Comment: Trout continue to hold down about 35 feet deep. Trollers using Needlefish, Ex-Cel lures, R-Lures or Apex lures in silver/blue, red/gold, silver/red or shad colors usually can pick up trout near Hat Island and the dam. There have been several reports of nice trout to 5 pounds being caught upriver in the last two weeks, from the highway bridge up to Arkansas Band. Fish there are holding down 25-30 feet deep, and fishermen drifting Power Bait, night crawlers or a combination of both have done well. ... Camanche regular Bruce Jennings and a friend caught several bass to 3 pounds fishing underwater structure and drop-offs in the main lake, using plastic worms in green and brown. Fish held down 20-25 feet in areas that dropped off to deeper water. Jennings caught five nice catfish Thursday. All were in the 4- to 5-pound range and caught upriver in rocky areas in 15-20 feet of water. His fish came during the day. (Northshore store 763-5166, Southshore 763-5915.)
Comment: Kevin Yost and Rich Tipton of Lucky Strike Fishing reported excellent sturgeon in the Pittsburg area in deep water to 58 feet. They released two oversized sturgeon at 77 and 74 inches to go with several shakers and five legal fish on weekend trips. No additional salmon landed from the Benicia shoreline, but things are picking up at Isleton. Bob Keyes of Stockton put a 30.3-pounder in the boat Saturday on a green double-bladed Silvertron. There have been large stripers taken by trollers running shallow-running Bombers along the west bank of the Sacramento River near Decker and Sherman islands. There also are stripers moving in and out of Mokelumne River. Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, said the cooler temperatures require a slow presentation in the strike zone. He's had best action on the Berkley Chigger Craw or Persuader E-Chip Jig in brown/purple with a "dead-sticking" technique. He recommends lifting the lure and letting it set, lifting it again and letting it set for 2-5 seconds. The shad population isn't concentrated, making the browns and purples the more effective colors in the clear water. (Fishermen's Warehouse in Manteca, 239-2248; Randy Pringle, 543-6260; Kevin Yost, Dave Mierkey, Rip Their Lips Off Guide Service, 1-888-924-5477.)
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Comment: Decent rainbow trout and king salmon action with rainbows found 25-55 feet deep with small shad-colored ExCels or blade/'crawler combos under the Powerlines in Upper Bay and in the Woods Creek arm, Danny Layne of Fishn' Dan's Guide Service reported. King salmon are 60-100 feet deep in the canyon between the Flume and Highway 120 bridge with rolled shad or anchovies. Berserk jigs in brown colors are working for a consistent limit of 2- to 3-pound fish with drop-shotting along rocky points during the heat of the day. (Monte Smith, 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fishn' Dan, 586-2383.)
Comment: Mike Van Guilder Jr. of Fishwrangler's Bass Guide Service reported. Drop-shotting, split-shotting or Texas-rigging Berserk plastics fished near the rocks or in the trees are yielding bass to 5 pounds. He has been using Super Spooks or YoZuri Banana Boats for top-water action for spotted bass. There is a crawdad-colored crankbait bite in shallow water for the occasional large bass. Diana Mello of A-1 Bait and Tackle in Snelling reported fair trout action 45 feet deep in front of the Dam and the mouth of Cottonwood Creek with blade/'crawlers or Wedding Rings tipped with a 'crawler behind a dodger. Catfishing is excellent with live crawdads or weightless anchovies along muddy flats at depths of 15-20 feet with best bite from sundown to midnight. Crappie fishing is improving under lights at 35 feet deep near the Dam or Piney Creek near treetops or laydown structure. Crappie averaging quarter- to half-pound and hitting red/white crappie jigs or small minnows. The lake dropped 1,847 acre-feet to 34 percent capacity. (A-1 Bait, 563-6505; Fishwrangler's Guide Service, 604-8222; Jig's Bait and Tackle, 852-2777.)
Comment: Stephanie Wood of McSwain Marina reported excellent trout fishing with the recent plants by Calaveras Trout Farm for weekend derbies. Trollers are scoring in the usual troll pattern from the Dam to the second fence line at depths to 15 feet with silver/blue Kastmasters or blade/'crawler combinations. Hot shoreline spot over the weekend was the Brush Pile with chartreuse or rainbow Power Bait or Roostertails. Calaveras Trout Farm will plant Friday in preparation for Saturday's Free Fishing Day. (378-2534.)
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Comment: Monte Smith of Gold Country Guide Service reported great kokanee action over the weekend with fish to 18.5 inches taken 85-105 feet deep near the Spillway on Uncle Larry's Mad Irishman spinners behind a chartreuse Crystal Basin WildThing dodger. Green is the color of choice. Smith said there is a large accumulation of fish schooling at 100 feet, but most kokanee have lost their scales and are changing to spawning colors. There are a few juvenile fish hanging around, but the larger ones are holding tight to the bottom. He advised keeping the downrigger weights from hanging up on the bottom. They also landed a 2.5-pound rainbow at 100 feet, but most trout are starting to move up higher in the water column with the cooling temperatures. Trout fishing should improve significantly in coming weeks. The recent NorCal Bass tournament pulled in a winning limit of 19-plus pounds, but overall bass fishing is still slow. The bass are holding on deep structure with some holding upriver along the points. Bluegill are plentiful while catfishing is starting to slow with the cooler temperatures. Best action is at night. Crappie is best at night 15-20 feet deep with small minnows or mini jigs near submerged trees. The lake has dropped another 1,552 acre-feet to 60 percent capacity, but there is plenty of water to launch and fish. Recreational boating has slowed. (736-4333; Monte Smith, 581-4734; Danny Layne-Fishn' Dan, 586-2383; Fishwranglers Bass Guide Service, 604-8222.)
Comment: Trolling greatly improved last week. Boaters were trolling parallel passes between Goose Island and the barrel line. Lots of nice rainbows caught. Downriggers set 40-60 feet, small lures in pink, orange, red and green, ball flashers or dodgers in silver/blue and slow figure-eight trolling patterns. The still fishing was very hot in south end -- try the coves at the extreme southern end of the lake. Night crawlers and maggots were working best. Lots of limits of rainbows last week. Some kokanee in the 12- to 14-inch range were caught near Deer Island at 130 feet. ... Bank fishing has been tough, possibly due to the warm water temperatures in the Recreation Area and dropping water level. Chartreuse Power Bait, night crawlers, power eggs and maggots are still good. (772-1472.)
Tuolumne County: Lyons Canal, Moccasin Creek, Powerhouse Stream.