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Fishing with Mike Kokanee on the prowl at Pardee

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Mike Faught

Posted: Thursday, May 3, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:46 am, Thu May 3, 2012.

The Delta: Clint Kammerer of Lodi was bait fishing for stripers on the Sacramento River last Saturday and caught a 50-inch Sturgeon in Cache Slough. We've had other reports of sturgeon in the Prospect area, south tip of Decker and Light 8, using shrimp baits, roe and eel.

Stripers are trolling in the areas of the West Bank, the Dairy, the Old Sac to Walnut Grove and Steamboat Slough, using P-Line Predators, Yozuris, and Rebels in Chartreuse with Red heads, Red and White and the Gold sided Blue back.

Bait fishing is doing good in the deeper areas, near Sherman Island, Decker Island, and Rio Vista Bridge, using shad, anchovies and sardines.

San Joaquin River: Fishermen are trolling the areas of the Sounding Board, Lombardi Shoals and Santa Clara Shoals, the mouth of False River all the way to the Antioch Bridge, which is doing good because they're releasing the salmon smolts at the Antioch Bridge. Many anglers are jigging and trolling, using Rebels and Yo-Zuris.

The best bait fishing has been in the areas of Lombardi Shoals and Santa Clara Shoals, using shad and sardines.

Black Bass are doing great right now flipping crawdad type baits with reports of fish up to 8 pounds.

Pardee: Matt Rempfer and his friend reported fishing for trout using Sep's Chartreuse Dodgers with nightcrawlers, but the kokanee were "slamming" them. They were trolling down to 10 feet.

Trolling for kokanee near the main body and the river is producing limits, using Mr. Kokanee Spinners, Uncle Larry's Lures, Mag Tackle micro Hoochies in pink and orange behind Sling Blade Dodgers and Vance's Dodgers, and GVF Dodgers. Best depths are 15-40 feet. Bank fishermen are using Berkley PowerBait in garlic-flavored rainbow and straight garlic flavors. They are also casting from the shore with Kastmasters and Wooly Buggers behind a bobber.

Don Pedro: Trollers for salmon are working the dam area, Middle Bay, Woods Creek and the river arm, rolling shad, and using Apexes behind Dodgers.

Anglers are working hard to catch kokanee in the Jenkin's Hill and Middle Bay areas, using Mag Tackle Hoochies, Mr. Kokanee spinners, GVF spinners and Uncle Larry's spinners, all behind Dodgers, tipped with meal worms or Shoepeg corn.

Trout anglers are trolling the dam area and Middle Bay. The best depth is 15-30 feet, using Rapalas, Excels, Predator lures and Uncle Larry's Spinners behind a Dodger.

Best baits for largemouth are Senkos, Swimbaits, Robo worms and Crankbaits. One of the hot areas is in the back of Woods Creek.

Lake Camanche: Trollers are working Big Hat, Little Hat and the dam areas, using Mag Tackle, Predator Spoons, Needlefish and Excel lures; they're also using grubs behind a Dodger and trolling Rapalas in orange and gold, black and sliver, and hot steel, in F5s, 7s and 9s. Best depth is 18-30 feet on downriggers. Early morning bite, fish on the top about 150-200 feet behind the boat.

Carolina Rig, worms and crawdad-type baits are the baits of choice right now. There are several fish spawning on the beds. Fish a lot of points and the coves and creeks.

New Melones: Kokanee are still on the small side. Some of the guides report the fish are moving down into the lake, holding at 35-40 feet and being quite stubborn. Try Mag Tackle, Micro Hoochies in pink, white and watermelon behind a Dodger and Mr. Kokanee, Uncle Larry's spinners in Pink, Fire Tiger and Blue behind Dodgers with Shoepeg. Best areas are Carson Cove, Glory Hole Point, the spillway, Rose Island and inside the dam area.

Trout anglers are trolling the main body of the lake from Glory Hole point to Angel's Cove, using shad patterns, Fire Tiger and Speedy Shiners in copper and orange colors and chartreuse with black spots. Best depths have been 20-35 feet.

Bass anglers are getting a lot of action now. They are drop-shotting and working jigs off the bottom.

Ocean: There is a new school of fish moving from Morro Bay up to Monterey. Get out early and find the bait fish and you'll get limits. Best depths are 40-100 feet. The fish in Half Moon Bay are moving south of the harbor at the deep reef. Farther up in Bodega Bay, from Tamales to the Russian River, the fish are found at 40-100 feet, using Apexes and FBRs. Others report using anchovies, krocodiles and Brad's Super Cut Plugs. Hot scents are krill, anchovie and herring.

Events

The 21st Annual Lodi Lake Youth Fishing Derby will be held on June 2. Fishing begins at 8 a.m. and ends at noon. A kids fish tank will be available for kids under 8 years old. Bring your own fishing pole. Check in early for free tackle and free raffle tickets. Call Lodi Parks & Recreation for details at 333-6742.

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.

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