The Delta: Fishing has slowed down a little on the Sacramento River. Anglers are still catching fish from Rio Vista up the river as far as Clarksburg. Gary Seefried and a friend caught a 36-pounder in Steamboat Slough last Saturday, using Silvertrons. Kita Till caught her first salmon, an 11-pounder, using a chartreuse Silvertron at Walnut Grove. Most anglers fishing in that area are fishing close to the bottom for best results.
Anglers are jigging for salmon with Gibb's Minnows, and Gibb's and Pucci Spoons, from the mouth of the Old Sac and Steamboat Slough areas to the ferry.
Striper trollers are fishing in the areas of the Cliff House, the Old Dairy and down the West Bank to Collinsville. Steve Warren caught limits with the big fish at 15 pounds trolling along the West Bank. Most fish are running 4-7 pounds with an occasional fish over 10 pounds, using 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 Mudsuckers from the Rio Vista Bridge down to Sherman Island.
Sturgeon fishermen report fish at Lights 1, 2 and 33 at the stacks at Pittsburg. Best baits are roe, eel and shrimp baits. Best times are an hour before and an hour after the tide changes.
More and more stripers are being reported in the San Joaquin River. Trollers are using Rebels, shallow running P-Line Predators and Bombers. The Port of Stockton is kicking out stripers using jumbo minnows.
Bait fishermen are using shad, anchovies, Mudsuckers and Blue Gills. Best areas have been San Andreas, Santa Clara down to Eddos.
Black Bass anglers are use Senkos, Spinner Baits, and Swim Baits.
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. Best areas are in front of northshore to the dam. The fish will be scattered in all areas. Fish will probably be at 15 to 30 feet deep.
Bass fishermen are using rip baits, jigs and worms, on all of the points.
The Camanche trout derby will be held this Saturday. Register by phone at 866-763-5121 or purchase tickets at the gate or marina. The entry fee $35 in advance and $45 the day of the event. See official rules at www.camancherecreation.com.
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 showing up as well.
Ocean: Crab Season opens this weekend. Rock fishermen are still doing great in the Bodega Bay area.
Local fisherman Mike Faught is the owner of Fisherman's Friend in Lodi. To view the Fisherman's Friend website go to www.mrkokanee.com.