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California fishing reports 7-14


• NEW MELONES RESERVOIR — With more than 100 participants in its tournament, the California Inland Fisheries reported an excellent kokanee bite and easy limits. Majority worked the dam at 35-55 feet. Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing had limits by 9:30 a.m. on one trip. Danny Layne of Fishn' Dan's Guide Service reported limits of 14- to 16.5-inch kokanee near the Highway 49 Bridge, Carson Cove, Angels Cove, Glory Hole Point, the spillway, and Rose Island. Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp reported a good trout bite for trollers or those sitting on the anchor. Trollers should target the main river channel 30-50 feet deep with trout-patterned Apex, ExCels, Cripplures or Countdown Rabloas behind a gold or copper dodger. Lewis said fishing remains excellent for spotted bass upriver with creature baits such as Zoom Baby Brush Hogs, or oxblood worms on a shakey-head or dart-head from the bank to 25 feet deep. Largemouths are being caught at 5-20 feet deep at the mouths of main-lake coves near lay-down wood on Senkos, 6-inch worms, or jigs. Lewis reported great catfishing. Bluegill and crappie fishing is best at night under a submersible light. Live small or medium minnows, or crappie jigs in red/white, black/chartreuse or purple/white or working best for crappie. Bluegill are hitting king mealworms or a piece of night crawler under a bobber. Call: 736-4333; Monte Smith 581-4734; Danny Layne 586 2383; Sierra Sport Fishing 599-2023.

• SAN LUIS RESERVOIR / O'NEILL FOREBAY — Ly Tu of Ly's Fishing Goods said striper action in the main lake is slow, and the heavy grass in the Forebay has made fishing difficult. There still are a good number of anglers working under the Highway 33 Bridge in the Forebay in the evenings with pile worms, mudsuckers or grass shrimp for a few stripers to 23 inches. David Hamblin of Coyote Bait said there has been an excellent striper bite in the main lake on the 4- to 8-foot flats in Cottonwood Bay with Lucky Craft Pointer 100's or 128's in ghost minnow, aurora black or metallic. The fish are chasing the bait into the flats, and the bite is best in the early mornings or evenings. Catfish to 10 pounds have been taken out of the Forebay near Check 12 or the opening of the California Aqueduct on Cheese Dip Baits, mackerel, or frozen shad. Wind conditions (800) 805-4805. Call: Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711.

• McSWAIN RESERVOIR — McSwain Marina reported excellent action for trout to 18 inches in response to heavy plants. Trollers have been pulling blade/crawler combinations, rainbow trout Needlefish or Kastmasters up the main river channel. Bank anglers are soaking inflated crawlers, crawler/marshmallow combinations or various colors of Power Bait from the Brush Pile or the Handicapped Docks. The water level has been consistently high. Call: 378-2534.

• DELTA/STOCKTON — Sturgeon fishing is the best option, but there have been few anglers interested. Curtis Hayes at Benicia Bait said only four boats worked the Mothball Fleet on Monday. He recommended the incoming tide with grass shrimp, pile worms and eel. Salmon fishing in this section of the river is open from Sept. 4 through Oct. 3. James Nguyen at Dockside Bait in Pittsburg said a few sturgeon were brought to the shop Saturday. Allison Shawnego at Hap's Bait in Rio Vista reported sturgeon being caught in Montezuma Slough on eel with a few stripers to 30-inches from the banks near the Rio Vista Bridge. Call: Randy Pringle 543-6260; Mark Wilson (916) 682-1630, Intimidator Sport Fishing (916) 806-3030, Jolly Jay's Guide Service 478-6645.
• McCLURE RESERVOIR — Danny Layne reported scattered schools of kings to 5 pounds from Barretts Cove to Horseshoe Bend at 45-70 feet biting on rolled shad or shad-imitation lures. Kokanees to 17 inches have been found in Temperance Bay and off the A-frame cabin at 40 feet with Uncle Larry's spinners, Shasta Tackle Wiggle Hootchies or glow Sockeye Slammers tipped with garlic corn. Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford reported an excellent bass bite with 10-inch plastics on a Texas-rig at 10-20 feet. There is a good top-water bite with Pop R's or the plastic rattling Lunker Punker at night. Catfishing has turned on with chicken livers in the evenings. Crappie fishing has improved with medium minnows in the Bagby area. The lake is holding at 92% capacity. Call: A-1 Bait 563-6505; Bub Tosh 404-0053.

• LAKE DON PEDRO — Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing reported an outstanding bite for trout to 2.5 pounds on Trucker T spoons at 35-45 feet deep near Jenkins Hill, Blue Oaks, and Big Oak Island. Manny Basi reported a very good night bite on top-water lures. The plastic Lunker Punker has been the most effective in the evenings. The lake is nearly full at 98% capacity. Call: Monte Smith 581-4734; Danny Layne 586-2383; Bait Barn 874-3011.


• SAN FRANCISCO BAY — Rockfishing is steady at the Farallon Islands with seven boats out of Emeryville putting in 112 limits of rockfish and 13 ling cod to 11-pounds Sunday to go with 78 limits Saturday and 7 lings to 10-pounds Saturday. They picked up 13 halibut to 18-pounds and 6 flatties to 22-pounds Saturday. The majority of party and 6-packs out of Emeryville left the bay Saturday to avoid the big tides and take advantage of the great weather, focusing upon rockfish at the Farallons or along the Marin coast or halibut fishing on the beaches. Jim Smith on the Happy Hooker went down the San Mateo coast for ½ limits of big rockfish with several quality ling cod Saturday. Smith said the most consistent halibut bite has been on the outgoing tide east of Alcatraz Island with a new batch of large females moving in over the past few days.

• HALF MOON BAY — Peggy Beckett at Huck Finn Sport Fishing said rockfishing remains the top draw with party and private boats enjoying gorgeous weather as they work the reefs south to Pigeon Point. Most of the boats have been focusing in the shallow to deep waters near Pescadero for limits with Captain Kelly Sponsellar on the New Gravy finding 21 limits or rockfish, 2 cabezon, and 3 lings to 8-pounds off of Pescadero on Saturday, and the Connie O putting in 4 limits and an 8-pound ling for a small charter in the same area. Sheryl Jimno at the Rusty Hook in Pacifica reported a "few" stripers have been landed on white or chartreuse hair raisers at Linda Mar and Rockaway Beaches. 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.

• MONTEREY — Sonny Arcaleo said there were "big numbers of salmon taken by the commercial fishermen" Saturday and Sunday with one boat landing 500 pounds of fish with a 17-pound average. Private boaters found up to 4 limits Sunday. The Checkmate hooked three fish, but they were lost on the long drag. The fish are hugging the bottom, and boats with downriggers are having success. Striper fishing from Carmel Beach has been great with Fish Traps in the early mornings. Halibut fishing up the coast with Boccie Boy Sardines produced a couple of limits as an influx of baitfish turned on the bite. The halibut bite is starting to show momentum with good water and bait conditions. There were scores of halibut in 30 feet near Capitola, and some good scores on the west side of Santa Cruz. Anglers are finding halibut in 30 to 60 feet by drifting live sardines, dead squid, herring, or fish traps. Call: Chris' Landing (831) 375-5951, Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173.

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