NORTH COAST RIVERS
NORTH COAST LAKES
•BERKELEY — El Dorado
ran to Point Reyes for salmon. Counts went as high as a fish per rod.Happy Hooker
fished the Bay for striped bass, catching a fish per rod, plus some short halibut. Berkeley Flats proved to be the number one spot in the Bay for halibut.
•JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)—
The lake was stocked 2 weeks ago and fishing was still very good from shore. 9-year-old Ryan Sims caught a limit of rainbows up to 18 inches on Power Bait. Another shore angler caught a limit of macks to 3 pounds on marshmallow/worms. Kyle Neeser at Crystal Basin Tackle recommended fast trolling a number 2 Needlefish between the marina and the island for rainbows.
•SAN JOAQUIN RIVER side—
Striped bass action became “pretty darn good” with a variety of techniques in the San Joaquin system. The best action remained just upstream of the Antioch Bridge, but there are stripers as far east as the Stockton Turning Basin. Trollers are pulling P-Line Predator Minnows in bright colors in deep water with Yozuris or Rapalas effective in shallow water. Salmon smolt releases have occurred off Eddo’s Boat Harbor, and striped bass fishermen are congregating in the area. On cloudy days or in low light conditions, topwater lures are effective. The warmer spring temperatures and arriving full moon will be a catalyst for a considerable number of female largemouths to spawn this past weekend. Extra-large and jumbo minnows are top baits for largemouth bass in the central Delta. Crappie fishing is only fair with medium to large minnows from the access points along Eight Mile Road and Whiskey Slough west of Stockton.