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Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2003 10:00 pm



Bass have been moving into shallow, grassy shorlines near dike No. 1 and the long point adjacent to Barnert Island early and late in the day. Plastic lizards or worms in green or brown are the most reported lures; crankbaiters using Rattle-traps in silver and blue catch easy limits of 1-to 3-pound fish.

Lots of 1-to 2-pound catfish anywhere there is shade and grass along the shoreline. Mackerel, sardines and anchovies top the bait-to-use list but 'crawlers and clams work as well. Better areas to try include East cove and the Camanche arm near the south marina.

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

Deep trolling is your best bet with the trout holding around 45 feet deep and both kokanee and kings at 68 feet.

The best area for trolling is the western end of the lake between Little Hat Island and Big Hat Islands. Use a dodger with a white or chartreuse R-Lure or No. 1 Needlefish.

Your best bait-bet is to fish overnight, near the buoyline at the dam with Powerbait or inflated nightcrawlers to catch the fish attracted by the oxygen-rich waters created by the Speece cone operation. The 14-inch kokanee and 19-inch king Salmon prefer Hoochies or Vance's Sockeye Slammers with a piece of white corn near Big Hat and the dam.


Warm weather driving trout into deep water, as deep as 50 feet.

Bass and catfish are plentiful.

Liver, anchovies and mackerel are getting bites from catfish.

Crappie are biting down by the boat house at night.


Small lures and spinners along with wedding rings tipped with scented grubs, corn, or night crawler pulled behind dodgers or sidekicks still the most productive combination. Red and tiger striped lures with silver, blue and watermelon dodgers and sidekicks continue to be the hot colors. Trollers are setting down riggers 15 to 50 feet.

Stony Point Landing and the Woodpile were the best shore areas this week; many anglers are getting early, quick limits there on a regular basis. Cat fishing remains good at the South End and Bernice's cove.

New Melones

Kokanee salmon fishing has slowed. But, boaters can hook 15- to 17-inchers with persistence.

Work 50 to 70 feet deep and use Hoochies, Apex or Uncle Larry's spinners.

Plenty of small spotted bass, with keepers running 1-3 pounds.

Bass limits are easy to come by - some anglers are reporting catching 30-40 fish in a day, but big fish are hard to find. Small fish are numerous and aggressive. Bigger, post-spawn fish, are not as active right now, and are not biting.

There are lots of smaller fish upriver, taking spinnerbaits, especially near steep, shady walls. Top-water baits are working great.

Spotted bass in the 1-3 pound range can be caught 15-feet deep off of main lake points on crawdad-colored (green/brown) Gitzits and split-shotted 4-inch worms.

Near Tuttletown or under the 49 Bridge are a great places for bank anglers to fish for catfish. Boaters should try the waters near the dam. Anglers should use anchovies, crawlers, chicken liver, or live large minnows. Use stout line and a good-sized Kahle hook, and leave your bail open. Night fishing is best.

Not too much crappie action lately. Fish near structure such as trees, and 15-20 feet deep with small minnows or crappie jigs. Perch are biting.

Mormon Creek and Bear Creek on the south side of the lake have been good spots. As with crappie, fish close to structure.



Striper fishing is still good in Sherman Island down to Bay Point. This time a lot of small stripers are in everywhere. The chance to get a legal striper is about 5 percent. Small stripers like anchovies, sardines, and mackerels. In the peak time, fishermen can catch one after another. Even catch and release but many small stripers will die if a small hook was used.

To save these small stripers, use a bigger hook from6/0 or above will help. Catfishing is very good now. Most of catfish like to stay in a deep hole. I use a portable fish finder to locate the deep hole and fish from there. The result is pretty good. Some fishermen like to use salted sardines for stripers and catfish since its tough and stays on the hook better than the frozen sardine. Black, small mouth and large mouth bass fishing is also good at Lost Slough, Sevenmile Slough, and in the Mokelumne Rivers (North and South).



Shad fishing has picked up with reduced flow, especially in the evening. Work upper end from Grist Mill to Nimbus Basin.

Some striped bass in lower river near Cal Expo. Use live crawdads or minnows.


Salmon fishing decreases due to anticipation of next run of chinook.

Mouth of Yuba River and upstream to the dam has seen an improvement in shad fishing.

Early and late is best.


Great shad fishing from Woodson Bridge State Park to base of Red Bluff diversion dam. Females to 31/2 pounds with lots of smaller males. Run should remain good through July.

Wild trout active from Redding to Anderson.

Salmon fishing season opens July 16 from Bend Bridge south.

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