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Mike Faught

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

The Delta: Sturgeon fishing on the Sacramento River should improve with the runoff from the rains. We have reports marking sturgeon in the Cache Slough and Prospect Slough areas. Best baits would be ghost shrimp, mud shrimp, eel and some have had success on shad.

We have had no real reports for striped bass since the storm. With the runoffs and dirty water, most anglers are trying sardines and shad for stripers.

On the San Joaquin River, bait fishing with shad and sardines is your best bet for catching stripers.

In the lower Mokelumne, trollers in the southfork and northfork areas are catching up to 7-pound stripers using Rebels and Yo-Zuris.

There are a lot of small salmon going down river and that is where most of the action is with an occasional steelhead in the 16-18-inch range. Best baits are nightcrawlers and salmon eggs.

Mark Toves caught a 22-inch steelhead in the Mokelumne River this week.

Don Pedro: The bite is still slow with the cold temperatures, and there are not many trollers out. If you find some runoff areas, you might find some fish.

Salmon anglers are trolling with Apexes and Needlefish, as well as rolling small shad in the areas of Middle Bay and Woods Creek. Best depths have been 65-80 feet.

Lake Camanche: Last Thursday, 1,200 pounds of rainbows were deliverd to the north shore ramp and 600 pounds to the south shore ramp. The Department of Fish & Game also planted 2,000 individual rainbow triploids at the north shore ramp.

One bank fisherman reported catching a limit of trout over by the Peninsula Campground using Berkley PowerBait in white and rainbow garlic. He was using two rods and had his limit within three hours.

A lot of bass boats have been on the lake in the past week, however, fishing has been a slow with the fish holding at 20-40 feet.

New Melones Lake: A group of our Central Valley Anglers from the Lodi and Galt areas caught a lot of fish last weekend. Freddy Nakagawa, Richard Morgan, Greg Wright, Jack Prestigiovanni, Nancy Brakensiek, Jay Winchester, Eddie Maple, Mark Schon and Jim and Tom O’Neill caught nice limits of trout. Eddie Maple caught a 6-pound brown trout rolling shad. They were all trolling around the Highway 49 bridge up to Parrot’s Ferry Bridge, using a variety of baits, including Needlefish, Speedy Shiners in Fire Tiger, Blue/Silver and Orange/Silver, Rapals in Hot Steel and Orange with a White belly, as well as Shad.

Bank fishermen are catching some nice fish off Angel’s Cove and Glory Hole Point on Berkley PowerBait, Trout Worms, Mice Tails and nightcrawlers.

Lake Amador: The most productive fishing is by the bank fishermen, using PowerBait, Trout Worms, Mice and nightcrawlers. They are also casting Krocodiles, Kastmasters and Magic Bullets.


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.

Feb. 4: The Bob McMillen Trout Bout will be held at Oak Grove Park (Eight Mile Road and I-5). Gates open at 6:15 a.m. Children 15 and under fish free. Anglers 16 and older must have a fishing license and fishing permit. Prizes to three age groups will be awarded by the Delta Fly Fishers.

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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