Mendota Slough and Central California Fishing Reports

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  1. daystarchis

    daystarchis New Member

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    New Melones Reservoir

    **Bass *Crappie *Catfish ****Trout *Kokanee

    Trout fishing is excellent for big red hook-jawed rainbows to more than 6 pounds for trollers and bank anglers, Pattie Brooks of Glory Hole Sports said. Bank anglers are doing well. Hail, rain and sun alternately have visited. Trollers need to long-line their lures so shallow fish aren't spooked by the boat. Bass fishing is fair for fish in the 1- to 3-pound range biting dropshot rigs in shad or crawdad patterns. Catfish are slow. Crappie and perch are slow. The lake is at 85% capacity and rising.

    Call: (209) 736-4333

    Lake Isabella

    *Bass ****Trout *Crappie *Catfish *Bluegill

    Trout fishing for big rainbows to 7 pounds is wide open, Ed Cordell of Big Ed's Bait and Tackle said. PowerBait was working well for bank anglers almost anywhere on the main lake. Plants of 4,000 pounds of fish in the main lake helped the bite. Bass are slow. Crappie are slow. Catfish are slow.

    Call: Big Ed's Bait and Tackle (760) 379-4170, Bob's Bait (661) 833-8657, North Fork Marina (760) 376-1812

    San Luis Reservoir and O'Neill Forebay

    **Stripers *Catfish *Bass

    Striper fishing has been slow to fair for anglers working the main lake, with several fish in the 10- to 12-pound range coming on minnows. The Forebay continues to pump out lots of small fish, and a few to 6 pounds, Larry Bristow of Lucky Larry's Bait and Tackle said. Anglers working minnows at the 40- to 50-foot depth range in the back of Portuguese Cove, the Basalt corner (south side of the dam), Goosehead and the Trash Racks areas have gotten consistent numbers of small fish. Los Banos Creek Reservoir has a decent trout bite, with limits possible of the planter-sized fish. Wind conditions: (800) 805-4805.

    Call: Mitchell's Outpost (209) 826-5559, Lucky Larry's Bait (209) 827-1522

    Eastman Lake

    ***Bass *Trout *Bluegill *Catfish

    Bass fishing suddenly improved for good numbers of fish in the 2- to 5-pound range on jigs and crankbaits, Merritt Gilbert said. Anglers have found the fish from 10-50 feet. A warming trend that peaked just before the storm also triggered a good swimbait bite. Several anglers got fish from 6-10 pounds on the 6- and 8-inch ABT Titan swimbaits during the warm pre-storm lull that gave way to the cold front. No trout reports yet, but rainbows should be available to trollers working the dam area.

    Call: 225-1838, 292-3474, 842-5799

    Hensley Lake

    ***Bass *Trout *Catfish *Crappie

    Bass fishing improved to a good bite on fish to almost 4 pounds at times, Merritt Gilbert said. Anglers working jigs, Carolina-rigged plastics and splitshot plastics have found a good bite producing a "better than usual" cut of fish. Trout fishing is slow, but may pick up after the coming plants.

    Call: 225-1838, 292-3474, 673-5151, 842-5799

    McSwain Reservoir

    **Trout

    Trout fishing slowed to fair, as muddy stained water moved through the lake, Diana Mello said. Bank anglers are scoring nice fish on chartreuse or rainbow PowerBait, while trollers pulling flashers in front of Cop Car Needlefish or chrome Kastmasters have had to work for their fish.

    Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534

    Delta Mendota Canal and Slough

    **Stripers *Crappie **Catfish

    The Delta Mendota canal north of the Forebay is kicking out lots of small stripers and catfish, but there have been no reports of anything big lately, Larry Bristow said. The Delta Mendota canal south of Los Banos is done, due to falling water levels, The aqueduct is kicking out good numbers of the school-sized stripers and some cats.

    Call: 655-2335, Lucky Larry's Bait (209) 827-1522

    Millerton Lake

    **Bass *Stripers

    Spotted-bass fishing is decent for anglers tossing dropshotted plastics like the Hologram Shad or the Prism Shad, as well as quarter-ounce fine rubber jigs in the main lake, Buck Deaner said. Squaw and Winchell Coves were the best bet for finding the spots running 11/2-2 pounds. The main lake area seemed to be producing fewer fish than the river, but the quality was better, Gilbert said. Darthead rigs were producing fish, with most coming from offshore structure like rock piles and dropoffs. There has been almost no reaction bite, with a water temperature of around 55 degrees slowing things. Limits weighing 8-9 pounds are common, and Deaner guessed it would take about 10 pounds or more to win the upcoming tournament. Pressure has been heavy for the past four weeks as anglers prepare for the contests. Striper action has been nonexistent.

