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Stripers, sturgeon sizzling in the Delta

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Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2012 12:00 am

The Delta: Striper anglers are having fun right now on the Sacramento River. Trollers are fishing the areas of West Bank, Horseshoe, Light 1 and into Montezuma Slough. They’re pulling spreaders with shallow or deep Yozuris and Rebels.

Bait fishermen are fishing the Rio Vista Bridge, Decker Island, Sherman Island and Broad Slough using shad, sardines and mudsuckers.

Sturgeon anglers are doing excellent at the Rio Vista Bridge, Power Lines and Lights 1 and 33, using roe, eel and shrimp baits. Best bet for getting baits are in Rio Vista. We have reports of some fish being caught in Cache Slough and the Prospect.

San Joaquin River: Fishing for stripers is difficult because of the heavy hyacinths. Bait fishing is better in the Eddos area and Broad Slough. Trollers are working the Mokelumne River and Georgiana Slough with most fish running 4-8 pounds, pulling Rebels, Yozuris and P-Line Predators.

Black Bass anglers are using Senkos, Spinner baits, Kinky Beavers and crawdad-type baits.

Lake Amador: Bank anglers are doing very well off the bank using Berkeley Trout Worms and Mice Tails, PowerBait in garlic-scented chartreuse, Captain America and salmon peach. Some anglers are using Power Eggs along with regular PowerBait.

Trollers are using Excels, Rocky Mountain Serpent Spoons, Needlefish, and Mag Tackle Predators, with some anglers starting to pull Rapalas in black and gold, orange and gold and hot steel.

Lake Camanche: Trout fishermen are trolling Excels, Needlefish, Rapalas and grubs. Fish are starting to move up due to the cooler water. Best depths are 10-30 feet, running back 150 to 200 feet behind the boat. Best areas are the River Channel and Rabbit Creek to the dam.

Best Bait fishing is on the south shore at Chevron Point and the low-water boat ramp. For north-shore fishing, best areas are the boat ramp back to the day-use area. Best baits have been Berkeley garlic-scented PowerBait in fluorescent red and salmon egg.

There were 100 tagged fish planted in the main lake, with 96 remaining. If you catch one before December 31, take it or them to the north shore or south shore store for your reward.

Weekly plants will continue, including the pond.

Bass fishermen are using worms and jigs.

New Melones: With the water cooling down, most of the trollers are working the main lake and back of the coves, using needlefish, Speedy Shiners and Rapalas.

Bank fishermen are fishing Angel’s Cove, Glory Hole Point and the Tuttle Town boat ramp area, using PowerBait and nightcrawlers.

Ocean: Crab fishing is great with easy limits. Anglers report very good rock fishing out of Bodega Bay and Half Moon Bay.

Fishing licenses and vouchers for 2013 are now available.

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