The Delta: There are still a few Salmon being caught in the Sacramento River. More fishermen are concentrating on stripers and sturgeon now.
Striper fishing is improving weekly. Trollers are fishing in the areas of Sherman Island, West Bank and inside the Montezuma Slough. Some trollers are pulling spreaders with Rebels or Yozuris with a Rattle Trap on the short side.
Bait fishermen are fishing the Power Lines, Decker Island and Lights No. 5 and No. 8 areas. Sturgeon fishermen report catching fish near the Power Lines, Lights No. 5 and No. 8, as well as Lights No. 1 and No. 2. Best baits are Roe, Eel and Shrimp baits if you can find it.
There is no salmon fishing in the San Joaquin River. Anglers are having difficulty catching Stripers because of the heavy hyacinths. Bait fishing is better in the Eddos area.The best trolling areas have been False River and Old River. Black Bass anglers are using Spinner Baits, Jigs and Plastics.
Lake Amador: One-thousand trout are being planted each weekday, with fish up to six pounds. Anglers are concentrating in the area of the dam since, since that is where most of the fish have been planted.
The best baits are PowerBait in Garlic Chartreuse & Rainbow, Fluorescent Red and Sherbet, as well as Berkeley Trout Worms and Mice Tails. Trollers are using Excels, Rocky Mountain Serpent Spoons, Needlefish, and Mag Tackle Predators.
Lake Camanche: Trout fishermen are trolling Excels, Needlefish and Rocky Mountain Serpent Spoons. The best speed is 2.5-3 miles per hour. It is best to stay in the deeper water at 20-40’. The best areas are from North Shore and South Shore, all the way to the dam. The first 2,400 pounds of trout were planted on Nov. 1 at the North Shore Ramp with 1,200 pounds planted at the South Shore ramp.
There were 100 tagged fish planted in the main lake, with 100 orange tagged fish. If you catch one before Dec. 31, take it/them to the North Shore or Southshore store for your reward.
Weekly plants will continue, including at the pond.
Robby Dunham caught his limit trolling in the Big Hat area using R-Lures and Excel Lures. Dave Douglas and Mike McFee caught limits fishing Rabbit Creek and the dam area.Bass fishermen are using Crawdad-type baits, rip baits, and worms, mainly in the 10-15’ range.
New Melones: Most of the trollers are working the main lake in tight, using Needlefish and Rapalas. Some anglers are catching three fish to limits. It looks like the lake should turn over in the next couple of weeks and the bank fishermen should start catching a lot more fish.
Ocean: Crabbing is fantastic. Large crabs are being hauled in out of Bodega Bay, Half Moon Bay and Lawson’s Landing. The limits are very easy easy rock fishing is still very good!
The 28th Annual Trout Bout will be held this Saturday at Oak Grove Park. The lake will be planted with Rainbows just prior to the event.
Fishing is free to anglers 15 years and younger. Adults must have a daily fishing permit and a valid fishing license. Members of Delta Fly Fishers will host the derby. For more information, call 209-331-2050 or visit www.mgzoo.com.
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.