The Delta: The anglers we do have reports from fished in the Cache Slough and Liberty Island areas of the Sacramento River. They said the catch is low because the water is very cold, The only report of catching sturgeon came out of San Pablo Bay. The best baits to use are ghost shrimp, mud shrimp, eel, while some have had success on shad.
Striper bite is also slow due to cold and murky waters. Common baits are anchovies, sardines and shad.
There are new sturgeon regulations for the year 2013, mandating single barbless hooks only and no use of a snare. It is illegal to remove the fish from the water if it is over 68 inches, measured from the nose to the fork of the tail.
The water in the San Joaquin River is cold, resulting in a slow bite for the bait fishermen, who are still using shad and sardines. There have been no reports of sturgeon from the bait fishermen or the trollers.
Steelhead fishing is open in tthe upper Mokelumne River, all the way to the hatchery. Nightcrawlers, Salmon Eggs and Lures are the best bet.
Don Pedro: Trollers are doing very well in the area, using Needlefish, Excels, Rocky Mountain spoons and R-Lures. Use shad patterns, Fire Tiger and red and white colors.
Most fish are in the top 15 feet. Fish are running from 12-18 inches. Salmon anglers are working the dam area and Middle Bay. The best depth has been 40-60 feet, with rolling Shad and shad pattern lures.
Lake Camanche: Trollers are working from North Shore and South Shore toward Big Hat and the dam, while using Rapalas, R-Lures, Needlefish, Excels, Speedy Shiners and F9 Rapalas in Hot Steel.
Bait fishermen are fishing both North and South Shore ramp areas, using Garlic scented PowerBait and Power Eggs, while others are using Berkeley Mice Tails.
New Melones: Trollers are working the spillway to Black Bart, inside the dam area, Carson Cove, Highway 49 Bridge and Parrots Ferry Bridge.
A local angler caught a 27-inch brown, rolling shad by the High 49 bridge, and released it.
(Thanks for the release, Mr. Maple.)
Best lures have been Needlefish, Speedy Shiners, Thomas Boynton Lures and Mooseluks. Bank fishermen are concentrating on the areas of Angel's Cove, Glory Hole Point and the Tuttle Town bank areas. They are using Berkeley PowerBait, Berkeley Trout Worms, Berkeley Mice Tails and nightcrawlers.
Lake Amador: The most productive fishing is by the bank fishermen, using Berkeley PowerBait, Berkeley Trout Worms, Berkeley Mice Tails and nightcrawlers.
They are also casting Krocodiles, Kastmasters and Magic Bullets.
Reminder: January 31st is the deadline to mail in last year's Sturgeon and Steelhead Report Cards. They can also be dropped off here at the Fishermen's Friend shop and we will mail them for you.
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.