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Ocean salmon season starts with a bang

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Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 5:26 pm

Ocean: Salmon season started off with a bang last weekend. Trolling and mooching were both successful with many boats being limited out and back to the marina by noon. Half Moon Bay south to Monterey Bay was very productive. Bodega Bay was just as successful for bigger boats that could handle the rough seas over the opening weekend.

The Delta: Spring striper fishing is in full swing on the Sacramento River. Many pods of fish are on the move through the system. Steamboat Slough all the way down through Sherman Island have been productive with some fish in excess of 30 pounds being taken. Trolling seems to be the most productive, but bait fishermen aren’t far behind. Angry Eyes, Savage Gear, Yo-zuri and Rebels all working well, with more shallow divers than deep divers this last week. Bait fishermen are using shad and sardines.

Sturgeon fishing is still productive if you’re not into the spring striper run. From the mothball fleet all the way through Cache, Prospect and Montezuma sloughs. Eel and ghost shrimp has been the ticket the last week.

Trolling for stripers on the San Joaquin and Mokelumne river systems has been very productive as the spring run gets going. Eddo’s, San Andreas and Santa Clara Shoals and at the mouth of the Mokelumne at the San Joaquin. Many stripers found in the surrounding sloughs off the Mokelumne and San Joaquin rivers. Yozuris, Anger Eyes and Savage Gear with the favorite this last week being Rebels. Red heads, ghost and chartreuse continue to be the top colors.

Central Valley Anglers will hold a striped bass derby on April 26 at Sandy Beach Regional Park near Rio Vista. Information and applications available at The Fisherman’s Friend.

Camanche: Fishing picked up this last week for both shore and boat fishermen. Trolling Rapalas and speedy shiners was the top lures. Shore fishermen had the largest catches of the week with a 10-pound trout being caught from shore. Mice Tails, Power Baits and large Kastmaster working from shore. Black bass was rated good and improving as the water heats up and they begin the spawn.

Pardee: Kokanee continues to produce limits and the fish are coming down into the main lake with Orange, Pink and Red kokanee spinners and hootchie gear working the best. Mice tails, bait under bobbers and Kastmasters continue to be productive from shore for trout.

New Melones: Bass fishing has picked up. Trout still rated slow, but more kokanee showing up in the clear water in the main lake and around the dam.

The Fisherman’s Friend will being holding a free seminar on kokanee fishing techniques, April 25 at 6 p.m. Presenting will be Captain Joe Aksamit of JoeFish Guide Service. Come for a hot dog and water and enjoy an informative evening.

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