Lakes

AMADOR: A trout plant of 3,000 pounds went in Tuesday. Rapalas and Kastmasters are the top lures. Power Bait and nightcrawlers are the best baits. Shore anglers do best near the spillway or the dams. Boaters do better in the arms. The morning bite is best, but trolling has been slow. (209) 274-4739

CAMANCHE: Trout fishing remains very good for bait anglers and trollers pulling lures near the surface. Power Bait offered in the main lake or South Shore Pond is accounting for most of the larger trout. Bass are over submerged islands with trees in 15 to 40 feet of water. (209) 763-5929, (209) 763-5166

CHABOT: The lake is clearing, and the trout fishing is improving as conditions do the same. The East Shore trail to Raccoon Point is accounting for the best fishing. Bass fishing is slow. (510) 247-2526

CLEAR: Cool and windy weather has slowed the bass bite. Swimbaits and jigs are the best producers. Use them in the north end of the lake in 3 to 10 feet of water. (707) 279-4739

CONTRA LOMA: Trout fishing has been fair along the east side of the lake. Nightcrawlers or Power Bait are the popular offerings. Most people are getting one or two trout per outing but few larger than 2 pounds. (925) 757-0404


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DEL VALLE: The weekend fishing was very good, but the most recent storm slowed things down. A fish plant of 1,000 pounds from Mount Lassen went in Tuesday. The water is murky with two feet of clarity. Swallow Bay, East Beach and the dam are the best spots. Black bass are starting to become active. A 6-pound female was caught and released in Swallow Bay. (925) 449-5201

LAFAYETTE: The double plant of trout this lake received last week improved fishing greatly. Best fishing was where the water was clearest. Wind slowed the bite early in the week. A break in the weather should put this back on track. (925) 284-9669

LOS VAQUEROS: Trout fishing has been spotty but those who use light tackle and fish close to shore are having better luck. The Rock Wall, Cowboy Cove, Howden Cove and Peninsula Cove are also good places to start. Trollers do best along the eastern shoreline. (925) 371-2628

NEW MELONES: It's been slow for the few anglers who have been out between storms. Trollers are outperforming bank anglers and those fishing minnows under bobbers toward the back of coves also are getting trout. Bass fishing is slow. Best spots are along steep banks near the dam and upriver. (209) 586-2383

PARDEE: Trollers going upriver are getting trout in the top 10 feet water. The water has 8 to 10 feet of clarity. Bank fishermen are catching trout around the marina area and boat ramp. (209) 772-8108

SAN PABLO RESERVOIR: A handful of trout larger than five pounds were caught last week, but fishing overall has been slow. Limits are very hard to come by. Spotted bass are the most active species. Use plastic worms near the Main Recreation Area. (510) 223-1661

SHADOW CLIFFS: A ton of trout from DFG and another plant of 750 pounds from Mount Lassen went in last week. Limits are not easy, but fishing is fair. (925) 846-3000

QUARRY LAKES: A 13-pound, 10-ounce trout caught by Edward Grant of Newark was the big fish last week, outdoing a handful of 8- to 10-pound catches. Lake is a half-foot from full and is well-stocked with trout. Fishing is improving as spring nears. (510) 795-4883

Rivers

NORTH COAST RIVERS: Fresh steelhead are still coming into the Mad and Smith, but all but the Smith are running muddy. That doesn't matter on the Mad where lure anglers fish through the weather. For up-to-date information on river flows, call: (707) 822-3164; (707) 442-1832

RUSSIAN: A half-inch of rain fell Tuesday night, and the upper river is on the rise. If there is little rain from here on out it may be fishable by Sunday through Guerneville. The Dry Creek Hatchery has had nearly 50 percent more steelhead than last year. The Gualala River is in ideal condition. (707) 869-2156

TRINITY: This weekend may be the last worthwhile time to get after steelhead here. Many are dark, but there are some fresh fish in the system from the tail end of the run. This time of year produces more brown trout from the river. (530) 623-4999

Delta

FRANKS TRACT: Uneven weather has produced uneven results. (925) 625-2441

RIO VISTA: A few stripers are being caught in the vicinity of Decker Island. Sturgeon fishing is slowing. The water is dark, and the water temperature is in the mid- to high-50s. Bass will get very active at 60. (707) 374-2372

TRACY: Striped bass fishing turned on in the Grant Line Canal. Nothing big but keeper size. Crappie also have started biting. (209) 835-3182

WALNUT GROVE: The water is clearing, but the water temperature is in the low-50s. Fishing has been slow. (916) 775-1455

Saltwater

PACIFICA: Anglers are focusing on perch, but the surf has been high and rough. Crabbing has suffered although a few have scratched out a handful of crabs if they put in the time. (650) 355-8303, (650) 359-9790

SAN FRANCISCO BAY: Fishing generally has been slow. There has been sturgeon biting near the Dumbarton, but pressure has been light. (650) 589-3474; (510) 703-4148

SAN PABLO BAY: The water is on the muddy side, and the tides are good enough for sturgeon fishing. Shoreline anglers are getting stripers on the top of the tide. A 45-pound striper fell to a shore angler throwing mud shrimp at China Camp. Boats anchoring and using shrimp baits are getting bass near China Camp and the Pumphouse. (415) 456-0321

SUISUN BAY: Striped bass are along the Martinez shoreline, and sturgeon are at the Ozol and Buoy 4. (925) 229-9420

— Compiled by Tim Goode