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Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2012 12:00 am

The Delta: There are not a lot of reports of salmon on the Sacramento River yet, but there are a few fish coming from the Old Sac up to Walnut Grove. The best lures have been Silvertrons, Blue Foxes and Radical Glow spinners.

Striper fishing has been on the slow side. There is more bait fishing than trolling. The trollers are working the West Bank and Horseshoe, using Rebels, Yozuris and Pucci Predator and Angry Eyes.

On the San Joaquin River, striper fishermen are trolling Santa Clara Shoals, False River to the mouth of the San Joaquin, and the Three-Mile Slough, trolling Yo-Zuris and Rebels.

Bait fishermen are fishing the Sounding Board area, the Shoals and Eddos, using shad, sardines and anchovies.

Black Bass reports are good. Anglers are using spinner, chatter and buzz baits. Punching is doing well, and the Frog bite is hot!

Pardee: Kokanee fishermen are trolling the areas of the mouth of the arm and all the way up to Box Canyon, using Mag Tackle Pink, Orange and Blue Hoochies. As you go deeper in the day, start using darker colors like Blues, Greens and Purples. Make sure to tip your hook with corn.

Trout trollers are working the main lake, all the way to the south end, pulling Dodgers or Flashers with a nightcrawler and GVF spinners and Uncle Larry's spinners with a nightcrawler.

Bait fishermen are using Berkley PowerBait, Mice Tails and Trout Worms. Try the recreation and marina areas down to the Brush Pile.

New Hogan: Striper trollers are using shad and anchovies in the main body of the lake at 20-30 feet. Other anglers are fishing at night with underwater lights, using anchovies in the main body of the lake.

Bank fishermen report catching fish off the bank in Camper's Cove and in the dam area, using shad and anchovies.

Don Pedro: The kokanee are on the move. One of the hot areas is Middle Bay. They're holding in structures, so use larger Hoochies and pick up speed to about 1.5 mph. Use Apex Lures, Mag Tackle, Vance's Dodgers, Rocky Mountain Dodgers, Rocky Mountain Hoochies in Pink, Green, Orange and Watermelon, as well as Uncle Larry's GVF and Mr. Kokanee spinners.

The best depth for trolling for trout is 25-40 feet, using Needlefish, Excels, Mag Tackle Predator Spoons, and Rapalas. Best baits for largemouth bass are Senkos, Swimbaits, and Robo worms in the back of Woods Creek and coves.

Lake Camanche: The trout trollers are still working the dam and river channel areas, using Rapalas, Kastmasters, Needlefish and R-Lures. Night fishermen are still doing good using night lights and best baits have been PowerBait and nightcrawlers, as well as Berkley Mice Tails.

The catfish bite is still good all over the lake, using mackerel, chicken and turkey livers. Catfish are reported in the 2-6-pound range. No live minnows or live crawdads are allowed on the lake.

Black Bass anglers are jigging and drop-shotting, and using top-water plugs in the early morning and evenings.

New Melones: Kokanee fishing is still a wide-open bite. Ron Byes and his fishing partner had easy limits by 9 a.m. They fished the Glory Hole point to Rose Island, using Pink & White, Pink & Purple, Green & Blue Hoochies and Uncle Larry's, GVF and Mr. Kokanee spinners in Blues, Greens and Pinks. All of the hot areas are the spillway, inside the dam down to Peoria Cove and back up to Carson Cove and the Highway 49 Bridge.

Top scents are Pro-Cure Garlic, Anise Carp Spit, Maple Syrup and A&W Root Beer.

Trout fishermen are getting best results at night near the spillway and dam area, using PowerBait, nightcrawlers and live minnows under the lights. Fish are running from 1.5 to 3.5 pounds.

Catfishing is very good at night back in the coves, using nightcrawlers, mackerel and chicken or turkey livers.

Bass anglers are drop-shotting, throwing jigs and using spinner baits in the top water.

Ocean: From Moss Landing to Bodega Bay, the bite has slowed some, but it's still a good bet that you will catch your limits if you spend a little more time working at it. Top baits this last week have been anchovies, herring, Apexes in Watermelon, Green & Chrome, Blue & Chrome and Kevorkian, Brad's Cut Plugs in Watermelon, Black Magic and Red. Best depths have been 30-45 feet in most areas.

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