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. vini

    vini New Member

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    Pine Flat Reservoir

    ***Bass **Trout

    Trout fishing has gotten tougher,


    YEP we got skunked today but i had a chance to get out and pratice with my fly rod , snapped one fly off and caught alot of brush branchs etc. :p

    We fished from pineflat damn down to avacado lake in about 5 places, saw one fish caught at avacado.
     

  3. Capt Steve

    Capt Steve Active Member

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    Vini, you gotta tie a fly that looks like a hatchery food pellet. :)
     
  4. vini

    vini New Member

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    LMBO:worship: Captain now thats a thought:0a32:
     
  5. hopnbrly

    hopnbrly New Member

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    Fly fishing is something that I have always wanted to learn how to do.Guess Im going to have to find the time to take a class in it.
     
  6. centralcalcat

    centralcalcat New Member

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    Robb what happened to ya saturday??????????? I go ta call in the mornign saying you couldn't go???????

    Vini we need to hook up I have your fishing pole in my garage.
     
  7. vini

    vini New Member

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    Vini we need to hook up I have your fishing pole in my garage.


    What you stold one of my poles or what man:p I did'nt even notice :confused:

    Hey i'm going to be starting work in Kerman looks like at least for a week so going to be hitting the mendota maybe after work one day this week, see how it goes, I don't like the supervisor who runs that crew so this might not last very long, its a long story but he's got little mans complex:mad: which doesn't work well with my big mans complex LOL:cool:
     
  8. centralcalcat

    centralcalcat New Member

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    Yeah I stole it fair and square when you dropped me off the other night, btu I figure and I'll be nice and give it back:p

    Give me a call, i will be busy for most of the week, but maybe we can hook up this weekend.
     
  9. vini

    vini New Member

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    That'll work i am DEFINETLY not working this weekend
     

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  10. centralcalcat

    centralcalcat New Member

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    Gimme a cal I will even be nice and not charge a ransome for the fishing pole:evil-big:
     
  11. daystarchis

    daystarchis New Member

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    Hey Vince..... Got your message on the recorder. You better leave us some fish. You know you will be hitting the slough everyday this week:rolleyes: I am good to go this Sat or Sun. Need to fill up my propane tank;) I will do that today or tomorrow.
    Hey Brian, Sorry dude. I got sicker than a dog and could make it SAt.
     
  12. centralcalcat

    centralcalcat New Member

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    Excuses excuses, jk buddy. let me know if you want to head to Pine Flat sometime during the week over the next couple of weeks. i am game pretty much anyday.
     
  13. Mutt

    Mutt Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    hope i get to go fishing one day this month :sad:
     
  14. centralcalcat

    centralcalcat New Member

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    Come on down Mutt. I always welcome another brother along.
     
  15. daystarchis

    daystarchis New Member

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    Hey Brian,
    I hear Vince ordered a gallon of DK'S...... I think he be useing it as sandwich spread. lol!
     
  16. centralcalcat

    centralcalcat New Member

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    I can't blame him Robb it is tasty stuff,. when we going fishin Robb????? You are hack...hack...sick remember?????? So call into work and i'll come get cha
     
  17. daystarchis

    daystarchis New Member

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    Sat looks good to me.
     
  18. centralcalcat

    centralcalcat New Member

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    I am thinking about taking Friday off and going you interested??
     
  19. daystarchis

    daystarchis New Member

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    Fri I have a training I have to attend.
     
  20. centralcalcat

    centralcalcat New Member

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    Yeah I have to train you how to catch trout....:p

    That's cool, just let me know I may not be able to make Saturday though.