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Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012 12:00 am

The Delta: The numbers of salmon in the Sacramento River are increasing daily. Once we get some cooler water, the numbers will increase even more. Most fish are running 10 to 25 pounds. Favorite lures for trolling are the Silvertrons in most any color. The whites, chartreuses, reds and blues seem to be the most popular.

The Central Valley Anglers salmon tournament will be held on Saturday out of Wimpy's from 6:30 am 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.

Sign up Saturday morning at Wimpys at 5:30 a.m. Entry fees are $25 for members; $30 for non-members and kids 15 and under fish free. For more information, contact Marty Morfey at 209-570-3345.

Striper trollers are catching quite a few fish in Suisun Bay averaging 6-10 pounds with an occasional fish in the high teens. Best lures for trolling are Rebels, YoZuris, Pucci Predators and Angry Eyes.

Bait fishermen are using shad, sardines and anchovies from the Rio Vista Bridge down to Collinsville. There are reports of a lot of fish in the Suisun Bay area, so there should be a lot of fish in the Rio Vista area very soon.

A few sturgeon are starting to show in the Light No. 1 area, Montezuma Slough. Best baits have been eel and salmon roe.

San Joaquin River: Striper trollers are working the Mokelumne, Georgiana Slough, Sycamore and Hog Slough are catching fish up to 10 pounds with an occasional fish in the teens. Favorite lures are Rebels and Yozuris.

Salmon are starting to show in the south fork of Mokelume. Some are trolling, but most fish are coming from jigging in the deep holes. Call Hieb caught an 18-pound salmon at the Grain Bins. There are also reports of seeing rolling fish at the Franklin Bridge.

Pardee: Trout trollers are working the main body of the lake and the mouth of the river for rainbow trout using nightcrawlers behind a Dodger. Best lures are Needlefish and Excel lures. Best depths are 25-40 feet.

Bait fishermen are using Berkley PowerBait in garlic flavor or nightcrawlers.

Lake Camanche: Trout fishermen are trolling the dam area with ExCels and Needlefish. Best speed is 2.5-3 mph in the deep water.

The catfish fishermen are still doing good, using chicken livers, and mackerel.

New Melones: Trout fishing continues to be the best stories from the lake. It's still very good for day and night fishing with underwater lights. The fish are mainly eating shad, so spoon-type lures such as Needlefish, Excels and Rapalas are working best. Best areas are the main lake, spillway toward the dam and Carson Cove, catching rainbows up to 4 pounds.

Catfish are being caught day and night using shad, nightcrawlers and anchovies.

Some crappie are being caught by the night time fishermen as well.

Ocean: Salmon are still being reported being caught outside the Golden Gate in San Francisco. The Bodega Bay area is fair right now. Best baits are anchovies and herring. Reported best lures are Apexes, anchovies, herring and Brad's Cut Plugs.

Large numbers of bottom fish are reported from the party boats and other anglers as well in Bodega Bay area.

In other news:

The 2012 Rio Vista Bass Derby will be held Oct. 11-13. Derby fishing begins at 6 a.m. on Friday. Weigh-in times are: Friday, noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The 2nd Annual Steelhead Festival will be held this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at UOP's DeRosa Center. Admission is free. The festival features seminars, demonstrations, fly casting, children's arts, a steelhead fish tank, food and a documentary on the Delta "Over Troubled Waters".

For more information, contact Jeremy Terhune at 209-922-8215 or visit

The Coleman Fish Hatchery near Anderson will host a salmon festival Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event features viewing of the salmon spawning process, child fingerprinting, recreations displays, fish tagging, and sporting equipment.

For more information, call 530-365-8622.

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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