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Salmon bite picking up on Sacramento River

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Posted: Friday, August 2, 2013 12:00 am

The Delta: Striper trollers are working Clyde Shoals to Broad Slough on the Sacramento River. Most fish are keeper size. Best lures are Predators Rebels and Yozuris.

Bait fishermen are fishing the Decker Island area and the Power Lines down to Sherman Island. Have had reports of stripers and sturgeon starting to show up in Montezuma Slough.

Salmon trollers have started catching a few fish in the Old Sac, using Scarey Lures, Radical Glows, Blue Foxes, Brad’s cut Plugs and Silvertrons.

San Joaquin River: Trolleys are working from Three-Mile Slough to the Antioch Bridge, catching fish up to 10 pounds trolling Yozuris and Rebels.

Bait fishermen are fishing from San Andreas Shoals down to Santa Clara Shoals. Jerry Spurling caught some stripers up into the teens.

Black Bass fishermen are using Frogs, Senkos and Brush Hogs.

Salmon season is open on the inland rivers. Best lures are Scarey Lures, Blue Foxes, Brad’s Cut Plugs, Silvertrons and Radical Glow spinners.

Pardee: Trollers are taking easy limits of kokanee, using Hoochies in pink, orange and also pulling Uncle Larry’s, Mr. Kokanee and Mag Tackle spinners.

Bank fishermen are using Berkley PowerBait, Berkley Mice Tails and Trout Worms and nightcrawlers from the main lake down to the wood pile.

New Hogan: Striper fishermen are doing very well rolling shad and some anglers are getting easy limits. Others are trolling anchovies at depths of 25-40 feet in the main lake, the dam area, and up in the narrows.

Bank fishermen are fishing all bank areas, using shad and anchovies.

Don Pedro: Best areas for kokanee are Jenkin’s Hill and Middle Bay, using Sling Blades, Vance’s Dodgers with Apexes, Hoochies and spinners in pink, Fire Tiger and pearl white.

Camanche: Trout trollers are working the areas of Big Hat, Little Hat and the dam area and the Narrows, using Rapalas, R-Lures and Needlefish. Night fishing is much better at the dam on the hotter days.

Black Bass anglers are using rubber worms and drop-shotting with Curly Tail worms. They’re also throwing trout-patterned swim baits. Top-water boaters are going up the river arm using PowerBait, Berkeley Trout Worms, salmon eggs and nightcrawlers. Most fish are running up to 2.5 pounds.

Black bass fishermen are using grubs and drop-shotting Robo Worms and small jigs in the deeper water.

Catfishingis very good in the evenings, using sardines, anchovies and chicken livers.

New Melones: Kokanee anglers are catching fish using mini Hoochies in pink, orange and green behind Mag Tackle, Rocky Mountain and Vance’s Dodgers. Best areas have been the south tip of Rose Island, the spillway, Carson Cove and Highway 49 Bridge.

Best depths for rainbow trout is 30-50 feet, using Uncle Larry’s spinners, Excel R-Lures, Needlefish, Rapalas, Tasmanian Devils as well as rolling shad.

Bank fishing areas are Glory Hole Point and Angel’s Cove and the 49 Bridge area.

Bass anglers are doing very well all over the lake, drop-shotting and jigging small spoons. Top-water lures are great in the early morning hours and late evenings. Night fisherman are using Power Bait and small minnows by the spillway and dam area.

Ocean: The Monterey area is producing some very large fish. Best lures have been Brad’s Cut Plugs, Apexes and Dodger/ Hoochies.

Still receiving a lot of reports about limits out of Bodega Bay. Fishermen are using anchovies, herring, Brad’s Cut Plugs, Silverton’s, Apexes and large Hoochies.

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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