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Hot-Bites Fishing Report
By the Fish Sniffer Staff

February 27, 2010
Updated Regularly

(La Grange) Hard-fighting rainbow trout are still hitting hardware at Lake Don Pedro, according to Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing.
“Excel’s Slimfins and Hum Dingers are still taking trout up to two pounds,” he explained. “We are still long-lining behind the boat working a lot of water to get into fish, but we are seeing multiple limits per trip plus double digit hookups.”
Smith’s two daughters, Jordan and Taylor Smith, caught six beautiful holdover rainbows to 3 pounds and one smallmouth bass during a trip to Don Pedro on Saturday, February 21.
Danny Layne of Fishin’ Dan’s Guide Service is also seeing fair to improving action on rainbows at or near the surface. “Water clarity is good with the level rising and a surface temperature at 54 degrees,” he reported.
“Work the top 20 feet with Uncle Larry’s spinners, Vance’s Slim Willie’s in tandem with a crawler or small Ex-Cel shad lures for bows to two pounds,” he tipped.. “Mexican Gulch, Laughlin Island or Jenkins Hill are productive areas. A few kings are showing in Fleming Bay at 60-80 feet deep on rolled shad or Matrix paddle tails.”
Manny Basi of The Bait Barn reported an improving bass bite at Pedro. “Last week’s tourney saw first place pull in a twenty-five pound sack,” said Basi. “River 2 Sea swimbaits have been doing well and others are getting into bass with drop shot action and jigs with green pumpkin trailers.”


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The San Francisco bay offers a wide variety of fishing opportunities. All the anadromous species pass through the Golden Gate during their migrations. In the bay you will find California halibut, leopard shark, sturgeon, and striped bass. The sportfishing fleet frequents the Cordell Banks and the Farallon Islands. Both are excellent rock fisheries and during the season you will also find salmon. The local reservoirs provide warm water fresh fishing with the most notable being San Pablo Reservoir. Every once and a while you hear of a bass pushing 10 lbs. If you're in the Bay Area and you just have to fish, this might be the spot. Pier fishing is available at Pacifica and Berkeley.


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