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Posted: Thursday, June 5, 2014 12:00 am

Ocean/Bay: Windy weather continues to frustrate ocean anglers. Striper fishing still going strong in the bay. Opener for rock fish was very good with many limits of all types of rock fish being caught.

The Delta: Winds still causing problems for anglers in the Delta; best fishing can be found in wind protected areas on both the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers. Reports of sturgeon action picking up in Montezuma Slough and around the Fleet. Bait fisherman still picking up stripers. Trolling for stripers has slowed in the Delta. Striper 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: Fewer fish being caught but, the ones being caught are nice sized, up to 16 pounds. Hog and Sycamore sloughs produced some nice-sized stripers last week. Big Potato Slough was productive too. The sloughs have been the best locations to fish when the wind is blowing.

Black bass fishing is good with the wind and choppy water using reaction baits. Senkos working the best in deeper water. An 11.5-pound black bass was taken last week in the Franks Tract area on Senkos.

Sierra: Rivers and streams are all in good shape. Big trout being caught at Kennedy Meadows from earlier trout releases. Nightcrawlers are the top bait. Stanislaus River from Spicer down to Big Trees is always a great trip. The West Carson in Hope Valley is heavily stocked as is the East Carson. Both sides of the Carson can be fished using flies, eggs, small spinners (Panther Martins, Mepps, Rooster Tails) and worms.

Camanche:Catfish is the fish of choice at the lake. They can be found in the coves with liver being the bait of choice. Trolling for trout has slowed with the warmer water. Fish the dam area with spoons from 30 to 60 feet. Mice Tails, Power Baits and casting spoons working from shore at the main lake and pond. Black bass have moved into deeper water. Senkos have been the top lure.

Pardee: Trout has picked some with a few mixing in with anglers fishing for kokanee. Limits are the rule for Kokanee with many anglers done by 10 a.m. Thirty to 50 feet is still the depth to find them. Orange mirco hoochie spinners and Uncle Larry’s Spinners doing the best. Maggots soaked with Pro Cure and corn working well.

New Melones: Kokanee fishing continues to produce easy limits. Fish are stacking up in the main lake. Once you find them the action is on, with 38 to 45 feet their favorite depth and temperature. Some nice trout mixing in with the kokanee. Pink, orange in the morning, darker colors when the sun hits the water and they go deeper, blues, purples and greens. Be careful of the low water and sunken trees. We have been replacing a lot of downrigger lines this month.

Mark your calendar for the 3rd Annual Russ Faught Memorial Kokanee tournament at New Melones on June 21, hosted by Central Valley Anglers.

Applications available at, The Fisherman’s Friend, Fisherman’s Warehouse and Glory Hole Sports.

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