Florence Lake a ‘hidden jewel’ for trout; Bass Lake sizzling, too

Compiled by Dave Hurley and edited by Roger George, who guides within the higher Fresno space and holds the striper file at Millerton Lake.

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Greatest bets

Greatest bets; Delta bass and stripers lively, Vince Borges reported. New Melones kokanee and catfish motion good, Kyle Smart mentioned. Bass Lake trout hitting, Mike Beighey reported. Wishon and Courtright trout motion retaining anglers cool, Kelly Brewer mentioned. Don Pedro trout working bait, Monte Smith reported.

Roger’s Remarks: Serving others is its personal reward

A pal just lately requested if, after a few years of guiding, do I nonetheless fish alone? After all I do!

I like guiding however I’ve discovered that it takes an entire completely different ability and mindset than many anglers may anticipate. The massive mistake most want-to-be guides make is considering that if they assist somebody catch fish that can make them glad and all’s effectively.

Visitors are on the lookout for a whole expertise. More often than not it’s not sufficient to simply catch fish.

It’s definitely a lot tougher to take out a number of friends to fish than it’s to simply exit by your self. The payoff is if you’re in a position to assist somebody have an incredible expertise. The chance to serve others comes with the chance of messing up. The antidote to that is specializing in doing all of your finest to assist and serve your friends whereas retaining their finest pursuits foremost in your thoughts. Laborious to do for certain, however folks can normally discern what your motives are.

I hear fastidiously on the finish of a visit to see how my of us measured the journey. Saying they liked catching the fish is nice, however I do know I did one thing proper if they are saying, “I had a beautiful time and it was higher than I might have hoped!”

It’s tough and exhausting to serve friends who’re hoping you’ll have the ability to ship one thing extraordinary and enjoyable for them to recollect, however it’s additionally probably the most rewarding issues I’ve ever accomplished. Serving to another person catch a pleasant fish has turn into an even bigger thrill for me than me getting one. Takes extra ability and focus, too, no less than for me.

By no means surrender…serving others.

Roger George: [email protected] , Rogergeorgeguideservice on Fb and @StriperWars


Westside waterways

Striper 2 Catfish 2

Invoice Sterling of the Sportsmen’s Warehouse in Fresno mentioned, “There are many bait fish working round within the aqueduct, and it is going to be only a matter of time earlier than the stripers begin feeding. I’m predicting an excellent striper season. Largemouth bass proceed to hit within the native canals as we landed 12 on Thursday with Senkos or creature baits labored across the bridges or cowl resembling hyacinths or moss.”

Within the south aqueduct in Kern County, it is very important find clear water because the algae is beginning to stack up. Bouncing the underside with flukes on a heavy jig head are working for largemouth and striped bass whereas lower baits are efficient for each striped bass and catfish.”

Name: Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis 292-3474; Bob’s Bait Bucket in Bakersfield (661) 833-8657

Eastman Lake/Hensley Lake

Bass 2 Trout 2 Bluegill 2 Catfish 2 Crappie 2

Michael Crayne of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis mentioned, “Heavy boat stress for these in quest of double-digit largemouth bass have contributed to a lot slower motion on the lowered lake. Swimbaits, deep-diving crankbaits, or spoons have been the highest baits for the massive fish. Hensley is a strong spot for bow fishing for carp. Catfish are taken on hen livers, lower baits, or nightcrawlers.” Each lakes dropped to six%. Algae blooms are forming with the low water circumstances and this week’s triple-digit temperatures will contribute to the blooms.

Name: Eastman Lake 689-3255; Valley Rod Gun, Clovis 292-3474; U.S. Military Corps of Engineers, Hensley Lake Hidden Dam 673-5151

Lake Don Pedro

Bass 2 Trout 3 Kokanee 2 King salmon 2 Crappie 2

Monte Smith of Gold Nation Sport Fishing mentioned, “The kokanee are all however down, heading up the river arm to spawn, and king salmon and rainbow trout are the highest species. The bait colleges are thick, and the fish are holding across the bait with rainbows from 40 to 70 toes with the kings round 65 toes. The fish are coming as much as feed because the bait is excessive round 45 toes.” Bass fishing stays extraordinarily gradual. The lake dropped barely to 58%. The Fleming Meadows, Blue Oaks, and Moccasin launch ramps stay open, however the Fleming launch requires a protracted stroll to the car parking zone.

