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Fishing with Mike Salmon making way through the Delta

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Mike Faught

Posted: Thursday, September 1, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:00 am, Thu Sep 1, 2011.

In the Delta, trollers are working the San Andreas Shoals and the mouth of Three Mile and False River areas of the San Joaquin River for stripers using Rebels and Yo-Zuris.

Bait fishing has been best at the mouth of the Mokelumne, San Andreas and Santa Clara Shoals using shad and sardines.

Salmon fishing in the Isleton and Walnut Grove areas report more and more fish coming through. Anglers report using Silvertrons in the White-Glow and Silver with colored beads; also using Kwik-Fish and Wiggle Warts. Arle Ahl and Marty Morfey had three salmon this week ranging from 21-23 pounds. Brad's Super Bait-Cut Plugs are becoming the desirable bait for salmon in all areas.

Bait fishing is producing striper numbers on the Sacramento River around Decker Island and the power lines down to Broad Slough.

Trollers are still working the Old Dairy and west bank all the way down to Broad Slough. Most are trolling in tight, using shallow running Yo-Zuris and P-Line Predator Runners.

Bass fishermen are doing very good on top water in the morning, late afternoon and evenings. Senkos are accounting for some of the better fish, most of them caught in the middle of the day along the tules and weedlines. Anglers also report top water frogs are working very well.

At New Melones, trout trollers are finding fish at 30-50 feet in the main lake and near the coves, using Apex, Needlefish and the new small Brad’s cut-plug.

Bank anglers are fishing Glory Hole Point, Angels Creek and the 49 Bridge area, using Power Bait and nightcrawlers. They’re also catching catfish in the same areas using nightcrawlers, mackerel and chicken livers.

At Lake Camanche, trollers are working the area of Little Hat to Big Hat at the dam, with Needlefish, R-Lures and Rapalas. Best trolling depth is 25-40 feet deep. Night fishing is good in the dam area. Once it gets dark, you have to stay on the lake.

At New Hogan, early morning top water brings the bass numbers with small poppers and grubs. Striped bass is fair for the trollers, using shad and anchovies, working the dam area and main body of the lake. Best depth is 25 to 35 feet. Catfishing in the coves has been very good, using mackerel, anchovies and liver.

Catfishing continues to pick up in the back area of the coves at Pardee Reservoir, using chicken liver and mackerel. The kokanee bite is tougher with the fish moving up river; best depths have been 90 to 105 feet in the river channel. The best lures this week were Apex in Light Green, Blue and Silver and Green Mr. Kokanee spinners. Rainbow trout has improved this week in the main lake and river, trolling with Needlefish, Excels and Rapalas. Best depths are 25-35 feet.

Trolling in San Francisco Bay started picking up for salmon. Bodega Bay is bringing numbers of salmon in using the Brad's Super Bait-Cut Plug, as well as anchovies and herring. Mooching is fair to good. Again, watch the fleet to see where you want to fish.

Note: Salmon fishing will be closed this year on the San Joaquin and Mokelumne rivers.

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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