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Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:52 am, Thu Dec 13, 2012.

The Delta: On the Sacramento River, there are still a few anglers trolling for stripers in the Horseshoe and West Bank, from Sherman Island down to Broad Slough. Trolling inside Montezuma has been successful too. Most fish have been 6-10 pounds with two fish in the teens. Best lures are Rebels, Bombers and Yozuris, both shallow running and deep diving.

Bait fishermen for stripers are working Decker Island, the power lines, and lights 8 and 5. Best baits have been shad, sardines and mudsuckers.

Gus Kapiniarus and his partner caught limits from 6-12 pounds, using shad near the second set of Power Lines.

Sturgeon are being taken in Cache Slough, south tip of Decker Island, lights 8, 1 and 2 and Pittsburg Power Plant, using shrimps baits, eel and roe.

Be cautious for the floating debris as there have been reported huge blocks of wood just below the surface that could do some real damage to a boat.

San Joaquin River: Pete and Matt from Lodi have been doing very well in the San Joaquin off the Santa Clara Shoals, using shad. Most fish are running 6-8 pounds. A lot of hyacinths are coming down now, but there is still a lot of action.

Trollers are working the Mokelumne system in Georgiana, Sycamore and Hog sloughs, using Rebels and P-Line Predators.

Lake Amador: Bank anglers are doing very well using Berkeley PowerBait, Berkeley Trout Worms and Mice Tails. Some anglers are casting Kastmasters, Rooster Tails and Wooly Buggers behind a water-filled bobber.

Trollers are using Needlefish, R-Lures, and Rocky Mountain Serpent Lures.

Lake Camanche: Trollers are working the river channel all the way to the dam. Other good spots to fish are Rabbit Creek, Big Hat and Little Hat. Anglers report using Excel Spoons, R-Lures, Needlefish, Mag Tackle and Rocky Mountain Spoons. Robby Dunham and a partner from Lodi had fish to 6 pounds and Dave Douglas and Cliff Hoover, also from Lodi, caught fish to 2.5 pounds, trolling Big Hat and the dam areas.

Bait fishermen from the boats are working the spillway cove off of Little Hat and all of the upriver coves, using Berkeley PowerBait with a Berkeley Egg in white and pink colors.

The south-shore pond has kicked out fish over 5 pounds, using Berkeley PowerBait, Mice Tails and casting Lures like Kastmasters and Magic Bullets.

New Melones: Trout fish are being planted weekly. Trollers are working the main body of the lake, the dam area, and some anglers are picking up bigger fish above Parrot’s Ferry Bridge, using shad-patterned lures, Needlefish, Excels and Rapalas.

Bank fishermen are fishing Angel’s Cove, Glory Hole, Tuttle Town Ramp area and the 49 Bridge. Best baits are Berkeley PowerBait and nightcrawlers. Some anglers are casting Kastmasters and small Crank Baits.

Ocean: Boats out of Half Moon Bay, Bodega Bay and San Francisco report that the ocean crabbing is still very good. Bottom fishing is great.

2013 fishing licenses and vouchers are now available.

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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