Best Day of December

Saturday Dec 4,  2021 – I’m getting a feeling that nobody really knows what makes stripers in the Oneill Forebay eat.  This year has been a strange Striper year all around.    There are many who are saying that its one of the worst seasons on record.  Many of the San Luis regulars in November…

Fog, Birds and a “Double”

  November 4, 2021 – It was best not to expect too much today especially when I crested Pacheco Pass on a sunny morning only to find a thick fog bank hanging over the forebay all day.   The Wind Line is broken and has been registering Zero Miles and hour for the last weeks.   The…

Fishing the Birds

October 31, 2021 – The forebay sure looked different to me than three weeks ago.  The pattern has definitely changed.  The weedlines are gone,  the first storms of the year have gone through making the water muddy.  the DWR is pumping water into the lake which has lowered the Forebay three feet since I last…

Jerry and I on the Forebay

Friday October 1, 2021 – I was really hoping that my first invitation to Jerry on the forebay would be epic.    But wishing and having arent the same  when it comes to fishing.   I waited till Steph finished his scouting trip on the main lake today  before writing this report ,  hoping to go…

Football Season

September 24, 2021 – Something is in the water in the Forebay.  I have never seen the fish from the forebay all consistently fat and healthy as they were today.  This unusual trend has to be from a change in the food chain in the forebay.   All the regular food sources are present. Delta Smelt,…

Covid’s Silver Lining

Sep 7 – 15 2021.  The Silver Lining to this whole crappy year was putting hundreds of Silver Salmon on the line this week.    It’s been a long two years that I have been longing to return to the Sapuck River in the Aleutian Islands for Coho Salmon.  The Sapsuck Camp is my favorite…

Forebay with Don

Friday Sept 4, 2021 – I needed one more day on the water to tune my spey rod for my Alaska trip next week t minus three days and counting.  Glen Chenn emailed us that there is a spike in Covid in Alaska and our entire group of Seniors is getting a bit nervous.  No…

Smoke and Heat

Saturday August 28, 2021  –  Mother Nature threw some hurdles at me today trying to get me to not fish ,   The temps were predicted to be 105 degrees from noon to 4:00 and I was a bit worried that the Smoke from the Northern California Fires might waft into the valley and close the…

Fishing the Yellow Light

Monday August 9, 2021 Today was suppose to be the calmest day of my four day weekend but it turned out to be the most windy.  The yellow light was on all day.   I was really looking forward to fishing some calm water with a shot at some topwater but as soon as I crested…

Vaughn and I on the Forebay

Friday Aug 6, 2021 Vaughn and I figure we’ve been fishing buddies for about ten years now. Yet today was the first time we fished in my boat together. A couple weeks ago we fished with Bryce Tedford together and it seemed like we had fished together for year him in the front and I…

Steve Pryor and I on the Forebay

After fishing the Forebay for many years,  I basically forgot how many skills you must master to catch a Striped Bass on a fly .  It starts with fly casting.  Len Bearden’s memorable quote was ” Meng. you are only as good a fisherman as you cast…”.  To Fly Fish for Stripers, you must learn…

Wicked Good Day on the Forebay

I was beginning to think I was jinkxed with the weather at O’neill Forebay.   For the last two weeks  I’ve been trying to get out every day  that I have been off work.    Unfortunately,  I’m about 50 percent  these last two weeks when it comes to actually making the ride due to inaccurate wind…

Double Trouble

Friday July 23, 2021 – Today I scouted the Main Lake and Forebay.   This year’s drought has already drawn the lake down to nearly 40 percent capacity.   I haven’t seen it this low since the great drought.  When the water gets low like this,  sometimes you can catch some really big fish off the shoreline. …

Topwater LMB on the Delta

Monday July 19, 2021 – Vaughn and I had the pleasure of being guided by Bryce Tedford on the Delta for some Topwater LMB Action.  In all the years that I’ve known Vaughn,  this is the first time we actually shared a boat.   Having been heavily outfished by Vaughn ,  it will probably be the…