Name: Monte Smith of Gold Nation Sport Fishing (209) 581-4734; Kyle Smart – Head Hunter Information Service – (209) 531- 3966; Ryan Cook dinner – Ryan Cook dinner’s Fishing – 691-7008

Lake Isabella/Bakersfield space

Bass 3 Trout 2 Crappie 2 Catfish 2 Bluegill 2

Largemouth bass to eight kilos have been taken on huge plastic worms within the 7- to 12-inch vary together with topwater lures within the early mornings or evenings or deep-diving crankbaits or jigs in the course of the day. The most effective motion stays across the grassy flats or submerged wooden. Crappie are holding round sure submerged brush or rock with jigs or small minnows. Few trout are being landed, and they’re largely discovered by trollers working the river arm. Within the decrease river, catfish, bass, and carp are potentialities, and the smallmouth bass are taken on plastics on the drop-shot, deep-diving crankbaits, or reside minnows. The river at Kernville have dropped from 527 to 176 cfs, and water releases out of the dam have additionally dropped at First Level from 463 to 313 cfs. The trout within the higher river are holding within the deep swimming pools because the water is changing into very skinny.

Name: Bob’s Bait Bucket in Bakersfield (661) 833-8657; North Fork Marina (760) 376-1812; Golden Trout Pack Station (559) 542-2816

Lake Kaweah

Bass 2 Crappie 2 Trout 2 Catfish 2

Not a lot change except heavy leisure boating stress and dropping water ranges. The bass chew is difficult within the dropping water circumstances, however there’s a response chew within the early mornings earlier than dropping to the underside with ice jigs, spoons, or jigs. The lake is beginning to launch water, and it dropped to fifteen%. The flows within the Kaweah River have dropped from 98 cfs to 35 cfs at Three Rivers.

Lake Success/Tule River

Bass 2 Crappie 2 Trout 2 Catfish 2

Bass fishing is respectable within the mornings and evenings, however the lake is dropping quick because it has receded from 21% to 18%. Anglers are working round construction resembling submerged bushes or rock with plastics on a Texas-rig, deep-diving crankbaits, or Senkos.

The flows on the Tule are low, however trout motion is superb for fly fishermen with terrestrial dry flies or Woolly Buggers. Spin casters are scoring bigger holdover browns or rainbows within the deeper swimming pools within the decrease Tule with Panther Martin spinners.

Name: Sequoia Fishing Co. 539-5626, sequoiafishingcompany.com

McClure Reservoir

Bass 2 Trout 2 King salmon 0 Kokanee 0 Crappie 2 Catfish 2

The lake continues to drop as it’s at present at 30%. The most effective launch ramp stays at Barrett Cove South. Ryan Cook dinner of Ryan Cook dinner’s Fishing mentioned, “There’s a good topwater chew within the evenings from 4 to eight p.m. with Berkley Choppo 110’s or related strolling baits. Tubes at 35 toes are additionally productive, however the general chew is hard.” The Angler’s Edge in Snelling reported respectable bass motion in deeper water with Roboworms in Child Bass or Morning Daybreak on a drop-shot. Trout trolling has been productive at depths to 80 toes close to the dam with shad-patterned spoons.

Name: Ryan Cook dinner – Ryan Cook dinner’s Information Service – 691-7008

McSwain Reservoir

Trout 2

The Angler’s Edge in Snelling reported holdover rainbow trout from the unique Calaveras Trout Farm vegetation months in the past together with the catchables from the Division of Fish and Wildlife a number of weeks in the past stay within the lake in restricted numbers. The most effective motion is within the deep water up the river arm for trollers pulling blade/’crawler combos or ruby purple Marriage ceremony Rings tipped with a bit of nightcrawler behind a dodger whereas shore anglers should get out within the early mornings from the Brush Pile, Handicapped Docks, or the peninsula close to the marina with Energy Bait, Panther Martin spinners, or ¼- to ⅜-ounce Kastmasters. The river under the dam can also be producing fish which have migrated downstream. The lake rose barely to 93%.

Name: Angler’s Edge Market (209) 226-4416; McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534

Millerton Lake/San Joaquin River

Bass 2 Striped bass 1 Shad 1 Bluegill 3 Crappie 1

Michael Crayne of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis mentioned, “Noticed bass is finest at the back of the lake with excessive leisure boating stress on the Fresno facet. Within the evenings, the Madera facet round Sky Harbor or Finegold Bay is an effective location with the spots chasing bait. Catfishing is finest close to the Courthouse with hen livers or lower baits.” The lake dropped from 53% to 50%, and the San Joaquin River flows held at 259 cfs at Friant.

