• NEW MELONES / TULLOCH RESERVOIRS — Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp reported excellent trout fishing after the weekly Department of Fish and Game plants. In addition to planters, a number of 2- to 3-pound holdovers are being caught. Bank action is on the rise with fish feeding heavily on shad throughout the lake. Lewis said the Tasmanian Devil spoon in shad-patterns is effective for both bank casters and trollers. Trollers have been working the main river channel from under the bridges into the lake doing best around the spillway and dam with small shad-imitation lures such as Needlefish, Excels, Countdown Rapalas or the Tasmanian Devils at 20 to 50 feet. With trout moving into shallows, it's time to start throwing swimbaits such as the Mother Lode Toad Thrasher or a Huddleston in rainbow pattern. Bass fishing is only fair as spotted bass gorge themselves on shad. Lewis said drop-shotting is producing some catches. The California Reservoir Lures Jigs have also been effective. A few large catfish are still being caught, but the bite on its way out as the water continues to cool. Crappie and bluegill action has been slow, but the best action has been at 15 to 25 feet with minnows, red worms or meal worms on 4- to 6-pound test. Call: (209) 736-4333; Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne (209) 586-2383; Sierra Sport Fishing (209) 599-2023
• SAN LUIS RESERVOIR / O'NEILL FOREBAY — With lake levels high, striper fishermen are having to search to find the bait balls. Most are working from the dam to Portuguese Cove with live jumbo minnows or frozen shad, but there have been more boats jigging with spoons such as the 1- to 2-ounce River2Sea SeaRock jig in white. Mickey Clements of Coyote Bait in Morgan Hill reported an improved swimbait bite with Yum! Money Minnows or Basstrix Paddletails in shad-imitations. Merritt Gilbert reported local fishermen have been bypassing the canals and heading to the big lake or forebay with Lucky Craft Slender Pointers 127 or 112 in the normal patterns of American shad or ghost minnow. Forebay anglers are reporting good action on the Lucky Craft Pointers, though most fishermen are still targeting the main lake. Call: Ly's Fishing Goods (408) 629-9644; Coyote Bait and Tackle (408) 463-0711
• McSWAIN RESERVOIR — A couple of large rainbow trout were caught last week with a 10.5-pounder brought in by Vern Warnke of Atwater and Rich Lewis of Merced while trolling a white/chartreuse jointed Rapala in front of the boat launch. A 9.2-pound rainbow was landed from the banks near the handicapped docks with night crawlers on a size 6 live bait hook. Limits of planters have been the rule with the best action near the handicapped docks on pink Gulp! salmon eggs and Sunrise, chartreuse and orange Power Bait or night crawlers. Trolling has improved with limits taken near the floating restrooms and Gilligan's Island. A Calaveras Trout Farm plant is scheduled this week. Call:(209) 378-2534
• McCLURE RESERVOIR — Bass are the best thing going with Jason Mello of A-1 Bait in Snelling catching and releasing 30 bass near Barretts Cove by drop shotting Keeper 082 plastics at 20 to 40 feet. Live crawdads are also effective. Planter trout are hitting drop-shot rigs in the coves. Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford reported a slowdown for tournament bass fishermen with limits in the 7 to 8-pound range. Some fishermen have been tossing swimbaits for a chance at one large fish. Brown jigs with a green pumpkin trailer or shad-patterned plastics on the drop shot have been consistent for smaller fish. Trout trollers have gotten some bites near the Hornitos Bridge on garlicPower Bait. Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505; Bub Tosh (209) 404-0053• LAKE DON PEDRO — Manny Basi of the Bait Barn in Waterford said the bass bite slowed this week with small limits in the 7.5-pound range. The best action, he said, has been on brown jigs with a green pumpkin trailer or by drop shotting shad-patterned plastics at 40 feet. Throwing swimbaits in light trout or trout or the Huddleston in rainbow trout can produce one large fish. Guide Monte Smith said the rainbows can be found by trolling heavy spoons on 4 to 6 colors of lead core. The Moccasin section has been producing limits around Woods Creek. Cast in the early morning. Lake temperatures need to drop a few more degrees before the lake turns over. Call: Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; Danny Layne (209) 586-2383; Gary Vella (209) 652-7550; Bait Barn (209) 874-3011
• DELTA / STOCKTON — After public outcry over proposed regulations for striped bass, the proposal is now headed to the Fish and Game Commission for their Feb. 14-15 meeting in Sacramento. Meanwhile, striped bass action is very good in Suisun Bay, and there are signs the stripers are on the march up the rivers. Guide Bob Wright reports the stripers are moving out of the Suisun Bay area into the east Delta. Jay Sorensen has been catching limits the last two weekend trips in the San Joaquin River system. He landed stripers on both the incoming and outgoing tides in False River and up near Frank's Tract while hiding from Sunday's winds. The fish are picking up the bait and pulling out the clicker. Sorensen stuck to frozen for limits to 25 inches. Guide Randy Pringle reported excellent action for largemouth bass to 3.5 pounds with rip baits such as the Ima Flit 120 in Olive Herring or shad-patterns. Daytime tides have been all incoming, and Pringle has been working the rip bait with a slow, methodical retrieve. Capt. Stan Koenigsberger took a salmon trip out Saturday on the Old Sacramento River and boated two limits of dime-bright salmon ranging from 27 to 37.5-inches. Call: Randy Pringle (209) 543-6260; Stan Koenigsberger (925) 570-5303, Mark Wilson (916) 682-1630; Intimidator Sport Fishing (916) 806-3030; Jolly Jay (209) 478-6645
• SAN FRANCISCO BAY — The commercial crab fleet is still tied to the docks over a dispute for a fair price, so if you want Thanksgiving crab you better book a spot on a party boat. This is a bonus for sport crabbers because the quality and quantity is staying high. Chris Smith on the California Dawn got 22 limits of rockfish and crab with a bonus 21 ling cod to 12-pounds up the Marin coast on Monday. Jim Smith of the Happy Hooker worked Saturday's big swell for 33 limits of rockfish and crab up the Marin coast. The New Seeker and New Huck Finn out of Emeryville went to the Farallons on Saturday for 54 limits of rockfish and crab with a solitary 5-pound ling cod. They got identical numbers Sunday. Emeryville is also running the combination trips every day this week except Thanksgiving Day.
• HALF MOON BAY — Capt. Tom Mattusch scraped out 27 limits of rockfish Saturday to go with 27 limits of Dungeness. Mattusch said something made crabbing slow down on Sunday. He needed 12 pots to make 18 limits after scoring 27 limits on 6 pots Saturday. Further north, Sheryl Jimno said the pier remains crowded despite rough water.Call: Happy Hooker (510) 223-5388; Huck Finn Fishing (650) 726-7133, Emeryville Sport Fishing (510) 654-6040.
• MONTEREY/SANTA CRUZ — The crab and rockfish action was "terrific" with Sonny Arcoleo at Chris's Landing saying the Star of Monterey "smashed" them on Saturday at Point Sur; a number of big vermilions were in the sacks. The Checkmate got limits of rockfish and crab both Saturday and Sunday. The Caroline also had limits Saturday. Call:Chris' Landing (831) 375-5951; Bayside Marine (831) 475-2173
Reservoirs and lakes that will be planted with trout during the week of Nov. 27:
• Stanislaus — Turlock Lake.• Tuolumne — Don Pedro Reservoir; New Melones Reservoir.
• Mariposa — Lake McClure.• Fresno — Woodward Park Lake.
• Madera — Eastman Lake; Hensley Lake.
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