The Delta: We have been getting really good reports of salmon being very bright and clean. The roe are not close to being mature yet. Most of the fish are being caught by trollers using spinners (Silvertron’s, Raging River, Blue Fox, and Mepp’s Flying C’s). The best bite has been on the incoming tide. It allows the salmon to migrate with less current flow.
The striper fishing is definitely improving. Bait fishing is picking up with limits being caught. Trollers have been covering a lot of water, and catching fish both deep and shallow in Broad Slough and the area around Santa Clara Shoals, accounting for some good fish this past week.
Black bass have been very good on topwater early in the morning and evening.
Lake Camanche: Trolling for trout in the main lake is good in the area between the dam area and Big Hat, using spinners and nightcrawlers between 25 to 50 feet. Catfish are on a good bite in the coves using nightcrawlers, mackerel and liver.
New Melones: Trolling for trout in the main body of the lake is great at 30 to 50 feet using Needlefish, Excels in shad patterns, and Rapalas in silver/black and black/gold.
The kokanee bite is tough. Monster catfish are being caught in the back of the coves, Carson and Coyote creeks, using nightcrawlers, anchovies and mackerel. Fish with a light drag so they don’t feel the line, both at night and daytime. Early morning bass bite is good on topwater, using spinner baits, rubber worms and crank baits.
Pardee: Trout fishing is fairly good in the main part of the lake, trolling Needlefish, Excels and Rapalas.
Kokanee are tough in this lake as well, but anglers are trolling down to 100-120 feet using Apexes with garlic or kokanee scented shoe peg corn, and pink and white hoochies behind silver-blue or green small dodgers.
Mountain lakes: Caples, Silver, Alpine, Spicer and Bear River. Trout trollers are using Needlefish, Thomas Lures and Speedy Shiners. They’re also trolling flashers with nightcrawlers in the top 30 feet.
Bait fisherman are using Power Bait and nightcrawlers.
Oct. 7-9: The 2011 Rio Vista Bass Derby is Oct 7-9.
Oct. 16: Central Valley Anglers annual striper derby, open to the public. Tickets available at The Fisherman’s Friend.
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.