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Fishing Report Catfish being caught in abundance at New Melones

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Mike Faught

Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2011 12:00 am

The early morning Kokanee bite at New Melones has slowed this week, providing the best bite later in the day. Kokanee are now in the main lake and settling in deeper. Anglers are trolling at 50-80 feet. The largest and greater congregations are around Rose Island and the dam.

Hoochies, Wedding Rings and Apex’s have been doing well. Either in pink, orange or purple. Run your lures behind Slingblades or Dodgers in the same color family. Always tip your hooks with shoepeg corn and apply scent liberally. The best scents have been Kokanee Special, Garlic, and Anise. The Central Valley Anglers Derby is this weekend.

The bass catch is fair now, and noisy baits are your best bet with the murky water, or add a little chartreuse to your plastics. Use top-water lures in the morning and evening hours such as Buzzbaits, Zara Spooks and Frogs. Senko’s and plastic crawdad baits work better in the water during the day. Fish the rip-rap, tules, and outside weedlines. The Fisherman’s Friend uses a catch and release attitude for bass.

Lots of catfish are being caught this week in the coves and in warmer shallow water. A sliding sinker rig, a ball of crawlers or a piece of anchovy or sardine is your best bet. Move your bait often. Fishing for cats is usually best at night, but plenty of anglers catch them during the day as well.

At Pardee Reservoir, Kokanee is very slow this past week. Troll 60 to 70 feet deep. Trout are doing better than Kokanee at 30-40 feet. Best fishing is in the river arm.

Lake Camanche is producing trout near Hat Island using green power bait in about 40 feet of water. South shore reports numerous trout catches along the dam using chartreuse and green power baits. Both bank fishing and trolling are still producing decent catches.

Striper trolling has slowed some at Hogan Reservoir. Best areas are main lake and deeper water 25-40 feet with shad or anchovies. Catfishing is good in the backend of the coves and up the river arm. Chicken liver and mackerel are the best for catfish.

In the Delta waterways, the tides, the wind and the high rivers still make Delta fishing for stripers challenging. They are reported around Rio Vista and Big Break, but it’s a tough go for trollers and bait anglers. Jolly Jay reports limits of stripers in the 3-mile slough area even with the challenging conditions. It’s been pretty windy out there, but striper fishing is good with cut baits and frozen anchoives in Georgiana Sough and the Mokelumne River.

Salmon anglers are gearing up with lures flying off the wall. Trollers didn’t have much luck for the Kings the week following the opener. Viera’s reports one fish per day. Reports of nine salmon caught last week in the Walnut Grove area.

Mike Faught is the owner of Lodi’s Fisherman’s Friend. The bait shop will celebrate the life of former owner and long-time News-Sentinel contributor Russ Faught on Sunday at the Micke Grove Auditorium in Lodi at noon. Russ lost his battle with cancer on July 18. The Faughts appreciate the offered prayers, condolence calls and visits over the past week. Russ is missed beyond words.