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Kokanee fishermen still having luck at Melones

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Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2012 12:00 am

The Delta: On the Sacramento River, the salmon fishing is hot right now, especially in the Walnut Grove and Vieira's areas. Most fish are running 15-23 pounds with a 30-pounder reported today.

Larry Rayburn and Freddy Nakagawa caught limits with fish at 15 to 20 pounds on Sunday in the Walnut Grove area using green and chartreuse Silvertrons. Greg Wright and Richard Morgan had fish up to 21 pounds, using Silvertrons in the Walnut Grove area.

The Central Valley Anglers will host a salmon tournament Oct. 6 out of Wimpy's from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Weigh-in is from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Entry forms are available at The Fisherman's Friend, Wimpy's and other bait shops. Entry fees are $25 for members; $30 for non-members. Kids 15 and under fish free.

Striper trollers are catching fish near Horse Shoe Bend, West Bank, down to Collinsville, pulling shallow diving YoZuris, Bombers and Pucci Angry Eyes. In the deeper water, use deep diving Rebels, YoZuris and Pucci Predators.

Bait fishermen are using shad, sardines and Mudsuckers around Decker Island, the Power Lines, Sherman Island area and the Collinsville area.

Striper trollers in the Mokelumne, San Andreas and Santa Clara Shoals are catching fish up to 9 pounds with an occasional fish in the teens. Favorite lures are shallow running Yozuris and Bombers. Best areas have been form Old River Flat to Fisherman's Cut.

Nick Faught wasn't disappointed when he caught a 7.3-pound black bass Sunday morning, using Swimming Senkos in Disappointment Slough.

Pardee: Kokanee fishing is still good upriver. One angler reported limits, using Apex lures in pink and pink and blue Hoochies, pulled behind sling blades or Vance's Dodgers.

Trout trollers are working the main body of the lake and the mouth of the river up to the outhouse. Best lures will be nightcrawlers behind a Dodger, Apexes. Needlefish and Excel lures. Best depths are 25-40.

Bait fishing is fair to good, using Berkley PowerBait in garlic flavor or nightcrawlers.

Lake Camanche: Trout fishermen are trolling the dam area with Rapalas, Needlefish, Mag Tackle Predators and Speedy Shiners. Best depth is 25-40 feet. Robbie Dunham caught a 2-3.5-pound trout trolling at 30-45 feet, using small spoons, Excels and Meps' Cyclops. The Catfish bite is good, using chicken livers and mackerel.

New Melones: Kokanee fisherman are still having success using Hoochies in pink and white, purple and white and Apexes in the kevorkian, pink and gold. Best areas are the spillway, Glory Hole and Carson Cove all the way to the Highway 49 Bridge. The fish have dropped down to 90 feet. Use larger Dodgers and Hoochies. You can also hook a couple Sling Blades together with a larger Hoochie. Best scents have been Pro-Cure Bloody Tuna, Anise.

Trout trollers are using nightcrawlers, R-Lures, Excels and Mag Tackle Predators. Favored areas are the main body, the dam and Carson Cove areas at 45-80 feet catching rainbows up to four pounds.

Best areas for catfish are off the Tuttle Town boat ramp area, using liver and nightcrawlers.

Ocean: Local fishermen are still getting excellent numbers of salmon outside the Golden Gate in San Francisco on the good weather days. The Bodega Bay area is fair right now. Best baits are anchovies and herring. Reported best lures are Apexes in watermelon and Brad's Cut Plugs in Blue Hawaiian and watermelon.

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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