The Delta: On the Sacramento River, the water is muddy but should be clearing soon. Trolling still continues to be productive with the water warming, but you have to deal with debris in the water. Shallow and deep divers both seem to be working. Stripers are on the move so you have to try all the usual locations to locate them.
Bait fishermen are working Rio Vista Bridge down to Broad Slough using anchovies, shad and sardines.
Lots of undersized fish with some running to 16 pounds.
Sturgeon bite continues to improve with the recent rains and run-off. The fishing continues to be good from the mothball fleet all the way through Cache and Prospect sloughs. Shrimp baits and blood and pile worms are the most popular.
Cleaner water is still on the San Joaquin side. 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. Trolling with a spreader pulling a rebel on one side and a Rat-L-Trap on the other are producing nice fish.
Black bass fishing is tough with the wind, but those who go are finding warming water and bass moving to shallow water. Franks Track and the surrounding is still the most productive.
On the Mokelumne, trolling for stripers in Beaver, Hog and Sycamore has improved with the warmer water, even though the water is stained. Shallow and deep divers are both producing fish, as well as Yozuris, P-lines and Rebels.
Note: 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 in the Delta.
Lake Camanche: Stocking continues on both shores and the southshore pond. Grubs were the top-producing lure this last week with fish to 7 pounds. More reports of limits being taken this week with fish in the 1- to 3-pound range. Fishing will continue to improve with better weather.
Bait fishermen off the bank are using nightcrawlers and Powerbait.
The Central Valley Anglers Open Trout tournament is Saturday, March 22. Check-in starts at the north shore launch at 6:30 am. Applications are available at The Fisherman’s Friend.
Pardee: Bank fishing continues to produce limits, grubs, jigs, spinners and Kastmasters continue to be productive from shore. Kokanee located in the river up to the orange buoy in the top 15 feet. Orange and pink Hoochies and watermelon Apex produced the most fish.
New Melones: Bass fishing continues to improve with the warming water. A 14-pound bass was taken this last week. Trout is still fair and should continue to improve as the bass move into the shallows and the trout move to deeper water. Early-season kokanee are being taken on occasion.
Local fisherman Jim Pickens is the new owner of Fisherman’s Friend in Lodi.