Name: Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474

New Melones Reservoir/Tulloch

Bass 2 Crappie 2 Catfish 3 Trout 2 Kokanee 3

The lake dropped from 896.28 toes to 893.37 toes in elevation this week, however the general capability is at 29%. The launch ramp state of affairs has improved with the power to launch two at a time with a dock within the water. Kyle Smart of HeadHunter Information Service mentioned, “Kokanee fishing stays excellent for the few boats making an attempt with huge gold Apex or J-Pex lures behind a big gold hammered dodger at depths from 80 to 90 toes. Catfishing is vast open with lower bait.” Ryan Cook dinner of Ryan Cook dinner’s Fishing mentioned, “The bass chew is respectable with underspins, weightless Senkos on a wacky-rig, or ¼-ounce G Cash jigs round rock or wooden.” Glory Gap Sporting Items in Angels Camp, an space staple for 38 years, is ready to shut this coming Saturday, Aug. 20.

Name: Glory Gap Sports activities (209) 736-4333; Monte Smith (209) 581-4734; John Liechty Xperience Fishing Information Service (209) 743-9932

Pine Flat Reservoir/Kings River

Bass 2 Trout 2 Kokanee 0 King salmon 0 Catfish 2 Crappie 2

The Sierra Bass Membership held an evening match with successful limits to simply over 12 kilos with a giant fish at 3.06 kilos. Michael Crayne of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis mentioned, “The bass are holding across the shad colleges in deep water with spoons or ice jigs. Bluegill or crappie are taken across the docks close to Deer Creek. Catfishing is an effective choice with hen livers, dip baits, or lower bait, however the trout have gone into the deepest a part of the lake close to the dam.” Within the decrease Kings, a trout plant occurred a month in the past, and the motion has slowed. The most effective fishing is happening removed from the simply accessed areas. The flows have dropped as soon as once more from 1,372 cfs to 578 cfs at Trimmer. The lake dropped from 20% to 18%.

Name: Valley Rod & Gun 292-3474; Sequoia Fishing Co. 539-5626

San Luis Reservoir and O’Neill Forebay

Striper 2 Catfish 2 Bass 2 Crappie 1

Mickey Clements of Coyote Bait in Morgan Hill mentioned, “The striped bass motion in the principle lake has been good with the cooler climate bringing out the autumn chew. There’s a topwater chew early or late with Spooks or Insurgent’s Leaping Minnows as this lure sits excessive on the water and rattles. The Forebay has been strong as effectively, however the weeds are a problem. Pile worms or J and P blue-dyed anchovies are working finest.”

Roger George of Roger George Information Service reported that the complete moon slowed the massive lake chew for many anglers the previous few days. “I took out two friends on Saturday simply as the complete moon set and I had instructed them it might be robust fishing however we ended the day with 15 good fish. I needed to depend on discovering a number of lively fish and hitting them on the top with Fortunate Crafts. The fish are holding on flats within the 40- to 60-foot vary.”

Invoice Sterling of the Sportsmen’s Warehouse in Fresno mentioned, “The most effective motion in each the forebay and the principle lake has been within the early morning with topwater lures, whereas within the afternoons, flukes are working finest.” The principle lake has dropped to 30% with the forebay at 88%.

Name: Coyote Bait and Sort out (408) 463-0711; Roger George of rogergeorgeguideservice.com 905-2954

Excessive Sierra

Bass Lake

Bass 2 Trout 3 Kokanee 1

Mike Beighey of Bass Lake Information Service mentioned, “The trout chew stays good from Sheriff’s Tower to Miller’s Touchdown utilizing Dick’s Mountain Tubes in orange or pink or Rocky Mountain Sort out’s hoochies tipped with Maggots behind a Dick’s Massive Blue Dodger at depths to twenty toes. The kokanee stay scarce.” Michael Crayne of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis mentioned, “Bass fishing is finest with jerkbaits or Magnum Trick Worms or Strike King Rage Tails on the underside on a Texas-rig.” The lake held at 80%.

Edison/Florence/Mammoth Pool

Michael Crayne of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis touted Edison as being a greater wager for trout than final yr, however he likes Florence as a “hidden jewel” for trout fishermen with few anglers making this journey. Portal Forebay and Ward Lake had been planted initially of the month. Edison dropped from 32% to 27%, Florence dropped barely to 64% with Mammoth Pool additionally dropping barely to 76%.

Name: Vermilion Valley Resort at Edison Lake 259-4000

Ten year-old Reed Schiebelhut, fishing along with his grandpa on Shaver Lake on Aug 6, landed his first kokanee which measured 20 inches.

Shaver Lake/Huntington Lake

Kokanee 2 Trout 2

It’s been a troublesome fishing week at Shaver, however in accordance with Shaver’s retired information emeritus, Dick Nichols, the kokanee motion experiences a slowdown when the transition happens previous to rebounding towards the tip of the month earlier than the Sept. 10 Kokanee Energy Event.