    Call: 225-1838, 292-3474

    Pine Flat Reservoir

    ***Bass **Trout

    Trout fishing has gotten tougher, with anglers producing 2-5 fish a day shallow-trolling shad-colored Excels or chrome Apexes, Buck Deaner said. Some anglers have been scoring on 13- to 16-inch fish trolling Needlefish or Wedding Ring spinners in the top 20 feet, working the area from the powerlines to Trimmer, Merritt Gilbert said. There have been a few bigger brooder-sized fish that occasionally have been weighed in recently. Bass fishing has improved to a good bite on scattered bass ranging from the surface to as much as 50 feet on green-pumpkin Hula Grubs or dropshotted plastics in Pro-Gold with red flake, Deaner said. Some anglers have caught 20-30 fish from 1 1/2-3 pounds. Deaner recommended taking children fishing at the lake because the action was steady. Gilbert said anglers should work creek channel cuts in the Windy Gap area with shad-colored dropshot rigs and dartheads.

    Call: 787-2387, 225-1838, 292-3474

    Lake Kaweah

    **Bass *Crappie **Trout **Catfish

    Trout fishing for planter-sized fish using flashers and 'crawlers is fair at the muddy-water lake, but could improve once water clears, Merritt Gilbert said. There is a fair bite on small bass in the 11/2-pound range on jigs and Texas-rigged plastics.

    Call: 592-5922

    Lake Success

    **Bass *Trout *Catfish

    Few anglers at the low-water lake.

    Call: 784-2235

    McClure Reservoir

    ***Bass ***Trout *Crappie *Catfish

    Trout fishing is hot for rainbows to 4 pounds, Diana Mello of A-1 Bait said. Bank anglers are scoring fish at the south ramp in Barrett's Cove, and the spillway areas in about 20 feet of water. Trollers working the dam and Temperance areas have done well. Bass fishing is good for anglers off rocky points or drop-offs. McClure Point and the outer edges of Cottonwood have been productive. Crappie and cats are slow.

    Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505, (209) 378-2441

    Lake Don Pedro

    **Bass **Trout **King Salmon

    Trout fishing remains decent for planter-sized fish, Dwayne King said. Shallow-trolled Needlefish or flasher/'crawler combos are working for fish in the 13- to 15-inch range. Bass fishing has been fair, with swimbait specialists getting the better cut of fish. Green pumpkin spider jigs fished in the main lake at 20-40 feet have done well.

    Call: (209) 852-2369, (209) 989-2206, Fisherman's Warehouse Manteca (209) 239-2248, Dwayne King's Guide Service (209) 609-3115
     
  2. daystarchis

    daystarchis New Member

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    Delta Mendota Canal and Slough
    Stripers **
    Crappie *
    Catfish **

    The Delta Mendota canal north of the Forebay is kicking out small stripers and catfish, Larry Bristow said. The water level of the Delta Mendota canal south of Los Banos is falling. The aqueduct is producing good numbers of school-sized stripers and some cats up to 4 pounds at McCabe Road.

    Call: 655-2335, Lucky Larry's Bait (209) 827-1522

    VALLEY

    New Melones Reservoir
    Bass **
    Crappie *
    Catfish *
    Trout ****
    Kokanee *

    Trout fishing for trollers and bank anglers still is excellent for big rainbows up to more than 6 pounds, said Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sports. Anglers are scoring an average of three quality trout on trolled 'crawler combos with Pro-Cure's Nightcrawler scent. The best action is in the main lake and between the two bridges at 15-20 feet. Shad-patterned lures such as the Cop Car Needlefish, Countdown Rapala or Excel also are good for trolling. Bank anglers are doing well on the big fish using PowerBait in chartreuse or rainbow colors. Trollers need to long-line their lures so the shallow fish are not spooked by the boat. Bass fishing is fair for suspended fish in the 1- to 3-pound range. They are biting dropshot rigs in shad or crawdad patterns at 30-40 feet.

    Call: (209) 736-4333

    Lake Isabella
    Bass **
    Trout ****
    Crappie *
    Catfish *
    Bluegill *

    Trout fishing remains wide open for limits of rainbows up to 7 pounds, said Ed Cordell of Big Ed's Bait and Tackle. Chartreuse PowerBait was the best bank bet for the 3- to 6-pound trout. Both dam areas, as well as Paradise Cove, are the top shore choices for anglers. Trollers are pulling 1/8- or 1/4-ounce silver Kastmasters or Wedding Ring spinners tipped with a 'crawler in the top 10 feet. Trollers have found a slow speed is critical to a good bite, and that a long-lined presentation, in some cases as much as 100 yards, was necessary to keep from scaring the big fish in the clear water. Working the area from the west side of the dam out to Engineers Point has been the best for trollers. Bass fishing has picked up for anglers throwing black/purple jigs for fish up to5 pounds. Several limits of bass have been weighed in — averaging5 pounds. The lethargic bass have been on a subtle jig bite in the Rocky Point and Engineers Point areas. Crappie are slow, with a few dock fish hitting jigs. Catfishing is slow, but a few 3- to 4-pounders are showing up.

