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Catfish bite heating up in the Delta

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Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 5:18 pm

The Delta: The striper run has just about ended with a few spawned-out bass moving out of the Delta, leaving resident stripers for the taking.

Catfish angling has taken off throughout the Delta with liver, sardines and mackerel being the best baits. Best bet for the Delta is post-spawn black bass.

Local bass angler Rick Long continues to pull big bass out of the San Joaquin side of the Delta. In the last three weeks he has landed three black bass over 10 pounds with the largest coming this week at 11.5 pounds. His favorite technique is using Senkos.

Sturgeon fishing continues to improve, probably due to more anglers going after them as the striper action slows. Montezuma Slough down through the Fleet appears to be most productive.

Sierra: Good fishing for stocked trout on the Highway 88 corridor, starting at Bear River Reservoir all the way up to Caples. Trolling and jigging for Mac’s also a good choice at the high elevation lakes. The West and East Carson are very fishable and are producing nice trout.

Camanche: Catfish is the fish of choice at the lake. They can be found in the coves with liver being the bait of choice. Not much being reported on trout. Best bet for trout would be at night under a floating light in deep water. Black bass in deep water after the spawn and are turning more aggressive on Senkos and crankbaits.

Pardee: Kokanee continues to be the best bet at the lake. Limits are the rule for Kokanee with many anglers done by 10 a.m. Thirty to 50 feet continues to be the depth to find them. Orange mirco hoochie spinners and Uncle Larry’s Spinners doing the best.

New Melones: Kokanee is good with fish stacking in the main lake and dam area; 38 to 45 feet seem to be their favorite depths and temperature. Kokanee anglers still catching a few trout. Pink, orange in the morning, darker colors when the sun hits the water and they go deeper, blues, purples and greens.

Mark your calendar for the Third Annual Russ Faught Memorial Kokanee tournament at New Melones on June 21, hosted by Central Valley Anglers. Applications available at www.centralvalleyangler.org, The Fisherman’s Friend, Fisherman’s Warehouse and Glory Hole Sports.

Local fisherman Jim Pickens is the owner of Fisherman’s Friend in Lodi.

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