The summer doldrums are in full swing, and the persistent winds have limited the numbers of fishermen. A few stripers of school size continue to be taken on mudsuckers or frozen shad, but sturgeon reports are nil. For largemouth bass, Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, said, "Monday's muggy conditions brought out a great bite, and we landed over 50 fish using a variety of techniques." With the colder morning, the top water bite was slow but working the bottom with the Berkley Havoc Bottom Hopper in junebug on a Zappu Head was very effective. Call: Randy Pringle (209) 543-6260; Vella's Fishing Adventures (209) 521-0164.
Lake Don Pedro
Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing reported continued good action for kokanee and rainbow trout with the kokanee ranging from 14 to nearly 15-inches, bringing Smith to report, "They are fat and healthy and in good shape." The kokanee schools moved up in the water column from previous weeks, and Smith found them at depths from 50 to 65 feet with Uncle Larry's spinners or Rocky Mountain Tackle's Assassin spinners behind a RMT dodger. He also stacked a downrigger with a Vance's Sockeye Slammer No. 2 for rainbow trout at 40 to 50 feet in depth. 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. The lake is currently at 776.15 feet in elevation and 70 percent of capacity. Call: Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fishn' Dan (209) 586-2383; Gary Vella (209) 652-7550; Bait Barn (209) 874-3011.
Bruce Hamby of Sierra Sport Fishing reported great fishing for both kokanee and rainbow trout as the fish are holding in the main lake between the A Frame and the dam off of rocky points at depths in the neighborhood of 50 feet. Hamby has been using Uncle Larry's Pro Series Trout Spinners tipped with a night crawler behind a ball flasher for rainbows in the 16 to 18-inch range while kokanee are hitting Uncle Larry's spinners, Glitter Bug Hootchies, or Vance's Hootchies tipped with shoepeg corn scented with Pro Cure's Bloody Tuna and a dash of krill behind copper dodgers. The kokanee are in the 14 to 15.5-inch range. Jason Mello of A-1 Bait in Snelling reported limits of bass to 4.75-pounds have been taken on live crawdads. Live minnows are also working for bass, and there is a good topwater 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 depths from the banks to 30 feet are also effective. The lake dropped 3 feet to 781.14 feet in elevation and 53 percent of capacity. Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505.
The McSwain Marina reported the last plant took place on with 1000-pounds of rainbows by Calaveras Trout Farm. Shore anglers are finding the best action near the C Loop with chartreuse or white Power Eggs or near the Brush Pile with regular scent Power Eggs in white or lemon lime. Trolling has slowed down during the past week with boaters picking up only a few fish per rod in the normal locations up the river arm from Gilligan's Island to the 2 in the deepest part of the lake at depths to 25 feet with a variety of Wedding Rings tipped with a night crawler behind a dodger, blade/crawler combinations, or PPK spinners in a variety of color patterns. Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534
New Melones Reservoir
Danny Layne of Fishn' Dan's Guide Service reported good action for maturing 12 to 13-inch kokanee. He said, "Look for schools off of Glory Hole Point, South Island, or along the face of the dam at depths from 60 to 90 feet," adding, "Our most productive lures have been Micro Hootchies, spinners, or kokanee bugs tipped with garlic Pautske's Fire Corn trolled behind a Crystal Basin 'Wild Thing' dodgers. Night fishing under lights is the top option with anglers anchoring in 25 to 50 feet of water and dropping the light between 15 to 25 feet down. Trollers should target the 40 to 60 foot range with shad patterned lures. Bank anglers are advised to try a bubble and fly rig in the early mornings. Lewis reported an improvement in bass action with an early morning top water bite with small lures such as PopR's, Zara Puppies, Tiny Torpedos, or River2Sea Rovers. Catfishing has been very good. Most fish are in the shallow water at depths from 5 to 20 feet." Call: Glory Hole Sports (209) 736-4333; Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fishn' Dan (209) 586-2383; Sierra Sport Fishing(209) 599-2023.
San Luis Reservoir and O'Neill Forebay
The main lake remains very slow for striped bass with the low water levels, requiring bank anglers to walk a long distance through muddy terrain to get to the shoreline. Boating activity for stripers has slowed with the less than optimal conditions. The best striper fishing remains in the Forebay with Paul Jolley of Coyote Bait and Tackle in Morgan Hill reporting, "Pile worms have been a big seller for the Forebay with anglers lining up around the Highway 152 Access areas or Check 12," adding, "Blood worms or anchovies off of the bottom have also produced schoolsized striped bass." Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun touted white flukes in the Forebay for good numbers of small stripers. Catfishing has improved, and a 12-pound/14-ounce whiskerfish leads Coyote Bait's Catfish Derby where anglers can register with a $10 merchandise purchase. Largemouth bass are hitting jigs or drop shot plastics in the Forebay off of the Islands or to the right of the launch ramp. The main lake released 13,342 acre-feet of water and dropped to 24 percent of capacity. Call: Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711.
Half Moon Bay
During the period from June 1 to July 9 from Pt. Arena to the US-Mexican border is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, and the minimum length is 24-inches all season except in from Pt. Arena to Pigeon Pt. where the minimum size will drop to 20-inches on August 1. Salmon fishing has slowed since the fantastic start to the season as the schools have moved northward. Captain Tom Mattusch of the Huli Cat "If you want to catch fish, you have to make the long run north." Rockfishing remains a solid bet. The Dungeness crab season ends Sunday. 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.
Chris Arcoleo of Chris's Landing in Monterey reported continued excellent rockfishing. Salmon fishing has slowed since last Thursday's explosion. Call: Chris' Landing (831) 375-5951; Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173;usafishing.com
San Francisco Bay
The salmon scores slipped a bit over the weekend due to rough weather offshore. The salmon have been moving north, and the largest concentration has been outside of the North Island near the Pimple.