The rebound could have already began as Nichols was on the lake on Monday along with his retired California Freeway Patrol colleague, Steve Stava of Fresno, and Stava put collectively a restrict to 21 inches, main Nichols to say, “This was the primary time in weeks that now we have been marking huge colleges.”

Previous to Monday’s rebound, Nichols mentioned, “I’m listening to from a number of actually good kokanee fishermen that they picked up one, possibly two of the present pre-spawn kokes. Half-time Shaver resident Mike Giubinni fished onerous across the island to Black Rock selecting up a pair good pre-spawn mode kokes and a few trout, ending out a blended restrict for him and his brother, Bob of Templeton, with pink Dick’s Mountain Hoochies or tubes tipped with scented corn behind a Dick’s Mountain Dodger at 60 toes. Alternatively, Shaver common Jay Irvine of Visalia solely picked up a single trout on his journey Friday. Shaver information Jared Romero of Jrods Information Service reported that he took the Fresno Police chief and his son out Saturday and solely picked up a pair limits of trout together with one kokanee utilizing white hoochies and pink spinners. Romero is among the extra profitable guides at Shaver. If he’s having issues selecting up kokanee then it’s actually an off chew at Shaver. The trout chew has decreased some however a pair limits are potential. Most profitable trout trollers are fishing within the higher 25 toes. Our final journey out, Stevenson-style Dick’s Trout Busters tipped with crawler and corn behind weighted Mountain Flashers with a 100- to 125-foot setback had been very profitable across the island, Black Rock, Dorabella Cove, and Scout Cove. Hopefully, the kokanee will utterly leap right into a pre-spawn mode and begin education up as they method their fall, early winter spawn up in Stevenson Creek.”

It looks as if the pre-spawn mode has begun. Shaver rose from 64% to 69% this week with releases from upstream Huntington, which continues to supply small kokanee on small spinners or hoochies at depths to 30 toes.

Todd Wittwer – Kokanee.web Information Service 288-8100; Jerad Romero – Jrods Information Service – 392-6994; Tom Oliveira – Tom Oliveira Fishing – 802-8072


Trout 3

Kelly Brewer of the Wishon Village RV Park and Retailer mentioned fishing continues to be the identical in each lakes. Trollers are working 30 to 40 toes of water for fish 10 to 12 inches, some to 14 inches. The financial institution chew is slower with plenty of 10-inch fish. Every thing is mainly the identical in each lakes with 10- to 14-inch trout taken on inexperienced, pink, or rainbow Energy Bait off of the banks. The dock is again in at Wishon.

Name: Wishon RV Park 865-5361


Half Moon Bay

Salmon 2 Rockfish 3 Striper 2 White seabass 2 Sand dabs 3 Surf perch 3

The salmon are nonetheless hanging round north of the Half Moon Bay harbor towards the Pacifica Pier, however rockfish have clearly taken over as the highest species. The Queen of Hearts out of Half Moon Bay Sport Fishing was in a position to scratch up 8 salmon to 22 kilos for 11 anglers on the finish of the week, however all the opposite boats targeted upon rockfish.

Working the coastal reefs, the Ankeny Road persistently posted limits of rockfish together with an occasional cabezon with 12 limits on Friday together with 7 lings to 11 kilos and two halibut to 14 kilos. The Riptide loaded up with 23 limits and 4 lings to 12 kilos. The climate turned tough over the weekend, and the boats had been tied up in response.

Earlier within the week, the New Captain Pete performed rockfish analysis journeys for the California Collaborative Fisheries Analysis Program out of Moss Touchdown Laboratory each within the MPA close to Ano Nuevo together with the open zone from Pescadero to Pigeon Level. Fishing within the closed zone on Tuesday, the 12 volunteer anglers landed a season-record of 25 lings as a part of 444 backside from 16 completely different species. Wednesday’s haul within the open zone close to Pescadero resulted in 280 rockfish from 12 species together with 13 cabezon to a whopping 31.3 inches. These journeys present dependable knowledge on the rockfish populations inside and out of doors of the MPA’s. Data- https://mlml.sjsu.edu/ccfrp/.

Name: Captain Michael Cabanas – New Captain Pete (510) 677-7054; Captain Chris Chang – Ankeny Road – (650) 279-8819; Captain Invoice Smith – Riptide – (650) 728-8433; Half Moon Bay Sport Fishing – Queen of Hearts – (510) 581-2628

Monterey/Santa Cruz

Salmon 2 Rockfish 3 Striper 2 White seabass 2 Sand dabs 3 Surf perch 3

Allen Bushnell of Santa Cruz Kayak Fishing and Surf Casting Information Service mentioned, “Climate and sea circumstances have gotten milder, which is regular for August and September on the Monterey Bay. What meaning for anglers is extra days of fishing, longer fishing days and extra distant places changing into out there. Boats can go farther for fish as a result of they don’t should combat the ocean as a way to get again residence.

