The Delta: On the Sacramento River, striper trollers are working the areas of Clyde Shoals, the Old Dairy, inside the Horseshoe and on the Sherman Island side of the Delta. The West Bank is still full of grass.
Most anglers are pulling deep running Predators, Rebels and some are pulling shallow-running Yozuris. Fish are running between 8 and 12 pounds.
Bait fishermen are fishing Decker Island down to Collinsville using fresh shad, Mudsuckers and sardines. Fish are running from 6 to 12 pounds, with an occasional fish in the upper teens.
Salmon fishing has slowed down, but there are still some more to come. They are on the dark side now.
Trollers are still working Isleton up to Walnut Grove and Clarksburg. Most fish are running up in the 30-pound range. Good lures, Kwikfish, Silverton’s, Blue Foxes and Scarey Lures.
San Joaquin River: Trollers for stripers are working the Sounding Board, Old River, False River and the Shoals down to Eddos, using Rebels, Bombers and P-Line lures.
Bait fishermen are working Santa Clara Shoals, all the way to Eddos, using shad, anchovies and sardines. Most fish are running keeper size to 8-11 pounds.
Rand George and his daughter, Taylor, caught limits while fishing with Mike Gravert of Intimidator Sportfishing. They were working the area of Old River Flats drifting Mudsuckers.
Lake Camanche: They are now stocking trout at both shores and the southshore pond. Robbie and Kim Dunham caught limits of trout while trolling grubs and Rapalas. More fish were caught on grubs. Most fish were right below the surface at that time.
New Melones: Trout trollers are working the spillway, the main body and inside the dam, pulling shad-patterned lures. Best depths have been from 15-30 feet. The good news is that the bank fishermen are starting to catch some nice trout, floating nightcrawlers, PowerBait and small minnows on a slip-bobber.
Ocean: Crabbing is excellent out of Bodega and Tamales bays. The Chris Christy family went to Half Moon Bay and got limits of crab, bottom fish and rock fish. They’re still getting salmon outside the gate.
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.