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Fishing with Mike Sturgeon striking in the Delta

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Mike Faught

Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2011 12:00 am

The Delta: Sturgeon fishing is hot right now, mainly in the Pittsburg area. Pastor Paul Koval and Jim Mize from Lodi had an epic sturgeon fishing day last Wednesday. Right outside Pittsburg Marina, using grass shrimp and eel, they caught 10 sturgeon and four stripers. As Mize was bringing in his first Sturgeon at 50 inches long, Koval landed a 52-inch sturgeon. They had a few double hook-ups on this outing.

Larry Rayburn of Lodi landed several fish last Saturday around Light 2, including a 62-inch, 65.5-pound sturgeon on ghost shrimp.

Salmon fishing is winding down.

Striper fishing has been good for both bait fishermen and trollers. Stripers up to 18 pounds have been reported while bait fishing, using shad, anchovies and sardines. Trolling has been most successful using Bombers, Predators and Yo-Zuris.

San Joaquin River: Bait fishing for stripers has been reported to be better than trollers this past week, mainly in the Antioch and Santa Clara Shoals areas.

Mokelumne River: There are still some steelhead being caught in the Lodi Lake area of the Mokelumne River. Most have been plant size, but some fish up to seven pounds have been caught on bait.

Mondays and Thursdays are the days the Mokelumne River Hatchery does the salmon spawning, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be Monday and Wednesday next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The kids will be out of school, so take advantage of the opportunity to take them up there and see the egg harvesting.

Lake Camanche: There are numerous reports that trout are closer to the surface, around 15 to 20 feet, whether fishing from the bank or trolling. Bank fishing is picking up at North Shore near the day-use point. Limits are being caught using any color of PowerBait, but chartreuse and rainbow are the favorites. Worms are still producing well. Anglers from Southshore have reported good catches.

The trout pond was planted with 600 pounds of fish last week, as well as 1,200 pounds in the Southshore ramp area. Trollers are catching trout up to 5 pounds using garlic and rainbow PowerBait. Trolling worms or grubs slowly above 20 feet has been successful for other anglers. Rapalas in the broken-back series are working very well.

Lake Amador: Trout up to 5 pounds have been caught using PowerBait and nightcrawlers.

Ocean: Continued stories of the hot opening to crab season are coming in with reports of plentiful limits of large-sized dungeness crab.


The 27th Annual Trout Bout will be held this Saturday at Oak Grove Park. Registration is not necessary. A fishing permit fee is $5. A valid fishing license is required for anyone 16 and over. There is also a $5 parking fee.

Mokelumne River is closed from Highway 99 up to Camanche Dam.

2012 fishing licenses are now available. You need your old license or another form of legal identification when purchasing a license.

Local fisherman Mike Faught is the owner of Fisherman's Friend in Lodi. To view the Fisherman's Friend website go to