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Black bass fishermen having luck on San Joaquin

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Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012 12:00 am

The Delta: The salmon numbers are picking up weekly on the Sacramento River, all the way from Vieira's to Sacramento. Incoming tide is best.

Tim Purdy caught a 21-pound salmon on a chartreuse Silverton while fishing in the area of Walnut Grove with his dad, Wayne. Jimmy Miller caught a 17.9-pound fish on a "Blue" Blue Fox. The best lures for most anglers producing fish have been red, blue and chartreuse Silvertrons and Blue Foxes in blues and reds.

Striper trollers are trolling in shallow water around the West Bank down to Collinsville, using shallow-running YoZuris and Pucci Angry Eyes. If you get into the deeper water, start pulling deep-diving Rebels, YoZuris and Pucci Predators.

Best areas for bait fishing for stripers is from Decker Island all the way down to Broad Slough, using shad and sardines.

Call Wimpy's before you go out to the Locks to see if they're open. 209-794-2544

San Joaquin River: Local trollers are working the mouth of the Mokelumne, Old River Flats to Santa Clara Shoals. Most fish are running 4-7 pounds. Best lures have been the shallow-running YoZuris with a worm tail.

Bait fishing is best in the Santa Clara Shoals down to Eddos. Most fish are on the small side at 4-8 pounds, using shad, sardines and anchovies.

Black bass anglers are doing great in the areas of Big Break and Frank's Track, using buzz baits in the early morning.

Pardee: Most of the kokanee are staging and going up river, so the best area is to troll from the mouth of the river all the way to Grapevine Gulch. Best lures are Sep's Sidekicks, Rocky Mountain Sling Blades with Hoochies and Mr. Kokanee Kevorkian.

Trout trollers are working the main lake and dam area trolling with flashers or dodgers pulling nightcrawlers. A GVF spinner tipped with a nightcrawler is also working. Best depth has been 25-40 feet. Best trolling speed is 2–2.5 mph.

Bait fishermen are using Berkley PowerBait, Mice Tails and Trout Worms. Best areas are the marina and cove. The boaters are fishing the dam area and points up the river.

Don Pedro: Best baits for largemouth bass in the early morning are frogs and top-water plugs. Later in the day, go to spinner baits and Senko or Robo worms.

Lake Camanche: Trout fishing is producing fish at depths of 45 feet. Best baits are nightcrawlers, Berkley Grubs, R-Lures and Needlefish.

Catfish are an easy bite right now. They like cut baits, chicken livers, mackerel and nightcrawlers. Night fishermen using night lights are having a good time.

Black Bass anglers are using Senkos and Robo worms off the peninsula area with catches up to 6 pounds.

New Melones: The kokanee bite is still fantastic. Best areas are the dam and spillway area, from Rose Island to Glory Hole an in Carson Cove all the way to the Highway 49 Bridge. Use larger Dodgers and larger Hoochies.

Trout trollers are doing excellent using nightcrawlers, R-Lures, Excels and Mag Tackle's Predators, working the main body and the dam and catching rainbows up to 4 pounds.

Catfishing has been doing excellent using cut baits, chicken and turkey livers and nightcrawlers. Bass anglers are using buzz baits and Senkos.

Ocean: The tuna bite is still going when they can get out of Moss Landing and Monterey Bay. Some anglers report up to 40 fish.

Salmon fishing is still doing great in the Bodega Bay and San Francisco areas, producing limits. Big fish are running in the 20-pound range.

Best baits have been trolling anchovies and herring. Best depths have been 40-60 feet in most areas. Bottom fishing is awesome in the 20-25-feet area out of Bodega Bay.

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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