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Camanche’s coves offer large catfish

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Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014 12:00 am

Ocean/Bay: Bad weather blew out the Ocean anglers. Those who did make it out caught some quality Salmon.

Outstanding striper fishing in the bay. Rock fish opens June 1 from Pigeon Point to Point Arena.

Sacramento River: Heavy winds still hampering Anglers. Bait anglers having as much success as the trolling anglers. Stripers action still hot in the bay, but with the 70 degree Delta water the stripers are moving through to cooler water quickly.

Good shad run in the Sacramento above Freeport Bridge.

San Joaquin / Mokelumne Rivers: Fewer fish, but there on the larger size. More spawned out fish caught this last week, but they were up to 16 lbs. Both the San Joaquin and Mokeumne were productive this last week. Bait fishing with shad was good on both the Sacramento and San Joaquin sides. Top water lures still working on the stripers.

Black Bass fishing is good with the wind and choppy water. Reaction baits, Chatterbaits and Jerkbaits doing the job. Senkos always work well with the bass in a post spawn mode.

Lake Camanche: Big Catfish continue to be caught in the coves. Trolling for trout with spoons and Apex lures in the 25’ to 40” range. Mice Tails, Power Baits and casting spoons working from shore at the main lake and pond. Black bass have moved into deeper water Senkos, Rip baits and crank baits continue to be the best choices.

Pardee Lake: Trout continues to be slow. Kokanee fishing is the best bet for the lake. Many limits being caught, but they are on the small size. 30’ to 50” depth is the range to find them. Uncle Larry’s Spinners, Rocky Mountain Tackle hoochies tipped with shoepeg corn in orange, pink and green.

New Melones Lake: Kokanee fishing continues to produce easy limits. Good fishing in the main lake around Rose Island down to the dam. Kokanee to 15”, with a few trout mixed in. Best depth range is 35’ to 45’.

Pink, orange and green Uncle Larry spinners, Rocky Mountain Tackle hoochies and Apex’s all working.

The 3rd Russ Faught Memorial Kokanee tournament at New Melones on June 21 hosted by Central Valley Anglers. Applications are at The Fisherman’s Friend, Fisherman’s Warehouse or Glory Hole Sports.

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

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