The Delta: Striper fishing continues to be outstanding. The system is full of stripers and they are moving into a spawning mode. Shallow and deep divers both are equally productive. Best are Angry Eyes, Savage Gear and Manic Prey. Stripers continue being caught on the west bank, Sherman Island to Broad Slough. Fish to 30 pounds being taken, with many boats catching over 10 fish an outing.
On the Sacramento, bait fishermen are still working Decker Island, Power Lines and Lights 5 and 8, using shad and sardines.
Sturgeon fishing was productive this last week from the mothball fleet all the way through Cache, Prospect and Montezuma Sloughs. Eel has been the top bait.
San Joaquin River: Trolling for stripers on the San Joaquin and Mokelumne systems has been as good or better than the Sacramento side with boats catching many fish per outing with fish to 35 pounds. Eddo’s and the surrounding areas has been the top location, followed up with the sounding board and the mouth of Big Potato Slough. Yozuris, Angry Eyes, Savage Gear and Manic Prey, using both shallow and deep divers, are best bets.
Black bass fishing is picking up and, with Senkos and Brush Hog still the most productive.
Central Valley Anglers will hold a striped bass derby on April 26 at Sandy Beach Regional Park near Rio Vista. Information and applications available are at The Fisherman’s Friend.
On the Mokelumne, trolling for stripers below B&W to the mouth of the San Joaquin has been productive, with Georgiana, Beaver, Hog and Sycamore just as productive in the shallow Sloughs. Disappointment, White and Potato sloughs have been productive for both stripers and black bass fishermen.
Camanche: Fishing slowed this week due to the weather, but some nice fish are still being caught in the main lake to the dam and around Big Hat. Try up past the narrows trolling with Rapalas and Speedy Shiners down to 25 feet. Some boaters are anchoring and bait fishing in the deep water for nice trout. Black bass has picked up with them continuing to move up toward the shallows. Use plastics and jerkbaits.
Bait fishing off the bank should pick up with more plants this week at both north and south shores and at the south shore pond. Cast large Kastmasters and use PowerBait, with power worms and mice tails the most productive.
Pardee: Kokanee is the ticket at Pardee, with orange, pink and red kokanee gear the most popular. Most productive fishing is found up river from the mouth up. Mice tails and bait under bobbers continue to be productive from shore for trout.
New Melones: Bass fishing is good, but trout has slowed. Tom Stern caught and released a beautiful brown on a Firetiger Kwikfish in the main body of the lake last week. Some kokanee are still being taken in the main lake and around the dam.
The Fisherman’s Friend will be being holding a seminar on kokanee fishing techniques on April 25 at 6 p.m. Presenting will be Captain Joe Aksamit of JoeFish Guide Service.
Local fisherman Jim Pickens is the new owner of Fisherman’s Friend in Lodi.