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Fishing with Mike Sturgeon striking on the Sacramento River

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Mike Faught

Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2012 12:00 am

The Delta: Sturgeon fishing on the Sacramento River is picking up with anglers getting action in the areas of the power lines, Light 1, Roe and Ryer Island to the Mothball Fleet, using shrimp baits, roe and eel.

Striped bass fishing is on the slow side due to cold water temperatures. It's a good idea to try shallow water at 8-15 feet. The fish being caught are keeper size. Anglers are having best luck by the Old Dairy, south tip of Decker Island and power lines using shad and sardines.

The waters of the San Joaquin River have cleaned up in the central Delta down to False River. Legal-sized stripers are coming in on live minnows, mudsuckers and live blue gills on top of the sand bars. The turning basis is still kicking out stripers, drifting jumbo minnows. Most fish run from keeper size to 7 pounds.

Bait fisherman are using shad, sardines and anchovies. There is not much going on for the trollers due to the cold water.

In the lower Mokelumne River, the best bet for stripers is drifting live minnows from Tower Park to Wimpy's.

In the upper Mokelumne from Camanche Dam down to Lodi Lake, use nightcrawlers, salmon eggs, PowerBait and small spinners for steelhead.

Don Pedro: Trout fishing at the dam area has been producing rainbows, trolling nightcrawlers with a Sep's Sidekick, as well as using Needlefish, Excels in shad patterns, Rapalas, F7's and F9's in Hot Steel, Fire Tiger and Black and Silver.

Salmon anglers are trolling with small shad, Apexes and Needlefish in Middle Bay, Woods Creek and up the river. Best depths have been 60-85 feet.

Lake Camanche: Trout limits are being caught at the southshore pond, using PowerBait, Mice Tails, Trout Worms, Wooley Buggers and nightcrawlers, casting with Kastmasters, Rooster Tails and Magic Bullets.

Bait fishermen are doing great with a Berkley PowerEgg on the leader when using PowerBait so your bait floats up off the bottom. The best areas have been in the Northshore ramp in the day-use area. If you get no action, keep moving down the shoreline.

Southshore fishermen are concentrating on Chevron Point to the low water boat ramp with PowerBaits, Mice Tails and Trout Worms in Charteuse, Rainbow and Captain America.

Trollers are using grubs with PowerEggs and Rapalas in Fire Tiger, Orange and Black and Silver in F7's and F9's, from the narrows to the dam area. They are catching the fish in the top 10-15 feet of water.

New Melones: Troll for trout using red and white R-lures, Excels and Rocky Mountain Serpert Spoons in shad patterns.

Use rapalas and slow rolling shad for trolling the dam area, main body and from Carson Creek up the river to the second bridge. Glory Hole Point to Angel's Cove are great areas as well.

Bank fishermen are fishing from Glory Hole Point all the way to Angel's Cove, using Berkley PowerBait, Trout Worms, MiceTails Berkley PowerEggs.

Bass fishermen are drop-shotting 4- to 6-inch rubber worms in Green Pumpkin and using jigs as well.

Lake Amador: Trollers are using Rapalas, Apexes, Kastmasters and Needlefish with a nightcrawler trailer on the lure. Best depths are 8-15 feet.

Bank fishermen are using PowerBait in Garlic flavors, and Salmon Peach and Salmon Egg Red.

Jan. 31 is the deadline to mail in last year's sturgeon and steelhead report cards, or you can drop them off here at the shop and we will mail them for you.

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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