Striped bass are moving in toward the north area on both sides of the Delta.
Anglers are hooking them with blood worms, shad and sardines. Trolling with broken-backed lures or tossing Rat-L-Traps along the west bank of Decker Island or the Old Sacramento River at Long Island and the Isleton Bridge have been productive as well.
Sturgeons up to 103 pounds have been biting the last couple of weeks. Grass shrimp, ghost shrimp and pile worms have been effective in hauling them in. They are being caught during the change of tides at Decker, Power Lines and Sherman. islands. Cache Slough and Rio Vista have also been hot.
Trout fishing has slowed down the last couple of weeks and anglers are having a tough time catching their limit.
Trout have been caught from 3 to 6 pounds on various lures.
Kokanee fishing has been slow lately. They are being seen from 12 to 13 inches in size. The most productive way to haul them in has been to tip off lures with pieces of white corn.
Bass fishing hasn't been spectacular lately, but some largemouths are being caught at the south end of the lake on black worms.
New Melones Lake
Trout fishing has been decent the last couple of weeks.
They are being caught in 25 to 40 feet of water on frozen shad, Rebels and Rapalas without dodgers.
Rainbows have been hitting crawler and spinner combos and shad-patterned Needlefish. Bank fishing for trout has slowed down as the fish are moving into deeper water. The best places to cast from the bank would be Glory Hole Point or under the 49 Bridge as these spots allow the angler to reach deeper water. Powerbait has been effective in bank fishing.
Kokanee fishing is improving, and 12- to 13-inch fish are being seen. The use of a stinger hook is suggested so that the fish don't slip off. One-sixteenth ounce Syclops have been very good lately as well as Uncle Larry's Spinners and Father Murphy's Bugs. Kokanee prefer the color pink on these lures. Mix Pro-Cure anise and Kokanee Special scent together for best results. This scent should be on the line, lure and dodger.
Bass fishing has been excellent lately. They are making beds but not yet spawning and are being caught from 2 to 5 feet of water all the way out to 20 feet of water. They are in areas with a lot of structure, such as fallen trees. They have also been seen in creek arms and cuts.
Crappie are being caught in the one-pound range. The south side of the lake and Carson Cove close to submerged tress have been producing crappie. Small minnows or red or white crappie jigs seen the best results.
The warm weather has seen a rise in catfish. Balls of nightcrawlers, chicken livers, anchovies or mackerel with a sliding sinker rig are all effective baits. Good spots are the Tuttletown boat ramp or in Angels or Glory Hole Cove.
Lake Don Pedro
Trout fishing is still good. The bait of choice has been Powerbait, nightcrawlers, roostertails, needlefish, and flashers. They are being caught at low depth.
Bass fishing has been good lately as spawning has started. It should last through May. They are being caught from 5 to 15 feet deep on minnows, nightcrawlers, rubber worms, jigs, and crankbaits.
Crappie fishing is picking up. They are starting to spawn in the trees and in the brush. The baits of choice are crappie jigs, Powerbait and minnows. They are being caught at a depth of 5 to 20 feet.
Catfishing has been fair. They are being caught up the river about 20 to 30 feet. The back of coves seem to be the most profitable place. The baits of choice are anchovies, liver and catfish Powerbait in blood and cheese flavors.
Rainbows biting on the western end of the lake. Trout a good bet in the early morning and late evening with Power Bait.
Try trolling for trout in the channels with Power Bait. Black bass bite is good.
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