Ocean: Windy conditions persist which is keeping most anglers, including the charters, off the water.
Bay: Striper fishing is the best bet, with winds and tides still hampering anglers for sturgeon. Slower and minus tides is when the halibut bite takes off. There were some reports of good shark fishing on the San Francisco side. Rock fishing still going strong.
The Delta: The wind has continued to chase the anglers off the Delta. Catfishing is still producing throughout the Delta. Liver, sardines and mackerel are the baits of choice. Black Bass fishing is still good in many of the usual locations in the Delta. Local anglers and tournament anglers are having good success with black bass.
Sierra: West Carson is in good shape. East Carson is a little rolled, but is still fishable. Both are being stocked with quality trout. Highway 4 has good fishing from White Pines up through Spicer, Alpine and Highlands. Spicer is low, but still fishable. The other lakes are in good shape.
Camanche: Catfish is the fish of choice at the lake. They can be found in the coves with liver being the bait of choice. Some trout being caught on spoons in the deeper cooler water in the area of the dam and river channel. Best opportunity for trout is at night under a floating light in deep water.
Pardee: Kokanee continues to be the best bet at the lake. Limits are the rule for kokanee; 30 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 in the main lake and dam area; 38 to 45 feet seem to be their favorite depth and temperature. Kokanee anglers still catching a few trout. Pink, orange and green hoochies, hoochie spinners and Apex’s.
Don Pedro: Kokanee and trout fishing has picked up. Fleming Meadows, Jenkins Hill and Middle Bay are all producing. Orange, pink and watermelon are the colors of choice. ExCel’s and Needlefish without a dodger with a dab of Pro Cure gel works well on trout, kokanee and kings. Rolling shad for kings can produce some nice fish that like to fight.
Mark your calendar for the Third Annual Russ Faught Memorial Kokanee tournament at New Melones this Saturday, 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.