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Fishing with Mike Easy limits for kokanee fishermen at Pardee

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Mike Faught

Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2012 12:00 am

The Delta: On the Sacramento River, anglers are still picking up sturgeon in the Prospect area, Cache Slough and Montezuma Slough on the Grizzly end, using shrimp baits and roe.

Best Striper trolling will be the West Bank, the Dairy, and inside the Horseshoe, using P-Line Predators, Yozuris, and Rebels in Chartreuse with Red heads and Red & White.

Bait fishermen are doing great out by the power lines, Light 8 area and Decker Island, using shad, anchovies and sardines. Most fish are running from 4-8 pounds..

San Joaquin River: Striper fishermen are trolling from the Lombardi Shoals down to Eddos. You can jig them, troll for them, throw top water. Most fish run from 5-8 pounds.

The best bait fishing has been in the areas of Lombardi Shoals and Santa Clara Shoals, using shad and sardines.

Black Bass are doing great right now flipping crawdad type baits.

Amador: Larry Azevedo of Lodi caught two trout, one at 4 pounds and one at 6 pounds, on Kastmasters on Tuesday morning. Other anglers are doing real good using PowerBait, Trout Worms and Mice Tails.

Pardee: Dan Richardson caught his limits of kokanee trolling a Rocky Mountain Copper Sling Blade with a Mag Tackle Orange mini Hoochie tipped with shoepeg soaked in Maple Syrup scent.

Dennis Wojack and Robby Dunham trolled Tuesday afternoon from 3 to 6 p.m., taking easy limits, using orange hoochies behind Sling Blades. Best depths are 15-40 feet.

Bank fishermen are using Berkley PowerBait, nightcrawlers, Berkley Mice Tails and Trout Worms.

Don Pedro: Salmon anglers are concentrating on the dam area and Middle Bay, rolling shad at 70-90 feet, using Apexes behind Dodgers and white hoochies with a small anchovie fillet on the hook.

Kokanee are starting to show up at Jenkin’s Hill and Middle Bay areas at 40-60 feet, using Sling Blades or Vance’s Dodges.

Trout fishermen are trolling the dam area, Middle Bay and Woods Creek areas. Most fish are running at 15-35 feet, using Rapalas, Excel Lures, and Mag Predator spoons.

Best baits for largemouth bass are Senkos, Swimbaits, Robo worms and Crankbaits. One of the hot areas is in the back of Woods Creek.

Lake Camanche: Anglers are trolling the area of the main body of the lake to the dam, using Rapalas, Apexes and Excel lures. Best depth is 15-30 feet on downriggers.

Black Bass favorites are the Carolina Rig, Robo and Senko Worms and Crawdad type baits.

New Melones: Kokanee are starting to school. Best areas have been the north end of the lake, the spillway, Carson Creek and Glory Hole point, using pink hoochies in the morning. The afternoon bite does better on orange and blue Hoochies. Best depth has been 20-45 feet.

Trout trollers are working the main body of the lake near the spillway down the middle of the lake to the dam area, using Needlefish, Rapalas and any of your favorite spoons.

Bait fishing has slowed down due to the warming of the water.

Bass anglers are drop-shotting and working jigs off the bottom. Best colors are crawdad and green pumpkin. The bass bite is wide open.

Ocean: Get out early in the Morro Bay and Monterey Bay areas, and find the bait fish. Best depths are 40-100 feet. The fish in Half Moon Bay are moving south of the harbor at the deep reef. Farther up in Bodega Bay, from Tamales to the Russian River, the fish are found at 40-100 feet, using Apexes and FBRs, anchovies, Krocodiles and Brad’s Super Cut Plugs. Hot scents are krill, anchovie and herring.


The Kids Matter 2nd Annual Fishing Derby will be held Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Weber Point in Stockton.

For Information, call Herman at 209-898-2820.

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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