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San Luis Reservoir and Forebay lighting up for striped bass

Shaver Lake kokanee and trout keep anglers busy

By DAVE HURLEY/WON Staff Writer Published: Jul 11, 2018

SANTA NELLA — The striped bass action has been slow for the majority of the summer months at both the O’Neill Forebay and the San Luis Reservoir, but there have been increasing signs of life over the past few weeks.

Jesus Reyes Silva of Hollister and the “How to Fish” group said, “We got on a topwater bite with stripers boiling 10 feet in front of us near Dinosaur Point, and the boil lasted for nearly an hour and a half. The stripers are chasing silversides, and there are some larger fish in the 22- to 25-inch range in the boils. They are hitting topwater lures in perch very aggressively, and after the first boil stopped, we moved to a second location in the dark. We kept our limit and released the rest to catch another day.”

Travis Porter and KC Wilson of Hollister were tossing lures in the coves for keeper stripers to 25 inches on Saturday.

Roger George of Roger George Guide Service said, “The troll bite has been tough overall, and it will take a lot of work. I fished with Andy Bedell in the 100-degree heat and found the bite sporadic at best. We ended up with over 15 fish released from 22 to 27-plus inches trolling a variety of shad-colored lures like Lucky Crafts and Duo’s. There was no one thing that was working and I found them hanging from 30 to 70 feet. The water temperatures are still at 70 degrees due to the constant winds, and the algae bloom is limited. I’m launching at Dinosaur Point for now to be sure that I get on, and it also really helps if the north wind comes up for loading your boat. It went from flat calm to 20 plus mph in less than 5 minutes last time. Anglers need to have an escape plan to get off the water when this happens and not get caught in huge waves.”

Gavin Cohen of Coyote Bait and Tackle in Morgan Hill, said, “Big topwater baits still are best with the 7-inch Evergreen SB 150, Super Spooks in bone, or 7-inch Magnum flukes in white. A few anglers are downsizing to the smaller Evergreens in 125’s in bone or Half Mirror Wakasgi. The forebay is kicking out smaller fish than the main lake.” A huge 45-inch striped bass was caught by Li Tyson at the forebay on a topwater lure.

The lake dropped from 59 to 55 percent.

Shaver Lake kokanee and trout keep anglers busy


WON Staff Writer

SHAVER LAKE — The kokanee and trout continue to be the story at Shaver Lake, although the action slowed down a bit over the weekend. The fireworks display the previous weekend didn’t seem to bring the bite to a stop early in the week, but there is heavy boat pressure on the weekends and even during the week.

Dick Nichols of Dick’s Fishing Charters said, “The fishing at Shaver may be a little less productive, but it's still very good. This week’s charters produced multiple limits on each trip of mixed fish. We are fishing the triangle of Shaver marina, the Point and the island mainly in the very early hours for kokanee, and after the sun hits the water, we move into trout country to complete limits. The kokanee seem to like 31 to 40 feet deep with the 72 degree surface water while the rainbows are found from 8 to 30 feet deep. We are using Mountain Hoochies in champagne pink, orange and white tipped with scented corn behind a Mountain Dodger while the trout are hitting green and orange Trout Busters or Mounatin Hochies in pink with tips of ’crawler and corn behind Mountain Flashers.

Weekend guide, Tom Oliviera of Tulare, took out father Tom, sons Brian and Jamie, and grandson Brandon for 21 total fish with 18 kokanee and 3 rainbows running Paulina Peak’s flutter hoochies or pink spinner hoochies at depths to 40 feet. He said, “The surface rods aren’t as effective right now with the water temperatures over 70 degrees.’

Steve Santoro of Fish Box Charters also found limits of kokanee and rainbow trout for his clients on an early week trip.

The lake held at 94 percent.

Catfish action picks up at Chesbro, Uvas


WON Staff Writer

SAN JOSE — Fishing for catfish has improved at Chesbro and Uvas lakes, while Anderson remains a good bet for bass.

“Fishing for catfish is doing really well at Chesbro,” said Eric Tang of Coyote Bait and Tackle. “Catfish is good at Uvas too.”

The summer-long catfish derby sponsored by Coyote Bait and Tackle is underway and anglers must pre-register at the store to enter a fish. A $10 purchase at Coyote Bait and Tackle is required for the derby, which runs through Labor Day. The biggest fish wins a Penn Battle spinning reel and a Penn rod.

Gary Hill of San Jose led the derby through the weekend with a 7.34-pound catfish caught at Chebsro. Chicken liver and mackerel have been the hot baits for catfish.

“At Anderson, bass and crappie are biting right now,” Tang said. “Fishing has been pretty good. Theya re dragging some jigs and drop-shotting always works. People are fishing on the dam side.” Boating remains closed at Anderson.

Calero is fishing well for bass. Anglers are pitching jigs on the tules at the back of the lake, Tang said. The crappie bite is good in the middle of the lake, where anglers are using small tubes with a darthead.

Fishing has been slow at Coyote Lake.

Anderson is 42.4-percent full. Calero is 41.6-percent full. Chesbro is 44.3-percent full. Coyote is 44.6-percent full. Uvas is 47.7-percent full.

Bass, trout biting at Folson


WON Staff Writer

FOLSOM — Bass anglers have been enjoying a steady topwater bite in the afternoons at Folsom Lake, while some trout and landlocked salmon also are showing in the catch.

Eddie Bisbee of Elkhorn Outdoor Sports said several customers have come in with good reports from Folsom.

“It has been early in the morning and late in the afternoon,” Bisbee said. “Up the North Fork they are throwing topwater and doing pretty good. They have hit 20 fish with big fish around 4 pounds. The majority of spots and a couple of largemouth. Everything is pretty much topwater.”

There also have been bank anglers using large minnows and catching bass and some decent catfish, Bisbee said.

Larry Barnes of Sacramento Pro Tackle said he has heard good trout reports from Folsom. “The trout fishing is pretty good at Folsom,” Barnes said. “My buddy caught six small salmon on the troll on Friday. He was having trouble breaking 14 inches. He was at the mouth of the South Fork. He was trolling baby cowbells and spoons and wiggle hoochies.”

The best action has been in the morning, at 45 feet below the surface, Barnes said.

Folsom Lake dropped from 86-percent full a week ago to 81-percent full this week. It is still 104-percent of average. The water temperature is 81 degrees. The lake is dropping around a half-foot per day.

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