VALLEY• NEW MELONES RESERVOIR -- Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp said kokanee fishing has slowed to a crawl, but a few fish were taken far upriver near Rose Creek. The fish are well into spawning, and are no longer good to eat. The trout bite under light has slowed with a few fish taken at 20 to 30 feet near the dam, spillway or Highway 49 bridge. Best action has been far upriver near the logjam and in the backs of the major tributaries such as Angels Creek. Larry Conrado of Angels Camp landed a 3.75-pound rainbow on a Kastmaster while still fishing in Angels Creek. Leon Perkins caught a limit of rainbows weighing up to 2 pounds, 9 ounces on red and white crappie jigs while night fishing in Glory Hole Cove. Trollers should target the main river 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. Lewis said the bass are moving into deeper water as surface temperatures cool with the fish holding at 25 to 35 feet. The catfish bite is very good with anchovies, mackerel, sardines, chicken liver, or a ball of night crawlers. William Heinle caught two big cats on frozen shad while still-fishing from his boat upriver at night. 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 -- Mickey Clements at Coyote Bait and Tackle in San Jose said striper action is on the upswing with boats drifting jumbo minnows at the trash racks or what is left of Portuguese Cove. There are a number of shakers biting minnows, and it takes a while to find legal fish. Trolling the new P-Line Angry Eye or 1.5-ounce Kastmasters in silver/blue has been picking up fish. Bank fishing is best in the main lake near Dinosaur Point with live minnows or blood/pile worms. In the forebay, there is a bit of topwater action in the mornings on Lucky Craft 65's or 78's in ghost minnow or Rebel Jumbo Minnows in bone white. Catfishing has been slow. October is generally a good month at San Luis. Call: Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711.
• McSWAIN RESERVOIR -- McSwain Marina reported excellent trout fishing after a midweek plant and another scheduled for this weekend. Diano Mello at A-1 Bait in Snelling said the combination of white Power Eggs and a night crawler has been effective from the banks at the handicapped docks or the brush pile. Trollers continue are pulling a variety of Wedding Rings and lures at depths to 30 feet from the floating restrooms to the dam. The Turlock Radio Control Club has its radio-controlled airplane event, and access will be limited from the boat launch to the dam. Mello said anglers have been floating in the Merced River just west of McSwain at Merced Falls for limits of trout to 4 pounds on salmon eggs or night crawlers. Call: 378-2534.
• McCLURE RESERVOIR -- Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford said the shad are starting to school up, and shad-patterned plastics are the top producer, particularly the Reaction Innovations Bad Shad Green Senkos. Dragging the Brush or Baby Brush Hogs in watermelon/purple or greenpumpkin/red is working from the banks to 30 feet. Live minnows or crawdads have been consistent for bass from the banks around McClure Point. A 20-pound catfish was caught from the point on anchovies. A few crappie are showing up at Cottonwood Creek or near the houseboats with green crappie jigs. Call: A-1 Bait 563-6505, Bub Tosh 404-0053.
• LAKE DON PEDRO -- Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing took out Bob Moore of Oakdale and Doug Philpott of Modesto on a king salmon/rainbow combination trip. After catching kings to 2.5 pounds at from 83 to 115 feet by rolling threadfin shad, they switched to fast-trolling the Chucker T spoons at 35 to 55 feet near Schoolhouse Point, Jenkins Hill and Big Oak Island at speeds from 2.4 to 2.8 mph. Within 2 minutes of getting out the first line, they hooked up with a 2.5-pound rainbow. They released nine rainbows, with four fish ranging from 20-22 inches. Danny Layne of Fishn' Dan's Guide Service confirmed the great rainbow action, and has been using Vance's Slim Fins in hammered silver or gold or glitter shad at depths of 25 feet in the mornings in Fleming Bay, the Big Creek Arm, and in Middle Bay. Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford said the bass bite is starting to pick up, with one day producing good action only to be followed by a slow day. Dragging either Brush Hogs or Baby Hogs in watermelon/red is another option. Call: Monte Smith 581-4734, Danny Layne 586-2383, Bait Barn 874-301.
• DELTA -- Salmon fishing is hit and miss from the shorelines at Benicia and Pittsburg. A few stripers have been coming from the shoreline with live bullheads, pile worms, blood worms, or grass shrimp, but these have all been small. James Nguyen at Dockside Bait in Pittsburg reported several sturgeon have been taken from the area around Buoys 33 and 34 on ghost or grass shrimp over the weekend. Striped bass are moving into the east delta in numbers and in size, but with the water still on the warm side, the fish are on the move from one location to another. Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, has found good action one day before having to hunt for linesides the next. Pringle has been targeting the edges of Little Franks Tract. Call: Randy Pringle 543-6260; Mark Wilson Sport Fishing (916) 682-1630, Intimidator Sport Fishing (916) 806-3030, Jolly Jay's Guide Service 478-6645.
OCEAN• SAN FRANCISCO BAY -- Rockfishing along the Marin coast or the Farallons continues to provide the best bite, with most boats scoring limits. Ling counts are also starting to rise. Capt. James Smith on the California Dawn took out 14 fishermen Sunday, and they put in 12 ling cod to 17 pounds, 30 rockfish and 32 halibut to 22 pounds along the upper Marin beaches using live sardines. The preceding day, action had been dismal as a small weather front moved in. The New Seeker was the only boat out of Emeryville Sport Fishing, and Captain Harry put his clients onto 20 limits of rockfish and 12 lings to 12 pounds at the Farallons. The best halibut bite in the bay is off the beaches at Fort Mason on Crissy Field with live sardines, with a few fish taken on the west side of Alcatraz.
• HALF MOON BAY -- Peggy Beckett of Huck Finn Sport Fishing said, "Coastal rockfishing is the most consistent thing going," with Capt. Kelly Sponsellar on the New Gravy putting in 14 limits of rockfish including six cabezon and 11 vermilions Saturday while working the long stretch of coast from Martin's Beach to Franklin Point to 180 feet. A few albacore have trickled in from private boats and a commercial boat scored over 100 longfins at 36/42 and 124/00. The waters around Pioneer Canyon were reported to be loaded with whales and bird life in the 60-degree water Sunday. 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.