Delta Mendota Canal and Sloughs
Catfishing in the local canals is the best thing going with most striper fishermen heading north to the O'Neill Forebay. In the south aqueduct, small stripers are still the rule, but an occasional legal fish can be taken on blood worms, jumbo minnows, anchovies, sardines, or Gitzits. Catfish can also be found with live minnows, chicken livers, anchovies, or mackerel.
Eastman is also closed, and the lake held at 471.57 feet in elevation and 9% of capacity with no water releases this week.
Lake Don Pedro
Danny Layne of Fishn' Dan's Guide Service reported "Pretty good fall action for holdover rainbows and landlocked king salmon in Middle Bay from Oat Hill back down to Graveyard Bay at depths from 37 to 50 feet with Cop Car Needlefish, Vance's Slim Fin spoons, or rolled shad," adding, "The rainbows are a solid 16 inches while the kings are a chunky 17 inches." Manny Basi at the Bait Barn in Waterford reported continued minimal interest for bass which live minnows or night crawlers under a bobber working best. Drop shotting with shad-patterned plastics such as Reaction Innovation's Bad Shad Green, Robo Worms Hologram Shad, or Pro Worms Pro Gold are working, and Senkos in natural shad or green pumpkin/purple copper flake are also effective. The top water bite has slowed over the past few weeks, but the small River2Sea Whopper Plopper is still the best choice. Call: Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fishn' Dan (209) 586-2383; Gary Vella (209) 652-7550; Bait Barn (209) 874-3011.
Catfish action from the banks at Barretts Cove is solid with anchovies or stink baits according to Jason Mello of A-1 Bait in Snelling. Bass fishing has been slow from the banks. The best fishing remains with live minnows or night crawlers under a bobber. The top water bite has slowed, but the River2Sea Whopper Ploppers remains the best surface choice. Drop shotting with shad-patterned worms or Senkos in natural shad or green pumpkin/copper flake are good options. Trout trollers have been hooking spotted bass at depths to 60 feet. The lake dropped to 709.74 feet in elevation and 28% of capacity. Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505; Bub Tosh (209) 404-0053
McSwain Marina reported good action from the banks at the Handicapped Docks or the Brush Pile with white garlic-scented Power Eggs or chartreuse Power Eggs. The last plant occurred on Oct. 9. Trolling action remains best up the river arm with chartreuse PPK Tomahawk Spinners. Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534
San Luis Reservoir and O'Neill Forebay
The O'Neill Forebay continues to provide action for local fishermen with the majority of area lakes closed, and Adam Moore of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis reported fishermen are picking up stripers to 24-inches tossing white flukes in the morning hours. White flukes, RatLTraps, Storm 4-inch swimbaits, and P-Line Laser Minnows are all working, and there is a rip bait bite with Lucky Craft 68's, 78's, and 100's or Pointer Staycees in Ghost Minnow, Chartreuse Shad, or American Shad. The stripers are breaking the surface in the early mornings. Shore fishermen are soaking bait, but those tossing lures have to cast far out into the lake. In the main lake, mooching jumbo minnows near the moving water at the Trash Racks or along the old rockwall along Highway 152 is the top technique for stripers to 24inches. Trollers have been few and far between with most boat fishermen using minnows. Most boats are launching at Basalt Recreational Area with the launch ramp at Dinosaur Point remaining via a dirt road. San Luis Reservoir continues to release heavy amounts of water, and it was at 23% of capacity by week's end. Call: Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711.
Salmon continue to trickle into the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta, and Tony Lopez of Benicia Bait reported an average of 8 salmon have been landed daily. Striper fishing has been very good. One fisherman entered in the Rio Vista Bass Derby landed 25 stripers on large live bullheads over the three-day tournament, including legal fish at 20, 30, and 52-pounds while fishing in very shallow water in the back sloughs of Suisun Bay. Sturgeon fishing is picking up. James Nguyen of Dockside Bait in Pittsburg said, "There have been lots of stripers coming in." He was also aware of a striper over 50-pounds caught on a bullhead. Alan Fong of the Fishermen's Warehouse in Sacramento reported excellent largemouth action in the north Delta with a 29-pound limit taken on a recent trip including a kicker of 10.79-pounds. The River2Sea Whopper Plopper in bone has been very effective, and 3/8th -ounce spinnerbaits are also working. Randy Pringle said, "The water is getting cooler, and it is almost to the point of switching over to shad-patterned lures instead of bluegill or chartreuse baits, but we aren't quite there yet." He continues to score with the ima Flit in Olive Herring or Misty Shad, and the reaction bite with spinnerbaits is effective once the wind is blowing. Call: Randy Pringle (209) 543-6260; Captain Stan Koenigsberger - Quetzal Adventures (925) 570-5303; Mark Wilson Sport Fishing (916) 682-1630; Intimidator Sport Fishing (916) 806-3030.
Half Moon Bay
Rockfish continue to be the top game in town with party and private boats working the coastline south of the harbor for limits of rockfish and the occasional ling cod. 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
Rockfishing is the best thing going, and Todd Arcoleo of Chris's Landing in Monterey reported the Caroline went south of Cypress Point towards Point Sur for 20 limits of rockfish and 3 ling cod. Bayside Marine in Santa Cruz reported a few halibut continue to be taken daily from the Lighthouse north to Davenport in 55 to 70 feet of water with drifted squid or herring. The winds are light along the coast, but they are still keeping tuna chasers from heading out. Rockfish and ling cod action remains solid along the local reefs. Call: Chris' Landing (831) 375-5951; Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173
San Francisco Bay
Salmon fishing was mixed over the weekend. Inside the bay, Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle reported very good striped bass fishing in San Pablo Bay with the "Brothers being loaded with bass." Halibut fishing continues to be "hit or miss," but a 15-pounder was brought in from the A-Crane by a troller on Saturday.
San Luis Obispo
Albacore trips are still on hold with private boats reporting slower action for the long run to the water breaks. Rockfishing remains outstanding. Both ports are running a variety of trips from ½ day to long-range in the upcoming weeks. Call: Virg's Landing, (805) 772-1222, (800) 762-5263; Patriot Sports Fishing (805) 595-4100; Port Side Marine Sports Launch (805) 595-7214