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Fishing with Mike Sturgeon bite picking up on Sacramento River

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Mike Faught

Posted: Thursday, February 9, 2012 12:00 am

The Delta: Sturgeon fishing on the Sacramento River is improving daily with fish starting to move upriver. The best areas are the Light 1 and 2 areas, Power Lines and reports of a lot of oversized fish in Cache Slough and Prospect Slough, using roe and eel.

Wayne Purdy and Jack Clemons caught stripers up to 16 pounds trolling with Yozuris and Rebels. Best areas are the West Bank and Montezuma Slough.

Bait fishing for stripers is from the Rio Vista Bridge down to Sherman Island, using shad and sardines.

San Joaquin River: Not many reports coming in from the anglers this week. Best areas for bait fishing would be both shoals all the way down to Three-Mile Slough. Best baits would be shad and sardines.

Don Pedro: The bite for salmon is in the Woods Creek and Moccasin Creek areas, as well as up the river arm by rolling shad, Apexes and Needlefish. Best depths have been 65-85 feet.

Rainbow trout are coming from the dam area down to Middle Bay. The best depth has been 20-35 feet, using Rapalas, Apexes and Excel lures in the shad pattern. Trolling nightcrawlers with Dodgers are also paying out some nice fish.

Lake Camanche: Bluegill, channel catfish and some largemouth bass will be planted today in the beaver and catfish ponds at the south shore. There will be another planting in a couple of weeks.

Last Friday, 1,200 pounds of trout was planted at the north shore ramp and 600 pounds to the south shore ramp, as well as 600 pounds to the south shore pond.

Gary Tecklenburg of Lodi caught a 6.5-pound trout on a Rebel this past week. Robbie Dunham and Nate Leonard of Lodi caught seven fish up to 3.5 pounds trolling grubs. Larry Rayburn caught four trout up to 5.5 pounds.

New Melones Lake: A lot of browns are being caught up to 5-plus pounds. A real nice one was caught off the point at Angels Cove last week. Trollers are using shad and Rapalas going up river to the south fork of the Stanislaus. Rolling shad and trolling with Needlefish has been very productive.

Bank fishermen are concentrating on Glory Hole Point, Angels Cove and at the 49 Bridge, using Berkley PowerBait, PowerEggs, Trout Worms, Mice Tails and nightcrawlers.

Lake Amador: They are planting trout daily. Bank fishermen are still outfishing the trollers using PowerBait, Trout Worms, Mice Tails and nightcrawlers. Trollers are using Apexes, small Rapalas and Needlefish toplining back 150 feet.

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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