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Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013 12:00 am

Delta: Trollers on the Sacramento River are working the areas of Montezuma Slough, West Bank, Sherman Island, and up to the Isleton Bridge, trolling Yozuris, Predators, Bombers and Rebels.

Stripers are keeper-size to 8-9 pounds with an occasional fish in the teens.

Bait fishermen have been working the areas of Rio Vista Bridge Decker Island and Lights 14 and 8.

Best baits for stripers are shad, sardines and mudsuckers.

Keeper-sized sturgeon are coming from Cache Slough, Prospect, Light 44, Power Lines and Light 8, Pittsburg Power Plant and the Mothball Fleet.

Some anglers have caught a lot of over-sized fish. Use shrimp baits, eel; quite a few anglers report catching sturgeon on shad.

On the San Joaquin River, striper trollers are working the turning basin in downtown Stockton, drifting jumbo minnows.

Anglers are also fishing in the Mokelumne River, Santa Clara Shoals and False River up to Eddos. Use shad, sardines, mudsuckers and jumbo minnows.

Bait fishermen are working the mouth of Potato Slough, San Andreas and Santa Clara Shoals, as well as the mouth of 3-Mile Slough, using shad and sardines.

Most fish are running keeper to 10 pounds.

Lake Amador: Bank fishermen are doing much better than boat fishermen, using Berkeley PowerBait, Berkeley Trout Worms, Mice Tails and casting Kastmasters, Rooster Tails, and Magic Bullets. The hot baits have been Spring Green and Rainbow PowerBaits.

They have been stocking the lake this past week with large brood stock up to 20 pounds.

Trollers are using Meps' Cyclops, Needlefish, Excel Lures, and Rocky Mountain Lures and jointed Rapalas in black and silver and orange and gold.

Lake Camanche: Trollers are working the river channel all the way to Big Hat and Little Hat.

Anglers report using grubs, Excel Spoons, R-Lures, Needlefish, Rapalas, Mag Tackle and Rocky Mountain Spoons. Jointed Rapalas have been working better than straight Rapalas, due to the additional action at slower speeds.

Bait fishermen from the boats are working the spillway area, Rabbit Creek, and the Narrows up to the Bridge, using Berkeley PowerBait in garlic scent and Berkeley Mice Tails.

In the South Shore pond, best lures are Berkeley PowerBait, Mice Tails and casting Kastmasters and Magic Bullets.

New Melones: Trout Trollers are working the main body of the lake and inside the coves close to shore, trolling brown trout patterned Rapalas, R-Lures in red with silver flake, Needlefish and Excels.

Bank fishermen are doing well at Glory Hole Point, Angel's Cove and Tuttle Town Ramp, and the Highway 49 Bridge, using Berkeley PowerBait in salmon peach and chartreuse, and Power Eggs.

Some anglers are casting with Kastmasters, Spinners and small Crank Baits along the shoreline.

Ocean: Crabbing is still very good in Half Moon and Bodega Bay areas.

There are new sturgeon regulations. Use single barbless hooks and no snares of ropes of any type. Fish must be netted. Any sturgeon over 68 inches must not be brought into the boat.

Lake Pardee: Open Feb. 15.

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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