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Mokelumne River set to open for fishing this weekend

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Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013 12:00 am

The Delta: On the Sacramento River, striper trolling has slowed down a bit, but fish are still being caught in the areas of Isleton to Walnut Grove, Cache Slough up in the shipping channel and West Bank. Anglers are using shallow runners, working close to shore. For deep-diving lures, use Rebels, Predators and Yozuris. For shallow running, use Yozuris, P-Line Angry Eyes, Rebels, and Bombers.

Bait fishermen are using shad, sardines and anchovies near the Rio Vista Bridge down to the Decker Island and down to Collinsville.

San Joaquin River: Striper trollers have been fishing the Eddos area and Antioch Bridge due to the salmon release this past week. Santa Clara and San Andreas Shoals up the Mokelumne, B&W and Georgiana Slough have been good areas.

The Mokelumne River will open from Highway 99 up to the Hatchery this weekend.

Bait fishermen are fishing the San Andreas and Santa Clara Shoals and the Eddos area, using shad and sardines.

Bass anglers are using the Frog to bring in some big fish. Lodi’s Kenny Mueller Sr. came in 10th place in the FLW last weekend. Other anglers report using Brush Hogs and Senkos, crank baits and spinner baits.

Lake Amador: Trollers are doing very well using Needlefish, Rapalas and Excel lures.

Bank fishermen are doing much better than the trollers. They’re using Berkeley PowerBait in garlic flavors and nightcrawlers are always a good choice. Other anglers are using Bubbles with Wooley Buggers, Kastmasters, Rooster Tails, Magic Bullets and small Krocodiles.

Lake Pardee: The best kokanee fishing is in the dam area, mouth of the river, the Out House and along the rock walls, using Dodgers with pink or chartreuse Hoochies, Mr. Kokanee spinners and Uncle Larry’s spinners.

Best areas for trout are on the south end of the lake, using Dodgers and Blades with nightcrawlers. Best lures have been Needlefish, Rapalas and Speedy Shiners.

Lake Camanche: When the wind isn’t blowing, the best areas have been Big Hat and the dam area to the river channel. Night fishermen with underwater lights have been doing well at the dam, using PowerBait and nightcrawlers for easy limits. No traveling on the lake at night.

The top-water bite is good for the black bass. They’re catching fish up to 8 pounds on top water lures, doing best on Senkos, drop-shotting and Carolina Rigs with crawdad-type baits.

New Melones: Kokanee fishing is good for most anglers. Some are struggling a bit. The best areas are Glory Hole Point, the Spillway, south tip of Rose Island, the dam area, and on the south end. Best depth is 35-70 feet. Best lures have been pink and white Hoochies, orange Hoochies and blue Hoochies in the afternoon.

Trout trollers are pulling Rapalas, Needlefish and rolling shad.

Bass anglers are drop-shotting and using Carolina Rigs with rubber worms and crawdad baits.

Ocean: Salmon fishing is still good in the ocean, but wind has been the biggest factor.

Event: The 2nd Annual Russ Faught Memorial Kokanee Derby sponsored by Central Valley Anglers will be held June 22 at New Melones.

For details, contact Rick Frisk at 727-3509 or 369-0204, or Jack Prestigiovanni at 745-4246 of 814-4246.

Register at The Fisherman’s Friend the morning of the derby.

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.

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