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Local fishermen land huge haul on Mokelumne River

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Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014 12:00 am

The Delta: Water is starting to clear and more fish are being caught on the Sacramento River. Shallow and deep divers both are equally productive. Stripers are being caught on the west bank, Sherman Island to Broad Slough and into Sherman Island.

Bait fishermen are working Decker Island, Power Lines and Lights 5 and 8, using shad and sardines. Keeper size to 12 pounds and occasional larger ones are being taken.

Sturgeon fishing continues to be good from the mothball fleet all the way through Cache and Prospect sloughs. Sturgeon are starting to show in Montezuma Slough. Shrimp baits and blood and pile worms were the most popular baits.

On the San Joaquin, trolling for stripers on the 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.

Many fish are being caught up to 25 pounds.

Trolling for stripers has been very productive in the Mokeumne system, Beaver, Hog and Sycamore up through Disappointment and White sloughs.

Local fishermen, Ed Jorgensen, Bob Gragg and Jeff Ohms fished the area last week, catching 28 stripers to 12 pounds. Shallow and deep divers are both producing fish as well as Yozuris and P-lines.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to troll and jig for stripers? Or do you want to brush up on your techniques? The Fisherman’s Friend will be hosting Captain Barry Canevaro and Clyde Wands of The Fish Hookers Sportfishing on Friday, March 28, at 6 p.m. for a free seminar on striper fishing the Delta.

Camanche: North and south shore received 600 pounds of Lassen rainbow trout.

Grubs and Rapala both producing trophy-size trout to 10 pounds in the main lake, along the dam and up through the narrows. Large crappie are being taken and black bass are moving into the shallows.

Bait fishermen off the bank are using nightcrawlers and PowerBait, with power worms and mice tails being the most productive.

Pardee: Bank fishing continues to produce limits, with grubs, jigs, spinners and Kastmasters continuing to be productive from shore.

Many limits of Kokanee being taken, working the Rock Wall and the river mouth with many heading up river. Uncle Larry’s and Apex’s produced the most fish.

New Melones: Bass continues to improve with the warming water, but there’s a lot of stained water.

Trout is still rated as fair, you need to find clean, cool water to find the trout. Kokanee are being taken on occasion to 15 inches.

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

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