The Delta: On the Sacramento River, striper trolling was decent on the west bank up through the deep-water channel with fish on the smaller size. P-Line Angry Eyes, Yozuris, Savage Gear continue to be the lures of choice.
Most running-shallow runners, but some starting to have success with deep divers.
Bait fishermen are working Rio Vista Bridge down to Broad Slough using anchovies, shad and sardines.
Fish are running from 5 to 20 pounds.
The sturgeon bite continues to improve with the recent rains and run-off. The fishing is good from the mothball fleet all the way to Prospect Slough. The fish are on the move so use your fishfinder to locate them and the anchor up and start fishing.
Guide Barry Canevaro had very good success this week catching sturgeon on each outing. Shrimp baits, blood and pile worms were the most popular.
There is clearer water on the San Joaquin side compared to the Sacramento.
Striper trollers fishing San Andreas and Santa Clara shoals, Old River on the flats down to Eddo’s using Rebels, Yozuris, P-Line and Savage Gear, using both shallow and deep divers.
Bait fishermen are fishing in Old and False rivers using sardines and anchovies.
Black bass fishing slowed due to the wind and rain. Fishing for black and striped bass good on the flats near the edge of deeper water especially with a chop on the water. Franks Track and surrounding area still being the most productive.
On the Mokelumne, trolling for stripers continues from Beaver Slough all the way down to the San Joaquin River using shallow-running Yozuris, P-lines and Rebels. As the water warms the bite will pick up.
Camanche: Stocking continues on both shores and the southshore pond.
Few reports this week with the weather. Anglers last week had the most success pulling Rapalas in the top 15 feet with fish to 5 pounds. Fishing will continue to improve with better weather. Fish are being caught in the main body along with the river channel and Big Hat to the dam along the north bank.
Bait fishermen off the bank are using nightcrawlers and PowerBait.
Pardee: The lake continues to be very productive from the shore and trolling with reports of many limits. Grubs, jigs and spinners continue to be productive from shore. Trolling with spoons and Rapala’s produce fish when you put in your time. Kokanee are showing, but are on the small size.
New Melones: Bass fishing still slow but will be picking up with warmer conditions. Trout fishing still considered fair. Trolling for trout using dodgers or flashers with nightcrawlers are producing fish in the 1- to 2-pound range. Wedding rings with a piece of nightcrawler also productive. Early season kokanee to 12 inches are being taken on occasion.
Local fisherman Jim Pickens is the new owner of Fisherman’s Friend in Lodi.