Northern California fishing report

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ANDERSON: The bite will slow with cooler temperatures. Best alternative is to work slowly and go deep. Half-ounce jigs offered off main lake points 20 to 40 feet are a good way to start. This lake is closed Wednesdays and Thursdays. (408) 463-0711

BERRYESSA: Trout bite remains quite good. Shore fishing is productive when it’s too windy to get a boat out. Keep hunting for the schools of shad to find the bass. (916) 502-3474

CALERO: The lake is low. Best bet is drop-shot or darter-head with an occasional rip-bait. Work 15 to 40 feet. If you find fish, have a spoon ready. This lake is closed Mondays and Tuesdays, except holidays. (408) 463-0711

CHABOT: Trollers are getting most of the fish. Best bite is in Half Moon Bay on fire-tiger Rapalas. (510) 247-2526

CONTRA LOMA: Fishing has been good. Trout are biting at the boat ramp and Channel Point dock. Use night crawlers or Power Bait. Catfish take night crawlers, shrimp or chicken liver. Black bass are being caught near the boat ramp area and Channel Point Dock. Crappie and Bluegill bite jigs or worms along the shore at the boat ramp area or Loma Island. Big fish of

the week was a 10.12-pound catfish caught by Bernard Henderson of Antioch. (510) 544-3154

CONVICT: (760) 924-3585

COYOTE: The dam and the main lake points are good for casting jigs or swimbaits. Work the lure slowly. (408) 463-0711

DEL VALLE: A plant of 1,000 pounds, courtesy of East Bay Parks, went in Tuesday. Trout fishing has been quite good and rainbows to 8 pounds are being landed. Bait is the most common method. (925) 449-5201

LAFAYETTE: Every angler last Friday left with limits — the first time that has ever happened, according to the folks at the visitor center. Fishing is best from the boats in the south end and the east cove, but also decent from the shoreline on the south end and docks close to the south end. A plant of 1,000 pounds of trout was delivered last week by Mount Lassen. (925) 284-9669

LEXINGTON: Use drop-shots, tubes for small bass. Bite is tough. (408) 463-0711

LOS VAQUEROS: The lake opens Saturday for shore fishing after a three-week closure. Water is rising quickly and there are no boat rentals. (925) 371-2628, (925) 371-5056

McALPINE: The trout are biting well on worms and many weigh 2 to 3 pounds. Catfish are deep, bass are near the surface. (831) 623-4263

QUARRY LAKES: Trout fishing remains quite good. Big fish of the week was a 7.3-pound trout caught by Frederick Tinsley of Fremont, who was trolling. There are limits being caught. The bite goes on all day. There’s a good bite first thing in the morning. Sometimes there’s a better bite in midday. (510) 544-3130

SAN LUIS RESERVOIR: Trollers use P-Line Predators and Rapalas. Jumbo minnows work best, however. A 20-pound striper was caught with a minnow on Monday by Adam McAndrews. (408) 463-0711

SHADOW CLIFFS: Quick limits were being caught into last weekend. A plant of 500 pounds of Mt. Lassen trout went in last week and another plant is expected this weekend. (510) 544-3230


ANTIOCH: Striper bite is good between Collinsville and the Mothball. Mudsuckers, shad, anchovies, sardines and pile worms all work. (925) 706-7400

BENICIA: Sturgeon are becoming more active near the Mothball Fleet. The six-pack boat “Barbarian” with Capt. John Badger on Saturday had sturgeon measuring 49, 55, 56 and 63 inches while using salmon roe. Striped bass continue to be caught at the state park, not in great numbers but worthwhile. (707) 745-4921

FRANKS TRACT: Colder weather has drawn larger stripers. Rat-l-Traps, mudsuckers or gobies will get bass. Big Hammer swimbaits also get stripers to 10 and 12 pounds. Black bass will take rip baits. (925) 625-2441

PITTSBURG: Stripers in the 5- to 7-pound range are common in Broad Slough and Chain Island. Use bullhead or mudsuckers. Sturgeon fishing is good at Chain Island. Use grass shrimp or eel in 25 feet of water. (925) 252-0151

RIO VISTA: Sturgeon measuring 63 and 66 inches were caught from the Main Street Dock on Tuesday. Sturgeon also are being picked from Prospect and Cache sloughs, Decker Island and the Power Lines. The striper bite has slowed greatly since the winds have died down. (707) 374-2372, (916) 777-6498

TRACY: The Grant Line Canal is producing stripers via the troll and topwater lures. Most are 5 to 9 pounds. Tracy Oasis Marina (209) 835-3182


NAPA: Live bait, flies and plugs all get striped bass. Flies do best where clear water can be found. Minus tides this weekend will muddy water but that should trigger a better sturgeon bite. Sweeney’s Sports (707) 255-5544

RUSSIAN: The river is running at just better than 300 cfs so the river is low and clear. The mouth is open and there are steelhead in the system. Flyfishing is good because of the conditions. A 6-pounder was caught on a silver Little Cleo at Vacation Beach. Only one hatchery fish has returned to Dry Creek. King’s Sporting Goods (707) 869-2156


BERKELEY: Crab/cod trips continue to return with heavy loads of both. Trips are going out daily. The Happy Hooker reported limits of crab and cod for 22 while fishing off Duxbury last Saturday. (510) 849-3333, (510) 773-4156

BODEGA BAY: Crab/cod trips return around noon with limits of crab and cod and nearly a ling cod per rod. Giant squid/Dungeness crab combos will begin Jan. 1. New Sea Angler (707) 875-3344

CAPITOLA: Boats come back with cod from local reefs. Vermillion, blacks and lings are on the reefs. Pier fishing is slow with a few perch, kingfish and starry flounder. (831) 462-2208

EMERYVILLE: It’s limits on every crab and cod trip that departs. Trips are going out daily. (510) 654-6040

MONTEREY: Crab/cod combos get limits of both and good showing of lings. Many are 8 to 10 pounds but some lings weigh into the high teens. (831) 375-5951, (831) 372-7440

SAN FRANCISCO: Perch fishing has been decent for the handful of anglers giving it a try at the Oyster Point Pier. There hasn’t been much sturgeon pressure. Best bite in the South Bay has been near the Dumbarton train trestle and south toward Alviso. (650) 589-3474, (510) 703-4148

SAN PABLO BAY: Sturgeon bite is improving. One boat reported five, another had six. Fish are being caught from McNear Pier. Striped bass are being caught on the anchor. Minus tides this weekend promise good prospects. Use mud shrimp or ghost shrimp. (415) 456-0321

SUISUN BAY: Buoy 2 is the top spot for both sturgeon and striped bass. Sturgeon also are being caught from the Martinez Pier. An oversize sturgeon measuring 84 inches (34 inches around) was caught and released from the pier this week. One angler hooked four Sunday night — two were shakers, one was legal and the other got away. Flounder also are being caught from the pier. (925) 229-9420

— Tim Goode

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