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Silver salmon bite still great at Lake Oroville

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Posted: Friday, June 29, 2012 12:00 am

The Delta: Trollers are catching fish on the Sacramento River, from the Isleton Bridge up to the Walnut Grove Bridge. Some anglers are jigging. Reports of spawning have been observed at both bridges last week. It might be coming to a quick end as the fish start working their way back to the Bay.

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. Several Sturgeon have been caught out of Montezuma Slough, using Shrimp Baits and Pile Worms.

The salmon season will open on July 16 on the San Joaquin River. The Mokelumne River and Sacramento River systems also open up on July 16. It will close from Highway 99 Bridge to Camanche Dam on Oct. 15.

Reports for the San Joaquin and Mokelumne systems are very slow for Striper trollers. The best bet is bait fishing, using sardines, shad and anchovies. Black Bass fishermen are using Frogs and top water baits for early morning top water bite, and Senko and Robo Worms and Zoom Brush Hogs working a better later in the day.

Amador: Bank fishermen are catching a lot of catfish using chicken livers, crawdads and catfish baits. Black Bass anglers are using Drop shot and Carolina rigs at 15-20 fett. Early morning bite is producing fish, using 6-inch Senko worms, spinner baits and small crank baits.

Pardee: Kokanee fishing is better in the early morning, tapering off around 11:00 a.m., and picking up again around 2 p.m. Best depth is 40-65 feet, using Pink & Orange Hoochies in the morning and Blue & White hoochies in the afternoon. Best areas are the main body and up the river to the first floating restroom. Trout trollers are catching rainbows in the mid-lake and up the river. Best depth is 25-35 feet.

New Hogan: While trolling for Stripers, the best depth is 20-30 feet in the main body of the lake, using shad and anchovies.

Don Pedro: Kokanee are coming out of the Jenkin’s Hill and Middle Bay areas. The fish are running up to 14 feet. Best depth is 50-65 feet. The best depth for trolling for Trout is 25-40 feet.

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 and along the dyke by the spillway, using mackerel and chicken or turkey livers. Catfish are reported in the 2-6 pound range.

New Melones: Melones is producing a lot of Kokanee all over the lake, trolling 50-80 feet down. The fish are averaging 13-14 inches with an occasional fish over 16 inches.

Best depth for Rainbow Trout is 25-30 feet, using Uncle Larry’s spinners tipped with a piece of nightcrawler, Excel R-Lures and Needlefish. Night fishing with underwater lights has been kicking out limits of trout up to three pounds. Best areas are the Spillway cove, the dam, the south tip of Rose Island and the Hwy 49 Bridge.

Cat fishing is great in the areas of Glory Hole Point, Angel’s Cove, Carson Creek, Coyote Creek and the spillway areas, using nightcrawlers, sardines and chicken livers.

Lake Oroville: The bite is still great for Silver Salmon, using Uncle Larry’s Mini B Squid Spinners, Apexes in Pearl & Silver, and Hoochies in White and Pink with a piece of Anchovie on your hooks. Best scents are Bloody Tuna and Krill. The best depth is 60-90 feet and the best area is the dam area up to Bidwell Bar Bridge.

Ocean: Les Kolb and his son fished out of Bodega Bay on Saturday and Sunday, and caught limits of Salmon up 25 lbs, trolling at 50 feet over 200 feet of water.

The top scent was Pro-Cure Krill on Herring and Anchovies.

From Half Moon Bay to Monterey, the fishing report was good. Most fish are running 12-18 pounds, with an occasional fish over 20. The best baits are herring, anchovies and apex lures in Blue & Silver and Watermelon.

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