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Bass anglers having luck on San Joaquin River

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Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013 12:00 am

The Delta: On the Sacramento River, striper trollers are fishing areas of Isleton to Walnut Grove, Cache Slough up in the shipping channel and West Bank, using Rebels, Bombers, P-Line Angry Eyes, P-Line Predators and shallow-running Yozuris. Most fish are 9 pounds with an occasional fish in the teens.

Bait fishermen are using shad, sardines and anchovies near the Rio Vista Bridge down to Decker and Sherman islands.

San Joaquin River: Trollers have been fishing the mouth of Santa Clara and San Andreas Shoals down to the mouth of False River, the Sounding Board, and up the Mokelumne. Freddy Nakagawa and Larry Rayburn took easy limits last Sunday, using Rebels. Marcel Foucher caught a 7-pound striper while trolling Three-Mile Slough.

Bait fishermen are fishing the San Andreas and Santa Clara shoals and the Antioch Bridge using shad and sardines. Fish are running keeper size up to an occasional fish in the teens.

Bass anglers are doing great. The warmer weather is picking up and so are the numbers of fish. The frog bite is on. They’re also pitching crawdad-type baits and Senkos. The Crank Baits and Spinner Baits do very well for numbers and sizes along the rip-rap.

Lake Amador: Trollers are doing very well using Needlefish, Rapalas and Excel lures.

Bank fishermen are using Berkeley PowerBait in garlic flavors. Best colors have been rainbow, salmon peach and Captain America. Nightcrawlers are a good choice too. They’re also casting Bubbles with Wooley Buggers, Kastmasters, Rooster Tails, Magic Bullets and small Krocodiles.

Lake Pardee: Kokanee fishing has picked up this past week, trolling with Dodgers, Mag Tackle Mini Hoochies, Uncle Larry’s spinners and Rocky Mountain spinners. Best areas have been the middle of the lake and then troll up river. Best depth has been 35-50 feet.

Trout trollers are working the main body of the lake to the south end, pulling Rapalas, Needlefish, Apexes, Excel Lures and GVF Spinners with a nightcrawler.

Lake Camanche: Best areas have been Big Hat and the dam to the river channel. Best depths have been 35-40 feet. Pulling Rapalas, Needlefish, Excels, Mag Tackle and Rocky Mountain lures has been producing numbers of fish.

PowerBait, Berkeley Trout Worms, PowerBait, Berkeley Mice Tails and Kastmasters are the favorites on the southshore pond.

The top water bite is on for the black bass. They’re catching fish up to 8 pounds on top-water lures, doing best on Senkos, drip-shotting and Carolina Rigs with crawdad-type baits.

New Melones: Kokanee fishing is excellent. The hot spots are Glory Hole Point, the spillway, inside the dam and Rose Creek down to Bear Cove. Best depth is 35-55 feet. Best lures are Rocky Mountain Dodgers, Vance’s Dodger and Mag Tackle Dodgers with Micro Hoochies, Uncle Larry’s spinners, and Mr. Kokanee spinners, GVF spinners and Mag Tackle Spinners.

Trout trollers are pulling small Dodgers with a nightcrawler, Rapalas, Needlefish and Excels. They have been rolling shad for the browns down to 50 feet.

Bass anglers are drop-shotting, Carolina Rigs with rubber Worms and crawdad baits.

Ocean: Salmon fishing is still doing great in areas of the Farallon Islands down to Half Moon Bay and Monterey, and Point Arena.

Event: The Lodi Sportsman’s Club is hosting the 22nd Annual Lodi Lake Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 1.

A fishing license is required for anyone 16 and older.

Participants must bring their own pole. Check-in starts at 7 a.m. Fishing begins at 8 a.m. and ends at noon.

A kids tank is available for kids under 8 years old.

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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