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Posted: Thursday, August 8, 2013 12:00 am

The Delta: On the Sacramento River, striper trolling numbers are low right now with anglers catching very few keeper-sized fish. The cooler weather in the coming weeks will stimulate the stripers to come in from the Bay.

There have been reports from local fishermen having a lot of fun catching little shakers using anchovies, sardines, mackerel and shad.

Salmon trollers are reporting more and more fish with a recent report of a 25-pounder caught by local resident, Marcelo Lopez, fishing in the Walnut Grove area using a chartreuse Flying C with blue and silver. He related that he saw three other nice-sized salmon being caught in the same general area. A lot of fish are being seen in the Walnut Grove-Vieira’s area. Other great lures being used are Blue Foxes, Brad’s Cut Plugs, Scarey Lures and Radical Glow

On the San Joaquin River, bait fishermen are catching little shakers on anchovies, sardines, mackerel and shad. One report did come in this week about a couple of keepers by the Sounding Board.

Using the same baits, there have been some keeper-sized catfish as well.

No reports of salmon in the Mokelumne yet.

Black Bass fishermen are using Senkos, Spinner Baits and Crank Baits. Top-water bite is best in the early morning or evening.

Pardee: The kokanee are moving up the river. The reports coming in say they are catching them using Hoochies and spinners. A lot of them are schooling up at the junction of the river and the lake. Excellent chances for easy limits in that area.

New Hogan: Striper fishing continues to be good, trolling anchovies and shad.

Bait fishing from the bank or boat has also been good, also using anchovies and shad.

Lake Camanche: The kokanee reports indicate sparse numbers, but quality-sized fish. Bob Scruggs and his wife were fishing last Friday and she caught a 3..9-pounder.

Recent reports of catching trout are coming from night fishermen. No actual reports from trollers this past week.

The only news we have on black bass is that they are fishing in the early morning.

New Melones: Kokanee fish are increasing in size and beginning to school up. Anglers report best depths are 60-90 feet.

Best lures are Hoochies in pink and white, as well as some of the darker colors in greens and purples behind small Dodgers such as Mag Tackle, Rocky Mountain and Vance’s. Best areas have been Rose Island, the spillway, and between Carson Cove and Highway 49 Bridge.

The trout catch has been a little slow this past week. Best depth for rainbow trout is 40-60 feet, using spoons and shad.

Bank fishing areas are Glory Hole Point and Angel’s Cove and the 49 Bridge area.

Night fishermen are using Power Bait, nightcrawlers and small minnows by the spillway.

Ocean: We are still getting reports of some nice-sized salmon coming out of Bodega Bay and Half Moon Bay, but some fishermen say the fish are traveling south and beginning to school up around the Golden Gate.

Fishermen use Tray Baits (anchovies and herring), and a variety of lures, such as Brad’s Cut Plugs, Silverton’s, Apexes and large Hoochies.

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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