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Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2014 12:00 am

The Delta: Striper trolling has taken off this last week on the Sacramento with shallow and deep trolling being successful with stripers to 20-plus pounds. Fish being taken from Antioch up through the deep-water channel.

P-Line Angry Eyes, Yozuris, Savage Gear and Manic Prey continue to be the lures of choice.

Bait fishermen are working Rio Vista Bridge down to Broad Slough using anchovies, shad and sardines. Fish are running from 5 to 20 pounds.

The sturgeon bite has improved. The bite has moved down to Broad Slough to the Mothball Fleet, but are still being caught up to Cache and Prospect sloughs.

Shrimp baits and blood and pile worms were the most popular baits.

On the San Joaquin, striper trollers continue to work the San Andreas and Santa Clara shoals and Old and False rivers using rebels, Yozuris, P-Line shallow divers, Savage Gear and Manic Prey.

Fishing this last week was outstanding as the stripers were feeding on smolt as they moved through the system to the bay.

Bait fishermen are fishing in False River using sardines and anchovies.

Black bass fishing has improved with many fish being caught. Mike Faught and Rick Long fished Monday and caught 30 fish up to 7 pounds using Yamamoto Senkos and Zoom Brush Hogs. Franks Track and the duck pond and surrounding area were the most productive.

On the Mokelumne, trolling for stripers has been successful with the stripers feeding on the smolt from Beaver Slough all the way down to the San Joaquin River using shallow-running Yozuris and P-lines. Others are having success with Rebels.

Camanche: Stocking continues at both shores and the south shore pond.

Anglers pull grubs and Rapalas in the top 10 feet in the morning and drop down to 20 to 30 feet in the afternoon and pull spoons. Fish are being caught in the main body, Big Hat to the dam. Central Valley Anglers had their trout tournament Sunday with fish to 7.11 pounds.

Bait fishermen off the bank are using nightcrawlers and PowerBait.

The Central Valley Anglers host an open trout tournament March 22 and applications are available at The Fisherman’s Friend.

Pardee: The lake continues to be very productive from the shore and trolling. Grubs, jigs and spinners were the most productive from shore with Dodgers, Spinners and Flashers with threaded nightcrawlers best with trolling.

There were 13- and 16-pound rainbows and an 8-pound brown taken recently on Kastmasters and Rapalas. Kokanee are already starting to show, but are on the small size.

New Melones: Bass fishing still considered fair, with jigging more successful at the 25 to 45 foot depths.

A 12-pound largemouth and a 9.9-pound spotted bass were taken this last week.

Trout fishing is fair for both bank and trollers. Trolling in the 15- to 25-foot range with spoons and Rapalas.

A monster brown was taken on a Rapala this last week weighing 10.49 pounds. Don’t forget to catch and release browns if at all possible.

Kokanee have began to show.

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