In Monterey, that normally means heading all the way down to Massive Sur. Chris Arcoleo at Chris’s Fishing and Whale Watching Journeys all the time has a desire to ship his boats previous Level Pinos and in the direction of Massive Sur. Typically heavier winds or swell means they’re held to fishing the reefs off 17-Mile Drive and Carmel. That’s not unhealthy information, these reefs may be very productive, and Chris’s fish counts for the previous couple weeks bear witness to that truth. They’ve just about restricted out day-after-day, each journey.

With the swell just about nonexistent in Monterey this week, halibut have begun to filter again into the shallower waters close to Del Monte Seashore, the “Resort” space and Sand Metropolis. An enormous sand space bordered by underwater shell beds within the 60- to 120-foot depths is ideal habitat for the massive flatfish in addition to sole and sand dabs. The shell beds additionally maintain bigger rock fish and lingcod to spherical out an angler’s bag.

Santa Cruz continues to get pleasure from nice halibut fishing this season. This week the new chew was from Capitola all the way down to Pajaro in 60 to 70 toes of water. There’s nonetheless loads of halibut caught from Pleasure Level as much as Wilder’s Ranch off the North Coast. Monterey loved a short flurry of white sea bass a pair weeks in the past as huge squid spawns occurred in that space. Proper now, the business seiner boats are working the squid each night time under Capitola. Precisely the place the halibut chew is finest. We’ve acquired no reviews of sea bass from that space which is stunning. It might be that the fleet is simply so condensed over the spawn areas that’s it’s unimaginable to fly line reside squid which is the confirmed technique of taking the tanker seabass.

Extremely, salmon are nonetheless firmly within the combine. The most effective reviews got here from anglers trolling deep whereas fishing under Moss Touchdown. Whereas the salmon chew isn’t “sizzling,” they’re nonetheless out there, and we might not be stunned to see a number of extra pulses happen quickly as new colleges enter the bay.”

Name: Chris’ Touchdown (831) 375-5951; Allen Bushnell – Santa Cruz Kayak and Surf Casting (831) 251-9732

Golden Gate/San Francisco Bay

Salmon 2 Halibut 2 Striper 2 Rockfish 3 Leopard shark 3 Sturgeon 2

Excessive winds beginning towards the tip of the week into the weekend severely curtailed the power to hold onto salmon, and the massive boats struggled to get near a fish per rod. The excellent news is that the fish are giant with a number of over 30 kilos landed throughout the previous week. The scores dipped precipitously over the weekend as not solely is it tough to remain on prime of the bait with the massive swells, however it is rather onerous to herald the wild and enormous fish with the boat rocking up and down. Nonetheless, Monday was a brand new day, and the scores ranged from a fish per rod to limits of huge salmon to 33 kilos on the Marin shoreline.

Captain Jerad Davis of the Salty Girl out of Sausalito has been scratching out scores to almost a fish per rod all through the week, however the measurement of the salmon has been spectacular with one restrict coming int at 36 and 39 kilos. He mentioned, “There’s a huge wave of salmon heading down the coast, and that is the time to get on the market. The massive spawners are migrating towards the shoreline, and this subsequent month ought to be a continuation of huge fish and loads of them.” The water temperatures had risen, however the northwest wind over the weekend introduced the water temperatures all the way down to a extra salmon-friendly vary.

Captain Steve Mitchell of Hook’d Up Sport Fishing was out within the slop on Saturday, and general, he had a productive day with 8 huge salmon for his 9 passengers, dropping a number of within the course of. Shedding salmon on the troll is widespread when the fish are huge and the circumstances are tough because the barbless hooks undergo a exercise. Captain Ron Koyasako of Nautilus Excursions out of San Francisco had a first-eye view of dropping fish with solely 4 delivered to the field out of 12 hooked throughout Saturday’s excessive winds.

Captain Trent Slate of Chew Me Charters had a productive day mooching in the course of the center of the week with a giant fish per rod for 5 crew members, and he mentioned, “It was a troublesome chew general.”

Rockfishing has been restricted to working the coastal reefs and hugging the Marin shoreline to keep away from the very best winds, however curiosity in rockfishing waned over the weekend. Salmon would be the prime draw for the approaching month. The vast majority of halibut are exterior the Gate on the North or South Bar together with the coastal seashores, however the weekend’s climate made for unimaginable circumstances for drifting exterior of the Gate.

