Wednesday, January 2, 2013

1st Fishing Weekend Shout Out 2013

ANTIOCH: Sturgeon anglers are going to the mouth of Broad Slough and Pittsburg. Striper bite is very hit-or-miss but the few fish being caught are in the 8- to 12-pound class. (925) 706-7400
BENICIA: Best sturgeon fishing has been at Montezuma Slough, the Horseshoe near the mouth at Montezuma, and midway up the Mothball Flee. A variety of baits are working. Shrimp baits, eel and roe are popular. Bank anglers in Benicia are getting flounder with pile worms. (707) 745-4921
FRANKS TRACT: Water is cold and dirty, making it tough for black bass anglers. The few being caught are small. Use crankbaits, drop-shotted RoboWorms or Yamamoto Cuttails. (925) 625-2441
PITTSBURG: Sturgeon bite is good at Chain Island. Target depths of 20 to 25 feet and use grass shrimp and eel combos. A lot of small stripers are being caught, but a 40-pounder was snagged from deep water at the Firing Line on Friday. (925) 252-0151
RIO VISTA: Striper bite is good through Rio Vista in the 4- to 7-pound class. Sturgeon bite is good near Sherman Island and Prospect Slough. (707) 374-2372
TRACY: Thirteen boats went out bass fishing Wednesday. Only four weighed in, and the winning bag was a two-fish bag of 10.78 pounds. Big fish was 9 pounds. Water is clearing but is still murky. A few stripers between 10 and 13 pounds were caught trolling or throwing swimbaits. (209) 835-3182
BERKELEY: Perch fishing is very good along the East Bay shoreline, especially at Point Richmond, Point Mulate and behind the Golden Gate Fields on incoming tides. Most are rubberlips and splittails. Use pile worms, blood worms or grass shrimp. (510) 235-2032
BODEGA BAY: Humboldt squid trips have started. Reservations are being accepted. (707) 875-3344
EMERYVILLE: Crab and sand dab trips will take place on weekends. Next weekend there will be giant squid and crab trips. (510) 654-6040
MONTEREY: After Jan. 1 boats will go for sand dab and crabs. (831) 375-5951; (831) 372-7440
PACIFICA: Crabbing has been very good since Christmas. The pier was closed briefly for rough seas but since there have been lots of big males being caught. Reports are it's the best it has been since opening day. Perch fishing is good at Mussel Rock. Use pile worms, blood worms, shrimp, clams or mussels. (650) 355-8303, (650) 359-9790
PILLAR POINT: Sand dab and crab trips on the Huli Cat are being scheduled. (650) 726-7133
SAN FRANCISCO: Water is chocolate colored and ideal for sturgeon, but wind has kept boats off the water. (650) 589-3474; (510) 703-4148
SAN PABLO BAY: Sturgeon fishing is good, and there are stripers in the area. Most are going to the Shellbank in the shallow water. Mud shrimp has been best, followed by ghost shrimp. Stripers like grass shrimp. Weekend tides will make sturgeon anglers happy. (415) 456-0321
SUISUN BAY: Steve Talmadge of Flash Fishing has been getting sturgeon near Buoy 4. Fast action has been coming on eel or eel/grass shrimp combos. Buoy 6 also has been a good spot. Biggest striper last week was a 42-incher caught at the Glomar. More than 20 sturgeon were weighed in over the final days of 2012. (925) 229-9420
ANDERSON: This may open to boating soon if water continues to fill the lake. (408) 463-0711
BERRYESSA: Smallmouth bite is good in Berryessa. Trout are being caught with minnows under a bobber. Trollers do well from Skiers Cove to the narrows and the Big Island. (707) 255-5544; (916) 502-3474
CALERO: It's not an easy bass bite, but drop-shot or jigs off deep-water points may help. Crappie fishing is slow. (408) 268-3883, (408) 463-0711
CHABOT: Lake is muddy and visibility is about 6 inches near the dam, even less in other spots. This needs time to settle. (510) 247-2526
CONTRA LOMA: Fishing is slow, with muddy water and low lake levels. Best bet is for catfish with night crawlers, anchovies, shrimp or chicken liver at Loma Island, Channel Point or near the Swim Lagoon. (510) 544-3154
DEL VALLE: Trout bite is good at the East Beach and Hetch Hetchy. Shore anglers use Power Bait. Lake still needs time to settle so clarity can improve. Surface temperature is 47 degrees. (925) 449-5201
LAFAYETTE: Fishing is slow. There's no hot spot, even


on the south end of the lake. The water is still muddy from the rain. Last plant was 1,000 pounds on Dec. 28. Next scheduled plant is next week. Best bet is brightly-colored Power Bait (add scent) or night crawlers. (925) 284-9669
LOS VAQUEROS: Water conditions are good. DFG will plant trout Friday. Trout fishing is very good in South Cove, the backs of Howe, East and Peninsula coves. Power Bait, mice tails work well. Bigger trout are caught trolling. Striper fishing has slowed. (925) 371-2628
MOUNT TAMALPAIS LAKES: Bon Tempe last Thursday received 1,100 pounds of trout and received another 750 pounds on Friday. (415) 945-1194
QUARRY LAKES: Trout fishing has improved. Limits are being caught, especially from the Peninsula and Kiosk Cove. Big fish of the week was a 5-pound trout caught by Andrew Llanos of Fremont. Lake received a double plant last week and another plant is scheduled for this week. (510) 544-3133
SAN LUIS RESERVOIR: Striper bite is improving. Bass are deep, and it takes spoons jigged vertically 60 to 80 feet deep near the trash racks to hook one. Winner of the Coyote Bait & Tackle striper derby was Art Garcia of San Jose, with a 48-inch, 34-pound bass from the Delta. (408) 463-0711
SHADOW CLIFFS: Lake received 1,035 pounds of Mount Lassen trout last week and another 500 pounds is going in this week. (510) 544-3230
UVAS: Water went over the spillway last week. Water is muddy and fishing is tough.(408) 463-0711
GUALALA: River is in very good shape and steelhead are being caught. Locals are being tight-lipped, but there are a lot of anglers hitting this river. (707) 884-4247
NAPA: Sturgeon bite is excellent in the river. Cuttings Wharf has been productive, and there has been action all the way to Kennedy Park. Change of the high tide is best opportunity. Use eel and/or grass shrimp. Visibility is improving and with it the striper bite. (707) 255-5544
RUSSIAN: River is high and blown out. No fishing here. King's Sporting Goods. (707) 869-2156

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