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Catfish bite picking up at Camanche

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Posted: Thursday, June 7, 2012 12:00 am

The Delta: On the Sacramento River, winds continue to be a big factor for the fishermen, but the trollers catching fish are working the West Bank to Collinsville and Horseshoe Bend, mouth of the Old Sac and Steamboat Slough, using Rebels, Bombers, Yo-Zuris, P-Line Angry Eyes and Predators. Most fish are running from keeper size to a 22-pounder near Decker Island.

Bait fishermen are successful fishing at Sherman Island and Decker Island, and at the Rio Vista Bridge. Most anglers are using shad and sardines.

On the San Joaquin River, most trollers are working San Andreas and Santa Clara shoals and the Sounding Board, using Yo-Zuris, P-Line Predators and Rebels. Fish are keeper size up to 6-7 pounds.

Bait fishermen are fishing the San Andreas and Santa Clara Shoals, using frozen baits, sardines, shad and anchovies.

Black Bass fishermen are using frogs, mice and Buzz Baits for early morning top-water bite. Later in the day, they’re using Senko worms and jigs.

Amador: Bank fishermen are still picking up a few trout, using Berkley Power Bait and nightcrawlers, but there is more action for catfish and black bass right now.

Black Bass anglers are catching fish using Buzz Baits, frogs and top-water plugs for the early morning bite.

Pardee: Trout trollers are catching nice rainbows in the mid-lake using Needlefish, X-Cels, R-Lures and Flashers with nightcrawlers. Best depth is 20-35 feet.

Bank fishermen are using Berkley PowerBait, Berkley Mice Tails and Trout Worms from the marina out to the main lake. Some shore anglers are casting Kastmasters, Magic Bullets and Rooster Tails.

Boat fishermen are fishing the river off the points, using Power Bait and nightcrawlers catching a mixture of trout and catfish.

New Hogan: Striper fishing at Hogan is improving daily, trolling shad and anchovies in the main lake up river to the first bay. Anglers are starting to chase boils in the main body, throwing top-water plugs like Zara Spooks, Pop-R’s, Zoom Flukes and small Hopkin’s spoons.

Bank fishermen are using frozen shad and anchovies.

Don Pedro: Best areas for kokanee are Jenkin’s Hill and Middle Bay. The fish are running up to 14 feet. Best depth is 50-65 feet, using Sling Blades, Vance’s Dodges with Apexes, Pink & White Hoochies and spinners in Pink, Fire Tiger and Pearl White.

Best depth for Trout is 25-35 feet, using nightcrawlers behind Dodgers in the areas of the dam and Middle Bay. Best baits are Rapalas, Excel Lures, and Mag Predator spoons. Best colors are Shad Patterns, Fire Tiger and Chrome.

Best baits for largemouth bass are Senkos, Swimbaits and Robo worms. The early morning bite is good. The back of Woods Creek is working very well.

Lake Camanche: Trout trollers are working the areas of Big Hat, the dam area and Little Hat, using Speedy Shiners, Red and White R-Lures and Needlefish.

The catfish bite has taken off, fishing up river and in the back of the coves with mackerel, sardines, chicken and turkey livers.

Black Bass anglers are drop-shotting with 4” Curly tail worms in early morning and evening, as well as using frogs, Buzz Baits and top water lures.

New Melones: Trollers are catching a lot of kokanee right now, using Pink, Watermelon and Red Mini Hoochies behind Mag Tackle, Rocky Mountain and Vance’s Dodgers. They are fishing around Glory Hole Point, Carson Cove, the spillway, the dam area and down south to Bear Cove and Peoria Cove. Best depth is 50-65 feet.

Best depth for rainbow trout is 25-30 feet, using Uncle Larry’s spinners tipped with a piece of nightcrawler, and Excel R-Lures and Needlefish.

Bait fishermen are working Glory Hole Point and Angel’s Cove, catching both nice Catfish with occasional trout.

Bass anglers are drop-shotting, throwing jigs and using spinner baits in the top water early morning bite.

Lake Oroville: Richard Morgan and Freddy Nakagawa and John Croce, Sr. and friends fished last week for easy limits of silver salmon, trolling Hoochies in White, Purple and Pink, as well Mr. Kokanee spinners.  Best depth was 50-90 feet. The best area has been in front of the dam and up to Bidwell Bar Bridge.

Ocean: From Monterey to Bodega Bay, fishing was great when the wind wasn’t blowing. Hot baits are anchovies, herring, Brad’s Cut Plugs and Apexes. The fish are into the upper teens. Best depth is 60-100 feet.


The inaugural Russ Faught “Mr. Kokanee” Memorial Derby will be held Saturday, June 16 at Melones. Sign up at The Fisherman’s Friend or Glory Hole Sports in Angels Camp. Call The Fisherman’s Friend for details at  209-369-0204 or Rick Frisk at 209-727-3509 or  209-200-1782.

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