The most important tides of the summer season left San Francisco and San Pablo Bay with a large number of chocolate water, and the halibut and striped bass scores suffered in consequence. California halibut and halibut feed steadily, however they chew finest when the water is obvious. The excellent news is the tides are backing off with no giant minus tides on the horizon for a while.

Contained in the bay, Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Sort out in San Rafael mentioned, “There hasn’t been a lot happening this week with a -1.2 on Wednesday, -1.3 on Thursday and Friday, and a -0.9 on Saturday. This isn’t good for both halibut or striped bass. The excellent news is the minuses are over for many of the remainder of the yr with solely a -0.1 sooner or later. We had seven straight days of excellent climate which is a primary for this summer season.”

Captain Steve Talmadge of Flash Sport Fishing continues to work the leopard sharks over within the south bay close to the Crimson Stack, and he mentioned, “Shark fishing stays vast open in 50 toes of water with salmon roe or salmon bellies. Now we have been retaining the undeveloped roe from the salmon now we have been touchdown when the ocean is calm, and the sharks are inhaling it. Now we have been selecting up a number of halibut when the tides are gradual, however the shark are retaining us busy.”

Captain Steve Mitchell of Hook’d Up Sport Fishing out of Berkeley Marina stayed within the bay on Sunday, and he mentioned, “We’re selecting up a load of shaker halibut with a number of keepers within the Berkeley Flats, and we’re going to try the Barges as the secret’s discovering the clearest water which is briefly provide proper now.”

Name: Captain Trent Slate Chew Me Charters (415) 307-8582; Captain Jerad Davis, Salty Girl (415) 760-9362; Captain Steve Mitchell of Hook’d Up Sport Fishing (707) 655-6736; Completely happy Hooker (510) 223-5388

San Luis Obispo

Rockfish 3 Salmon 2 Surf perch 3

Rockfishing is the massive recreation on the town out of the San Luis Obispo ports, and maybe no two ports can be as affected by the 2023 rockfish laws shortening the season to five.5 months. Ling cod counts stay very restricted, and one of the best motion happens removed from the protection of the ports. Out of Patriot Sport Fishing in Port San Luis, the Patriot and Flying Fish had been out on ½-day journeys on Sunday with 27 anglers for 13 vermilion, 155 assorted rockfish, a ling cod, and a rock sole for a complete of 170 fish for two/third limits. Out of Morro Bay Touchdown, the Avenger, Endeavor, and Starfire had been out on Sunday from ½-day to 12-hour journeys with 68 anglers on Sunday for 45 vermilion, 15 copper, 10 Boccaccio, 476 assorted rockfish together with 2 ling cod to 16 kilos. Out of Virg’s Touchdown in Morro Bay, the Black Pearl, Rita G, and Fiesta had been out on Sunday on journeys starting from ½- to three/4th- day with 74 anglers bringing residence 23 vermilion, 507 assorted rockfish, 1 sand sole, one cabezon, and one Petrale sole. Webcams of most of the coastal places can be found at https://805webcams.com/.

Name: Virg’s Touchdown (800) 762-5263; Patriot Sport Fishing (805) 595-4100; Morro Bay Touchdown



Bass 3 Striper 3 Sturgeon 2 Catfish 3 Bluegill 3 Salmon 2

Striped bass proceed emigrate into the Sacramento and San Joaquin facet of the Delta, becoming a member of the linesides which have opted to remain within the Delta all through the summer season as a substitute of heading to the cooler waters of San Francisco Bay. Trollers are discovering good motion on each the West Financial institution of the Sacramento and the decrease San Joaquin River close to Eddo’s Marina till the muddy water from the wind and large tides confirmed up on the finish of the week into the weekend.

Invoice Crooks of Sacramento went out early this week in 3-foot waves with Ron Retzlaff and Neil Koepke. He mentioned, “Thank God we had been in Neil’s huge boat as we tried to fish the Sacramento on the West Financial institution with outgoing water and in coming wind, however all we caught was moist so we went over to the San Joaquin after which all the way down to Broad Slough for a number of. We went again into the Sacramento when the waves died down, and we caught higher fish earlier than quitting at 1:30 p.m. with 8 keepers to 7 kilos and 11 shakers.” Dave Houston of Livermore mentioned, “Even with the massive outgo tide, we discovered fish from Three Mile Slough to Broad Slough on San Joaquin. Then the fish confirmed up on the West Financial institution, ending up with 19 keepers and 16 shakers.”

