The Delta: Sturgeon fishing on the Sacramento River is picking up in the areas of Cache Slough and the power lines all the way down to the Moth Ball Fleet, using roe, eel and shrimp baits.
Chris Christy and Steve Warren trolled the West Bank on Tuesday evening from 5 to 8 p.m., using Yozuris in shallow runners. They caught 14 stripers ranging from 5-18 pounds.
Bait fishing for stripers is picking up around Decker Island and the power lines, using shad and sardines. The spring run appears to be starting a little early this year.
Not much to report this week on the San Joaquin River. Some anglers are still trying, using shad and sardines, but not much luck so far.
Don Pedro: Anglers report salmon up to 3 pounds and trout to 18 inches. The best areas for limits are near Moccasin Marina and up the river arm, by slow-rolling shad, Needlefish, Excel, Apexes and R-Lures. The best depth has been 20-30 feet.
Lake Camanche: Camanche is hot right now. Black bass are coming in up to 7 pounds.
The local Central Valley Anglers had 56 fishermen show up for a great two-trout stringer derby last weekend. Steve Quintal got first place at 10.33 pounds; second place went to Larry Rayburn at 9.23 pounds, which included the biggest fish of the day at 6.93 pounds, using a Speedy Shiner. Third place was Herb Speas with a two-fish weight of 8.79 pounds, and Dave Douglas was fourth using garlic-scented PowerBait with a .25-ounce egg sinker. All anglers agreed that anything garlic scented was working well.
Thanks go out to Marty Morfey and Ted Coffee for an awesome barbecue luncheon following the derby. A extra big thanks to Camanche management for their generous donations and use of the picnic area.
Generally, the bite was on the slow side this past week, but with the full moon passing, the bite is picking up. Other local anglers are reporting trout up to 7.5 pounds on PowerBait, Kastmasters, Rapalas and Magic Bullet Lures. Fire Tiger has been a popular color this past week.
New Melones Lake: Bait fishermen are working Glory Hole Point, Angels Cove and the Highway 49 Bridge, using Berkley PowerBait in yellow, chartreuse and Captain America, as well as nightcrawlers.
Upriver has still been the hot spot for trolling, from the main body all the way down to Peoria Cove, using Needlefish, Apexes, Excel Lures. The hot colors are anything in silver or shad patterns.
Lake Amador: Larry Azevedo caught three trout up to three pounds using a blue Kastmaster. Other anglers are reporting easy bites, using Kastmasters, Krocodiles and Magic Bullet Lures from the banks.
Trollers are pulling Apexes, Rapalas and Needlefish. Best Rapala colors are black/silver, firetiger and orange/gold in the F7 size.
Bass fishing are dragging jigs, swimbaits and PowerBait.
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.