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Striper bite sizzling in the Delta

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

The Delta: On the Sacramento River, striper fishing was outstanding this last week and will only get better with the upcoming release of salmon smolt into the Delta system. Shallow and deep divers both are equally productive. Best lures were Angry Eyes and Savage Gear, Manic Prey. Stripers continue being caught on the west bank, Sherman Island to Broad Slough. Fish to 20 pounds being taken.

Bait fishermen still working Decker Island, Power Lines and Lights 5 and 8, using, shad and sardines.

Sturgeon fishing was very good this last week and continues to be productive from the mothball fleet all the way through Cache, Prospect and Montezuma sloughs. Eel and shrimp baits were the most productive.

On the San Joaquin River, trolling for stripers continues to improve with many boats catching over 12 fish per outing. The usual areas continue to be the most productive: The San Andreas and Santa Clara Shoals, Old River on the flats down to Eddo’s using Rebels, Yozuris, Anger Eyes and Savage Gear, Manic Prey, using both shallow and deep divers. Many fish are being caught, with fish up to 25 pounds.

Black bass fishing has been very productive in most sloughs off the San Joaquin using Senkos. Best fishing is when there’s a chop on the water.

On the Mokelumne River, trolling for stripers continues to be productive in Beaver, Hog and Sycamore up through Disappointment and White Slough. Stripers are up in the warmer waters of the sloughs. Shallow and deep divers are both producing fish. Yozuris, Angry Eye’s and Manic Prey all are being productive.

Don’t forget about the free striper fishing seminar. The Fisherman’s Friend will be hosting Captain Barry Canevaro and Clyde Wands of The Fish Hookers Sportfishing on Friday, March 28, at 6 p.m. for a free seminar on striper fishing the Delta.

Lodi’s Central Valley Angler Club’s next striper derby is April 26 at Sandy Beach Regional Park. More information and applications available at The Fisherman’s Friend.

Lake Camanche: Another outstanding week for trophy-sized trout. Grubs, Rapala and spoons continue to be the lures of choice producing trophy-size trout to 10 pounds in the main lake, along the dam and up through the narrows to the bridge. Not many reports on black bass as there still in transition to the shallows.

Bait fishermen off the bank are casting large Kastmasters and using PowerBait, with power worms and mice tails being the most productive.

Pardee Lake: Bank fishing has slowed some. Grubs, Kastmaster’s and Mice Tails continue to be productive from shore. Kokanee limits continue being taken with. Most fishing being done up the river. Orange and pink are the colors of choice.

New Melones Lake: Bass fishing rated and good, bass still in transition to shallow. Trout is still rated as fair. You need to find clean, cool water to find the trout. Some kokanee are being taken in deeper cooler water.

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