The Delta: The wind has limited boaters this past week on the Sacramento River, so the trolling reports were bleak. Bank and bait angling were pretty good. With the recent smolt plants in various locations in the Delta and with the winds reducing the striper fishing should pick back up. Top-water fishing for stripers has picked up the last couple weeks with reports of 30-pound fish being caught.
Sturgeon being caught from Cache Slough down, with a good bite reported in Montezuma Slough these last two weeks on eel. Ghost Shrimp best bait as you get down into more salty water.
On the San Joaquin and Mokelumne rivers, winds were a problem on the San Joaquin side too. Eddo’s was a popular location after the smolt release, but they move toward the ocean quickly. Top-water fishing in the sloughs throughout the San Joaquin and Mokelumne systems were the most productive angling the past couple of weeks.
Mother Lode: Sierra streams and lakes are in good shape and planting continues. With good weather on the forecast there should be great fishing and water conditions.
Camanche: The lake received it’s last 1,200 pounds of Mt. Lassen trout on April 30. Trolling with spoons and Rapalas between 25 and 35 feet; also had reports that grubs are being productive. Mice Tails, Power Bait and casting spoons working from shore. Black bass fishing rated good with Senkos, Rip baits and crank baits all producing.
Pardee: Trout bite improving up river. Kokanee fishing producing many limits in the main lake. Try Spinners and hoochies tipped with shoepeg corn. Bass fishing improving in the Columbia Gulch area.
New Melones: Bass fishing rated good. Reaction bite using crank or jerk baits doing well along with Senkos and Brush Hogs, Carolina rigged in deeper water. Kokanee are schooling in deeper parts of the main lake, with many limits being taken. Pink, orange and green spinners, hoochies and Apex all working. Trout fishing from the bank and boat is still fair.
Don Pedro: The bass bite has slowed. Trolling for trout and kokanee at Fleming Meadows in 50 to 60 feet using ExCels and Needlefish with a dab of scent. Kings being taken by rolling shad. Fleming Meadows, Big Oak Island and Jenkins Hill are popular locations.
Local fisherman Jim Pickens is the owner of Fisherman’s Friend in Lodi.