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LAKES

ANDERSON: This is the best lake in the valley. Work the boat launch area and drop-shot jigs. Lake is on a slow rise. It's worth walking the dam, too. (408) 463-0711

BERRYESSA: Smallmouth bass are plentiful. Main body, rocky points on the north end are productive with Carolina rigs. Narrows and Portugeuse Cove also are good spots. Drop-shotting with shad imitations is productive. Some anglers are enjoying 30 fish days with a good mix of spotted bass. Target 17 to 25 deep. There are some largemouth being caught. A New Year's tournament was won with a 20-pound bag. (707) 255-5544; (916) 502-3474

CHABOT: Lake is slowly clearing. Conditions are still murky, but trout are starting to be caught at the burner and the first dock. Best method is using Power Bait from the shore. Catfishing is good near the island with mackerel or chicken liver. A 14-pounder was caught this week. (510) 247-2526

CHESBRO: Water is high and fairly muddy. You can try drop-shotting near the dam, but don't have great expectations. (408) 358-3741, (408) 463-0711

CONTRA LOMA: Fishing has been slow this week. The lake visibility is low. Go to the boat ramp area or swim lagoon for trout. Catfish are near Loma Island, Channel Point and the swim lagoon. Big fish of the week was caught by Matilde Quiroga, of Antioch, who landed a 10 pound catfish with Power Eggs from Channel Point. (510) 544-3154 -3153


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DEL VALLE: Water remains murky and trout fishing is so-so. East Beach is the top spot. A 15-pound striped bass was caught Friday from the upper narrows with chicken liver. (925) 449-5201

LAFAYETTE: Water is clearing and trout fishing has picked up in the south end of the lake. Boaters do better than shore anglers, who are dealing with murkier conditions. (925) 284-9669

LEXINGTON: Hand launch boats here and drop-shot with jigs in deep water for largemouths. Deep-running crankbaits also will work. (408) 463-0711

LOS VAQUEROS: Trout fishing has been good from boats in the eastern coves. Shore anglers go to South Cove and north of the Marina. Power Bait or Mice Tails are top offerings. Striper bite is slow. (925) 371-2628

MOUNT TAMALPAIS LAKES: Bon Tempe last week received a plant of 2,000 pounds of trout averaging ¾-pound. (415) 945-1194

QUARRY LAKES: Trout bite continues to be very good. Big fish of the week was an 8.11 trout caught by Roland Alung, of Hayward, from the shore of Kiosk Cove. A good number of 5-pound-plus trout are being caught. Crappie jigs are taking trout, as are nightcrawlers and rainbow Power Bait. A plant of 500 pounds of trout went in earlier in the week. (510) 544-3133

SAN LUIS RESERVOIR: Find stripers 40 to 80 feet deep. Drift with minnows or jig spoons or jerk baits. Flukes also are working well. Trash Racks and Portuguese Cove are drawing most of the attention. (408) 463-0711

SHADOW CLIFFS: Trout fishing is good and will get better with double trout plants this week. The park district put 500 pounds in and the state added another 1,000 pounds. (510) 544-3230, (925) 426-0197

UVAS: Lake is high and muddy. Walk the dam and drop-shot heavy jigs over the shoreline debris. (408) 463-0711

DELTA

ANTIOCH: Early fog and persistent cold has kept anglers away. Most are trying for sturgeon are on the Sacramento River and into Cache Slough. (925) 706-7400

BENICIA: Flounder are entertaining shore anglers from the State Park to First Street. Pile worms or grass shrimp get flounder. An 11-pound striper was caught Monday from underneath the Benicia Bridge with a mudsucker. A 14-pounder was caught from boat the same weekend. Sturgeon anglers go to the middle of the Mothball Fleet near Buoy 4, and the Horseshoe and action has been good. (707) 745-4921

FRANKS TRACT: Black bass are vulnerable to drop-shotting with RoboWorms or Senkos. Find bass under weed beds or where there is dirty, warmer water. Not much striper action. (925) 625-2441

ISLETON: Boaters go to Liberty Island and Ryer Island for sturgeon. Shrimp baits work well, but drifting minnows will pay off for occasional striped bass. (916) 777-6666, (916) 777-6806

PITTSBURG: Cold weather has been keeping anglers away. There are stripers and sturgeon in the area. Stripers are near Honker Bay and Broad Slough. Most are 4 to 6 pounds. Sturgeon are near the PG&E plant, Buoys 2 and 3 and Chain Island. Water is clearing each day. (925) 252-0151

RIO VISTA: Sturgeon bite is good at Cache Slough, Prospect Slough and the Powerlines. Stripers in the 7- to 10-pound class are being caught toward the end of Decker Island and toward the Antioch Bridge. Use blood, pile worms or grass shrimp in deep water. (707) 374-2372, (916) 777-6498

RIVERS

NAPA: Striper bite has slowed due to cold water. Sturgeon are a better bet. Use eel and live ghost shrimp combos. Best fishing is from Highway 29 down. Bite has slowed near Cuttings Wharf. There is a lot of debris in the lower river. Sweeney's Sports (707) 255-5544

RUSSIAN: Most action is near Dry Creek. Water is murky, but it's bait-fishable. Still a no-go near Guerneville. (707) 869-2156 (Steve)

SALTWATER

BERKELEY: Perch fishing remains good at Point Molate, Point Richmond and behind the El Cerrito Costco. Use pile worms or grass shrimp for good-sized rubberlips, split tails and pogies. (510) 235-2032

BODEGA BAY: Crab and sand dabs trips are being booked. Squid trips will be booked with interest. (707) 875-3344

EMERYVILLE: The New Huck Finn on Saturday had limits of crab for 30 anglers and 450 sand dabs. Reservations are being accepted for weekend trips. (510) 654-6040

MONTEREY: Crab limits are regular. Sand dabs are plentiful and some sole also are being caught. Squid have disappeared. (831) 375-5951; (831) 372-7440

PACIFICA: Pier anglers are getting good-sized perch. Some go to 15 inches. Crabbing is decent from the pier. (650) 355-8303, (650) 359-9790

PILLAR POINT: Reservations are being accepted for crab/sand dab combos. Bait & Switch Sportfishing (650) 726-7133

PORT SONOMA: General prospects are picking up. Sturgeon are being caught at China Camp and the mouth of the Sonoma Creek. Keeper stripers are being caught in the Petaluma River. Weekend forecasts are for good weather and good tides. (707) 762-7818

SAN FRANCISCO: An undersized sturgeon was caught Tuesday from Oyster Point Pier. There was a herring spawn near Mission Rock on Tuesday, so attention will be on that area. There are perch near the Oyster Point Pier. (650) 589-3474

SAN PABLO BAY: Good tides portend good fishing over the weekend. Fishing was slow on Tuesday but the sturgeon bite should improve. There are stripers in the area, but not in great numbers. (415) 456-0321

SUISUN BAY: Sturgeon are being caught near Buoy 4. Striped bass are in the same area. Grass shrimp and eel work for both species. Sturgeon also are being caught from the Martinez Pier. (925) 229-9420, (916) 777-6498

-- Tim GoodE