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Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 6:30 pm

The Delta: On the Sacramento River, striper anglers have been catching fish up to 12 pounds in Isleton up to the Isleton Bridge, using Rebels and deep-diving Yozuris. They are also trolling shallow-diving Yozuris and P-Line Angry Eyes on the West Bank.

Most bait fishermen were catching fish at the Rio Vista Bridge, Decker Island and Light 8 to Collinsville.

San Joaquin River: The stripers have slowed down, but there are still a few fish showing in the Mokelumne, San Andreas and Santa Clara Shoals down to False River. Most fish are running from keeper size to 6 pounds, trolling Yozuris and Rebels.

Not many reports from Bait fishermen, but good areas to fish would be Light 38 and Light 35 areas and the Eddos.

Black bass fishermen are going out in the early morning hours, using Frogs, Buzz Baits and crawdad-type baits. 

Amador: Most reports are on bass, catfish, blue gill and crappie. They’re fishing for crappie and blue gill with minnows.

Bass anglers are using Crank Baits, Buzz Baits, Senkos, crawdad-type baits and Spinner Baits. Catfish bite on chicken liver and mackerel.

Pardee: Trollers are working the orange buoy by the dam and the mouth of the river up to our local outhouse. Mag Tackle, GVF Dodgers and Vance’s Dodgers behind orange and Fire Tiger spinners, pink Hoochies, white Hoochies, as well as blue Hoochies in the afternoon. Best depths are 40-60 feet.

Bank fishermen are using Berkley PowerBait, Berkley Mice Tails and Trout Worms in the marina out to the main lake and down to the wood pile.

Boaters are going up the river arm using PowerBait, Berkeley Trout Worms and nightcrawlers.

Black Bass fishermen are using Senkos and grubs. Some anglers are drop-shotting in the deeper water.

New Hogan: Striper fishermen are trolling shad and anchovies in the main lake up river to Coyote Point and the narrows.

Bank fishermen are fishing all bank areas, using frozen shad and anchovies. 

Don Pedro: Best areas for kokanee are Jenkin’s Hill and Middle Bay. Best depths are 50-75 feet, using Sling Blades, Vance’s Dodgers with Apexes, pink and white Hoochies and spinners in pink, Fire Tiger and pearl white.

Best depth for trout is 35-50 feet, using Needlefish, Excel and Rebels and nightcrawlers behind Dodgers in the areas of the dam and Middle Bay.

Best baits for largemouth bass are Senkos, Swimbaits, Robo worms and Crankbaits.

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. Best depth is 30-35 feet. Night fishing at the dam is good.

Black bass anglers are using Robo worms at about 15 feet. They’re also drop-shotting with Curly tail worms.

New Melones: Kokanee anglers are catching fish at depths are 60-80 feet using red Mini Hoochies behind Mag Tackle, Rocky Mountain and Vance’s Dodgers. Best areas have been the south tip of Rose Island down to the spillway and Peoria Cove.

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, as well as rolling shad.

Areas for bait fishing are Glory Hole Point and Angel’s Cove.  

Bass anglers are all over the lake, doing well drop-shotting, throwing jigs and using spinner baits in the top water, early morning. 

Lake Oroville: Fishermen are trolling white Hoochies and pink Hoochies down to 50 feet.

Ocean: Salmon fishing is excellent in the areas of Monterey, Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay and outside the Golden Gate when the winds are down. Best depths are 60-100 feet.

Bodega Bay fishermen are producing nice fish out front.

Note: The Mokelumne is now open from Highway 99 up to the Hatchery.

Event

The 2nd Annual Russ Faught Mr. Kokanee Memorial Derby will be held June 22 at New Melones. Entries are available at The Fisherman’s Friend, Glory Hole Sports in Angels Camp or the Fisherman’s Warehouse in Manteca. You can also enter the morning of the derby.

For more information, call The Fisherman’s Friend:  209-369-020, Rick Frisk at 209-727-3509 or Jack Prestigiovanni at 209-745-4246.

The Fisherman’s Friend will be closed the day of the event.

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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