LAKE DON PEDRO Guide Danny Layne said there are quality fish available for those with patience. He noted that client Trevor Adams of Hayward landed a bright 3-pound king salmon off the Blue Oaks buoy line on a rolled anchovy at 85 feet. Bill Rucker of Oakdale followed with a 2-pound rainbow. Look for the rainbows at 40 feet off the face of the dam near Big Oak Island; use ExCel lures or small broken-backed Rebels. The kings are holding from 85 feet and below and are biting on rolled shad or anchovies cured in Pautske's Fire Brine. Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford said jigs or Senkos in natural shad on wacky-rig are the best baits for the bottom, but he noted there is a top-water bite in the mornings or evenings with PopR's or Zara Spooks. Call: Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne (209) 586-2383; Gary Vella (209) 652-7550; Bait Barn (209) 874-3011
McCLURE RESERVOIR Jason Mello at A-1 Bait in Snelling reported good kokanee action as trollers are limiting by fishing at 50 to 70 feet in the main lake near McClure Point. He recommends Wedding Rings tipped with shoepeg corn. Mello landed a 2-pound spotted bass tossing a River2Sea S Waver in light trout from the banks in shallow water, but the majority of bass are at 30 feet or more and prefer jigs or drop shotting. Live crawdads are effective for bass, but large minnows have been hard to get. Manny Basi touted PopR's or Zara Spooks in the mornings or evenings with the fish dropping deeper during the day. Five-inch Senkos in Natural Shad or Berserk's Purple Hornet Jig with a Yamamoto twin-tailed trailer in cinnamon/purple are working when the fish move out. Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505; Bub Tosh (209) 404-0053
McSWAIN RESERVOIR The rainbows have gone deeper so trollers have moved to the deepest part of the lake upriver above the second fence line. They're tossing Wedding Rings tipped with a night crawler, blade/crawler combinations, ro blue/silver Kastmasters. Bank fishing has been best around the handicapped docks. Jason Mello of A-1 Bait in Snelling has been telling customers to use fluorescent yellow garlic Power Eggs. Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534
NEW MELONES RESERVOIR/TULLOCH Guide Joe Askamit reported excellent kokanee action during the two-day Kokanee Power Derby, calling it "the best fishing this year" from Carson Cove to the Highway 49 bridge. He said action was best at 80 to 100 feet with Uncle Larry's spinners or Glitterbug Hootchies in orange or pink loaded with shoepeg corn scented with root beer or garlic. He said the fish are heading for structure, and anglers should beware of submerged trees. He has switched to larger dodgers and baits and increased his speed from 1½ to 2 mph to create a more violent action. Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods reported slow trout action, with night fishing under lights being the best chance for rainbows. She suggested anchoring at 25 to 50 feet and dropping the light down to 15 then fishing under it. Rainbows to two pounds are possible near the dam or spillway, and night crawlers or Power Bait are the most productive baits. Guide John Lietchy reported a tough bass bite due to warm water and dropping water levels. Lewis touted heavier three-quarter to 1-ounce football head California Reservoir jigs with the fish in deeper water. Catfishing is very good with plenty being caught in the 4- to 8-pound range at 5 to 20 feet on anchovies, frozen shad, mackerel or live minnows. Lewis advised scenting the bait with Bloody Tuna, Garlic or Anchovy. Matt Seldom of Sonora landed a 12½-pound catfish on chicken livers near the dam. Melones dropped 2½ feet and is at 50 percent capacity. Tulloch dropped a foot and 97 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 Low water levels in the main lake have concentrated stripers into a smaller pool, and anglers will have to search for the deeper banks near the trash racks or along submerged islands. The best action is in the Forebay, and Alex Tran of Coyote Bait and Tackle in Morgan Hill said there is an early morning top-water bite on Spooks or Pencil Poppers, and a subsurface bite with flukes or swimbaits for schoolies to 24-inches. The best action has been around the Islands, check 12 or the Highway 152 bridge. Pile worms or blood worms are working from the banks, but minnows have been difficult to get. The main lake dropped to 19 percent capacity. Call: Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711 ; Roger George (559) 905-2954
DELTA/STOCKTON Small stripers have been the rule. Curtis Hayes at Benicia Bait said the river salmon season opens Tuesday, and there will be a number of anglers tossing spinners off the shoreline, particularly with high tide in the morning. He said striper fishing has been good, but most are barely legal. Closer to Stockton, guide Randy Pringle reported excellent smallmouth action for small fish with a variety of techniques. He said the winds have turned on the bite, and crankbaits in chartreuse blue gill patterns or red craw are working. He suggests bumping the rocks or ticking the weeds with the ima Squarebill or Pinjack on 15-pound test line. Furbet the Frog in white or black with a yellow head is working in both the open water near weeds or on top of the mats. He also touted flipping with the Berkley Chigger Craw in red/black on a sliding sinker with a 5/16ths weight. Call: Randy Pringle (209) 543-6260; Stan Koenigsberger (925) 570-5303.
HALF MOON BAY Salmon fishing is open seven days per week until the end of the season, and the size limit remains 24 inches above Pigeon Point until Aug. 1 when it drops to 20 inches. Capt. Dennis Baxter of the New Captain Pete traveled northwest to Fanny Shoals Buoy on Sunday for 25 "nice big" salmon to 28 pounds for 28 anglers. 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
MONTEREY/SANTA CRUZ Salmon fishing is open seven days a week until the end of the season. Rockfishing remains outstanding, and the Check Mate went south to Little Sur for 30 limits and a half-dozen ling cod Sunday. Chris Arcoleo said the salmon are biting off Moss Landing and some "monster fish" have been breaking lines. Call: Chris' Landing (831) 375-5951; Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173
SAN FRANCISCO BAY The salmon bite rebounded with Bay Area party boats finding fish near the Fanny Shoals Buoy. The New Easy Rider put in 27 limits Saturday. The C Gull II and Sundance out of Emeryville mooched near Fanny Shoals, for a combined 25 salmon to 25 pounds for 25 anglers. Capt. Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker worked the rockpiles in the central bay for 40 big stripers to 22 pounds, breaking off at least another 40 in the process.
Compiled by Dave Hurley & Roger George