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Sturgeon fishing dandy in the Delta

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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 12:00 am

The Delta: On the Sacramento River, striper trolling has been on the slow side. Most fish are coming from the West Bank, Montezuma Slough and the lower bay from the Mothball Fleet down. Reported lures are 1-ounce Rat-L Traps, Predators, Rebels and some are pulling shallow-running Yozuris. Fish are running between 8 and 12 pounds.

Bait fishermen are working Decker Island down to Sherman Island using fresh shad and sardines.

Fish are running from 6 to 12 pounds with an occasional fish in the teens.

Sturgeon fishing is good from the Antioch area to Sherman Island, all the way up into Cache Slough. Fred Nakagawa caught one at 53 inches. His fishing partner, Cody Macy released a 63-inch fish. Eddie Cox caught three in the Sherman Island area; two undersized and a legal one at 59 inches. They feed mainly on salmon roe, shrimp baits and eel.

On the San Joaquin, striper trollers are working the Big Break area, San Andreas and Santa Clara Shoals using Rebels, Bombers and P-Line lures.

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

Bass fishermen are having better luck with plastics and jigs catching 2- to 5-pound fish.

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

The big fish of the week was caught by Dan Richardson with a 7.38-pound rainbow in the Big Hat area. He and his partner each had limits. Most anglers are pulling grubs and Rapalas. Fish are being caught in the main body all the way up the Narrows.

Bait fishermen off the bank are using nightcrawlers and PowerBait.

Pardee: Opens on Feb. 14.

New Melones: Fish and Game are planting at both ramps; Glory Hole and Tuttle Town.

Trout trollers are working the spillway, the main body and inside the dam and Carson Creek pulling shad-patterned lures, Apexes, Needlefish and Kastmasters. Best depths are surface to 20 feet.

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

Local fisherman Mike Faught is the owner of Fisherman’s Friend in Lodi. To view the Fisherman’s Friend website go to

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