NEW MELONES RESERVOIR — Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp reports that few are even trying for kokanee. A few limits have been reported far up the river near Rose Creek. Those seeking trout need to fish under a Hydro-Glo light; there have been limits near the dam or spillway at 20 to 30 feet with Power Bait, night crawlers, small minnows, or vertically-jigged Kastmasters. Tom Dutil of Tom's Fishing Charters said trollers should target the main channel between the bridges at 30 to 50 feet with shad or rainbow trout patterned Apex, Excel, Cripplure or Rapala Countdown tipped with a small piece of night crawler. Bank anglers should head to local streams and creeks with Pautzke's eggs, Berkeley Select Scented Power Bait, crawlers, or small spinners such as Mepps or Panther Martins. Bass are moving into deeper water as surface temperatures cool. Pro Guide jigs with Yamamoto twin tail grub trailers or Carolina-rigged creature baits have worked, as have Speed Traps. Look for an early morning reaction and top water bite on Lucky Craft Pointers, Staycees, Zara Spooks, PopR's and Jitterbugs close to the banks. Catfish are biting good on anchovies, mackerel, sardines, chicken liver, or a ball of night crawlers. Bluegill action has been very good with king mealworms or a piece of night crawler under a bobber in the backs of coves. Call: 736-4333, Monte Smith 581-4734, Danny Layne 586 2383, Sierra Sport Fishing 599-2023.
SAN LUIS RESERVOIR / O'NEILL FOREBAY — Ly Tu said fishing in the main lake has slowed this week. Water levels are still high for this time of year. Best fishing is in the Forebay, but only for those willing to catch live mudsuckers or grass shrimp in the rocks before wading out to try for stripers to 22 inches. October is generally good at San Luis. Call: Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711.
McSWAIN RESERVOIR — Lake was crowded Saturday with trollers and bank anglers in the VFW Trout Derby. Diano Mello at A-1 Bait said trout to 3 pounds were taken by trollers pulling gold cow bell flashers followed by a red Wedding Ring tipped with a piece of night crawler near the floating restrooms at 30 feet. The largest trout was 21 inches taken from the same area on a Wedding Ring tipped with a night crawler. A trout plant took place just prior to the weekend's derby. Call: 378-2534
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MCCLURE RESERVOIR — Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford said bass fishing is fair if you drop shot with shad imitation plastics or Senkos in colors 301(green pumpkin/purple) or 330 (green pumpkin/purple/ copper) at 30 feet near the banks. The top water bite is still slow. Diana Mello of A-1 Bait said 4-inch Pro Worms in shad colors or Shad Rap crankbaits are working near the banks. Live minnows or crawdads have worked. Rainbow trout are hitting rainbow ExCel spoons at 35 to 50 feet from the dam to Barretts Cove and farther upriver towards Bagby. Catfishing is good along muddy, sloping banks with live crawdads, night crawlers, chicken livers, anchovies or sardines at 20 feet. Call: A-1 Bait 563-6505, Bub Tosh 404-0053.
LAKE DON PEDRO — Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing continues to tout rainbow and king salmon fishing. Monday, his clients landed five kings to 2.5 pounds while rolling shad at 80 to 120 feet. After switching to trout, they caught and released quick limits with four trout ranging from 20 to 22-inches. He continues to score with Chucker T silver/nickel spoons at 35 to 50 feet. Trout are still holding wherever the shad schools are located, and Smith advised working the bait schools to find the trout. King salmon are still loaded with the tiny threadfin shad. Danny Layne of Fishn' Dan's Guide Service confirmed the strong bite, having boated limits of rainbows to 4-pounds while targeting schools of bait fish. Layne said the color of the lure is insignificant once the bait schools are found. Call: Monte Smith 581-4734, Danny Layne 586-2383, Bait Barn 874-301.
DELTA — Salmon fishing took a giant leap forward with over 15 fish to 33 pounds landed by fishermen standing shoulder-to-shoulder at Dillon's Point on Sunday. Tony Lopez of Benicia Bait said VZ spinners were the top lure, but the big fish was taken on a green Flying C. This was the first showing of salmon since the season opener. Big stripers are being caught at the Firing Line on bullheads or splittails, and fishermen are reporting sturgeon marks on the bottom. Stripers have been taken on live bullheads or fresh shad with a few fish coming in at 30-pounds from the area around the PG&E plant. Randy Pringle reported tremendous action for striped bass on the San Joaquin River above the Stockton deep water channel with the IMA Big Stik, Ace in the Hole, and the PopN'Walker. One client landed a 14-pound lineside on the Big Stik, and an estimated 30-pound striper blew up on the PopNWalker on Monday. He has found stripers in moving water along tule berms where the fish can ambush bait schools. The majority of largemouths have been in the 3-pound or less range, but the action has been plentiful. Salmon fishing has shown a surprising improvement with several fish taken between the mouth of the Feather River at Verona and Rio Ramaza on Silvertron spinners. Some anglers are taking limits. Call: Randy Pringle 543-6260; Mark Wilson Sport Fishing (916) 682-1630.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY — Live bait ling cod and halibut bite was "off the Hook" this weekend, and should throughout the week. Capt. James Smith on the California Dawn from Berkeley 17 anglers to the Marin coast Sunday, boating limits of lings to 13-pounds, 57 rockfish and 31 halibut to 21. Saturday, Smith worked the reefs off Double Pt. James for 120 rockfish and 21 limits of lings to 20 pounds before adding four halibut. Bryan Chan, backup captain on a number of Bay vessels, put in big limits of ling cod, halibut, and rockfish Tuesday. Saturday, Wright put 19 passengers onto limits of ling cod to 18.5-pounds, 38 rockfish, and 11 halibut to 20-pounds. The Marin coast isn't the only place that rockfish are biting; four boats out of Emeryville put clients onto 81 limits of rockfish and 34 lings to 15-pounds at the Farallons on Saturday, only to be followed by 51 more limits Tuesday. Emeryville is running live bait potluck or rockfish/ling cod trips daily. Jay Lopes of Right Hook Sport Fishing has been concentrating inside the bay for leopard and seven-gill sharks, and has been anchoring in 50 feet on either tide in the south bay with live sardines. They landed at least a fish per rod of leopards, half-limits of seven-gills, and a couple of soupfin shark to 60 pounds.
HALF MOON BAY — Peggy Beckett of Huck Finn Sport Fishing out of Half Moon Bay said limits were the rule this weekend with the Ankeny Street boating 12 limits of rockfish, including a cabezon to go with six lings to 10-pounds Sunday and 18 limits of rockfish Saturday, including 7 cabezon to 6 pounds, and a solitary ling weighing 12 pounds. The kicker was an estimated 12-pound vermilion landed by Alan Wong. Captain Kelly Sponsellar on the New Gravy came home with 15 limits of rockfish and 2 lings near the Ritz to follow up Saturday's action of 18 limits of rockfish, 2 lings, and a cabezon near Buoy One south to the Ritz. There were some boats chasing tuna over the weekend, with one running 120 miles to 36.23/124.04 for two albies in the 40-pound class. This boat burned over 230 gallons of fuel for 22 fish. Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Huck Finn Sport Fishing Center (650) 726-7133, Emeryville Sport Fishing (510) 654-6040, Don Franklin, Soleman (510) 703-4148.