Thursday, January 17, 2013

Fishing Weekend Shout-Out! Jan-16--22-2013

ANTIOCH: Water continues to clear, but fishing action is slow. Sturgeon are moving upriver and being caught near Chain Island and Cache Slough. (925) 706-7400
BENICIA: Sturgeon bite continues upriver between Roe and Ryer islands. The Predator out of Vallejo on Sunday had two keeper sturgeon, seven shaker sturgeon and six keeper stripers. Private boat pressure has been very light due to wind, cold. A good bet during this cold weather is to check the shallow water near Grizzly Bay where it might be warmer. Flounder are in the shallows. (707) 745-4921
FRANKS TRACT: Black bass bite is slow. Water temps are in the low 40s. Some use drop-shots, others use swimbaits but action is very slow. Water is still dirty. Stripers will take eel/grass shrimp near Broad Slough. (925) 625-2441
PITTSBURG: Sturgeon bite is good at Buoy 31 in 25 to 30 feet of water. Two keepers were caught there Tuesday, and two undersize were released at the same spot. There are stripers near Chain Island and Broad Slough. Mudsuckers work best. (925) 252-0151
RIO VISTA: Sturgeon fishing is very good at Cache Slough, Prospect Slough, Shag Slough as well as the San Joaquin River. Montezuma Slough into Suisun Bay also is a good stretch. There are stripers taking mudsuckers or split tails in Suisun Bay and Cache and Prospect Slough. (707) 374-2372, (916) 777-6498
TRACY: Stripers were caught last weekend but nothing better than small keepers. Few are fishing. Saturday's black bass tournament had 14 boats and only 4 weighed fish. Biggest was 4.64 pounds. Tracy Oasis Marina (209) 835-3182

ANDERSON: Lake still hasn't opened to boating. (408) 927-9144, (408) 463-0711
BERRYESSA: Shore anglers using live minnows from Capel Cove to Spanish Flat catch trout. Trollers have a more difficult time finding moving trout. Sweeney's Sports (707) 255-5544
CALERO: This is the only lake in the valley open to boating. The bite is slow, and the bass are small. Best method is to slowly drag jigs. (408) 268-3883, (408) 463-0711
CHABOT: Trout bite is picking up as the water continues to clear. A plant of 750 pounds went in Tuesday, and shore anglers are getting two to three fish per outing. Limits are rare. Indian Cove or the Burner are good spots to dunk night crawlers or Power Bait. Trolling is slow. (510) 247-2526
CHESBRO: Bass bite is decent. One angler reports success using hula grubs with a football head. Carp are an option here. (408) 358-3741
CONTRA LOMA: The utility district on Monday started filling the reservoir. It should take about four weeks to be back at full capacity. Fishing has been slow. Big fish of the week was a 10-pound catfish


caught by Matilde Quiroga of Antioch. (510) 544-3154
DEL VALLE: Water is clearing, and trout fishing is improving. The Narrows and the Dam are the best spots to use Power Worms, Power Bait or night crawlers. (925) 449-5201
LAFAYETTE: Water clarity is good. A 1,000-pound plant from Mount Lassen went in Tuesday. Fishing is starting to pick up. Bite is better during the day when the temperature rises. South end of the lake is most productive. (925) 284-9669
LOS VAQUEROS: Cold wind has kept angling pressure down. An 8.3-pound trout caught from Oak Point was the big fish of the week. Most of the action is coming to shore anglers working the backs of the cove. Water is too cold for the stripers to be active. (925) 371-2628
QUARRY LAKES: A plant of 500 pounds of trout from Mount Lassen went in Tuesday. Trout bite is best in coves and on the backside after 1 p.m. (510) 544-3133
SAN LUIS RESERVOIR: Use live minnows or jig vertically near the Trash Racks or Portuguese Cove. There are occasional shad boils. (408) 463-0711
SHADOW CLIFFS: Two plants totaling 1,500 pounds went in last week, and another 500 pounds were planted this week. (510) 544-3230, (925) 426-0197
UVAS: The lake is full but very dirty. (408) 463-0711

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NAPA: Cold water keeps sturgeon, stripers sluggish. Live bait is the best method to catch either species. Sweeney's Sports (707) 255-5544
RUSSIAN: Fishing conditions have been excellent. Steelhead are spread from Healdsburg down through Monte Rio. King's Sporting Goods (707) 869-2156
BERKELEY: Perch anglers are enjoying excellent action using pile worms or grass shrimp. The shoreline from Berkeley to Richmond has been productive. Red tail perch are starting to move in. Bay Tackle (510) 235-2032
EMERYVILLE: The New Huck Finn on Sunday had 16 limits of crab and 800 sand dabs while fishing 15-20 miles outside the Gate. More trips planned for the weekend. (510) 654-6040
MONTEREY: Sand dab/crab trips have been returning with limits of crab and buckets of dabs (up to 100 per angler). (831) 375-5951; (831) 372-7440
PACIFICA: Perch are being caught from Mussel Rock, and neighboring beaches harbor perch, too. Crabbing is good from the pier. (650) 355-8303, (650) 359-9790
PORT SONOMA: Sonoma Creek and the Pumphouse are the best spots to find sturgeon. Use grass or ghost shrimp. Striper bite is decent on the Petaluma River. A good number of keepers are being landed. Use grass shrimp. (707) 762-7818
SAN FRANCISCO: No herring spawns in the South Bay of late. Few anglers going out for sturgeon. (650) 589-3474; (510) 703-4148
SAN PABLO BAY: Hard to get a report when few are fishing. Cold weather and an east wind have kept anglers away. (415) 456-0321
SUISUN BAY: Sturgeon anglers are doing well at Buoy 4 and 6. Fish the deep water with an eel/grass shrimp combination. Stripers are scarce. The Diamond Classic catch-and-release Sturgeon Derby will be held Saturday, Jan. 26. It's hosted by Martinez Bait & Tackle and sponsored by Flash Sportfishing. Entry is $25 for adults. Children (with their own division) are free. For information: (925) 229-9420, (916) 777-6498

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