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Jim Pickens: Largemouth bass still producing in the Delta

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Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 5:59 pm

Ocean: Salmon fishing has been hit and miss, even with good seas and winds. Best depths are 30 feet all the way down to 120 feet.

Bodega Bay produced more salmon this week. When the bite was on, there were salmon to the 30-pound range landed. Lots of squid in the Bodega Bay area and the salmon are targeting them as well as anchovies and Herring rigged with FDR’s and Apex’s flashers.

Getting more reports of salmon outside the Golden Gate Bridge. Striped bass has slowed some in the bay. The rock and ling bite continues to be strong, along with shark on the San Francisco side.

The Delta: Just a few salmon reported being taken so far. Jigging was more productive using Laser Minnow’s. Trolling with Silvertron’s and Blue Fox’s produced a couple salmon. Most salmon fishing is in the Freeport area and up.

Largemouth bass fishing continues to be productive with fish on the smaller size — one 7-pound bass taken this week on a frog. The smallmouth bite is good in the Walnut Grove area.

Sierra: Thunder showers continue to stain and roll the streams and rivers in the Sierra. High country lakes continue to produce trout and receive trout plants.

Lake Camanche: Not much going on at the lake. Catfish are the top pick. Nice-sized catfish coming from the coves on chicken liver and sardines. Some trout being caught at night under a sunken light in the deeper parts of the lake.

Pardee Lake: Bank fishing slowed last week. Kokanee are deep and it’s taking a little more skill to locate and land them. Many limits still being caught, but you have to drop to the 60 to 90-foot range. Darker colors and copper flashers are the rule in the deeper water. Uncle Larry’s and Mag Tackle spinners and spinner hoochies working the best. Short leaders between the lure and dodgers is important as you drop deeper.

New Melones: Kokanee fishing is good with easy limits when you find them. Their mostly schooled in the deepest parts of the lake. They have dropped down between 70 and 90 feet. Dark colors are the rule in the deeper water. You’ll need darker colors, sound (dodgers) and scent, (shoepeg corn and pro-cure scent) to attract the kokanee in deep water. Uncle Larry’s spinners, Mag Tackle mirco hootchies with spinners and watermelon Apex’s are the lures of choice. Glory Hole boat ramp is down to one lane.

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

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