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Mike Faught

Posted: Thursday, September 29, 2011 12:00 am

The Delta: There are more reports of stripers being caught from keeper size up to 22 pounds. Bait fishermen are catching one to two fish per day, using shad, anchovies and sardines from just above Rio Vista Bridge down to Broad Slough.

Trollers are concentrating on the West Bank on shallow running lures such as the Pucci Predator Lures and Yo-Zuris.

There are some stripers from shakers up to 8 pounds in the Fourteen Mile Slough and Disappointment Slough area. They can be caught on top-water plugs, lipless crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Bait fishing in that area is producing some nice catfish, as well as a lot of the shaker size stripers, with an occasional keeper.

Salmon fishing is awesome for the trollers, like Ken Johnson from Galt, who caught a 25-pounder on a Brad's Cut Plug trolling near the bottom. On the same trip, his friend Steve Cartwright caught a 20-pounder on a Silvertron.

Wayne Johnson and his two brothers had four salmon up to 22 pounds at the change of the tide in Walnut Creek. David Portscheller caught a 26-pound salmon on a jigging spoon in the Sacramento area.

The salmon fisherman are still catching the majority of fish on Silvertrons, Blue Fox, Wiggle Warts, Daigre QMS' and Brad's Cut Plug. Wiggle Warts and Kwikfish are being trolled near the bottom. The best bite continues to be mainly between Vieira's and Walnut Grove.

Remember, no possession of salmon on the Mokelumne or San Joaquin rivers. It is legal to fish there, but any salmon caught must be released immediately.

Black Bass fishing with imitation frogs over the top of the weed patches is accounting for some larger bass for the past week and should continue. Top-water and spinnerbaits are working for the majority of the fish. Senkos and crawdad-type plastic baits are also doing good.

Lake Camanche: Fishing has been very good the last couple of weeks for trout. Robby Dunham has been trolling grubs with a Powerbait Egg in front of it and has been very productive in the narrows as well as the main lake. On a recent trip, he caught 17 trout, using catch and release.

Pardee Reservoir: The real surprise is some very clean kokanee still being caught. Most of the fishermen have been fishing 30-50 feet deep and doing well but Don Appling has been catching limits of Kokanee at 100 feet deep in the main lake with Apex's.

Mountain lakes: Alpine is red hot off the bank using Power Bait, nightcrawlers and small spinners.

Local events

Oct. 7-9: The Rio Vista Bass Derby. With the great weather continuing, there should be a good turnout for this year's derby, which offers three categories: Striped bass, sturgeon and salmon. The stripers and sturgeon winners will be determined by a randomly drawn target length, and salmon will be measured by the greatest weight.

The derby officially begins at 6 a.m. on Friday, and the target length for stripers and sturgeon will be announced at the start of the derby.

Oct. 16: Central Valley Anglers Annual Striper Derby, open to the public.

Tickets for both events 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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