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Kokanee bite still going strong at Pardee, Melones

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Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2014 12:28 am

Ocean: The windy conditions persist, which is keeping most salmon anglers tied up at the docks. Closer in the ling and rock fish bite is excellent.

Bay: Striper fishing is still going strong and if you hit the tides right the halibut fishing has been very good. Shark fishing continues to pick up speed on the San Francisco side.

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. Not many reports of sturgeon being caught this last week. Black Bass fishing is still good in many of the usual locations in the Delta. Most bass are in the 1- to 3-pound range.

Sierra: Most lakes and streams on highways 4, 88 and 108 have received good amounts of stocked trout. Some nice mackinaw being taken at the higher elevation lakes, with trolling and jigging working. West Carson is in good shape, East Carson is still a little rolled, but is still fishable.

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 are being caught on spoons in the deeper cooler water in the area of the dam, river channel and big hat. Still the best bet for trout is at night under a floating light in deep water.

Pardee: The lake is 90 percent full and kokanee continues to be the best bet at the lake. The kokanee are going deeper; start at 30 feet and work your way down to 70-plus feet. Orange is still the top color and copper dodgers and spinners are working well.

New Melones: Kokanee is good in the main lake, spillway and dam area, with 38 to 55 feet the favorite depths. The Russ Faught Memorial Kokanee Tournament was held last weekend. Most anglers caught and released between 20 and 40 fish. Most kokanee are on the small size. Pink, orange and green were the favorite colors, copper with blues and purples when the clouds move in. Some nice trout being caught on Apex’s.

Don Pedro: Kokanee and trout fishing rated good; start at 25 feet and work your way down. Fleming Meadows, Jenkins Hill and Blue Oaks are your kokanee and trout locations. Roll shad for King’s in the early morning in the main lake, start at 40 feet and you may have to work your way down to 100-plus feet as the sun and other boaters come out.


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

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