    Call: Big Ed's Bait and Tackle (760)379-4170, Bob's Bait (661)833-8657, North Fork Marina (760)376-1812

    San Luis Reservoir and O'Neill Forebay
    Stripers **
    Catfish *
    Bass *

    Striper fishing has been fair on the main lake, with a 31-pounder — the biggest one reported for several months, said Larry Bristow of Lucky Larry's Bait and Tackle — taken on minnows in Portuguese Cove. Another striper that went 23 pounds, as well as a couple of other fish in the teens, seemed to offset a tough bite. Portuguese Cove and Dinosaur Point have been consistent for boat anglers fishing minnows at around 50 feet. There also has been a sporadic topwater bite on small stripers working bait near the Romero Visitors Center and the rock wall along Highway 152 in the morning. The Forebay continues to pump out lots of small fish biting grass shrimp, blood worms, anchovies and minnows, with one 10-pounder taken on a fluke at Check 12. Water at the lake is at the top. Los Banos Creek Reservoir has a decent bass bite on plastics for 2- to 3-pound class fish. Trout fishing should still be good for planter-sized fish. Wind conditions: 800-805-4805.

    Call: Mitchell's Outpost(209) 826-5559, Lucky Larry's Bait (209) 827-1522

    Eastman Lake
    Bass ***
    Trout *
    Bluegill *
    Catfish *

    Bass fishing for good numbers of2- to 4-pound fish on black/blue jigs at a depth of 15-25 feet has been consistent for anglers willing to work, Jeff Huth of Valley Rod and Gun said. After a shallower morning bite, the fish are pulling away from shore. Dropshot plastics are working, but Huth felt the jig bite was the best bet.

    Call: 225-1838, 292-3474, 842-5799

    Hensley Lake
    Bass **
    Trout *
    Catfish *
    Crappie *

    Bass fishing remains stable for decent numbers of fish in the 11/2-pound range on Carolina-rigged purple worms fished near structures, Huth said. Targeting rock piles and island tops as well as the dam area at 25-35 feet has worked best.

    Call: 225-1838, 292-3474, 673-5151, 842-5799

    McSwain Reservoir
    Trout **

    Trout fishing remains fair, as stained water continues to slow the bite, Diana Mello said. Bank anglers are scoring on several fish up to11/2 pounds on inflated 'crawler/marshmallow combos fished near the Brushpile, with limits possible. Trollers are having a harder time getting the fish to bite in the stained water, with Model "T" fenders pulled in front of Wedding Ring spinners or silver/blue Kastmasters at 10-30 feet the best bet.

    Call: McSwain Marina(209) 378-2534

    Delta Mendota Canal and Slough
    Stripers **
    Crappie *
    Catfish **

    The Delta Mendota canal north of the Forebay is kicking out small stripers and catfish, Larry Bristow said. The water level of the Delta Mendota canal south of Los Banos is falling. The aqueduct is producing good numbers of school-sized stripers and some cats up to 4 pounds at McCabe Road.

    Call: 655-2335, Lucky Larry's Bait (209) 827-1522

    Millerton Lake
    Bass **
    Stripers *

    Spotted bass fishing was decent for tournament anglers tossing dropshotted plastics such as the Hologram Shad, Keeper 082 "green weenie," or the Pro Worm Purple Death in 4- or 6-inch sizes in the main lake, producing a winning weight of 12.06 pounds for Bill Kunz of Hanford, said Larry Hodge of the Fresno Bass Club. Most fish were taken in the main lake, with the area near the day use area on the Fresno side the best. Anglers found the fish at 10-40 feet off isolated rock piles and trees. A "dead stick" technique worked well on the plastics, with others finding fish on brown/purple jigs with a twin tail Yamamoto trailer, or dartheads. Working the points with 1/4-ounce jigs also is producing fish, Jeff Huth said.

    Call: 225-1838, 292-3474

    Pine Flat Reservoir
    Bass **
    Trout **

    Trout fishing for planter-sized fish has been good for trollers working pink or pink/white Hoochies in the main lake at 35-40 feet, Huth said. A few fish in the 16- to 17-inch range are showing up, but the bigger brood-sized fish are few and far between. Bass fishing is decent for anglers throwing 6-inch Aaron's Magic worms, Hologram Shad plastics, or any other lighter colors at around 40 feet in clear water, Huth said. The best bite is around 40 feet where the bait is holding, so finding structures intersecting that depth is the trick to finding feeding fish. Working creek channels and cuts is a good strategy. The main lake area is productive, but the dam area is the best bet. Water levels are rising.

