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Posted: Wednesday, July 9, 2003 10:00 pm



Mid-day hours best for trout, down to 48 feet deep. Excels or R-Lures in blues, chartreuse or Firetiger do best at Big Hat.

Kokanee salmon from 14 to 16 inches in water 55 to 60 feet deep. Use either Sockeye Slammers or Mini-squid in chartreuse or yellow.

Largemouth bass running from 1 to 4 pounds. Use green/brown four-inch worms or lizards in middle of the day. Use perch-pattern crankbaits along shoreline in afternoons.

Blue catfish up to six pounds have been spotted. Causeway Cove or the Camanche Arm are good places to catch mackerel.

Little perch and bluegill in abundance in shady shallows. Use red worms, mealies or Roostertails in 5 to 10 feet of water.


Areas just beyond The Narrows and in the South End along the barrel line have produced limits of mixed rainbows and kokanee.

Early morning hours before it gets hot is the best time.

Red midge wobblers, apex lures and spinners along with wedding rings tipped with scented grubs, corn or night crawler pulled behind blue, green or watermelon dodgers or sidekicks are still the most productive combination.

Stony Point Landing and Woodpile continue to be best for shore anglers. Power bait with the sliding sinker works well.

Catfish remain strong at the South End near Rattle Snake Cove and Mel's Cove.


Bass are doing well in about 10 to 15 feet of water using minnows. Not many trout, but a lot of crappie at the Boat House at night.

Bluegill are everywhere and catfish are active at the cove.

New Melones

Bank anglers should fish the creeks for trout because trout are too deep in the lake.

Night fishing under a submersible light is a great way to catch trout in the summer. Anchor in front of the dam or near Glory Hole Point and drop your light in the water.

Use a threaded nightcrawler with a small piece of Power Bait, and a small split-shot to help get your bait down deep. Fish about 10 feet deeper than your light penetrates.

Trollers are picking up a few trout, but most trollers are targeting kokanee right now.

Limits of kokanee at the tail fork weighing 1 to 2-plus pounds are being caught in early morning in 50 to 70 feet of water.

Pink Hootchies, pink, red or firetiger Apex or Uncle Larry's spinners, or red or green Wedding Rings trolled behind a chrome or chrome/green or chartreuse dodger are all good lures right now. Tip your lure with a piece of shoepeg corn soaked in ProCure scent-kokanee Special works best.

Bass limits are easy to come by. Night fishing is providing the most big-fish action, with June Bug worms or Zoom Baby Brush Hogs, or black spinnerbaits working well.

During the day, small fish (very few of them keeper-size), are numerous and aggressive.

Bigger fish are not as active right now. There are lots of smaller fish upriver, taking spinnerbaits, especially near steep, shady walls.

Top-water baits are working great. Ripping a jerkbait, such as a T.D.Minnow, parallel to the bank in shallow water will catch fish.

Spotted bass in the 1- to 3-pound range can be caught 15 feet deep off of main lake points on crawdad-colored (green/brown) Gitzits and split-shotted worms.

Catfish are biting near Tuttletown or under the 49 Bridge for bank anglers. Anchovies, crawlers, chicken liver or live large minnows work well. Boaters should try waters near the dam, where the big fish are.

Crappie action has cooled off.


Rio Vista

Lots of small striped bass, catfish and sturgeon. Crappie and bluegill are also biting. Frozen cut bait works the best.


Catfish are the hottest fish. Crawdad is good for bait.

Clams, chicken livers, anchovies and mackerel also work well. Salmon season opens on July 16. Fishing for stripers is still good at the gates at Locke and Georgiana Slough.

For updated Delta fishing reports, go online at www.californiadelta.org.

Central Sierra

Afternoons and evenings are good times for activity in streams.

Subsurface and surface flies are working as bait, but hoppers seem to be catching the most fish.

Flies like black gnats and mosquitoes are also working. Spinners like Panther Martins, Blue Fox and Mepps are working well as throwing lures.

Cast upstream and work the lure back downstream at speeds fast enough to stay in front of the current.

Beaver Creek is low now but still holding plenty of trout. Small lures and flies are best as the water is quite clear and it is hard to sneak up on the fish.

In the high country, the Mokelumne River at Hermit Valley is running well and is also scheduled for a plant this week.

The same flies, lures and bait apply here. Take plenty of repellent and be ready for clouds of mosquitoes.



Trout action is good, with eggs and crawlers good bets.

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