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Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2014 12:57 am

Ocean: The winds finally subsided last week and the Salmon bite is wide open from Cresent City to Bodega Bay. Many limits being taken with fish to 33 lbs.  The dirty water is right out front at Bodega Bay.  Find the dirty water and you’ll find the Salmon.  

Their being caught from 30 feet down to 120 feet on Anchovies, Herring and Apex’s.  Ling and Rock fishing is still outstanding with many anglers commenting it’s the best fishing in several years!

The Delta: Not much happening in the Delta.  Catfish and some black bass anglers working the usual locations.  A few reports of Sturgeon in the Montezuma Slough area.  Many anglers looking forward to the upcoming Salmon season which opens on July 16th.  Bluegill fishing continues to be productive throughout the Delta with red worms being their favorite bait.  

Sierra: Silver and Caples lakes are the hot spots in the Sierra for trout and mackinaw.  Bank anglers picking up nice limits of trout on power bait and nightcrawlers.  Boaters that are trolling with nightcrawlers and power worms are catching trout to 5 lbs.  Anglers going after Mack’s are pulling large lures like Rapala’s in the F11 to F13.  Mack’s to 10+ lbs reportedly being caught in both Caples and Silver.  Some good success jigging the deep holes for Mack’s.

Lake Camanche: Catfish and bass are about the only thing going right now at the lake.  Chicken liver, sardines for catfish in the coves.  Find deeper structure in the main lake for the bass.

Pardee Lake: The lake is 95 percent full.  Bank fishing took off last week with trout plants.  Powerbait and fly’s similar to Pistol Petes under bobbers working from shore.  Kokanee and trout being caught with limits of kokanee being the rule.  Orange is still the top color, copper dodgers and spinners are working well.  But start using the darker colors as the Kokanee begin dropping.  

Apex’s picking up the trout and Kokanee in the deeper water.     

New Melones Lake: Kokanee continues to be good in the main lake, spillway and dam area.  38 to 55 feet are their favorite depths.  The lake is down two lanes at the Glory Hole Ramp, but the next launch ramp should be available below Glory Hole in the next few weeks.


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