    Call: 787-2387, 225-1838, 292-3474

    Lake Kaweah
    Bass ***
    Crappie **
    Trout **
    Catfish *

    Fishing for bass around11/2 pounds on plastics and jigs at35-40 feet is kicking out good numbers of fish, Jimmy Perez of Sierra Sports said. There have been a few bass up to 7 pounds taken on jigs and Senkos as well as dropshot rigs. Trout fishing for planter-sized fish using PowerBait and a 'crawler is scoring anglers three to four trout a rod. Crappie fishing is fair to good on minnows or jigs, with some anglers catching up to 12 fish. A few small cats are chasing cutbait.

    Call: 592-5922

    Lake Success
    Bass **
    Trout ***
    Catfish *

    Fishing is fair for bass up to5 pounds on Senkos fished shallow at the debris-cluttered lake, Success Market reported. Trout fishing has been good for anglers soaking 'crawlers, with lots of trout being planted. The water level remains low.

    Call: 784-2235

    McClure Reservoir
    Bass ***
    Trout ****
    Crappie *
    Catfish *

    Trout fishing is hot for rainbows up to 4 pounds on rainbow PowerBait for shore anglers and almost any kind of shad-patterned lure trolled from the dam to Bagby, Diana Mello of A-1 Bait said. Anglers working Cop Car or Bleeding Shad Needlefish from the surface to 30 feet are getting lots of fat 3-pound rainbows, with a 45/8-pound fish the biggest. Bass fishing is good for anglers working motor oil, crawdad or shad-colored plastic worms off dropoffs at about25 feet close to shore. Live bait also is a good way to catch the 17- to 18-inch fish. The big fish seem to be out foraging for food in an active mode, Mello said. A recent tournament was won by Steve LaRussa and Alex Meza with a total weight of 17.35 pounds. Kelsey Davis of Merced, age 6, got a 2.5-pound spotted bass on a live crawdad. Crappie fishing has been fair for anglers fishing off of island tops or rock piles with minnows at around35 feet. Cats are slow.

    Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505, (209)378-2441

    Lake Don Pedro
    Bass **
    Trout ***
    Kokanee *
    King Salmon **

    The bite is good for trout up to2.5 pounds on long-lined shallow trolled lures such as Cop Car Needlefish, Dwayne King said. Bass fishing is fair for fish in the 2-pound range on dropshotted plastics. A few fish up to 6 pounds have been biting swimbaits. Kokanee fishing is over.

    Call: (209) 852-2369, (209)989-2206, Fisherman's Warehouse Manteca (209) 239-2248, Dwayne King's Guide Service(209) 609-3115
     

  3. daystarchis

    daystarchis New Member

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    New Melones Reservoir
    Bass **
    Crappie *
    Catfish *
    Trout ***
    Kokanee **

    Trout fishing got a little tougher this week, but anglers still are getting lots of 3- to 5-pound fish, said Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sports. Anglers are averaging several quality trout trolling 'crawlers or bright colored Apexes, Needlefish, Excels or Countdown Rapalas at 20 feet in the main lake. Bank anglers also are doing well on the big trout using Select Power Bait in chartreuse, or rainbow colors. Angel's Cove and Glory Hole Point are the best areas to work bait. Kokanee in the 10- to 12-inch range are starting to show in the main lake near Rose Island, but they should be allowed to grow more before taking. Bass fishing is fair for fish in the 2- to 3-pound class, but a 16.53-pounder was taken on a swimbait by an unidentified angler. Jigs and swimbaits are

    the best choice for bigger bass. Kokanee season is over. Catfish are slow. Crappie and perch are slow.

    Call: (209) 736-4333.

    Lake Isabella
    Bass *
    Trout **
    Crappie *
    Catfish ***
    Bluegill *

    Trout fishing is on a fair bite for bank anglers tossing PowerBait or 'crawlers scented with garlic oil. Heavy plants have helped the bite. Few trollers are working the lake. Warming temps and a good high pressure weather pattern should turn the trout back on. Bass fishing is poor. Good numbers of catfish in the 2- to 4-pound range have been on a surprising bite on shad fished from shore. Crappie are slow.

    Call: Big Ed's Bait and Tackle (760)379-4170, Bob's Bait (661)833-8657, North Fork Marina (760)376-1812.

    San Luis Reservoir and O'Neill Forebay
    Stripers **
    Catfish *
    Bass *

    Striper fishing has been fair for small stripers in the main lake and Forebay, with one big 30-pounder taken on a fluke near the dam by David Souza of Los Banos, said Larry Bristow of Lucky Larry's Bait and Tackle. Anglers have found a spotty bite on minnows working the Trash Racks in the main lake, with Portuguese Cove not much better. The area around the Highway 152 shore access points has been one of the best areas for limits of small linesides. The forebay has been steady for 4- to 5-pound stripers on minnows or cutbait, Bristow said.

