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Striper bite still smacking in local rivers

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Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014 12:00 am

The Delta: On the Sacramento River, there are still plenty of stripers in the system with fish being caught in the bay with eggs still in them. The wind has hampered anglers for several days, but as the wind reduces trolling should pick back up. Trolling 12- to 15-feet deep using deep-diving Yo-zuri’s, Angry Eye’s and Rebels producing best results. Best locations for trolling the Sacramento River side is from the Old Dairy to Walnut Grove.

San Joaquin/Mokelumne: Bait angling using shad continues to be good in Georgianna Slough, San Andreas and Santa Clara shoals, Old River Flats and the Sounding Board, as well as Lights 33 to 38 near Eddo’s. Top-water fishing for stripers continues to produce great action with reports of 20-fish days with fish 12 to 20 pounds being caught. The sloughs off the Mokelumne and San Joaquin are the best locations for top-water fishing.

Black bass fishing has picked up in the Delta, with Senkos, swim baits and crankbaits all working well. Lodi resident Rick Long reports great fishing with fish over 9 pounds on the San Joaquin side of the Delta. There’s a large pro bass tournament in the Delta, so expect many boats moving around this weekend.

Lake Camanche: Trolling has picked up using spoons and Rapalas from 25 down to 40 feet in the main lake from the dam to Big Hat. The south shore pond produced some large trout to 10 pounds last week. Mice Tails, Power Baits and casting spoons working from shore. Black bass fishing is good with Senkos, Rip baits and crank baits, but the spawn is over and their headed back to deeper water so adjust accordingly.

Pardee: Trout still spotty, best location is up river. Kokanee fishing continues to produce many limits in the main lake. Try Uncle Larry’s Spinners, Rocky Mountain Tackle hoochies tipped with shoepeg corn, orange and pink with some using purple as they go deeper.

New Melones: Kokanee limits being taken in the main lake, the dam area and Carson Creek arm, but anglers must pay attention to very low water or the risk of losing trolling balls. Pink, orange and green Uncle Larry spinners, Rocky Mountain Tackle hoochies and Apex’s all working. Spotted bass fishing is good 18 to 30 feet deep with shad-imitations. Trout fishing is slow, except at night on the anchor with submersible lights.

Don Pedro: The bass bite has picked up as they move into deeper water. Troll for trout and kokanee at Fleming Meadows in 50 to 60 feet using ExCel’s and Needlefish. Kings being taken by rolling shad.

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

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