LAKE DON PEDRO Guide Monte Smith took Dan Bacher and Allen Bonslett of the Fishsniffer Magazine on a recent trip and they scored mixed limits of kokanee, rainbows and king salmon. "The kokanee are schooling up at depths from 75 to 100 feet, and they are fat and healthy," reported Smith. Rolling shad has been the top technique for kings to 21 inches. Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford reported night crawlers or live minnows are effective for bass from the banks, and they have been selling plenty of minnows over the past two weeks. There is a top-water bite with the River2Sea Rover or PopR's while 5-inch Senkos in shad patterns are working, too. Also try trout fishing from the bank with minnows, night crawlers or salmon eggs. Call: Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne (209) 586-2383; Gary Vella (209) 652-7550; Bait Barn (209) 874-3011.
McCLURE RESERVOIR Patrick Cole of Fishingcole.com put in quick limits of rainbows on a recent trip, trolling by the dam and in front of the houseboats at McClure Point. He said it took less than an hour to get his limit using a medium-sized Shasta Sling blade and wedding rings tipped with night crawler at 30 to 45 feet. He also reported dropping three lights down 40 feet after it got dark and using garlic scented night crawlers and live minnows for a mix of king salmon, rainbows and a 16-inch crappie. Manny Basi at the Bait Barn in Waterford touted live minnows for bass with a good top-water bite in the mornings with PopR's or River2Sea Rovers. Senkos in natural shad or jigs such as the half-ounce Berserk Hornet or Special Ops TNT at from the banks are also effective. The lake dropped 1 foot and is at 55 percent capacity. Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505; Bub Tosh (209) 404-0053.
McSWAIN RESERVOIR The marina reported the Department of Fish and Wildlife planted 1,000 pounds of rainbows on June 7, but the action was slow during the heat wave. The bite rebounded on Monday, and bank fishermen were scoring near the marina with Power Bait or night crawlers. Trollers are working the upper river with chartreuse, pink, or orange PPK spinners from Gilligan's Island to the second fence line in the deepest part of the lake. Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534.
NEW MELONES RESERVOIR/TULLOCH Guide Danny Layne said the kokanee bite has turned on again after a week of on-and-off action. He said the fish are schooling and looking for structure. "I found kokanee this past week in open water on or near underwater mounds at 60 to 100 feet," said Layne. The key is to drop into the schools once located on the meter and bring the downrigger weight off of the bottom to avoid hanging up. He has been scoring with UV and Apex lures, micro hootchies or spinners in pink or purple tipped with Pautske's fire corn or shoepeg corn treated with garlic oil. His clients put in three limits of kokanee within three hours Friday. Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp reported fair trout fishing with the fish moving out into deep water (40 to 60 feet) along main lake points near the old river channel. Night fishing under lights has been effective if anglers put the light at 15 to 25 feet then drop the bait to 40 or 50 feet and offer live minnows, minijgs, Power Bait or night crawlers. Bank anglers have been catching a few trout on Power Egg/crawler combos. Lewis says bass fishing is fair with the fish finishing up their spawn. There is a good jig bite. Catfishing is improving with live minnows, frozen shad, mackerel or anchovies on a sliding sinker rig. New Melones dropped 2 feet and is at 54 percent capacity. Tulloch dropped 6 inches and is at 94 percent. The "Mr. Kokanee Derby" is June 22, sponsored by the Central Valley Anglers. 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 The best striper action is in the Forebay, and fishermen are working the banks near Highway 152 and check 12 with pile worms, blood worms or anchovies. Late afternoons and early evenings are best for stripers to 24 inches. Anglers will have to go through a number of shakers to score limits. In the main lake, Anthony Lopez of Coyote Bait and Tackle in Morgan Hill said a school of stripers is holding around the creek channels and coves near Dinosaur Point. Fishermen are drifting anchovy fillets or jumbo minnows at 60 to 100 feet. The main lake released 12,910 acre-feet of water and dropped to 33 percent capacity. Call: Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711.
DELTA/STOCKTON Benicia Bait reported a few sturgeon have been landed near the Fleet on ghost/grass shrimp combinations while shoreline fishermen are starting to hook up more stripers with blood worms, pile worms or by plugging. The recent heat wave has raised water temperatures in the south Delta, but there are still a number of striped bass holding in the back sloughs. Guide Randy Pringle reported a huge school of stripers to 4 pounds are holding in the Old River near moving water around points. Pringle will conduct a bass seminar at Fishermen's Warehouse in Manteca at 6 p.m. on Thursday. Largemouth action is excellent with Pringle taking a 26-pound limit working from Ladd's Marina to the Tracy Oasis with the Berkley Chigger Craw in black/red, the Persuader Buzz Bait, or a Berkley Havoc Bottom Hopper on a Zappu Head on the low tide. Vance Staplin will talk about downrigging techniques at Fishermen's Warehouse on June 20 at 6 p.m. Call: Randy Pringle (209) 543-6260; Vella's Fishing Adventures (209) 521-0164.
HALF MOON BAY From June 1 to July 9, salmon fishing from Pt. Arena to the U.S.-Mexican border is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. The minimum length is 24-inches all season. After several weeks of lights out salmon action, the fish are moving north in a hurry. Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Bait and Switch Sport Fishing Center (650) 726-7133 726-7133; Emeryville Sport Fishing (510) 654-6040.
MONTEREY/SANTA CRUZ Rockfishing is outstanding and the ling counts have been impressive. Chris Arcoleo of Chris's Landing in Monterey sent his boats south last weekend, getting big scores of lings. The boats have been averaging 20 to 25 ling cod per trip at Point Sur. Call: Chris' Landing (831) 375-5951; Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173;usafishing.com.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY Rockfishing is hot with fast action off the Farallon Islands. The salmon bite was slower after a week of limits. Inside the bay, action has been slow for halibut, but the sturgeon have been biting from the shoreline around Port Costa with grass shrimp.