The Delta: In the Sacramento River, sturgeon fishing is tough right now, but the upcoming storms should change things around. A couple of local fisherman caught sturgeon, weighing 55 pounds, from the area of Roe and Ryer Island and a 47-pounder came in from Light 14. There were also two over-sized fish caught in Cache Slough using eel and pile worms.
Striped bass fishing is also on the slow side due to cold water temperatures. The expected rains should turn this around as well. A few keeper-sized fish have been reported on a very light bite, so watch your rods closely. Shad and sardines are the baits of choice.
In the San Joaquin River, bait fishermen are catching a few legal-sized stripers on live minnows, shad and sardines. Best areas are the mouth of the Mokelumne down to Broad Slough.
There have been no reports of sturgeon or from the trollers on the San Joaquin side this week.
In the lower Mokelumne, trollers in the southfork and northfork areas are catching up to 7-pound stripers using Rebels and Yo-Zuris.
There are a lot of small salmon going down river and that is where most of the action is with an occasional steelhead in the 16-18-inch range. Best baits are nightcrawlers and salmon eggs.
Don Pedro: The bite is very slow with the cold temperatures, and there are not many trollers out. The warm storm that is expected this week should help.
Salmon anglers are trolling with Apexes and Needlefish, as well as rolling small shad in the areas of Middle Bay and Woods Creek. Best depths have been 65-80 feet.
Lake Camanche: The southshore trout pond was planted with 600 pounds of fish this week. Nightcrawlers, Kastmasters and Magic Bullets are the ticket for catching in the pond.
The southshore ramp area was planted with 1,200 pounds and northshore was planted with 600 pounds. Stories are that the fish are not moving too far from the planted areas due to cold water temperatures.
We’ve had reports of a few 5- to 8-pound trout being caught; some around Hat Island and the southshore ramp. T.J. Ereth, 12, was fishing last Saturday and caught a 22.5-inch, 5-pound trout on Green PowerBait in the day-use area. The green and chartreuse colors are working the best right now.
New Melones: Freddy Nakagawa, Rich Morgan, Greg Wright and Larry Rayburn tried their luck on Saturday and were pleasantly surprised with their 15-fish limit. They were trolling the Carson Creek and Glory Hole areas. Larry Rayburn and Freddy Nakagawa returned to the lake on Sunday and trolled the dam area, reaping limits again, with some fish up to 20 inches using a variety of lures, including Needlefish, Excels and Speedy Shiners, as well as Hot Steel Rapalas.
Bank fishermen are fishing Angel’s Cove and the boat ramp, using Berkley PowerBait, Trout Worms, and Berkley PowerEggs.
Bass fishermen are using rubber worms and jigs in the areas of Carson Creek and some up river by Parrot’s Ferry Bridge.
Lake Amador: Trollers and drifters are using Rapalas, Apexes, Kastmasters and Needlefish with a nightcrawler trailer on the lure. The best depth is in the top 10 feet of water and running close to the shore. The largest fish reported this week were 7.2 and 6 pounders caught by Herb Spegs.
Bank fishermen are using grubs, PowerBait in garlic flavors, Mice Tails and Trout Worms.
Note: Jan. 31 is the deadline to mail in last year’s sturgeon and steelhead report cards, or you can drop them off here at the 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.