    Los Banos Creek Reservoir has a steady bass bite on plastics for small fish. Trout fishing is fair to good for small trout on PowerBait. Wind conditions: 800-805-4805.

    Call: Mitchell's Outpost(209) 826-5559, Lucky Larry's Bait (209) 827-1522.

    Eastman Lake
    Bass **
    Trout *
    Bluegill *
    Catfish *

    Bass fishing angler pressure has been heavier, slowing the bite on Carolina rigged plastics and jigs, Jeff Huth said. Work from the bank to 30 feet, with worms, jigs and some swimbait lures producing some occasional bigger fish.

    Call: 225-1838, 292-3474, 842-5799.

    Hensley Lake
    Bass **
    Trout **
    Catfish *
    Crappie *

    Bass fishing remains fair for good numbers of small fish in the 2-pound class on worms or crankbaits, Jeff Huth said. Water is going down slowly at the lake. Trout fishing is fair.

    Call: 225-1838, 292-3474, 673-5151, 842-5799.

    McSwain Reservoir
    Trout **

    Trout fishing is fair at the stained water lake, with a decent bite for trollers pulling flasher and 'crawlers or Needlefish in the top 15 feet, Diana Mello said.

    Call: McSwain Marina(209) 378-2534.

    Delta Mendota Canal and Slough
    Stripers **
    Crappie *
    Catfish **

    The Delta Mendota canal north of the Forebay is producing lots of small stripers, Larry Bristow said. The aqueduct is steady for small stripers, with one 10-pounder coming from Hillsdale Road.

    Call: 655-2335, Lucky Larry's Bait (209) 827-1522.

    Millerton Lake
    Bass ***
    Stripers *

    Spotted bass fishing continues to be good for decent numbers of small spotted bass taking jigs, worms and dropshotted plastics in the main lake fished shallow to 40 feet. Fish holding in the 5- to 15-foot range on a pre-spawn pattern are reacting to the warmer weather. Main lake points and boulder piles are good structures to fish, since the fish haven't moved into the coves yet, Jeff Huth said. Lighter-colored plastics have been working well. The main lake area has been the best bet, but there have also been some upriver fish taking jigs. Striper action has been nonexistent.

    Call: 225-1838, 292-3474.

    Pine Flat Reservoir
    Bass ***
    Trout *

    Trout fishing slowed to a crawl for planter-sized fish for trollers pulling flasher/'crawler combos or pink Hoochies, said James Mize of Valley Rod and Gun. The fish seem to be scattered, with the lake coming up a foot a day the possible reason. Most anglers are getting only one or two fish a trip. Bass fishing is good, with a 100% Bass tournament of 54 boats producing a winning total of14.44 pounds for five fish for the team of James Mize of Squaw Valley and Jim Snow of Dinuba, as well as a big fish of 7.67 pounds on a Yamamoto Hula grub in green pumpkin. An early upriver bite produced the biggest fish for the team before they returned to the main lake to fill their limit. The fish moved out into 40 feet of water as the day and pressure increased. Pre-fishing had produced a decent reaction bite on spinnerbaits that faded during the contest.

    Call: 787-2387, 225-1838, 292-3474.

    Lake Kaweah
    Bass **
    Crappie **
    Trout **
    Catfish *

    Bass fishing for medium-sized bass on spoons at 40 feet has been decent, James Mize said. The swimbait bite shut off this week. Trout fishing for planter-sized fish using PowerBait and 'crawlers is fair. Crappie fishing is fair on minnows or jigs. A few small cats are working cutbait.

    Call: 592-5922.

    Lake Success
    Bass **
    Trout ***
    Catfish *

    Fishing is fair for bass. Trout fishing has been good for anglers soaking 'crawlers. Lake level is still low.

    Call: 784-2235.

    McClure Reservoir
    Bass ***
    Trout ****
    Crappie ***
    Catfish *

    Trout fishing for 3- to 4-pound rainbows is wide open as anglers trolling shallow near the shoreline with shad-colored Needlefish are catching fish all over the lake, Diana Mello said. Even shore anglers throwing bobbers with 'crawlers suspended 8feet below the cork are catching the big trout on a regular basis. Main lake shorelines have been the best areas to work for both trollers and shore anglers. Bass fishing is steadily getting better as the staging fish roam the shoreline in search of food, Mello said. Working rocky points, mud flats, and submerged island tops from the surface to 20 feet has been a good tactic. Crappie fishing in the back of Barrett's Cove or Piney Creek with minnows or pearl white jigs has produced some limits of slabs in the ¾- to 1-pound range. Cats are slow.

    Call: A-1 Bait (209) 563-6505, (209)378-2441.

