The Delta: There is a large sturgeon tournament this weekend with hundreds of anglers spread throughout the west Delta, Mothball fleet and into San Pablo Bay.
Sturgeon are being caught at Cache and Prospect sloughs, the Mothball Fleet and into San Pablo Bay. Best baits have been eel and salmon roe.
Local angler Fred Nakagawa caught a 57-inch, 59-pound sturgeon this week on eel.
Many oversized sturgeon being caught and released. Trolling for stripers has already kicked in with the cleaner water above Rio Vista.
Use deep divers like Predator Angry Eyes, and Yo-zuri deep divers and don’t forget a plastic worm on the rear hook.
Water hyacinth and debris is disrupting some good striper and largemouth fishing on the San Joaquin. Top water for striper where you can find clean water is productive. Largemouth are hitting on smaller baits right now, jigging, drop-shotting and rip baits are all working. If you can get clean water, San Andreas shoals down to Eddos can be productive for stripers on live bait.
Camanche: Stocking trout at both north and south shores and the south shore pond continues.
Grubs are still producing the largest trout. Rapalas and spoons are starting to produce trout from the top 5 feet down to 20 feet.
Most anglers are long-lining, but some are already using downriggers. The buoy line, Big Hat Island and the Narrows are the best locations. Shore anglers are having good success using power bait and micetails, nightcrawlers always productive.
The black bass bite at the lake has been solid on jigs and senkos, with most bass in deeper water on structure.
New Melones: Trout fishing is good for both shore and boat anglers. Boat anglers are finding fish in the top 20 feet using spoons and lures imitating shad. Threaded nightcrawlers with a dodger or flashers can produce nice trout. Boaters are finding the best fishing in the main lake, the dam area and above the 49 Bridge. Shore anglers are doing well at Glory Hole Point and around 49 Bridge. Shore anglers use nightcrawler/marshmallow combo, powerbait and casting Kastmasters.
A 14-pound largemouth was taken recently. Good bite on spots too. Most bass are in deeper water, but the big largemouth was taken on a swim bait.
Lake Amador: Heavy plants continue with plenty of opportunities for large trout. Shore anglers are catching trout close to shore. Boaters are having the best luck toward the inflow waters. Powerbait, nightcrawlers and Kastmasters are the best bet for shore anglers. Boaters are pulling Kastmasters and Rapalas. The boat ramp is fully operational.
Don Pedro: Trout anglers are having the best luck at Fleming Meadows. Needlefish and Excels are popular this time of the year. Bass are still holding in 20 to 40 feet. Swim baits, Senkos and jigs are all working.
The Central Valley Anglers 8th Annual Trout Derby at Lake Camanche will be held on Sunday Feb. 8. Fishing starts at 7 a.m. This is a members only derby, but you can join the club at the Fisherman’s Friend for only $20 for the year.
Local fisherman Jim Pickens is the owner of Fisherman’s Friend in Lodi. Visit the Fisherman’s Friend website at http://www.mrkokanee.com.