The Delta: The Sacramento System has slowed down, but some are trolling the West Bank, catching keeper-size fish at about five pounds. Others are working the Old Dairy up to the mouth of the Old Sac, using shallow running Yo-Zuris and Angry Eyes. In the deeper water, they're using deep diving Rebels, Angry Eyes and YoZuris.
Basically, the spring run push is over.
Bait fishermen are fishing the Power Line area up to the Rio Vista Bridge, using Shad and Sardines. Most fish are keeper size to four or five pounds.
Several fishermen have reported catching Sturgeon in Montezuma Slough, using Shrimp Baits, Pile Worms and Eel. There are a lot of undersized and oversized fish.
The Mokelumne and Sacramento River systems open for Salmon July 16th. On October 15th, Salmon fishing will close on the Mokelumne from Camanche Dam down to the Highway 99 Bridge.
The San Joaquin River is not open for Salmon.
The San Joaquin and Mokelumne systems are also slow for Striper trollers. Best baits for fishing are sardines, shad and anchovies. Black Bass fishermen are using Frogs and top water baits for early morning top water bite. Senko Worms, small swim baits and Zoom Brush Hogs work better later in the day.
Amador: Bank fishermen are catching a lot of catfish, using chicken livers, crawdads and catfish baits. Blue Gill and Crappie fishing is great at night. The early morning bite for Black Bass anglers producing fish using Pop-R's, Buzz Baits and Zara Spooks. Later in the day, they're using six-inch Senko worms and Robo worms. Drop shot fishing is also producing fish.
Pardee: Kokanee trollers are working the north arm all the way to the orange buoy at the dam, and all the way up to Box Canyon, using Mag Tackle Pink, Orange and Blue Hoochies after 11 a.m.
Trout trollers are working the mouth of the river up to Grape Vine Gulch, pulling blades with nightcrawlers, GVF Spinners in Cantaloupe, Watermelon and Orange behind GVF Dodger or Vance's Dodger. Be sure to tip the spinner with a piece of nightcrawler. Best depth is 25-35 feet.
They are still planting trout, so bank fishermen have a good chance in the Recreation and Marina areas down to the Brush Pile.
New Hogan: Striper trollers are using shad and anchovies in the main body of the lake at 20-30 feet. Local guides said the fishing is picking up this past week. Most boats are getting four-to-six fish a trip.
Bank fishermen report catching fish off the bank in the back of the coves and up the river arm, using shad and sardines.
Don Pedro: Kokanee are coming out of the Jenkin's Hill and Middle Bay areas. The fish are running up to 14 inches. Best depth is 50-65 feet, using Sling Blades, Vance's Dodgers with Apexes, Pink & White Hoochies and spinners in Pink, Fire Tiger and Pearl White.
The best depth for trolling for Trout is 25-40 feet, using Needlefish, Excels, Mag Tackle Predator Spoons, and Rapalas.
Best baits for Largemouth Bass are Senkos, Swimbaits, and Robo worms. The early morning bite is good and the back of Woods Creek is working very well.
Lake Camanche: Trout trollers are working the areas of Big Hat and the dam. The trout bite has slowed. Stay in the deeper water and the river channel. Most fishermen are using Flashers and Dodgers with a nightcrawler. Best lures have been Speedy Shiners, R-Lures, small Rapalas and Needlefish. Best depth is 25-40 feet with the lake temperature warming.
Catfish anglers are fishing the coves and along the dyke by the spillway, using mackerel and chicken or turkey livers. Catfish are reported in the 2-6 pound range.
Black bass anglers are drop shotting rubber worms and jigs during the day, and top water plugs in the early morning and late evenings.
New Melones: Kokanee fishing is still a very good bite. You have to work a little longer due to the full moon this week, but the bite really picks up from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Top scents are Pro-Cure Garlic, Anise and Carp Spit. Best depth is 50-65 feet at 1.2 mph. The fish are averaging 13-14 inches with an occasional fish over 16 inches.
Best depth for Rainbow Trout is 25-30 feet, using Uncle Larry's spinners, GVF spinners and Mr. Kokanee spinners tipped with a piece of nightcrawler. Best areas are the Spillway cove, the dam, the south tip of Rose Island and the Highway 49 Bridge.
Cat fishing is great in the areas of Glory Hole Point, Angel's Cove, Carson Creek, Coyote Creek and the spillway areas, using nightcrawlers, sardines and chicken livers.
Bass anglers are drop shotting, throwing jigs and using spinner baits in the top water.
Lake Oroville: The bite for Silver Salmon has slowed, but some local fishermen report some success trolling at 50-60 feet by the bridge, using White Hoochies. The best scent was Pro-Cure Anchovie.
Ocean: The area from Monterrey to Fort Bragg is wide open when you can get out. There are a lot of reports of Jelly Fish tangling up the lines. Best baits are Herring, Anchovies, Apexes and Krocodiles lures in Blue and Silver, Gold Prism and Watermelon.
Reminder: Free fishing day, this Saturday, July 7. No license required.