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Anglers banking some big bass at Lake Camanche

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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

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