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Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2012 12:00 am

Delta: The trollers are catching fish along the West Bank of the Sacramento River, Decker Island and the Old Dairy, using Rebels, Yo-Zuris, Predator P-Line and Angry Eyes.

Bait fishermen are fishing the Rio Vista Bridge down to Broad Slough, using shad and sardines. Most fish are keeper size to 4 or 5 pounds.

The salmon season will open on July 16 on the Mokelumne River and Sacramento system. It will close from Highway 99 Bridge to Camanche on Oct. 15. The San Joaquin River is not open for salmon.

Most trollers are working San Andreas Shoals up the Mokelumne into Georgiana Slough, using Yo-Zuris and deep diving Predators. Fish are keeper size up to 4-7 pounds.

Bait fishermen are fishing the areas of San Andreas, Santa Clara Shoals down to Three-Mile Slough, 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.

Amador: Bank fishermen are catching a lot of 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.

Pardee: Catching kokanee is better in the early morning until about 10 a.m. Best depth is 40-65 feet. In the afternoon, drop down 60-70 feet. Use Pink, Orange and White Hoochies, and Mr. Kokanee Spinners in Pink, Orange and Firetiger tipped with Shoepeg Corn. Best areas have been the river arm and dam area.

Trout trollers are catching rainbows in the mid-lake and up the river using GVF Spinners in Cantaloupe, Watermelon and Orange behind Dodgers and trolling with nightcrawlers behind Blades. Best depth is 25-35 feet.

New Hogan: Striper fishing at Hogan is fair to good, trolling shad and anchovies in the main lake, as well as drifting. Watch for the boils and top-water action. Some of the top choices are Zara Spooks, Pop-R's, Zoom Flukes and small swim baits.

Bank fishermen are using frozen shad and anchovies.

Don Pedro: Kokanee are coming out of the Jenkin's Hill and Middle Bay areas. 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 down to 130 feet, rolling shad, Apexes and Spinners with pieces of cut bait.

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 fishing the coves with mackerel, sardines, and chicken or turkey livers. Catfish are reported in the 2-6-pound range.

Black Bass anglers are drop-shotting Robo worms and jigs.

New Melones: The Central Valley Anglers and family of Russ Faught would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the 146 anglers and friends of Russ for coming out to support the inaugural Russ Faught Mr. Kokanee Memorial Derby last Saturday. The winners of the derby were Dan Richardson, Austin Richardson and Dave Bender with a stringer weight of 4.64 pounds. The big fish was 1.65 pounds. With exception of the extremely hot temperature, it was a wonderful day.

Melones is wide open for kokanee. Early morning bite is best trolling down to 60-80 feet around the dam, Carson Cove and in front of Tuttle Town. Pink Hoochies, Pink spinners. Watermelon Apexes are the ticket. The fish are still very small.

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.

Catfishing is off the hook 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 early morning.

Lake Oroville: Fishing for silver salmon is doing great trolling Uncle Larry's Mini B's Squid Spinners, Apexes in Pearl & Silver, and Hoochies in White, Purple and Pink. Best depth was 60-90 feet. The best area has been in front of the dam and up to Bidwell Bar Bridge.

Ocean: Monterey Bay, Moss Landing and Santa Cruz areas are still kicking out some nice salmon, using Watermelon Apexes, Brad's Cut Plugs, herring and anchovies. From Half Moon Bay to Bodega Bay is producing some salmon.

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