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Fishing with Mike Bass bite producing fun time on the Delta

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Mike Faught

Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2012 12:00 am

The Delta: On March 2 on the Sacramento River, just north of the Rio Vista Bridge, a 56-inch sturgeon was caught by Sean McClerkin. His friends, Kyle Goldberg and Larry Brand, caught a 52- and 54-inchers, respectively. They were using ghost and grass shrimps and eel.

The sturgeon bite is still holding in Cache and Prospect sloughs, and the Liberty Island areas, using eel, pile worms and shrimp baits.

Bait fishing for stripers is good around the Rio Vista Bridge, Decker Island and Sherman Lake areas, using shad and sardines.

Trollers are working the Decker Island and West Bank areas, as well as the Old Dairy up to the Cliff House marina. They’re using Angry Eyes in the Fire Tiger pattern, Sardine pattern and Wonder Bread color. Shallow-running Bombers in Black are also successful. Most fish are running 6-8 pounds, and one customer brought in an 18-pounder.

Bass anglers are loving the ABT Alabama Rig with chatter baits, flukes and swim bait bodies, as well as swimming Senkos.

On the San Joaquin River, school-sized stripers are showing up at the mouth of Three-Mile Slough, San Andreas and Santa Clara Shoals and the Sounding Board areas. Fish are going up the Mokelumne River system. Best is trolling Rebels, Bombers and P-Line Predators.

Bait fishermen are using shad and sardines from the Antioch Bridge to San Andreas Shoals. Most fish are running from 6 pounds with an occasional 9-pounder.

Bass fishermen are having fun using Berkeley Fat Worms, Senkos and crawdad imitating plastic lures. On Tuesday, Rick Long caught and released 20-plus bass, including one 5-pounder, using a pink Robo Worm.

Pardee: Kokanee and rainbow trollers are using Apex lures in Watermelon, Kop Car and Kevorkian colors, as well as Needlefish in Fire Tiger and Rainbow colors. All the fish are in the top 10-15 feet of water. Some of the kokanee are coming right off of the top. The best areas have been the main body and up river to Indian Head.

Bait fishing from the boat at the south end of the lake has been producing nice numbers of trout.

Bank fishermen are fishing off the bank, from the marina to the Wood Pile, using PowerBaits in Garlic, Berkeley Trout Worms, Mice Tails and casting with Magic Bullets.

Don Pedro: Trout trollers are working the dam area down to the Middle Bay, using Needlefish, Kastmasters, Apexes behind a Dodger, tipped with a worm. Salmon are concentrating in the dam area, Woods Creek and up the river arm, and coming in when using Dodgers with Apexes and Brad’s mini Cut Baits, as well as rolling shad. Fish are being caught up to 3.5-4 pounds. Best depths are 50-65 feet.

Bait fishing is working best off the banks in the day-use area, using PowerBaits around the Moccasin Creek area.

Lake Camanche: Trolling is a lot of work right now. Anglers that are catching fish are getting two to three fish per rod, using Rapalas, Grubs, Needlefish and Excel Lures. Fish are in the top 15 feet of water, and being caught in the areas of Big Hat and the dam area to Little Hat.

Bait fishermen are working the coves in 20-25 feet of water. Berkeley PowerBait and PowerEggs in garlic flavors seem to be working good right now.

Ernie Crusos caught a 7.6-pound rainbow out of the southshore pond, using PowerBait with a Bubble.

New Melones: Robert Wagner and his fishing partner fished between the Highway 49 Bridge and Parrot’s Ferry Bridge and caught more than 10 trout, weighing up to 23 pounds. Their hot lure was the F7 flat fish in the frog pattern and also Needlefish in the frog pattern to catch their limits.

A lot of kokanee are in the river system. There are also good reports of kokanee coming from Bear Cove and Peoria Cove with fish running, using Dodgers, Spinners and Apexes.

Bait fishermen are working Glory Hole Point, Angels Cove and the Highway 49 Bridge, anchoring in many of the coves, using PowerBait, Mice Tails and Trout Worms, and garlic flavors. With the recent rains, look for small creeks running into the lakes for trout and crappie.

Lake Amador: Trollers are pulling Needlefish, Apexes and Rapalas. Best Rapala colors are Hot Steel, Firetiger and Brook Trout patterns.

Bass anglers are throwing swimbaits and PowerBait worms.

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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