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Fishing with Mike Action picking up on the Delta

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Mike Faught

Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2012 12:00 am

The Delta: On the Sacramento River, sturgeon fishing has a good bite going around the Pump House and The Brothers & Sisters in San Pablo Bay, using shrimp baits and eel.

Fishing is good in Suisun Bay around the Moth Ball Fleet, Roe & Ryer Island and Suisun Cut, using shrimp baits and eel. In the Rio Vista area, the bite is good at the Power Lines, Rio Vista Bridge and Cache and Prospect sloughs. Best baits would be shrimp baits and roe.

Bait fishing for stripers is good around Decker Island, the power lines and Rio Vista Bridge up to the Old Sac, using shad and sardines.

Trollers are working the West Bank and the Dairy all the way up to the Isleton Bridge, pulling shallow running P-Line Predators, Bombers and Yo-Zuris. The fish are running from 7 to 12 pounds.

San Joaquin River: The bite for stripers is picking up at the Antioch Bridge, the Pittsburg public pier and the mouth of False River, using shad and sardines.

Trollers are starting to work the Eddos area and Big Break up to Three-Mile Slough. Most fish are running from 4 to 7 pounds, using deep-diving Rebels, Yo-Zuris and deep-diving Predators with worm tails, and shallow running Yo-Zuris and Angry Eyes.

Don Pedro: The bite for salmon and trout has started picking up, trolling in the dam area, the Middle Bay and Jenkins Hill, rolling shad and pulling Apexes behind a Dodger. Hot color has been the Cop Car.

Other areas doing good are Moccasin Creek and Wood Creek, which are still kicking out Salmon and rainbow trout, rolling shad, Needlefish, Apexes and Speedy Shiners. The best depths have been 15-20 feet for trout and 30-75 feet for salmon.

Lake Camanche: The bite continues to be on the slow side for trollers this past week. Bait fishing in all of the coves with PowerBait and Mice Tails has been kicking out limits for most anglers.

The southshore pond reports the biggest fish this week by Ernie Carruso with a 6.5-pound rainbow, caught on PowerBait. Most anglers are using PowerBait, nightcrawlers and Trout Worms.

New Melones: Bait fishermen are working Glory Hole Point, Angels Cove and the Highway 49 Bridge. Berkley PowerBait still working in Yellow, Rainbow and Salmon Peach colors. All of the garlic flavors are working very well.

Upriver has still been a hot spot for trollers this past week, using Speedy Shiners, Needlefish and R-Lures. Many anglers are using side-planers on the top and doing very well. Best areas this week have been the spillway, Black Bart and Rose Island area into the dam.

Lake Amador: Bank anglers are doing better than trollers, using Krocodiles, Kastmasters and Magic Bullet Lures.

Trollers are using Rapalas, Needlefish and Excel lures. Best Rapala colors are Black/Silver, Firetiger and Orange/Gold in the F7 size.

Bass anglers are dragging jigs, swimbaits and PowerBait 6-8-inch worms.

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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