    Lake Don Pedro
    Bass **
    Trout ***
    Kokanee *
    King Salmon **

    Fishing remains good for trout on long-lined shallow trolled lures like Cop Car Needlefish. Bass fishing has been fair for anglers throwing dropshotted plastics in shallow water down to 20 feet, Dwayne King said. A bass weighing 11.74 pounds was caught on a swimbait.

    Call: (209) 852-2369, (209)989-2206, Fisherman's Warehouse Manteca (209) 239-2248, Dwayne King's Guide Service(209) 609-3115.
     
  4. daystarchis

    daystarchis New Member

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    Brian, capt. Steve met me at my house at 9 am and we hit the canal there at the mendota pool (park). Capt. had a few bites. The Delta Mendota is running again.;) Capt. Headed to the slough around 10:30 0r so. Brian and I then hit the dam and the canal west of the pools. Brian landed a 3# there on liver.:rolleyes: We then hooked up with vini at the slough around 3 pm. A few hits and Brian landed a huge 8 or 9 # carp on (liver again) Fished till 3 am with some nice hits but no fish:confused: Used DK's, liver, crawlers, shad, sonny's, chovies. Beautiful night:) As always, brian came through again:p I will let him and vince fill you in on the wood, fire and coffee pot:p Met both Vini and Brian this last year on this site:thumbsup: Because of this site I have 2 awesome friends and of course fishing buddies:rock-big: Fished with Brian on over 30-40+ fishing trips. Awesome times bro, Thank you...:0a17: The best of luck in Indiana with your new wife:wub: Keep us California's updated on those flats and blues:0a31:
     
  5. vini

    vini New Member

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    Yeap that was a slow night but relaxing can't always catch all the fish and as usual Brian was top cat last night:p

    The wood gathering outting LOL Brians a straight up nut he was tearing those dead limbs off the trees like he was skinnin a catfish guy reminds me of Ted Nugent or something:thumbsup: for sure a great outdoorsmen.

    We'll miss you Brian:cry-big:
     
  6. daystarchis

    daystarchis New Member

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    I thought I would share some pics. The first pic is of Vince and Brian Ba$$ fishing.... I caught them:p . 2nd pic is of Brians cat on Bass ave the 2nd canal, and the 3rd is at the Aquaduct.
     

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    daystarchis New Member

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    2nd set of pics.
     

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    vini New Member

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    Well that just confirms what i thought, i'm hella good looking LOLOLOLOL

    aren't you the little photographerite:p
     
  9. daystarchis

    daystarchis New Member

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    Hey Vince, Whats the chance of me borrowing that heater again? I am going out to the slough at my spot by the bridge tomorrow morn till late evening. I wanna go after some big cats and stipes;) Let me know if it is cool.

    Anyone want to tag along, let me know:)
     
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    daystarchis New Member

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    New Melones Reservoir

    **Bass *Crappie *Catfish **Trout *Kokanee

    Trout fishing has been good when the weather cooperates, with anglers getting one to three 3- to 5-pound fish per rod on trolled Cop Car Needlefish, silver/black Countdown Rapalas, or Firetiger Needlefish at 20-40 feet in the area between the two bridges, Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sports said. Trolling the lures far behind the boat is crucial to avoid spooking the fish. Anglers also are using shad scent or Pautzki's new Krill scent to improve the bite. Shore anglers are picking up fish on fluorescent orange or rainbow PowerBait, with the Angel's Cove area the best bet. Anglers are also soaking 'crawler/marshmallow combos or throwing shad-patterned Kastmasters to catch fish from shore. Eric Sharkey of Brentwood won big fish of the week honors with a 4.6-pound trout taken while trolling upriver. Small Kokanee (12-14 inches) are showing in the main lake near Rose Island. Bass fishing is fair to good for anglers fishing at 20-50 feet with dropshotted worms, jigs, Senkos and worms the best bets. Shallow-holding fish have been taking some ripbaits or swimbaits. Catfish, crappie and perch are slow.

    Call: (209) 736-4333

    Lake Isabella

    **Bass ***Trout *Crappie ***Catfish *Bluegill

    Trout fishing has been steady for rainbows up to 7 pounds, with either bait or trolling providing near limits of planter-sized -- or bigger -- fish for most anglers, Ed Cordell of Big Ed's Bait and Tackle said. The fish are staying fairly shallow and taking flatlined Thomas Buoyant lures in silver, or the 21/2-inch Clown Yo-Zuri. Bass fishing has picked up for experienced fishermen, with several landing 3- to 8-pounders. Most fish were coming from a wide range of depths, from 4-40 feet, on jigs and 6- or 8-inch black worms with red flake fished off rocky points. Cordell expects the bite to start to improve rapidly from this point. Catfishing has been good for numbers of fish in the 11/2- to 2-pound range all over the lake on shad. Fishing is best in the afternoon into the evening. Crappie are small, but there is a steady bite for anglers using small Kastmasters just off the bottom.



