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Fishing with Mike Black bass bite starting to pick up in the Delta

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Mike Faught

Posted: Thursday, September 22, 2011 12:00 am

The Delta: Striper fishing has improved. Wayne Purdy and his friend caught four stripers, one in the teens and one 24.5 pounds, using Pucci Predator Lures. They also caught two salmon on the same trip, while fishing in the Broad Slough area.

Stripers are also showing up on the San Joaquin River in the Stockton area. There are a lot of shakers, but keeper sizes are being caught as well.

Salmon fishing continues to be good for trollers and bank fishermen jigging with spoons. There are more fish caught on Brad’s Cut Plugs, but the Silvertron’s, Blue Fox, and Daigre QMS’s account for most of the fish. Brad’s Cut Plugs, Wiggle Warts and Kwikfish have done best when trolled near the bottom. The best bite continues to be between Vieira’s and Walnut Grove.

Black bass has really improved with top-water and reaction type lures, such as frogs, Zara Spooks and Blaze Poppers.

New Melones: They’re catching trout down to 35-50 feet in the main river channel, Carson Creek and the Highway 49 bridge. Look for the shad balls, and use Needlefish, Excel Lures in shad patterns and Fire Tiger and Rapalas. Reports of trout from 16-18 inches long.

Catfishing is still very productive in the coves, using anchovies, sardines and nightcrawlers.

Black bass are starting to back up in deeper waters. Best baits are jigs and rubber worms.

Lake Camanche: Trout trollers are concentrating on the main lake and upper river areas, using spinners and nightcrawlers between 25 to 50 feet. Top-lining has improved for the first hour or two of the day.

Pardee Reservoir: Trout fishing has improved in the narrows and main lake from 25 to 50 feet, trolling Needlefish, Excels and Rapalas.

Mountain Lakes: Caples, Alpine and Bear River have had the most reports this week. Most have been the bank fishermen, using Power Bait, Pautzke’s, Salmon Eggs and nightcrawlers.

Local events

Oct. 7-9: The Annual Rio Vista Bass Derby is just around the corner. With the great weather continuing, there should be a good turnout for this year’s derby, which offers three categories: Striped bass, sturgeon and salmon. The stripers and sturgeon winners will be determined by a randomly drawn target length, and salmon will be measured by the greatest weight.

The derby officially begins at 6 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, and the target length for stripers and sturgeon will be announced at the start of the derby.

Oct. 16: Central Valley Anglers Striper Derby, open to the public. Tickets for both events are available at the Fisherman’s Friend.

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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