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Sturgeon fishing producing limits in the Delta

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Posted: Thursday, November 28, 2013 12:00 am

The Delta: On the Sacramento River, striper trollers are working the areas of the Old Dairy, inside the Horseshoe and on the Sherman Island side of the Delta. 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, Sherman Island, Rio Vista and down to Collinsville using fresh shad, Mudsuckers and sardines. Fish are running from 6 to 12 pounds, with a recent catch of 17 pounds.

Sturgeon fishing is good in the Antioch area. They feed mainly on salmon roe. A lot of reports of sturgeon limits this past week.

Some salmon are still being caught in the upper areas of the Mokelumne; Hog Slough, the Grain Bins and I-5 bridge and Consumnes area. Most fish are running up in the 30-pound range. Kwikfish, Silverton’s, Blue Foxes and Scarey Lures are still the favorite lures. The jiggers are doing better than the trollers.

Salmon season closes Dec. 16th.

On the San Joaquin River, striper trollers are working the Sounding Board, Old River, False River and the Shoals down to Eddos, using Rebels, Bombers and P-Line lures. A reported 25-pounder was caught around B&W Resort this past week.

Bait fishermen are working Santa Clara Shoals to Eddos, using shad, anchovies and sardines. Most fish are running keeper size to 8-11 pounds. Some anglers are drifting live minnows from the Port of Stockton to Mildred Island.

Bass fishermen are having better luck with plastics and jigs catching 1.5 to 2-pound fish.

Lake Camanche: They are now stocking trout at both shores and the southshore pond.

Trout trollers are using grubs, Needlefish, Excels, Apexes and Rapalas. Most fish at the surface to 30 feet. They’re trolling the river channel and the dam area to Little Hat.

New Melones: Trout trollers are working the spillway, the main body and inside the dam and Carson Creek pulling shad-patterned lures, Apexes, Needlefish and Kastmasters. Best depths are 15-30 feet.

Bank fishermen are catching some nice trout, floating nightcrawlers, PowerBait and small minnows on a slip-bobber.

Bank fishermen are catching trout up to the 4-pound range.

Ocean: Crabbing is excellent out of Half Moon, Bodega and Tamales areas. It has slowed some due to the commercial boats, but they are pretty.

Salmon season is closed in the ocean.

Local fisherman Mike Faught is the owner of Fisherman’s Friend in Lodi. To view the Fisherman’s Friend website go to