    San Luis Reservoir and O'Neill Forebay

    **Stripers *Catfish **Bass

    Fishing has been slow for stripers in the 24- to 28-inch class, with one 171/2-pounder taken in the big lake on a trolled lure off the Basalt ramp, Larry Bristow of Lucky Larry's Bait and Tackle said. Portuguese Cove and Goosehead Point have been producing a few 6- to 7-pound fish on minnows, but the overall bite has been sporadic. Tim Mitchell of Mitchell's Outpost said John Poindexter of Fresno found the fish were hard to find and not taking minnows readily. There is a sporadic topwater bite along the Highway 152 shoreline and the Dinosaur Point area for school-sized fish. The Forebay has been kicking out a good number of 22- to 28-inchers on trolled silver/black Rapalas or Rebels. The trench area, where the Delta Mendota canal dumps into the Forebay, has been steady for small stripers on bait or minnows. Water at the lake is at the top, with a capacity of 2 million acre feet. Los Banos Creek Reservoir has a decent trout and crappie bite going. The Henry Miller Game Refuge is kicking out good numbers of crappie on jigs and minnows, Mitchell said. The bass bite has been solid for good numbers of mostly small bass, with some more than 5 pounds. Wind conditions: 800-805-4805.



    Eastman Lake

    **Bass **Trout *Bluegill *Catfish

    Heavy angler pressure slowed the bite, but bass up to 8 pounds still were falling for jigs, Carolina-rigged worms and splitshotted plastics fished by isolated rock piles or offshore structures at 15 to 30 feet, Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun said. The best lures for the Sierra Bass Club Tournament were jigs, swimbaits and Texas-rigged worms, Ranger Nicolas Figueroa said. Lake regulars Mark Inman of Kerman and Dwayne Lucckesi of Madera said they fished the lake and got nine fish from 2 to 4 pounds on brown/green jigs. Trout fishing is good for planter-sized fish, with the Department of Fish and Game planting 500 pounds of 3/4-pound fish last week, Figueroa said.

    Call: 225-1838, 292-3474, 842-5799

    Hensley Lake

    **Bass **Trout *Catfish *Crappie

    The action continues to be good for numbers of 1 1/2-pound bass on jigs, dropshotted 6-inch worms and Carolina-rigged Baby Brushhogs at 15-25 feet near isolated trees and humps, Merritt Gilbert said. Darker-colored plastics such as Aaron's Magic, Junebug or green pumpkin have worked best. Pressure at the lake has been low. But this lake could be a good bet for some consistent fun fishing if it's not too affected by an inflow of water from the storm, Mark Inman said. Trout fishing is fair.

    Call: 225-1838, 292-3474, 673-5151, 842-5799

    McSwain Reservoir

    *Trout

    Trout fishing rebounded to a fair bite for anglers trolling Cop Car Needlefish or flasher/Wedding Ring combos tipped with a 'crawler for possible limits, Diana Mello said. Bank fishermen are using inflated 'crawlers upriver by the maintenance shed or by the Brushpile for a decent morning bite.

    Call: McSwain Marina (209) 378-2534

    Delta Mendota Canal and Slough

    **Stripers *Crappie **Catfish

    The Delta Mendota canal north of the Forebay still is kicking out good numbers of school-sized stripers on cutbait, Larry Bristow said. The Delta Mendota canal south of Los Banos has a renewed bite on small stripers as the water flow started again. There is some catfish action on cutbaits from the aqueduct just above where it flows into Check 12. The aqueduct is steady for small stripers.

    Call: 655-2335, (209) 827-1522

    Millerton Lake

    **Bass *Stripers

    Spotted bass fishing is consistent for good numbers of fish taking Texas-rigged "brass and glass" setups or dartheads in green weenie or shad colors in the main lake, Merritt Gilbert said. Working the deep trees and main lake points in the main lake at 20-40 feet worked best for quality fish. Jigs in brown and purple colors also were productive. Striper action has been nonexistent for the past few months. Water level is falling about 1/3-foot a day and the current level is 399,000 acre-feet storage out of 520,000.

    Call: 225-1838, 292-3474

    Pine Flat Reservoir

    **Bass **Trout

    Trout fishing is steady for trollers working Cop Car or Bikini Needlefish, or #5 or #7 silver/black Rapalas at 20-25 feet for rainbows in the 13- to 15-inch range, Merritt Gilbert said. Working the area by the powerlines, across from Lombardo's, or by the dam have been the best areas. Some anglers are tipping the Needlefish with a piece of 'crawler. Bigger rainbows have been tough to find. Bass fishing slowed to a fair bite with the cooler water, but jigs fished at 15-40 feet in the cuts and around deep trees in the Windy Gap to the Rattlesnake area have produced the best results.

