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Striper trolling still productive on the Mokelumne River

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Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2014 12:00 am

The Delta: Striper trolling has been on the slow side on the Sacramento River. Most fish are coming from Decker Island down to Sherman Island. Reported lures are shallow-running P-Line Angry Eyes and Yozuris. Fish are running between 5 to 10 pounds with many being undersized

Bait fishermen are working Rio Vista Bridge down to Broad Slough using anchovies, shad and sardines. Fish are running from 5 to 10 pounds.

There is an excellent sturgeon bite all the way from the Mothball Fleet into Cache and Prospect sloughs. They feed mainly on salmon roe, shrimp baits, blood and pile worms and eel.

On the San Joaquin River, striper trollers continue to work the San Andreas and Santa Clara shoals and Old and False rivers using Rebels, Yozuris and P-Line lures.

Bait fishermen are fishing in False River using sardines and anchovies.

Black bass fishing has been tough; you need to put in the time with plastics and jigs.

Trolling the Mokelumne for stripers continues to be productive from B&W up through Hog Slough using shallow-running Yozuris and P-lines. Other are having success with Rebels.

Camanche: They are stocking trout at both shores and the southshore pond.

Most anglers are pulling grubs and rapalas. Fish are being caught in the main body, Big Hat to the dam all the way up the Narrows.

Bait fishermen off the bank are using nightcrawlers and PowerBait.

Pardee: Pardee opens on Friday. Campers can arrive today with fishing beginning on the Friday.

New Melones: Trout trollers are working the spillway, the main body and inside the dam and Carson Creek pulling shad-patterned lures, Apexes, Needlefish, Kastmasters and flashers with threaded nightcrawler. Best depths are surface to 15 feet.

Bank fishermen are catching some nice trout, floating nightcrawlers, PowerBait and small minnows on a slip-bobber and casting Kastmasters, catching trout up to the 4-pound range.

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

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