George Wight, one of many few remaining unique constitution members of the California Striped Bass Affiliation, mentioned, “There have been extra stripers within the system throughout the previous two weeks, and I used to be out 3 times this week, two occasions trolling and as soon as drifting bluegill. I ended up with 13 stripers drifting bluegill on the West Financial institution, and one other 15 stripers inside an hour and a half trolling on the West Financial institution with Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnows at depths from 14/15 toes. A month or so in the past, there have been few stripers out right here, however it has all modified.”

Tony Lopez of Benicia Bait the salmon stay absent off of the Benicia shorelines, however anglers focusing on salmon on the Dillon Level State Park have been selecting up stripers to 35 inches on both Vee-Zee or Flying C spinners. The massive tides have muddied up the shoreline. The salmon are coming, however the circumstances with heat water and large tides have been lower than best.”

The massive information on the Delta is the August twenty fourth assembly hosted by the California Division of Fish and Wildlife from 6:00 to eight:00 p.m. inside CDFW’s Fisheries’ Department headquarters at 1010 Riverside Parkway, West Sacramento, 95605, within the California Poppy Convention Room to obtain enter on a proposed regulation modifications for a striped bass slot restrict. These can attend and take part both in particular person or remotely (on-line or by cellphone). Members can go to the next hyperlink to hitch the assembly on-line: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81676220423. These wishing to hear or take part by cellphone can achieve this by calling (866) 390-1828.

Brannan Island State Recreation Space is open on weekends-only from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. till September 1st. A brand new concessionaire is being recruited for fulltime responsibility. Solely the launch ramp and close by day-use space is open as the opposite components of the park stay closed.

On the San Joaquin facet, Vince Borges of Vince Borges Open air mentioned, “The largemouth bass chew has been superb, and I’ve been utilizing the brand new Response Innovation’s 8.5-inch Flirt like a Trick Worm with a nail weight together with Strike King’s Rage Tail Toad. The punch chew has been strong with Candy Beavers, and chatterbaits have additionally been working. It’s a matter of selecting what you wish to use for the reason that chew is that good. Now we have been averaging limits between 18 and 25 kilos on our information journeys, however my match journeys have been one other story. Out of 48 information journeys this yr, now we have solely had two journeys with lower than 20 kilos. I used to be out on Sunday in a day match, and my recreation plan is to punch, toss frogs, and thru swimbaits over the grass within the flats. The flats are holding fish, and when the night comes round, I can be switching over to a double-buzz bait.”

Dave King of Nor Cal Bass mentioned, “We drew 34 boats out of Ladd’s Marina on Sunday, and the largest limits got here by punching or with frogs. I by way of a Rat-L-Entice all through the morning together with a white Scum Frog and catching bass wasn’t an issue, however it was onerous to search out any measurement. The bass are loading up on crawdads, and we had crawdad components all around the reside effectively on the finish of the day.”

The Greatest Bass Tournaments held their final occasion of the yr out of Russo’s Marina on Saturday with 94 boats, and a 3rd of the sector weighed in over 10 kilos as much as the successful weight of 20.36 kilos. Massive fish had been onerous to come back by, however there have been two over 8 kilos delivered to the scales.

Johnny Wang, supervisor of Turner’s Open air in Stockton, mentioned, “The stripers are coming in, and we’re seeing increasingly recent fish with blue backs exhibiting up. Drifting reside bluegill has been productive round Mildred Island and in Disappointment Slough, and bass fishing has been excellent all through the system.”

Name: Randy Pringle (209) 543-6260; Captain Steve Mitchell – Hook’d Up Sport Fishing – (707) 655-6736; Vince Borges – Vince Borges Open air (209) 918-0828

