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Jim Pickens: Lake Pardee full of kokanee

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Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2014 12:38 am

Ocean: Salmon fishing continues to be very productive from Bodega Bay down along the Marin coast to the Golden Gate. Many limits still being taken with fish to 30 pound.

Mooching produced as many or more than trolling recently. There was a report of a large group of salmon that came through the Gate last weekend. Best action for salmon on or near the bottom in the 80 to 100-foot range.

The Delta: The wind has hampered trolling for stripers on the Sacramento this week. More salmon reportedly being taken each week from Antioch up through Freeport on to Verona. Jigging, trolling and boondoggling are the techniques that produce. Lots of salmon being marked in the Sacramento and Mokelumne rivers. Black bass are plentiful, but on the small size. Senkos, Flippin’ and punching heavy cover in the afternoon all producing. The San Joaquin side of the Delta has been best for black bass.

The Fisherman’s Friend will host Captain Mike Gravert of Intimidator Sportfishing for a free seminar on salmon fishing the Delta. All techniques for fishing the Delta for salmon will be covered. The seminar will be at The Fisherman’s Friend, 440 E. Kettleman Lane this Friday at 6 p.m.

Sierra: They have begun to draw down some of the upcountry lakes. With the opening of archery deer season last week the upcountry fishing reports have dwindled, but fishing the streams and lakes should continue to be productive.

Camanche: No reports of kokanee last week and few reports of any fish being caught, except for catfish on liver, nightcrawlers and sardines. Inflow continues to be about 2.5 more than outflow, so the fresh water may help the bite pick up. Some fishing under lights near the buoy line at night.

Pardee: The lake is full of kokanee and outflow is twice that of the inflow. Large schools of kokanee, with some schools 30 to 40-feet thick in deep water around structure in the 70 to 90-foot range and below. Darker colors and copper flashers are the rule in the deeper water. Most of the kokanee are on the small size.

New Melones: The kokanee bite is slowing with the end of the season coming for them. They’re still mostly schooled in the deepest parts of the lake and hanging out near structure, with some anglers are trolling below 100 feet. Dark colors are the rule in the deeper water. Uncle Larry’s spinners, MagTackle mirco hootchies with spinners and silver/gold or gold Apex’s are the lures of choice. Some trout fishing at night under lights in the deeper parts of the lake and in the dam area. Glory Hole boat ramp is still down to two lanes.

Local fisherman Jim Pickens is the owner of Fisherman’s Friend in Lodi. Visit the Fisherman’s Friend website at http://www.mrkokanee.com.

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