The Delta: Winds have been a factor for the fishermen on the Sacramento River, but the trollers are catching fish along the West Bank. Anglers report using a variety of lures, including Rebels, Bombers, Yo-Zuris, P-Line Angry Eyes and Predators.
Bait fishermen are fishing Sherman Island, Decker Island and at the Rio Vista Bridge. Bring a lot of bait as there are a lot of undersized fish being caught.
The salmon season will open on July 16 on the San Joaquin River. The Mokelumne River also opens on July 16. It will close from Highway 99 Bridge to Camanche on Oct. 15.
Most trollers are working San Andreas and Santa Clara shoals and the Antioch Bridge, winds permitting, using Red Headed White Rebels. Yo-Zuris and P-Line Predators are still working as well.
Bait fishermen are fishing the areas of San Andreas and Santa Clara Shoals, using sardines, shad and anchovies.
Black Bass fishermen are using Frogs and Buzz Baits for early morning top-water bite. Later in the day, they're using Senkos and jigs. The best areas seem to be near deep water and sharp ledges.
Amador: Bank fishermen are catching some good-sized catfish, using chicken livers, crawdads and packaged catfish baits. Some blue gills are being caught and crappie fishing is great at night.
Black Bass anglers are using Drop shot and Carolina rig worms at 15-20 feet. Early morning bite is producing fish, using 6-inch Senko worms, spinner baits and small crank baits.
Pardee: The kokanee are biting more in the early morning and in the late afternoon. Anglers willing to make a day of it can catch their limits. They're using an assortment of Pink, Green and Orange Hoochies. Best areas have been the orange buoy at the dam and way up the river arm along the rock wall. Best depth is 40-65 feet.
Trout trollers are catching nice rainbows in the mid-lake using Needlefish, X-Cels, R-Lures and Flashers with nightcrawlers.
New Hogan: Striper fishing is improving, trolling shad and anchovies in the main lake, as well as drifting. Some of the top choices are Zara Spooks, Pop-R's, and Zoom Flukes. Bank fishermen are using frozen shad and anchovies.
Don Pedro: We have many reports of limits of kokanee coming out of the Jenkin's Hill and Middle Bay areas. The fish are running up to 14 feet. 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.
King salmon are being caught in the areas of the dam and the graveyard, rolling shad, Apexes and Spinners with pieces of cut bait. Bob Mulbeier reported catching king salmon up to 3.5 pounds.
Trout anglers are pulling Needlefish, Excel lures, Speedy Shiners, Apexes and Rapalas. Best depth has been 25-35 feet. 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: Anglers continue to report catching trout. Trollers are working the areas of Big Hat and the dam area, using Speedy Shiners, Red & White R-Lures and Needlefish, as well as Blades and nightcrawlers. Best depth is 25-45 feet.
The catfish anglers are concentrating in the coves with mackerel, sardines, and chicken or turkey livers.
Black Bass anglers are drop-shotting Robo worms and jigs.
New Melones: Trollers for kokanee are pulling Pink, Orange, Watermelon and Blue Mini Hoochies behind Mag Tackle Dodgers, GVF Dodgers and Vance's Dodgers. Some anglers are starting to use Mr. Kokanee's Pink and White Hoochies to attract bigger fish. The lake has a lot of Kokanee from the Highway 49 Bridge to the south end of the lake.
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 catching a lot of catfish 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: Limits of silver salmon are being caught trolling Uncle Larry's Mini B's Squid Spinners, Apexes in Pearl & Silver, and Hoochies in White, Purple and Pink. The best area has been in front of the dam and up to Bidwell Bar Bridge.
Ocean: Reports are coming in that Monterey Bay and Bodega Bay are producing some nice salmon. Best lure colors are Pinks, Red and Watermelon colors because the fish are feeding heavily on krill and herring. Anchovies and herring are still the tried and true baits. Katie Portscheller caught a 25-pounder out of Monterey Bay. Best depth is 60-80 feet.
The inaugural Russ Faught "Mr. Kokanee" Memorial Derby will be held this Saturday at New Melones Lake
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 call Rick Frisk at 209-727-3509 or 209-200-1782.
Note: The Fisherman's Friend will be closed this Saturday for the Russ Faught Memorial Derby.