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Fishing with Mike Area lakes producing nice-size rainbow trout

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Mike Faught

Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2012 12:00 am

The Delta: On the Sacramento River, anglers are catching sturgeon in Cache and Prospect sloughs, the Liberty Island areas, Decker Island, the Light 1 area and Pittsburg. Most fishermen are using pile worms, eel and shrimp baits.

Striper trollers are in the West Bank area, in front of Decker Island, inside the Horseshoe and in the area of the Dairy, using YoZuris, Rebels, Bombers and P-Line Predators. Most fish are running 6-10 pounds.

Bait fishing for stripers is good from the Rio Vista Bridge down to Broad Slough, using shad, pile worms and sardines. Bass anglers are throwing frogs, rattletraps, crank baits, spinner baits, Senkos and Brush Hogs.

San Joaquin River: Trolling for stripers is good in the False River and San Andreas Shoals areas, using Rebels, Bombers and P-Line Predators.

The spring run has begun for the bait fishermen with the fish running 6 pounds and up. They are using shad and sardines, the all-time favorites in the areas of Antioch Bridge to San Andreas Shoals. Bass fishermen are throwing spinner baits, Senkos and Robo Worms. The frog bite is starting to turn on.

Pardee: Kokanee and rainbow trollers are using Apex lures in Watermelon and Kevorkian colors. For kokanee, they are using Uncle Larry’s spinners behind a Dodger, GVF spinners and Mr. Kokanee spinners, up the river arm and also the main body of the lake. Best depth is in the top 15 feet.

Bank fishermen are concentrating in the marina area using PowerBait, Trout Worms, Mice Tails and nightcrawlers. The boaters are bait fishing on the south end of the lake and up river on the points, using PowerBait and Salmon Eggs.

Don Pedro: Trout trollers are working the dam area, Jenkins Hill down to the Middle Bay, using Needlefish, Kastmasters, and Apexes behind a Dodger, tipped with a worm.

Salmon fishermen are working the Middle Bay and Woods Creek areas, rolling shad behind a Dodger and pulling spinners tipped with a piece of anchovie. The best depth is 60-65 feet.

Bass anglers are using Berkley Power Worms and jigs, working the shallow areas.

Lake Camanche: Gib Klepfelt and Dennis Dobler of Lodi caught their limits in 15-20 feet of water, using Power Baits, Power Eggs and Radical Glow Assassins in the north end of the dam area.

Trollers are working Big Hat and the dam area to Little Hat and the river channel area, using Rapalas, Excel Lures, and Grubs.

New Melones Lake: Trout trollers are working the spillway area down to the dam, using Rapalas in the F7 and F9 sizes, in colors of Hot Steel, Black and Silver and Black and Gold. They are also trolling nightcrawlers behind a Dodger.

Kokanee anglers are starting to pick them up in the areas of Angels Cove, the spillway and Rose Island. They’re using Dodgers with mini Hoochies, Spinners, Apexes and Vance’s Sockeye Slammers tipped with shoepeg corn. Hot scents have been Bloody Tuna, Anise and Garlic.

Bait fishermen are working Glory Hole Point, Angels Cove and the Highway 49 Bridge, anchoring in many of the coves, using PowerBait, Mice Tails and Trout Worms, and garlic flavors.

Lake Amador: Allen Aladdin caught 10-plus pound and 11-plus pound rainbow trouts, casting from the bank with Kastmasters. Larry Azevedo of Lodi caught a couple of nice trout, weighing 5 and 8 pounds.

Trollers are using Apexes, Rapalas, Needlefish and Excel Lures in the main body of the lake.

Bass anglers are throwing swimbaits, Power Worms and using jigs. Fish are starting to move up into the shallows.

Upcoming events

The Central Valley Anglers Trout Derby is Saturday at Camanche’s southshore. Check is 6:30 a.m. The cost is $30. Contact Ron Byes 209-327-6352 or 209 369-0204 for more information.

The Kokakee Power Trout Derby is Saturday, March 31 in the southshore marina area. Entries are being accepted until Friday, March 30 until 7 p.m. at the Fisherman’s Friend.

Glory Hole Bait & Tackle at New Melones is hosting a seminar on April 14, with all of the local guides participating.

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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