Fishing with Jim: Bass biting in Delta, Camanche - Jim Pickens

Fishing with Jim: Bass biting in Delta, Camanche

Special to the News-Sentinel | Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 11:54 pm

Delta: Striped bass fishing continues to be strong in the lower Delta as the temps drop. Trolling and bait fishing are both working well. It appears there’s large numbers moving up from the bay.

Trolling should continue to be good until the rain and high water comes (we all hope) then the bait fishing will kick in.

Salmon have been being picked up on a daily basis from Sherman Island up to the Old Sac, and up the Old Sac all the way up past Garcia Bend. Over the weekend Ko-Ket’s up through Walnut Grove was the hot location for salmon with a one fish per boat average. Silvertrons, Flying “C”s and Blue Foxes and Kwikfish still are catching the most Salmon.

Striped bass and largemouth fishing continue to be great on the San Joaquin side. Drifting live minnows and trolling have been the best bet for stripers. Frank’s Tract, Mildred Island and Fourteen Mile and White sloughs have been very productive for largemouth. They’re still in the back of the sloughs chasing bait, but will soon be moving out. Best baits have been Senkos, with crank and jerk baits all working well.

After the pulse flows on Thursday and Friday the salmon bite finally kicked in on the Mokelumne over the weekend. Numerous anglers reported catching salmon while jigging and trolling. Most of the salmon caught were on the smaller size, with the largest in the teens.

Camanche: The lake is low, but the boat ramps are still open. The water is cooling and the good news is the concessionaire is planning on planting Mt. Lassen trout in November. Some of these fish go over 12 pounds. Bass fishing is still going well as is the catfish, which have moved into deeper water, but are still in the coves.


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