Ocean: Salmon season slowed some, but many limits still being taken. Anchovy boats came through Monterey Bay and slowed fishing for a few days, but it had picked back up. Trolling deep has been the most productive in depths to 200 feet and mooching starting at 120 feet and down.
Delta: Spring striper fishing continues in full swing on the Sacramento River. Large groups of striper moving through the Delta on their way to spawn in the upper Sacramento River. Trolling is still the most productive using swallow and deep divers. Fish to 30 pounds being caught every week. Angry Eyes, Savage Gear, Yo-zuri and Rebels all working well. Bait fishermen using shad and sardines.
Sturgeon fishing seems to more productive in the lower part of the system. Eel and Ghost shrimp are preferred baits.
Trolling for stripers on the San Joaquin and Mokelumne river systems have been producing just as well as the Sacramento side, you just have to find them and the fishing is fantastic. Hit the usual spots: Eddo’s, San Andreas and Santa Clara shoals and use your depth finder to locate them. Striper fishing in the surrounding sloughs off the Mokelumne and San Joaquin rivers continues to be some of the most productive areas. Try Yozuris, Anger Eyes, Savage Gear and Rebels. Shallow and deep divers catching them. Don’t forget your white or chartreuse plastic worms on the rear hook.
Central Valley Anglers will hold a striped bass derby on April 26 at Sandy Beach Regional Park near Rio Vista. Information and applications available at The Fisherman’s Friend.
Camanche: Fishing from the south shore pond this last week produced several fish over 10 pounds. Some trophy-sized trout still being caught in the main lake. Spoons and Rapalas are the lures of choice. Mice Tails, Power Baits and large Kastmaster working from shore, with a spoon taking the largest fish last week. Black bass fishing has picked up with fish 7-9 pounds being caught.
Pardee: The lake received a plant of trout which rewarded the bank fishermen who used Kastmasters and floated Mice Tails and bait under a bobber. Trolling for trout hasn’t kicked in yet, but kokanee fishing is still producing limits. Upper arm still more productive, but they are coming down into the main lake with orange, pink and red kokanee spinners and hootchie gear working the best.
New Melones: Bass fishing is good with Senkos and jigs, mostly spotted bass being caught. Trout still rated slow, but kokanee has really showed this last week with many limits. Main lake, dam and Carson Creek have been the areas to try.
Don Pedro: Trolling for trout pulling dodgers with threaded nightcrawlers producing nice fish. Best bet is to roll shad for king salmon to 5 pounds. Kokanee should be showing soon. Great lake to catch trout, kokanee and kings in the same outing.
Kokanee fishing is here. Brush up on your trolling techniques or if your new to kokanee fishing. The Fisherman’s Friend will being holding a free seminar on kokanee fishing techniques, April 25, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Presenting will be Captain Joe Aksamit of JoeFish Guide Service. Come and enjoy an informative evening.
Local fisherman Jim Pickens is the new owner of Fisherman’s Friend in Lodi.