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Jim Pickens: Stripers making their way through the Delta

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Posted: Thursday, August 14, 2014 12:12 am

Ocean: Salmon fishing along the Marin coast was excellent early in the week. Many limits taken and just as many lost at the boat. Best action for salmon on or near the bottom in the 80- to 100-foot range. Some anglers still mooching but the best action is coming from trolling anchovies, herring and Apex’s.

Delta: Anglers waiting for the salmon to show may want to try for stripers. Lots of stripers are moving up through the system and it appears to be an early start to the fall run. Lots of undersized fish, but some double-digits being taken on the Sacramento side of the Delta. A 16-pound striper was caught and released on the San Joaquin River, along with a wayward 25-pound salmon. More salmon being taken each week up and down the Sacramento River from Antioch to Freeport.

The Fisherman’s Friend will host Captain Mike Gravert of Intimidator Sportfishing for a free seminar on salmon fishing the Delta. All techniques for fishing the Delta for salmon will be covered.

The seminar will be at The Fisherman’s Friend, 440 E. Kettleman Lane, on Aug. 22 at 6 p.m.

Sierra: Same goes this week as with last week. Upcountry lakes are still in good shape, but many of the streams and rivers have run-off from the recent thunder showers.

If you get to your favorite stream or river and its rolled and/or muddy, bait (nightcrawlers/red worms) will be the best bet. As the streams clear, the bite should turn on with the usual baits and lures.

Camanche: No reports of kokanee last week and few reports of any fish being caught, except for catfish on liver, nightcrawlers and sardines. Inflow is about 2.5 more than outflow, so the fresh water may help the bite pick up.

Pardee: The lake is full of kokanee. Their schooling with some schools 30 to 40 feet in deep water around structure in the 70- to 90-foot range and below. Darker colors and copper flashers are the rule in the deeper water. Kokanee Power will be holding their Kokanee Derby Saturday, more info at

New Melones: The kokanee bite remains steady once you find them. They’re still mostly schooled in the deepest parts of the lake and hanging out near structure, some anglers are trolling below 100 feet. Dark colors are the rule in the deeper water. Uncle Larry’s spinners, MagTackle mirco hootchies with spinners and silver/gold or gold Apex’s are the lures of choice. Glory Hole boat ramp is still down to two lanes.

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

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