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Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:58 am, Thu Oct 25, 2012.

The delta: On the Sacramento River, salmon anglers are having a lot of luck with Silvertrons, Scarey Lures and Kwikfish. The most popular area now is Walnut Grove, but there are some nice sizes being reported from other areas as well. Large schools have been marked coming up toward the Delta.

Anglers are jigging for salmon with Gibb's Minnows, Gibb's and Pucci Spoons, from the mouth of Sycamore Slough up to the I-5 Bridge.

Striper trollers are working the Cliff House, the Old Dairy and down the West Bank to Collinsville. Most fish are running 4-7 pounds with an occasional fish over 10 pounds. Try deep diving Rebels, Yozuris and P-Line Predators in the deeper water, and use Yozuris, Bombers and Angry Eyes when working close in and shallow waters.

Bait fishermen are using shad, sardines and anchovies near the Rio Vista Bridge down to Sherman Island; some are going down as far as Chip's Island

Sturgeon fishermen report fish at Lights No. 1, 2 and 33. Best baits are eel and roe. Best times are an hour before and an hour after the tide changes.

On the San Joaquin River, more and more stripers are being reported. Trollers are using rebels, shallow running P-Line Predators and Bombers.

Bait fishermen are using shad, anchovies and nightcrawlers, catching some larger stripers and an occasional blue gill. Black bass anglers are having a lot of fun right now on Spinner Baits and Jigs.

Pardee: Pardee will be closing Nov. 4. Trout trollers are working the main body of the lake and the mouth of the river using nightcrawlers behind a Dodger and Blades. Best lures are Needlefish and Excel Lures. Best depths are 30-45 feet.

Bait fishermen are using Berkley PowerBait in garlic flavor or nightcrawlers.

Lake camanche: Trout fishermen are trolling Excels and Needlefish. Best speed is 2.5-3 mph and stay in the deeper water at 35-40 feet.

Catfishing is still doing good, using chicken livers and mackerel. Bass fishermen are using rip baits, jigs and worms, on all of the points.

New melones: Trout fishing is great right now on Rapalas, Excalibur Lures, as well as Excels and Needlefish, working the main part of the lake, the dam area and Highway 49 Bridge. Most rainbows are coming in at 2.5 to 4 pounds. Some Browns are also showing up.

Ocean: Tamales Point, Duxbury and Ten Mile are the hot areas for salmon right now. Best baits are herring. Best lures are Apexes, Brad's Cut Plugs with bloody tuna, anchovie and herring scents.

Rock fishermen are doing great right now as well in the Bodega Bay area.


The Lake Camanche team trout derby will be held on Nov. 3. You can register by phone at 866-763-5121 or purchase tickets at the gate or marina. Entry fee is $35 in advance and $45 the day of the event. See official rules at

Entry forms are available at The Fisherman's Friend.

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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1 comment:

  • Bobcatbob Ingram posted at 7:30 am on Fri, Oct 26, 2012.

    99er Posts: 119

    The wife and I fished around Walnut Grove Yesterday about 7 hours. We are pretty good fisherfolks, We trolled with our blue SkiBarge, 4 rods and a variety of lures and colors, except 'jigging'. We are both friendly to any fishermen, on the dock, on the shore or riding in a boat, we'll talk to anyone as long as they are not rude.
    We saw one fish caught ! Met a fishing couple at the cleaning station, veterans of the area who let me have 2 sets of eggs, 4 1/2 lbs worth to make steelhead and Sturgeon Candy. Thank You both for making this world a better place...

    Now about these "surging salmon schools" ? They were not there according to my and MANY others ' electronic fish finders'. Which goes along with Us seeing only 1 caught salmon in 7 hours of fishing !! Most parts of California this is NOT considered , "having a lot of luck" .
    I believe in a certain amount of literary artistic license but your 'glowing' fish report
    sends many out on the river to be skunked, but it does result in new lures being purchased from local businesses.
    Pardon for being so long winded, good luck and tight lines to everyone.



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