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Kokanee bite hot at New Melones

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Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013 12:00 am

The Delta: On the Sacramento River, trollers are working areas of Isleton, up Cache Slough in the shipping channel and West Bank, using Rebels, Bombers, P-Line Angry Eyes, P-Line Predators and shallow-running Yozuris. They’re also catching fish out of the mouth of Steamboat Slough.

Bait fishermen are using shad and sardines near the Rio Vista Bridge down to the Decker Island and Broad Slough.

On the San Joaquin River, striper trollers have been at the mouth of Santa Clara and San Andreas shoals, the Sounding Board, Old River Flats and up the Mokelumne River to B&W and Georgiana Slough. One angler was reported catching a 44-inch striper off the Sounding Board last Saturday, sharing the photo with the locals. Mike Cordell caught a 35-pound striper using a yellow- and orange-patterned Rebel by the Sounding Board last Sunday.

Bait fishermen are fishing the San Andreas and Santa Clara Shoals down to Eddos, using shad and sardines. Fish are running keeper size up to an occasional fish in the teens.

Bass anglers are having a great time right now. The warm weather is picking up and so are the numbers of fish. They’re pitching crawdad-type baits, Senkos, Crank Baits and Spinner Baits along the rip-rap. Top-water lures are doing really good, such as Frogs, Zara Spooks and Buzz Baits.

Nick Melton caught an 8-pound largemouth bass on Wednesday and fishing buddy Mike Faught caught a 5-pounder. They were using crankbaits and frogs.

Lake Amador: Trollers are pulling Rapalas in black and silver and gold and orange, hot steel, small grubs behind Dodgers and pulling large flashers with nightcrawlers.

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

Lake Pardee: Kokanee fishermen are fishing the mouth of the river and the main part of the lake. Best lures are small Dodgers with Mini Hoochies and Uncle Larry’s spinners, Mr. Kokanee spinners and Mag Tackle tipped with a kernel of shoepeg corn. Best depth is 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: The catch on the lake is good and bad. The winds have been a problem. Best areas have been Big Hat, the dam to the river channel. Best depths have been 35-40 feet.

Fishing the south shore pond has been very good with the usual PowerBait, Berkeley Trout Worms, PowerBait, Berkeley Mice Tails and Kastmasters.

The top water bite is on for the black bass. They’re catching fish up to 8 pounds on top-water lures, Senkos and Carolina Rigs.

New Melones: Kokanee fishing is excellent. The hot spots are Glory Hole Point, the spillway, inside the dam, 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, and Apexes.

Trout trollers are pulling small Dodgers with a nightcrawler, Rapalas, Needlefish and Excels. They have been rolling shad for the Browns down to 35-45 feet.

Bass anglers are throwing swim baits, dropping shotting and jigs.

Ocean: Salmon fishing is still doing great in areas of Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay and Bodega.

Local fisherman Mike Faught is the owner of Fisherman’s Friend in Lodi. To view the Fisherman’s Friend website go to