There are a lot of smaller largemouth bass being caught on reaction baits right now. The best time is an hour before and an hour after the sun drops from high to low. Flipping is spotty right now and the frog bite is fair to good. Schools of smaller striped bass are actively working their way through the system. There’s a lot of surface action right now in the Whites/Disappointment Slough areas. The current water temperature is right around 68 degrees, as it drops even more the bigger fish should be easier to find.
New Melones Lake:
Trout fishing is great right now, anglers trolling are finding them between 30’ and 50’ deep. Fish are being caught on Apex, Needlefish, and Excel lures. Night fishing remains good for trout anglers as they are fishing under submersible lights with power bait and night crawlers between 10’ to 20’ deep. Bass fishing has slowed a bit as anglers are still catching smaller fish with small plastics off the bottom. Reaction baits such as rattle traps, spinnerbaits, and Zara Spooks are working as well when there’s a little breeze on the lake or in the early morning hours.
As the water starts to cool trout are being found a little shallower during the day than normal. Anglers are trolling between 30 and 40 feet deep right now with Excel lures for trout up to four pounds. Bass fishing continues to be steady with a lot of smaller fish being caught while dragging small plastic worms.
Lake Don Pedro:
Trout fishing is excellent right now for anglers trolling Middle Bay between 20’ and 40’ deep. The best baits right now are Excels, Kastmasters, and Triple Teasers.