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Salmon numbers on the rise in Sacramento River

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Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2012 12:00 am

The Delta: The numbers of salmon are rising daily on the Sacramento River. Most fish are running 20 to 28 pounds with another 30-pounder reported Wednesday. Linda Nixon recently caught a 30-pound salmon while fishing with Wayne Johnson. She was using a silver and chartreuse Silvertron in the Walnut Grove area.

The low rate of fresh water coming down from the river has resulted in low numbers for salmon in the Mokelumne.

The Central Valley Anglers salmon tournament will be held Oct. 6 out of Wimpy's from 6:30 am to 1:30 p.m. Weigh-In is 2 to 2:45 p.m. Entry forms are available at The Fisherman's Friend, Wimpy's and other bait shops. Entry fees are $25 for members; $30 for non-members and kids 15 and under fish free.

Striper trollers are catching fish up to 18-20 pounds. using Rebels, YoZuris, Pucci Predators and Angry Eyes.

Bait fishermen are catching a lot of fish using shad, sardines and anchovies from the Rio Vista Bridge down to Collinsville. There are reports of a lot of fish in the Suisun Bay area, so the next few weeks there should be a lot of fish in the Rio Vista area.

San Joaquin River: Striper trollers in the Mokelumne, Georgiana Slough, Sycamore and Hog Slough are catching fish up to 10 pounds with an occasional fish in the teens. Favorite lures are Rebels and Yozuris.

Pardee: Trout trollers are working the main body of the lake and the mouth of the river. Best lures are nightcrawlers behind Dodgers, Apexes, Needlefish and Excel lures. Best depths are 25-40 feet.

Bait fishing is good, using Berkley PowerBait in garlic flavor or nightcrawlers.

Lake Camanche: Trout fishermen are trolling the dam area with ExCels and Needlefish. Best speed is 2.5-3 mph and stay in the deep water 35-40.

The catfish bite is good, using chicken livers and mackerel. Not too many reports on night fishing since school started.

New Melones: Kokanee fishing is winding down, but still producing for those who take the time. Best areas are the main lake and Carson arm toward the Highway 49 Bridge. Most of the fish have been caught from 40-70 feet.

Trout fishing is very good for day and night fishing with underwater lights. The fish are mainly eating shad, so spoon-type lures such as Needlefish, Excels and Rapalas are working best. Best areas are the main lake, spillway toward the dam and Carson Cove, catching rainbows up to 4 pounds.

Catfish are being caught day and night using shad, nightcrawlers and anchovies. Some crappie are being caught by the night fishermen as well.

Ocean: Excellent numbers of salmon are being caught outside the Golden Gate in San Francisco. The Bodega Bay area is fair right now. Best baits are anchovies and herring. Reported best lures are Apexes in watermelon and fire tiger and Brad's Cut Plugs in blue Hawaiian and watermelon.

Bottom fishermen are still doing great in the Bodega Bay area.

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

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