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September 14, 1988
If you're going fishing at Pyramid Lake, take your binoculars and look for fish boiling on the surface. That's the advice from the staff there, which reported that the striped bass were boiling Monday right in front of the concession stand, responding to the usual surface baits: spooks, shad wraps and walking minnows. They bite up to noon, then disappear until 4 in the afternoon. The staff is urging anglers to release fish under 5 pounds.
June 14, 2005 | Dick Russell, Special to The Times
Six a.m. on the Mokelumne River. The sun has yet to rise over the meandering waterways of Northern California's Delta country. Clyde Wands has driven 50-some miles south from Sacramento, winding across a maze of levees and sloughs with his 17-foot boat hitched to his Ford pickup. Backing down the marina ramp, he prepares to launch the Old Fisherman onto the river's south fork. It's cold, but Wands doesn't care.
April 19, 1989
Largemouth bass are spawning and cooperating with fishermen at most Southland reservoirs, but at Lake Silverwood it's the striped bass that are bending the rods. Alan Cole of Lancaster caught a 38 1/2-pound striper, Kenny Meyer of San Bernardino a 32-pounder, and Neil Sinsabaugh of Victorville a 25-pound striper. LAKE SILVERWOOD--Striped bass biting best through channel and near spillway. Mike Lewis, Yucaipa, 20 1/4-pound striper. Largemouth bass bite strong, biting in shallows.
June 14, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
President Bush began a long family weekend by hooking a drive off the first tee of a golf course and hooking a fish in the chilly waters of the Atlantic Ocean near his parents' coastline estate. Wearing blue sunglasses that mirrored cloudy skies, Bush and his father climbed aboard a white speedboat named Fidelity II and went fishing just off Kennebunk Beach. Dad drove. The president grimaced a few times, flicking his fishing rod in disgust, but soon scored a striped bass.
November 29, 1989
Striped bass have come alive after a recent trout plant at Lake Silverwood, with the bigger fish most active in the channel and near the spillway. The father-and-son team of Jim and Andy Concannon were tops at the San Bernardino County reservoir over the weekend with respective stripers at 25 and 22 pounds. LAKE MEAD--Striped bass coming mostly from lower basin on live shad, minnows or frozen anchovies at 15-45 feet. Largemouth bass most active off points in Temple Bar area.
March 10, 1993
It's the time of year bass fishermen have been waiting for, and yes, the fish are moving into the shallows and getting ready to spawn at several Southland reservoirs. Lakes Casitas, Cachuma and Piru in Ventura County have been the most productive. John Graff of Alhambra took the biggest bass of the week, a 13-pounder caught at Casitas on a black Power Worm. At Cachuma, Santa Maria's Ryan McRae, 7, while fishing with his father, caught eight bass totaling 20 pounds, the largest a 7-pounder.
June 26, 1991
Pyramid Lake had a heavy trout plant this week, which is good news for striped bass fishermen. Dumping trout at the launch ramp is like spreading a smorgasbord for the stripers, who in turn fall prey to the anglers. Several large catches were reported. The largemouth bass also are biting so well that one man fishing for crappies in Priest Cove and Glory Hole Cove with white crappie jigs kept catching nothing but largemouths. He lost count after throwing back 20.
July 31, 1987
Limits of trout have been reported in most areas of the Sierra, and larger fish, such as striped bass and catfish, have been making news elsewhere in California. At Bullhead City, Charles Parsons of Rowland Heights caught perhaps the largest freshwater fish of the week, a 33 1/2-pound striper. Meanwhile at Silverwood Lake north of San Bernardino, Glenn Hanmock of San Bernardino caught a 22 1/2-pounder striper. Luis Rose of West Brook landed a 19-pound catfish near the dam at Silverwood.
February 28, 1986
Good catches of striped bass were reported this week by landing operators at several Southland reservoirs. At Lake Pyramid, Rick Hansen of Castaic and Tom Oswald of Van Nuys caught 20- and 22-pounders, respectively. There was good corvina fishing near Red Hill at the Salton Sea, where most catches were ranging from 12 to 18 pounds. WILLOW BEACH--Good for striped bass. Kay and Bill Tennis, Hollywood, 13-pound 12-ounce and 11-12 stripers at 56-mile marker.
August 8, 1989 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
Striped bass in San Francisco Bay have diminished to such a low level that the species will not survive here unless water shipped to Central and Southern California is cut drastically, environmentalists said Monday. The environmentalists said this year's relatively rainy spring should have resulted in greatly increased numbers of striped bass, a popular sport fish in the bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
July 11, 2002 | Jessica Strand
* This East Coast favorite is finding its way onto a lot of menus. Geoffrey's: Gaze out over the Pacific while you enjoy bass in a pistachio crust with lemon grass beurre blanc and a side of asparagus. (Sicilian pistachio-encrusted branzino, $26.) Geoffrey's, 27400 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, (310) 457-1519. The House: This casual place serves pan-roasted bass in a shallot butter jus, with tiny fingerling potatoes, French radishes and cucumber. The flavors dance on your tongue.
June 12, 1998
FRESHWATER CASTAIC LAKE--How's this for a striped bass haul? Guide Erik Stepanek, with his father, Bill, and friend, Ray Merrill, used live shad to catch 23 stripers totaling 300 pounds, the largest a 17-pounder. Live shad is the key here. Largemouth bass are biting throughout the upper lake. Sam Amormino and Ed Puente, Los Angeles, caught 58 bass in a day, the largest a four-pounder, on plastic worms. Top bass, a 10-pounder by Richard Nelson, Lake View Terrace, on a crawdad.
Allyson Thurber has made a giant step for female chefs. The executive chef of Water Grill in downtown Los Angeles just accepted a position at the 130-seat Striped Bass in Philadelphia for a salary of $110,000, among the highest in this country for female executive chefs. Neil Stein, owner of Striped Bass, confirmed the figure. The 41-year-old native of Sacramento will leave in early May and begin at Striped Bass the first week of June. Her replacement at Water Grill has not yet been named.
June 19, 1996
The most voracious of all Southland freshwater game fish--striped bass--have become active at all three Southland's striper fisheries, but nowhere are the fish biting as they are at Silverwood Lake. Cliff Whitehead of Apple Valley, a regular at the San Bernardino County reservoir, had one of the most impressive stringers: two fish totaling 48 pounds, topped by a 31.6-pounder.
November 22, 1995
At most Southland lakes, this is transition time. Catfish are getting sluggish and trout need more cool weather to become active. But at two local reservoirs, striped bass are making a splash. An angler from Hesperia caught the largest of the week at Silverwood Lake, a 35-pounder that took an anchovy at the spillway. And Ed Felps of Norco landed a 24-pounder at the San Bernardino County reservoir while fishing with a jig.
August 9, 1995
Anglers looking for striped bass should head to Lake Skinner, where the fish have been active throughout the lake. Anchovies have been the best bait in deep water with good top-water action in the inlet early and in late afternoon. Louie Lujan of San Jacinto caught a seven-pound striped bass using a Louie Lure in the inlet, and Gary Swanson of San Jacinto landed a seven-pound striped bass on anchovies near the inlet. Catfish have also been biting.
When the sun disappeared over the hill, leaving a crescent moon to light the sky, the temperature finally dropped and little Corona Lake came alive. Schools of tiny shad were jumping out of the water, as if there were a chance for survival on the outside. Larger fish were crashing the surface and taking them in gulps. Earlier in the day, under a blazing desert sun, lake manager Brad Grieder had said it would be like this, but it was hard to believe.
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