to legal fish at 21 inches.
• LAKE DON PEDRO — Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford reported two particular patterns of plastics worming on the drop shot – Reaction Innovations Flirt in Bad Shad Green or Pro Worms Purple Shad pattern 124 – as working at depths to 30 feet. The top water bite remains good in the early mornings or evenings with Heddon's Super Spooks in 'Okie Shad' and also with white frogs. Twin-tailed Hula Grubs on a ½–ounce jig head in patterns 208 and 221 are also effective on the bottom. For trout, Monte Smith of Gold County Sport Fishing noticed the shad were starting to school up on his last trip to the lake. Rainbow trout and king salmon will be hanging close to the shad school. Call: Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne (Fishn' Dan) (209) 586-2383; Gary Vella (209) 652-7550; The Bait Barn (209) 874-3011.
• McCLURE RESERVOIR — Similar to nearby Don Pedro, there is a top water bite for bass with Heddon's Super Spooks in 'Okie Shad' or the PayCheck Repo Man 'Winning' in the early morning hours or late afternoons into evening. Once the sun rises, the fish drop to the bottom at depths to 30 feet, and the Reaction Innovations Flirt in Bad Shad Green or Pro Worms Purple Shad pattern 124 are the top plastics. Manny Basi of the Bait Barn added twin-tailed Hula Grubs on a ½-ounce jig head in patterns 301 and 330 to the arsenal this week. Catfishing remains outstanding at depths from 15 to 25 feet along muddy, sloping banks with anchovies, chicken livers, or live crawdads. Although the kokanee action usually heats up at this time of the season at McClure, there have been few reports in the past weeks. Trout and the occasional kokanee are taken in the deepest portions of the lake near the Dam with spinners tipped with a piece of night crawler behind a dodger. King salmon action is also slow. The lake dropped 5 feet to 774.86 feet in elevation and 50 percent of capacity. Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505; Bub Tosh (209) 404-0053.
• McSWAIN RESERVOIR — McSwain Marina reported good action from the banks near the Handicapped Docks with anglers waiting their turn to get onto the docks over the weekend. The Rainbow Power Bait without garlic scent or night crawlers has been the top sellers for bank fishermen. Trollers are working the deeper portions of the lake up the river arm towards the river arm with blade/crawler combinations or Wedding Rings tipped. Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534.
• NEW MELONES RESERVOIR/TULLOCH — Gary Burns of "Take it to the Limit" Guide Service: "The fishing cannot get better on New Melones with great action in the main part of the lake around the dam or up around Carson Cove with blue or Cop Car ExCel spoons at depths from 60 to 75 feet while trolling around 2.5 mph. Dave Roberts fished with Burns for a hefty 3-pound, 14-ounce rainbow on chrome/blue spoon at a depth of 75 feet the dam. Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods reports the kokanee are very aggressive and starting to lose their scales as they get ready to spawn. Two Sling Blades in tandem in front of a hootchie or Apex to increase the size of the presentation is a good choice during the period of pre-spawn aggressiveness. Larger kokanee are found on ExCel spoons or Vance's Slim Fins trolled at a faster speed between 2.0 and 2.5 mph. Doug McArthur of Team Mc-Fishing Guide Service has been scoring limits of rainbows and bonus catfish under the Hydro-Glow lights in the main lake or spillway in 50 to 100 feet of water with Power Bait, Gulp! Eggs, or night crawlers. With the trout in deep water, bank fishermen should continue to head to the high country lakes and rivers with spinners such as Panther Martins and Rooster Tails with No. 4 test on an ultra light spinning rod. Bass fishingcontinues to be fair with chartreuse spinnerbaits, Carolina-rigged 6-inch worms with a chartreuse tail, or Senkos fished weightless. Lewis reminded fishermen to practice catch and release, particularly with the female largemouth bass. Catfishing continues to be excellent with Fernando Sevantes of Modesto bagging a chunky 10-pound, 4-ounce cat on chicken liver. Frozen shad, mackerel, chicken livers, or anchovies are the top baits. Crappie fishing is fair with the best action coming at night under lights with Beetle Spins, minijigs, or small minnows. Submerged trees or flooded timber in 25 to 40 feet of water have been the most productive areas. The lake is releasing water, and it dropped 2 feet to 1010.26 feet in elevation and 65 percent of capacity. Call: Glory Hole Sports (209) 736-4333; Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne (Fishn' Dan) (209) 586-2383; Sierra Sport Fishing (209) 599-2023.
• MONTEREY/SANTA CRUZ