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Fishing with Mike Sturgeon still striking in the Delta

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Mike Faught

Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2012 12:00 am

The Delta: On the Sacramento River, the sturgeon bite is still happening in Cache Slough, Rio Vista Bridge and the Power Lines, using roe, using shrimp baits, and pile worms.

Two locals reported doing very well for stripers around the Rio Vista Bridge using Rebels in chartreuse with red heads. Other anglers are trolling from Decker Island up to the Isleton area, using both deep-diving and shallow-diving Rebels, Predators and Bombers in bright colors.

Bait fishermen are concentrating in the areas of the mouth of Broad Slough, Sherman Island and Decker Island, using shad, anchovies and sardines.

On the San Joaquin River, trollers are fishing the areas of upper Lombardi Shoals and Santa Clara Shoals, using Rebels, deep-diving Predators and Yo-Zuris.

Bait fishermen are using anchovies and sardines in the areas of Lombardi Shoals and Santa Clara Shoals. Fish are running up to 10 pounds.

Black Bass anglers have done very well this past week on Senkos and pitching crawdad type baits.

Pardee: Trolling for kokanee near the main body and the river is producing limits, using Mr. Kokanee Spinners, Uncle Larry’s Lures, Mag Tackle micro Hoochies in Pink and Orange behind Sling Blade Dodgers and Vance’s Dodgers, and GVF Dodgers. Best depths are 15-40 feet.

Bank fishermen are using Berkley PowerBait in garlic-flavored rainbow and straight garlic flavors. They are also casting from the shore with Kastmasters and Wooly Buggers behind a bobber.

Don Pedro: Trollers for salmon are working the dam area and Middle Bay rolling shad, pulling No. 3 Needlefish in shad patterns at 60-90 feet.

Anglers are working hard to catch kokanee in the Jenkin’s Hill and Middle Bay areas, using Mag Tackle Hoochies, Mr. Kokanee spinners, GVF spinners behind GVF Dodgers. Best depths are 15-45 feet.

Trout are coming from the dam area, using Needlefish, Rapalas and Uncle Larry’s Spinners with a nightcrawler. Best depths are 25-30 feet.

Bass and largemouth are best using Senkos, Robo worms and Crankbaits.

Lake Camanche: Anglers this past week were very successful using grubs, Speedy Shiners, and Rapalas, trolling at 15-25 feet, mainly in the main lake.

Bass fishing has been good this past week on Robo Worms. Best colors reported are Aaron’s Magic, Morning Dawn and green colors. Best areas have been on the points and in the coves. Fish are on the spawn.

New Melones: Ron Byes caught limits of kokanee using orange and pink Hoochies with garlic and anchovie scents, trolling down to 50 feet in the afternoon. Larry Rayburn and two of his buddies did great trolling for kokanee last Sunday, using micro hoochies in orange, blue and white behind Vance’s Dodgers and Sling Blades.

Trout anglers are trolling the main body of the lake from Black Bart to the spillway. Best depths are 15-30 feet, using Rapalas F7s, F9s, and Speedy Shiner spoons in copper colors.

Bait fishing has slowed down due to the warming of the water.

Bass anglers are drop-shotting and working jigs off the bottom. Best colors are crawdad and green pumpkin. The bass bite is wide open.

Ocean: The bite is wide open in the areas of  Monterey, Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay. Many anglers are back at the docks with their limits by 9 a.m. They are using FBRs with anchovies and herring, Apexes in watermelon, blue and chrome behind Sep’s or Hot Spot’s Watermelon Dodgers. Others report using anchovies, Krocodiles and Brad’s Super Cut Plugs. Hot scents are krill, anchovie and herring.


The Central Valley Anglers Striped Bass Derby is this Saturday and is open to the public. For details, contact Dave Douglas at 209-327-1740 or call the Fisherman’s Friend at 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.

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