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Jim Pickens: Striper action hot in the bay

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Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014 12:00 am

Ocean/Bay: Good weather this last week opened up the fishing, with salmon fishing producing an average of one per rod from Bodega Bay down through the Golden Gate to Half Moon Bay. Their still deep, but are moving to shallower water.

Great striper fishing in the bay and the halibut fishing will improve with better tides. Rock fish and Ling cod fishing have been great up and down the coast.

The Delta: On the Sacramento River, anglers are catching pre- and post-spawn stripers. Bait anglers are having as much success as the trolling anglers. Stripers still being caught in the bay with eggs still in them, so they should continue to show up in the Delta system. Once again the wind hampered anglers last week. The Old Dairy down past the power lines was the most productive with fish to 15 pounds. Bait seemed to be more productive.

San Joaquin/Mokelumne: Smolt releases continued this week near Antioch and has been producing easy limits for bait and trolling anglers. Best bait was shad. Trolling with shallow and deep divers are productive. Some are having good success with top-water lures

Black Bass fishing has been great on reaction baits and Senkos. Franks Tract and surrounding area is the top pick.

Sierra: Mother Lode, Western Sierra and Eastern Sierra streams and rivers are in great shape and continue to receive trout plants and should produce some great fishing for the holiday weekend.

Camanche: Big trout from the south shore pond and big catfish in the coves have been the news this last week and will continue for the holiday weekend. Trolling for trout with spoons and Apex lures in the 25- to 40-foot deep range. Local angler Robbie Dunham continues to have outstanding days trolling the main lake with spoons. He has had 50-plus hook-ups his last two outings with fish to 5.5 pounds. Mice Tails, Power Baits and casting spoons working from shore at the main lake and pond. Black bass have moved into deeper water; Senkos, Rip baits and crank baits working.

Pardee: Trout continues to be slow. Kokanee fishing is a better bet in the Narrows, from the middle of the lake to the river mouth and in front of the dam. Try Uncle Larry’s Spinners, Rocky Mountain Tackle hoochies tipped with shoepeg corn in orange, pink and green.

New Melones: Kokanee fishing is the best bet right now. Good fishing in the main lake around Rose Island down to the dam. Carson Creek arm is another location that is producing. Best depth is 35 to 45 feet. Pink, orange and green Uncle Larry spinners, Rocky Mountain Tackle hoochies and Apex’s all working.

All kokanee lures need to be tipped with corn or maggots. Bass have moved into deeper water and the bite is off. Trout fishing is slow, except at night on the anchor with submersible lights.

Mark your calendar for the 3rd Annual Russ Faught Memorial Kokanee Tournament at New Melones on June 21, hosted by Central Valley Anglers. Applications available at www.centralvalleyangler.org, The Fisherman’s Friend, Fisherman’s Warehouse and Glory Hole Sports.

Don Pedro: The bass bite is good in deeper water. Drop-shotting plastics working as well as large minnows. Trolling for trout and kokanee at Fleming Meadows at 50 to 60 feet using ExCel’s, Needlefish and hoochies with spinners.

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

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