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Mike Faught

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 12:00 am

The Delta: In the Sacramento River, sturgeon fishing was on the slow side this week, but good tides are coming, so it should pick up. We have a few reports from the Cache Slough area. Favorite areas remain in the Pittsburg, Broad Slough and the Light 1 areas. Baits of choice are eel, salmon roe and shrimp baits.

Striper fishermen are reporting a lot of fish from the bank in the 4-6 pound range with a few up to 10 pounds. Catches around Decker Island, the Power Lines and Sherman Island areas. Trollers are working Decker Island, the West Bank, Collegeville and Montezuma Slough.

In the San Joaquin River, striper fishermen are fishing in the Spindrift to Eddo’s area, using shad and sardines. The trollers are pulling Black/Silver, and Orange/Gold Rebels with worm tails from the mouth of Three-Mile Slough down to False River.

In the Mokelumne River, bait fishermen are working in the area of the Light House up to the Mokelumne River bridge. Most fish are in the 3-7 pound class, coming in on shad and sardines.

Trollers are starting to work Georgiana Slough up to OxBow Marina using Rebels and Yo-Zuris in deep diving models. They’re still jigging in Hog and Sycamore sloughs.

Don Pedro: Trout anglers are successful in the dam area and Middle Bay on Apexes, Needlefish and Ex-Cels. The best colors have been in the Shad patterns and Fire Tiger.

Bass fishermen have been drop-shotting minnow-type lures and 4-inch worms. Some larger bass have come from dragging small jigs and Texas Rigged rubber worms.

Lake Camanche: Anglers are trolling grubs with PowerEggs, Rapalas in Hot Steel, Fire Tiger, Orange and Gold near Northshore, Big Hat, Little Hat, Rabbit Creek and the dam areas, as well as up in the narrows. running 150-200 feet behind the boat.

Bank fishermen are using PowerBaits, Mice Tails in White head/Pink Tails and White Head/Chartreuse Tails, and Trout Worms in white and orange colors in the day-use area at northshore and the boat ramp area. Southshore fishermen are still concentrating on Chevron Point and the low water boat ramp area.

The southshore pond fishermen are catching limits on PowerBait, Mice Tails in Pink Head-White Tail and Brown Head-Red Tail, Trout Worms and Wooley Buggers, and casting with Kastmasters, Magic Bullets and Rooster Tails.

Bass fishermen are drop-shotting, dragging rubber worms, and throwing swim baits and minnow-type baits. They’re also throwing X-Caliber rip baits, and catching an occasional trout.

New Melones Lake: Trout fishing is hot this week. Trollers are pulling a Dodger with a Hoochie in the top 10 feet of water from the dam to the spillway area. They’re also working the Glory Hole Point and Highway 49 areas, using Needlefish, Rapalas and ExCel Lures in Shad patterns, Fire Tiger and Silver Kastmasters.

Bait is working at Glory Hole Point, Angels Cove and Highway 49 Bridge area, using Berkley PowerBait, Trout Worms and MiceTails.

Bass fishermen are drop-shotting using jigs and 4-inch Zoom or Senko rubber worms in Green Pumpkin in the main body of the lake this week.

Lake Amador: Trollers and bank fishermen are doing great with the weekly planting. Trollers are using Rapalas, Apexes, and Needlefish in the top 10 feet of water.

Bank fishermen are using PowerBait, Trout Worms and Berkley Mice Tails and casting with Kastmasters in Blue & Silver and Fire Tiger, and Rooster Tails in Yellow, Rainbow and Brown with a Silver blade.

Ocean: Bottom fishing is still open. Crab fishermen are still bringing in limits in the areas of Bodega and Half Moon Bay.

Join us at The Fisherman’s Friend for a holiday open house on Wednesday Dec. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m.

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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