    Call: 787-2387, 225-1838, 292-3474

    Lake Kaweah

    **Bass **Crappie **Trout *Catfish

    Bass fishing has been steady for good numbers of small bass, with some more than 8 pounds, Merritt Gilbert said. Trout fishing for planter-sized fish using PowerBait and 'crawlers is fair. Crappie fishing is fair on minnows or jigs.

    Call: 592-5922

    Lake Success

    **Bass **Trout *Catfish

    Bass fishing is fair, with a recent tournament producing a big fish of 31/2 pounds, Jack Nichols of Porterville said. Most of the fish were at 6-8 feet. Trout fishing has been fair.

    Call: 784-2235

    McClure Reservoir

    ***Bass ***Trout ***Crappie *Catfish **Salmon

    Trout fishing remains good for rainbows in the 2 1/2- to 6-pound range on Cop Car Needlefish tipped with a 'crawler and downrigged at 40 feet almost anywhere, Diana Mello of A-1 Bait said. Leadcore trollers pulling flasher and Wedding Ring combos tipped with a 'crawler also were picking up fish. King salmon in the 3-to 4-pound range were at the same depth as the trout and providing a mixed bag for some anglers. The Bagby area has had a good bite. Bank anglers working the McClure Point/Spillway/dam area with inflated 'crawlers or PowerBait at 25 feet were doing well. Another productive tactic has been to use medium-sized minnows around the houseboats in the Spillway area for rainbows. Bass fishing is hot for lots of nice fish in the 17- to 18-inch range, on both live bait and plastics, Mello said. Some bass are up to 7 pounds. Anglers are reporting a lot of fish cruising the flats, and lots of plump females are being caught. Motor oil-colored worms, such as the Pro-worm, have been working well. Cottonwood Creek has been the top area for the bass. Crappie fishing in Barrett's Cove and Piney Creek has been good, with minnows the hot ticket. Cats are slow.


    Lake Don Pedro

    **Bass ***Trout *Kokanee **King Salmon

    The trout bite remains good for rainbows up to 3 pounds on a toplined Vance's Slim Willie and a 'crawler pulled 75-100 feet behind a boat, Danny Layne of Fishin' Dan's Guide Service said. King salmon up to 3 pounds can be found in the Tuolumne River canyon at 30-45 feet and will take slow-rolled shad or anchovies off an E-Chip harness. Bass fishing has been fair for anglers throwing dropshot plastics, as well as some bigger swimbait fish.
     
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    vini New Member

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    I have some work to do for a lady in Kerman tomorrow call me on the cell and i'll meet you out there after I get done, should be thru I hope around 2-3 and i'll bring the heater i can't stay out late because i have a house to paint on Sunday morning that ones an emergency paint so i have to be there on time and early.
     
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    Will call you bro. Gonna pick up some minnows and chovies. Got liver already. It should good bite on worms too;)
     
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    daystarchis New Member

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    Check your e mail bro, I may head out real early:) If not I willcall you.
     
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    vini New Member

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    I'll load up the heater for you be in kerman around 9am hope it only takes me a few hours to nail up 3 sheets worth of drywall patchs.
     
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    daystarchis New Member

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    I'll be out there bro with my stringer in the water;)
     
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    daystarchis New Member

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    I slept in:mad: I am leaving in a few minutes. "here kitty kitty":p
     
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    vini New Member

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    Well:confused: do any good Robb
     
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    daystarchis New Member

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    OK, here is the deal..... Fished my hole from very early around 7 or so. It was cold:0a18: The windows were all frozen over. Long story short...... Soaked on the bottom:minnows (bottom/bobber), shad, chovies, liver, Dk's (bottom/bobber), Sonny's blood. Had a few hits on the minnows with a bobber. A huge strike on minnow on the bottom. Thats it then it got about 5 ish and Vince been gone now for bout 3 hrs or so and no fish:mad: Started packing it in and had now only 2 poles out;) lol.... and looking like some rain bout to come in when got my first fish. A lil shaker. caught it on chovie head. Then rebaited and tossed it out there, then caught a 2# on DK's (bout dang time) as I tossed another dk out I had fish on my pole I caught the lil shaker. It was lil bigger than the 2 so i figure 3-4#. By 5:45 caught all three. Fished till about 7 pm. Got cold and only one more bite and that was a love tap:rolleyes: If I had some company, I would of stayed a lil later. I only had my back pack lantern and my head light was running out of juice (i hate when that happens):crying: Thanks Vince for dropping the heater off. Didn't even hook it up. To busy watching them poles:0a5:
     
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    vini New Member

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    :worship: They'll wake back up soon you do what it takes i'm a slacker:0a14:

    next weekend NO WORK ME FISH:cross:
     
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    vini New Member

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    fishsniffer has a new board Ahemmm