Lake Nacimiento/San Antonio/Santa Margarita/Lopez

Bass 3 White bass 3 Striper 0 Catfish 3 Crappie 2 Bluegill 2 Trout 2

At Nacimiento, bass fishing stays wonderful for each noticed and white bass, and anglers are catching and releasing as much as 50 fish. The white bass have been extra lively than the spots within the sizzling climate, and there’s a strong response chew with topwater lures within the early mornings earlier than dropping over the shad colleges with spoons. The fish are oriented to the shad colleges, and as soon as you discover the bait, you’ll discover the fish. Whopper Ploppers, Berkley Choppo 100’s, ima Finesse Poppers, or buzzbaits are all working. There’s a good backside with with plastics on the drop-shot. White bass are primarily taken by trolling white Kastmasters or Roostertails by way of the submerged colleges, however there’s a good chew with lipless crankbaits in shad patterns. Sizzling climate makes for a protracted day after 11:00 a.m., so it’s best to get on the market and off early. Bluegill and purple ear perch proceed to be taken on purple worms, jumbo purple worms, or meal worms. The lake held at 21%. A webcam of the lake is on the market at https://805webcams.com/lake-nacimiento-live-webcam/. At Lopez, there’s a good bass chew for largemouths to five kilos with topwater lures or lipless crankbaits within the early mornings earlier than heading to the underside with plastics, jigs, or Senkos. Small Keitech swimbaits on an underspin are additionally efficient. Rental boats can be found on the marina, and kayakers are in a position to launch from the shoreline because the launch ramp is out of the water. The lake dropped to 25.0% of capability. Anglers can view a reside webcam of the lake at https://805webcams.com/lopez-lake-webcam/. At Santa Margarita, the bass chew is bettering with a response chew within the mornings and evenings earlier than heading to the underside with finesse methods. Topwater lures, spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits, or Keitech swimbaits on an underspin are all working. After the response chew dies when the solar comes up, anglers are heading to the underside at depths to twenty toes with plastics on the drop-shot, jigs, or Senkos. Catfish have been lively with the new climate, and so they have been taken on bass gear, a lot to the dismay of bass fishermen who suppose they’ve gone double-digits. Crappie are discovered intermittently round submerged construction whereas bluegill and redear perch are taken on meal worms, waxworms, or jumbo purple worms. The lake dropped to 55.0% of capability. A webcam of the lake is on the market at https://805webcams.com/santa-margarita-lake-webcam-california/. At San Antonio, one of the best fishing all yr has been going down for crappie, catfish, or carp from the shorelines and off of boats. The carp are within the shallows with dough baits whereas crappie are discovered round submerged bushes with minijigs. Catfish are inhaling mackerel coated with garlic spray. Bass fishing has additionally improved with a topwater chew within the early morning adopted by working the underside with plastics. The launch ramp is open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on weekends and from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Fridays. The lake held at 10%.

Name: Lake Nacimiento Marina (805) 238-3256; Lopez Lake Marina (805) 489-1006; Santa Margarita Marina Retailer (805) 438-1522; Lake San Antonio Marina (805) 472-2313.

Reminder: consuming white bass, black bass, crappie, catfish, or carp are topic to secure consuming tips as a consequence of extreme mercury.


Event Outcomes:

Delta/Ladd’s Marina –Nor Cal Bass –August thirteenth: 1st – Christian Ostrander/Hunter Schlander – 22.54; 2nd –Vincent Mina/Alex Sanchez – 21.37; third –Kolton Cody/Austin John – 17.75 (Massive Fish – 8.62).

Delta/Russo’s Marina –Greatest Bass Tournaments – August thirteenth: 1st – Cesar Laguna/Derek Allred – 20.36; 2nd – Mark Casey/Ed Christo – 20.15; third –Britt Brittain/Michael Chen – 18.95 (2nd Massive Fish – 8.59).

Pine Flat – Fresno Bass Membership – August thirteenth: 1st – Ken Eddie – 13.33 kilos; 2nd – Jeff Brief – 12.30; third – Tim Turner – 11.65 (Massive Fish 5.08)

Bass Lake – Sierra Bass Membership Night time Event – August thirteenth: 1st – Tony Lopez/Jerry Siligo – 12.27; 2nd – Ron Orbaker/Traci Lucchesi – 9.08; third –Mitch Mitcheltree/Nathan Jones – 7.24. Massive Fish – Tie – Ron Orbaker and Briden Hunt Jr. – 3.06.

Upcoming Tournaments (topic to alter)

August 20th/21st

Delta/Russo’s Marina – Wild West Bass Trails

August 27th

Delta/Massive Break – Bass N’ Tubes

September 4th

Delta/Contra Costa County – Delta Teen Staff

September 10/11th

Delta/Russo’s Marina – Greatest Bass Tournaments

New Melones – American Bass Affiliation

Millerton – Bass 101

September 10th

Delta/Ladd’s Marina – Nor Cal Bass

Shaver Lake – Kokanee Energy Staff Event

September 11th

Don Pedro – Kings VIII Bass Membership

McClure – Gold Nation Bass Staff

September 15th-17th

Delta/Russo’s Marina – Wild West Bass Trails

September 15th

Delta/B and W Resort – Calvary Christian Heart

September 16/17th

New Melones – Nor Cal Bass

September 17th

Delta/B and W Resort – Bass N’ Tubes

Delta/Ladd’s Marina – Christian Bass League

New Melones – Sonora Bass Anglers

Kaweah – Golden Empire Bass Membership

Isabella – American Bass Affiliation

Santa Margarita – Bakersfield Bass Membership/Orange County Bass Membership

Lopez – San Luis Obispo Bass Ambushers

September 18th

Delta/Russo’s Marina – Hook, Line, and Sinker