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

The Delta: On the Sacramento River, salmon fishermen are having better luck on the incoming tide. Old Sac all the way up to Walnut Grove seems to be the focus this week. Clint Kammerer's grandson, David, caught an 18-pounder in the Walnut Grove area. Marty Morfey caught a 12-pounder in front of Kokets. The best lures have been all red Silvertrons, White Silvertrons and Silver & Chartreuse.

Striper trollers are still having their best lunch around the West Bank using shallow running YoZuris, Angry Eyes and Bombers, the flats by Rio Vista up to Old Sac.

Best areas for bait fishing for stripers is The Rio Vista Bridge, Decker Island and Power Lines, using shad, sardines and anchovies.

On the Mokelumne, we have some reports of salmon.

Call Wimpy's before you go out to the Locks to see if they're open. 209-794-2544

San Joaquin River: Local trollers working the Eddos and Antioch Bridge areas caught 12-18 stripers this week using Yozuris, Rebels and P-Line Predators.

Bait fishermen are fishing in the areas of the mouth of the Mokelumne, San Andreas and Santa Clara Shoals and Eddos, using shad, sardines and anchovies.

Black Bass anglers are doing great in the areas of Big Break and Frank's Track, using spinner baits, swim baits, frogs, flipping baits, Senkos and Brush Hogs.

Pardee: Kokanee trollers are using Sep's Sidekicks and dark-colored Hoochies in reds and green. The dark colors are working better at 80-115 feet. Best areas have been the mouth of the river on up. Fish are getting into the pre-spawn stage.

Trout trollers are working the main lake and dam area. Best depth has been 25-40 feet. They have been using Needlefish, R-Lures, Rapalas.

Bait fishermen are using Berkley PowerBait, Mice Tails and Trout Worms. Best areas are the marina and the cove.

Lake Berryessa: Robbie Dunham from Lodi caught a large kokanee on a Green & Silver Apex on Aug. 18.

Project Kokanee will be holding its annual derby this weekend at Berryessa.

Don Pedro: Trout fishing has slowed down quite a bit. The kokanee and king salmon are deep at in the river arm. The kokanee are heading for their spawning grounds, so you have to be on the move to find them from the middle bay to the Highway 120 Bridge.

Best baits for largemouth bass are Senko and Robo worms and jigs in the back of Woods Creek and coves.

Lake Camanche: Trout fishing is producing fish at depths of 45 feet. Best baits are nightcrawlers and Power Bait.

Catfish are an easy bite right now. They like cut baits, chicken livers, mackerel and nightcrawlers. Fresh chicken liver is better than frozen because as it thaws it gets a little mushy.

Night fishermen using night lights are having a good time. Drop the light as far as it will go and fish about 10 feet below the light.

Black Bass anglers are using Senkos and Robo worms off the peninsula area with catches up to 6 pounds.

New Melones: The kokanee bite is fantastic. Best areas are the dam and spillway areas, Carson Cove, and just about anywhere on the lake. Best lures for larger fish have been the larger Hoochies, such as Mr. Kokanee, Rocky Mountain and Vance's.

Trout trollers are working the main body and the dam area, using Apexes, Needlefish and Uncle Larry's Pro Spinners, catching rainbows up to 3 pounds.

Local guide, Gary Burns, is trolling for trout, using Vance's cannon ball Dodgers off of the downrigger ball, then running threaded nightcrawlers off of his main line, catching very nice trout at 2.5 to 3.5 pounds.

Night fishing has been good all over the lake, using nightcrawlers and PowerBait.

Bass anglers are rip baits, buzz baits and Senkos.

Ocean: The tuna bite is good out of Moss Landing, Half Moon Bay and Fort Bragg areas. Local anglers, Bob Aberle, Kenny Mueller and Rob Rutledge landed 40 albacore.

Salmon fishermen are doing great in the Bodega Bay and San Francisco areas. It has been easy limits again this week. Best baits have been trolling anchovies and herring. Top lures have been Apexes and Brad's Cut Plugs.

Anglers are really enjoying bottom fishing in the Bodega Bay right now.

Local golf instructor Tony Troncale spent two hours landing a 50-pound yellow tail off the pier in San Diego.

Local fisherman Mike Faught is the owner of Fisherman's Friend in Lodi. To view the Fisherman's Friend website go to