default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
Logout|My Dashboard

Anglers banking some big bass at Lake Camanche

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013 12:00 am

The Delta: When the wind isn’t blowing on the Sacramento River, striper trollers are working areas of Isleton, the old Dairy, West Bank, Steamboat Slough and shipping, using Rebels, Bombers, P-Line Angry Eyes, P-Line Predators and shallow-running Yozuris.

Bait fishermen are using shad and sardines near the Rio Vista Bridge down to the Decker Island and Broad Slough.

Sturgeon fishermen are working Liberty Island and Cache Slough using salmon roe, eel and shrimp baits.

In the lower Delta, fish Montezuma Slough and the Mothball Fleet, using eel, shrimp baits, blood and pile worms.

San Joaquin River: The best areas for striper trollers have been the mouth of False River to the Peacocks, Santa Clara and San Andreas shoals and the Sounding Board; also up the Mokelumne River to B&W and Georgiana Slough. Fish are up to 10 pounds. Fishermen are pulling Rebels, Bombers and the P-Line Lures. Some anglers are pulling deep-diving lures and some are pulling shallow-diving lures. Red and white lures have been the hot lure colors.

Bait fishermen are fishing the San Andreas and Santa Clara shoals down to Eddos, using shad and sardines. Fish are running keeper size to 5 to 9 pounds with an occasional fish in the teens.

Bass anglers are using Senkos and Spinner Baits. Top-water lures are doing very good as well; Frogs, Zara Spooks and Buzz Baits in the tulles and rip-rap areas.

Lake Amador: Trollers are pulling Rapalas in black and silver and gold and orange and hot steel, and small grubs behind Dodgers. George Raymond caught an 8-pounder this week.

Bank fishermen are casting Mice Tails and Trout Worms. They’re also casting Kastmasters and Magic Bullets.

Lake Pardee: Kokanee fishermen are fishing the river and the main part of the lake. Best lures have been Uncle Larry’s spinners, Mr. Kokanee spinners, Mag Tackle and Rocky Mountain Mini Hoochies tipped with a kernel of shoepeg corn.

Trout trollers are pulling blades with nightcrawlers, working the dam area to the south end of the lake and the mouth of the river up to the first bathroom. Anglers are pulling Rapalas, Needlefish, Apexes and Excel Lures.

Lake Camanche: It’s been slow for trollers mostly due to the winds. Fishing the south shore pond has been the most successful, using PowerBait, Berkeley Trout Worms, PowerBait, Berkeley Mice Tails and Kastmasters. The lake is producing some large bass. Ken Mueller was fishing with bass pro Bill Cato and caught a black bass at 8.12 pounds.

New Melones: The kokanee are fat. Try Glory Hole Point back to Angel’s Cove, the middle of the lake and the dam area. Best depth is 20-45 feet. Best lures are Rocky Mountain Dodgers, Micro-Hoochies in orange, pink and watermelon. Top spinners have been Mag Tackle, Uncle Larry’s Mr. Kokanee, Rocky Mountain and Apexes.

Trout trollers are pulling small Dodgers with a nightcrawler, Rapalas, Needlefish and Excels. They have been rolling shad for the Browns down 35-45 feet.

Bank fishing has slowed down significantly due to warming of the water, as well as release of water. Use cut baits, sardines and mackerel for catfish.

Bass anglers are throwing swim baits, dropping shotting and jigs.

Ocean: Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay and Bodega are all showing some good fish with exception of the windy days.

Event: The Central Valley Anglers will be hosting a striper derby at Rio Vista on April 27 starting at 6 a.m. Weigh-in is from 2-3 p.m.

For Information, contact Dave Douglas at 209-327-1740, or The Fisherman’s Friend at 209-369-0204.

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.

More about

More about

More about

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Use your real name. You must register with your full first and last name before you can comment. (And don’t pretend you’re someone else.)
  • 2 Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language.
  • 3 Don’t threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
  • 4 Be truthful. Don't lie about anyone or anything. Don't post unsubstantiated allegations, rumors or gossip that could harm the reputation of a person, company or organization.
  • 5 Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 6 Stay on topic. Make sure your comments are about the story. Don’t insult each other.
  • 7 Tell us if the discussion is getting out of hand. Use the ‘Report’ link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 8 Share what you know, and ask about what you don't.
  • 9 Don’t be a troll.
  • 10 Don’t reveal personal information about other commenters. You may reveal your own personal information, but we advise you not to do so.
  • 11 We reserve the right, at our discretion, to monitor, delete or choose not to post any comment. This may include removing or monitoring posts that we believe violate the spirit or letter of these rules, or that we otherwise determine at our discretion needs to be monitored, not posted, or deleted.

Welcome to the discussion.


Your News

News for the community, by the community.

Mailing List

Subscribe to a mailing list to have daily news sent directly to your inbox.

  • Breaking News

    Would you like to receive breaking news alerts? Sign up now!

  • News Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily news headlines? Sign up now!

  • Sports Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily sports headlines? Sign up now!

Manage Your Lists