The Ocean: Rock fishing opens May 1 and it should be a good season. Good weather and seas from Shelter Cove down through Monterey Bay allowed the boats to get out last week. Salmon fishing was better from the Gate north, but Monterey Bay and Santa Cruz did improve some. Live bait now available in San Francisco.
The Delta: Trollers continue to work the Dairy, West Bank, Clyde Shoals, the mouth of the Old Sacramento up to Walnut Grove and trolling all the way up to the Sacramento shipping channel. Reports earlier in the week from the bay indicate there may be a fresh run of striper coming. Deep divers becoming more productive than shallow divers. Angry Eye Predators, Bombers and Yo-zuri working well. Red, white and chartreuse top colors again. Bait fishermen having success from Rio Vista Bridge down through Decker Island, Sherman Island to Broad Slough using shad and sardines.
Sturgeon being caught from Cache Slough down. A good bite reported in Montezuma Slough this last two weeks on eel. Ghost Shrimp best bait as you get down into more salty water.
We received more striper reports from the San Joaquin side than the Sacramento side last week. Best locations are from Eddo’s all the way up through Sounding Board. Stripers pushing bait fish up into the sloughs. Top water fishing taking off in the sloughs, but trolling and bait fishing still productive. Red, White and chartreuse continue to be the colors of choice for trolling. Sardines and shad are the baits of choice for stripers.
Mother Lode: The opening weekend of trout season was a mixed bag. People who endured the weather caught some nice fish Saturday, but by Sunday the rivers started to roll and got muddy. The weekend should be great weather and better water conditions.
Lake Camanche: The lake received 600 pounds of Mt. Lassen trout at the south shore boat ramp and 600 pounds at the south shore pond. Trolling starting to improve with spoons and Rapalas between 25 to 35 feet. The south shore pond produced some nice trout last week. Mice Tails, Power Baits under a bobber and large Kastmaster working from shore. Black bass fishing rated good with Senkos, Rip baits and crank baits all producing.
Pardee: Trout bite rated fair, with bank fishing better than boat. Kokanee fishing is the best bet. Up-river from the Orange buoy from 35 to 48 feet using Uncle Larry’s Pink spinners, Rocky Mountain Tackle, pink and orange hoochies with spinners.
New Melones: Bass fishing continues to be rated as good with bass still in their transition to shallow water. Reaction bite using crank or jerk baits doing well along with Senkos and Brush Hogs, Carolina rigged in deeper water. Kokanee schooling in deeper parts of the main lake. Pink, orange and green spinners, hoochies and Apex all working, the trick is to find them. Trout fishing from the bank and boat is still rated fair.
Don Pedro: Trolling for trout in 25 to 50 feet using ExCels and Needlefish with a dab of scent. Kings being taken by rolling shad. Fleming Meadows, Big Oak Island and Jenkins Hill are popular locations. Kokanee starting to show.
Local fisherman Jim Pickens is the new owner of Fisherman’s Friend in Lodi.