Fishing Report 6/5/13

June 4, 2013 

VALLEY

• LAKE DON PEDRO — Guide Danny Layne says the action for rainbows, kokanee and king salmon is great. Look for rainbows in open water around Mexican Gulch, Fleming Bay or Middle Bay with Vance's Slim Willies teamed with a night crawler behind a 4/0 dodger or small silver spoons such as ExCel lures at 20 to 40 feet. Kokanee are hanging at 45 to 90 feet in Fleming Creek off Copper Mountain and in Fleming Creek with Uncle Larry's spinners, Marni Bugs, or Vance's Sockeye Slammers tipped with Pautske's "Can O' Corn." King salmon to 3-pounds are prowling the deeper waters off of the river channel in Hatch Creek and in the canyon off of Six Bit Gulch at depths from 100 feet and below with rolled shad or anchovies. Patrick Cole of Fishingcole.com landed a 6½-pound king salmon on kokanee gear off Jenkins Hills while prefishing for Saturday's Kokanee Power Derby. During the derby, Cole reported struggling to get kokanee to the boat, landing several small to mid-sized trout instead at depths from 55 to 65 feet with various combinations of kokanee blades, lures, scents and trolling speed. Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford reported live night crawlers under a bobber from the banks are scoring limits of planted rainbows while Roostertails, Kastmasters or salmon eggs are also effective. "You can throw anything in the water for bass, but the best action is on top-water lures," he said. Live minnows are also working. Call: Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne (209) 586-2383; Gary Vella (209) 652-7550; Bait Barn (209) 874-3011

• McCLURE RESERVOIR — Diana Mello of A-1 Bait in Snelling said mixed limits of kokanee/rainbow trout are being caught on ExCel lures at 40 to 50 feet near the dam. The trout and king salmon bites are getting better under lights near the houseboats at 40 feet with garlic-scented night crawlers. The bass bite is solid with the Kerman Bass Club weighing in 10 limits from 11 anglers. The Bait Barn's Basi touted live minnows for bass while Mello has been selling plenty of crawdads. Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505; Bub Tosh (209) 404-0053

• McSWAIN RESERVOIR — Half a ton of rainbows were placed in the lake by Calaveras Trout Farm late last week, but the action was slow over the weekend. Trolling works best with chartreuse PPK spinners from Gilligan's Island to the second fence line in the deepest part of the lake. Bank action is best with yellow, pink or white garlic-scented Power Bait or garlic Power Eggs around near the brush pile, handicapped docks and the peninsula near the marina. Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534

• NEW MELONES RESERVOIR/TULLOCH LAKE — Guide Danny Layne said there's good kokanee action for fish in the 12- to 13-inch range near Rose Island at 50 to 75 feet close; he suggested working Micro hootchies or Uncle Larry's UV spinners tipped with Pautzke's "Can O' Corn" krill scent. Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp reported fair kokanee action with some fishermen limiting in a few hours while others are struggling. She said the main lake near Glory Hole Point, the spillway and the dam as the best locations. Trout fishing is fair with the fish moving into deep water (from 40 to 60 feet) along main lake points near the old river channel. Plugs with vibration and a large profile are producing a few fish. Bank anglers have been catching a few using a Power Egg/crawler combo or fan casting a Kastmaster. Lewis also bass fishing is only fair with the fish finishing up their spawn. Most are being caught off the banks in deep water. The early morning action has been good with Zara Spooks, River2Sea Rovers or Lucky Craft Sammies. PopR's near the shoreline are working, too. Soft plastics are working in the stained water, especially on Texas-rigged worms in the middle of the day. Catfishing continues to improve with live minnows, frozen shad, mackerel or anchovies on a sliding sinker rig. Caity Mauro of Columbia landed a chunky 12-pound, 14-ounce catfish on chicken livers. Crappie action is good with small minnows under slip-float bobber. Tulloch has's water is rising and is at 72 percent capacity. 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 / O'NEILL FOREBAY — Striped bass are not biting in the main lake, perhaps due to the higher water releases. Anthony Lopez of Coyote Bait and Tackle in Morgan Hill said both the size and numbers have decreased. Drifting minnows, blood worms, or pile worms down to 100 feet near Portuguese Cove or the trash racks are producing a few 18- to 24-inch linesides. In the Forebay, the action has been better, and fishermen are lined up along the banks at the 152 access areas or Check 12 with pile worms, blood worms or anchovies. A number of short fish must be released before landing limits to 24-inches. The weeds are getting thick. Call: Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711; Roger George (559) 905-2954

• DELTA — The persistent northwest winds are making it tough in the Delta. There were no stripers or sturgeon brought in to Pittsburg over the weekend. Alan Fong of the Fishermen's Warehouse in Sacramento said the bass action has been outstanding. He landed a 28-pound limit using Horny Toads or Senkos on the high tides at the beginning of the week. Smaller tides this week will be more challenging. Call: Randy Pringle (209) 543-6260; Vella's Fishing Adventures (209) 521-0164

OCEAN

• HALF MOON BAY — From June 1 to July 9, salmon fishing from Pt. Arena to the Mexican border is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, and the minimum length is 24 inches all season except from Pt. Arena to Pigeon Pt. where it's 20 inches as of Aug. 1. Salmon fishing has been on hold since the wind started blowing. Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Roger Thomas, Salty Lady (415) 760-9362, Bait and Switch Sport Fishing Center (650) 726-7133 726-7133; Emeryville Sport Fishing (510) 654-6040

• MONTEREY/SANTA CRUZ — Rockfish action is very good along local reefs. But strong winds have made it impossible for boats to reach Point Sur. Chris Arcoleo of Chris's Landing said the Checkmate returned with 12 limits of rockfish and 8 ling cod Monday. He added that commercial salmon boats put in over 100 salmon at Davenport on Friday, and this school is moving south at 5 miles per day. Call: Chris' Landing (831) 375-5951; Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173

• SAN FRANCISCO BAY — The rockfish season opened amid rough seas but second Capt. Bob Wright of the Happy Hooker made it up the Marin coastline for 34 limits of rockfish and 3 ling cod. Three boats fought conditions for nearly a fish per rod (53 salmon to 23 pounds) near the Farallons.

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