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Salmon surging daily in Sacramento River

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Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2012 12:00 am

The Delta: The salmon numbers are picking up daily in the Sacramento River, with good reports from Isleton area. Anglers are fishing the mouth of the Old Sac and Steamboat Slough up to the Ferry and Walnut Grove.

Most fish are running between 15 and 23 lbs. Mike Bender and Dan Richardson got their limits to 20 lbs. Marty Morfey and David Doyle caught fish to 20 lbs. Many anglers reported success using Silvertons, Blue Fox spinners, Scarey Lures, Kwikfish and Radical Glows.

There are no remarkable reports of salmon on the Mokelumnem, as fresh water is being released too slowly to get the numbers up.

Striper trollers are catching a lot of fish near Horseshoe Bend, West Bank, down to Collinsville, pulling shallow diving YoZuris, Bombers and Pucci Angry Eyes. In the deeper water, use deep diving Rebels, YoZuris and Pucci Predators. One young angler reported catching several nice stripers by the Power Lines. Other areas for bait fishing are Decker Island, Collinsville and Broad Slough, using Shad and Sardines.

San Joaquin River: There is no salmon fishing in the San Joaquin River. Striper trollers in the Mokelumne, San Andreas and Santa Clara Shoals are catching fish up to 10 lbs.

Jim Mize and a friend used Sardines to catch 13 stripers over the weekend in False River, five of them being keepers. Other anglers are fishing near the Sounding Board, down to Eddos. There are still a lot of shakers out there, so take a lot of Shad, Sardines or Anchovies. Black Bass anglers are having a lot of fun using Spinner baits, Chatter baits and Swimming Senkos, as well as flipping Crawdad type baits.

Pardee: The kokanee are moving up river. The best lures are Hoochies in Pink, Orange and Blue, trolled behind your favorite Dodger.

Trout trollers are working the dam area, up to Grapevine Gulch, using Rapalas, Wedding Ring tipped with a nightcrawler and lures in Fire Tiger, Blue & Silver and Gold. The best depths are 35-60 feet. Bait fishermen are fishing the narrows, the dam area and the river, using Berkley PowerBait, Mice Tails and Berkley Trout Worms.

Lake Camanche: Trout fishing has been on the slow side this past week. The best areas would be the dam and the river channels, pulling Rapalas, Excels, Mag Tackle Predators and Needlefish. The best depths are 25-45 feet.

The Catfish bite is good, using chicken livers, and mackerel. Fresh chicken liver is better than frozen because as it thaws, it gets a little mushy. Night fishermen are dropping lights are down 7-10 feet and fishing about 10 feet below the light.

No live minnows or live crawdads are allowed on the lake.

New Melones: The kokanee bite is still good, using Hoochies in Pink & White, Purple & White and Apexes in the Kevorkian, Pink and Gold. The best areas are the spillway, Glory Hole and Carson Cove all the way to the Hwy 49 Bridge. The fish have dropped down to 90 feet. You can also hook a couple Sling Blades together with a larger Hoochie. The best scents have been Pro-Cure Bloody Tuna, Anise.

Trout trollers are using nightcrawlers, R-Lures, Excels and Mag Tackle Predators. Favored areas are the main body, the dam and Carson Cove areas at 45-80 feet catching Rainbows up to four lbs. There is a new lake record for Rainbow Trout of 8+ pounds out of Gary Burn's boat.

Some nice Catfish are reported out of Carson Cove and off the Tuttle Town boat ramp area, using liver and nightcrawlers. Fishermen are catching fish up to 8-9 lbs.

Ocean: Local Fishermen are getting excellent numbers of Salmon outside the Golden Gate in San Francisco. The Bodega Bay area is bringing in bigger numbers in the 20+ pound range. The best baits have been Anchovies and Herring, while top lures have been 4.5-inch and 5.5-inch Apexes in Watermelon and Fire Tiger and Brad's Cut Plugs in Blue Hawaiian and Watermelon.

Tuna is still being caught out of Monterey and Half Moon Bays, while bottom fishermen are having a great time out of Bodega Bay.

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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