LAKE DON PEDRO Guide Danny Layne reported great action for rainbow trout and kokanee last week, particularly in Big Creek Arm and on the north end of Big Oak Island to the buoy line. He suggests sinking Glitter Bug hootchies in pink or orange from 65 to 80 feet for kokanee and only about 45 feet for rainbows. He says small shad-patterned ExCel lures are working for rainbows. Night crawlers or live minnows are effective for bass from the banks, and there is a top-water bite with the River2Sea Rover or PopR's Call: Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne (209) 586-2383; Gary Vella (209) 652-7550; Bait Barn (209) 874-3011
McCLURE RESERVOIR The kokanee and rainbow action has taken off with guides Danny Layne and Bruce Hamby reporting excellent bites. Layne has been working the south bank from the Barrett's Cove down to the A-frame down to 50 feet with Uncle Larry's spinners tipped with a small piece of night crawler for rainbows. He says Pautske's Fire Corn works for kokanee. King salmon in the 18- to 21-inch range are hanging at 95 feet off Temperance Bay in the river channel and they like rolled shad. Hamby said Uncle Larry's spinners behind a Vance's dodger and tipped with shoepeg corn soaked in Pro Cure Bloody Tuna scent is working for him. He has been rolling shad around the dam at 60 to 80 feet for the occasional king salmon. Patrick Cole of Fishingcole.com reported a good bite for trout or crappie under lights with small minnows or night crawlers. Live minnows are attracting bass, and there is a good top-water bite in the mornings on PopR's or River2Sea Rovers. Senkos in natural shad or jigs such as the half-ounce Berserk Hornet or Special Ops TNT down to 30 feet are effective. Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505; Bub Tosh (209) 404-0053
McSWAIN RESERVOIR Calaveras Trout Farm planted 1,000 pounds of trout on June 13, and the best action has been for the banks. One angler scored three consecutive days of limits by soaking garlic Power Eggs or white/green Power Bait to the right of the handicapped docks adjacent to the rocks. Trollers have been picking up a few fish in the normal locations upriver from Gilligan's Island to the second fence line in the deepest part of the lake down to 25 feet with a variety of Wedding Rings tipped with a night crawler behind a dodger, blade/crawler combinations. Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534
MILLERTON LAKE/SAN JOAQUIN RIVER The bass bite is slowing, but a few are biting on the bottom with shad-patterned plastics, jigs or Senkos. Boat traffic has been a concern for fishermen, and the weekends are very busy. The lake rose over 1½ feet to 555.47 feet in elevation and 80 percent capacity but the lake might be starting its fall soon. All boats must fill out a Quagga mussel self-inspection form before launching. In the lower San Joaquin, trout fishing around the Broken Bridge and Lost Lake is still slow with minimal interest. All wild steelhead or trout with an adipose fin present must be released immediately. Call: Fresno Fisherman's Warehouse 225-1838; Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474; Roger George at (559) 905-2954.
NEW MELONES RESERVOIR/TULLOCH Guide Danny Layne said the kokanee action is in full swing, especially around Rose Island, the face of the dam and in the southern part of the lake off Bear Creek. But, he notes, anglers will have to go through 10 small fish to land one in the 12- to 13-inch range. Over the past few seasons, said Layne, the kokanee are getting smaller. He's seeing a lot more fish in the 12- to 13-inch range and fewer 17 or 18 inches. The Mr. Kokanee Derby is Saturday. Registration at www:centralvalleyanglers.org. Trout are moving into deeper water (40 to 60 feet) along main points near the old river channel, and they're biting. Night fishing under lights is productive for limits. Melanie Lewis said bass fishing is only fair with the best action in the early mornings when they're feeding on large balls of shad. The California Reservoir jig in natural crawdad paired with a Brush Hog, Yamamoto Twin Tailed grubs or a Sweet Beaver trailer is working well. Catfishing has improved with the fish moving into the shallows. Jeff Henry of Angels Camp landed a 12-pounder on a garlic Power Egg near a drop light at 50 feet. Crappie fishing is fair. 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 bite is in the Forebay, as water levels in the main lake have dropped precipitously. Richard Flores of Coyote Bait and Tackle in Morgan Hill said high winds have limited boats working the main lake, but drifting minnows or trolling Umbrella rigs, broken backed Rebels or P-Line Predators are picking up a few fish in front of the trash racks at 60 feet and below. In the Forebay, largemouth bass are biting on drop-shot plastics or crankbaits while stripers are hitting white or pearl ice flukes, pile worms, blood worms or anchovies. It's best to try in the late afternoons or early evenings for stripers ranging from sublegal to 24 inches. Limits aren't common. The access areas around Highway 152 and check 12 are popular. Call: Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711
DELTA There are plenty of diamondbacks in the river from lower Suisun Bay to up past Rio Vista. Tony Lopez at Benicia Bait reported sturgeon being caught from the Benicia Martinez Bridge to the Mothball Fleet. Alan Fong of the Fishermen's Warehouse in Sacramento continues to find good largemouth action with top-water lures or Horny Toads in white or yellow. Also for largemouth bass, guide Randy Pringle reported excellent action in the wind with the new Persuader Rattlin' Blade spinner bait in red/black/white or red/white. Pringle will be presenting a seminar on big bass fishing techniques Thursday at 6:15 p.m. at the Fishermen's Warehouse in Fresno. Call: Randy Pringle (209) 543-6260; Vella's Fishing Adventures (209) 521-0164; Mark Wilson Sport Fishing (916) 682-1630; Intimidator Sport Fishing (916) 806-3030.
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. Capt. Tom Mattusch of the Huli Cat scored full limits of rockfish. Mattusch went salmon fishing in rough conditions Sunday for 7 salmon to 15 pounds for 10 fishermen. Rockfishing has been the most solid option. 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; Don Franklin, Soleman (510) 703-4148
SAN FRANCISCO BAY Rockfishing has been spectacular. Capt. Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker out of Berkeley got into spectacular potluck action with limits of rockfish, 23 lings (to a eye-popping 30-pounds), 8 halibut to 20 pounds, and 19 striped bass. Capt. Roger Thomas of the Salty Lady out of Sausalito went north for 30 salmon to 30 pounds.