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Fishing with Mike When the winds die down, the bite picks up

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Mike Faught

Posted: Friday, June 1, 2012 12:00 am

The Delta: On the Sacramento River, winds are a big factor for the fishermen these past few weeks.

When the anglers are out, they are trolling the West Bank, picking up school-sized stripers, also working the mouth of Old Sac up to the Isleton Bridge.

Most fish are running 4-7 pounds with an occasional fish in the teens. The successful baits have been P-Line Angry Eyes and Predators.

On the San Joaquin River, there are still stripers to be caught, but reports have been slow due to the windy conditions. Most trollers have moved into the Mokelumne, using P-Line Predators and Rebels. Fish are keeper size up to 6-7 pounds.

Bait fishermen are fishing the areas of Light 38 down to the mouth of Three-Mile Slough.

Black Bass fishermen are having a lot of fun right now in the early morning hours, using Buzz Baits and crawdad type baits. The Frog bite is on.

Amador: They have stopped planting the lake for the summer. Bank fishermen are using Berkley Power Bait and nightcrawlers.

Trolling has slowed way down. Some anglers are using Needlefish, Rapalas and Apexes in the main body of the lake.

Black Bass fishing is off the hook, using 6-inch Senko worms, Robo worms and crawdad type baits.

Pardee: Kokanee trollers are using 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 areas have been the river arm dam, and about halfway down south. Best depths are 40-65 feet.

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

New Hogan: Striper fishing at Hogan is improving daily, trolling shad and anchovies in the main lake up river to the first bay. Anglers are starting to chase boils in the main body, trolling Zara Spooks, Zoom Flukes and other small poppers.

Bank fishermen are using frozen shad and anchovies.

Don Pedro: Bob Mulbeier reported trolling for king salmon between the bridges and Woods Creek, pulling shad behind a Dodger. Best depths were 70-90 feet. He reported that the salmon are starting to move from the river arm into Woods Creek and they’re also catching them at Middle Bay and in the dam area.

Best areas for Kokanee are Jenkin’s Hill and Middle Bay, using Sling Blades, Vance’s Dodges with Apexes, Pink & White Hoochies and spinners in Pink, Fire Tiger and Pearl White.

Best depths for trout are 25-40 feet, using nightcrawlers behind Dodgers in the areas of the dam and Middle Bay. Best baits are Rapalas, Excel Lures, and Mag Predator spoons.

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

Lake Camanche: Trout trollers are working the areas of Big Hat, the dam area and Little Hat, using Speedy Shiners, Red & White R-Lures and Needlefish. Best depth is 30-35 feet.

Black Bass is off the hook using 6” Robo worms at about 15 feet.

New Melones:  Rick Frisk, Freddy Nakagawa and Larry Rayburn fished Monday, taking quick and easy limits of kokanee. Best depths were 50-60 feet. They were using Pink, Watermelon and Red Mini Hoochies behind Mag Tackle, Rocky Mountain and Vance’s Dodgers. They were fishing around Glory Hole Point.

Other areas that are producing kokanee are the spillway, south tip of Rose Island down to 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.

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

Lake Oroville: This is the hot spot right now for silver salmon. Many of our local fishermen are trolling Hoochies in White, Purple and Pink, tipped with a piece of anchovy behind a Dodger.  Best depths are 50-90 feet and the best area has been in front of the dam and up to Bidwell Bar Bridge and Craig’s Saddle area.

Ocean: George Wheatley, Bob Aberle and Kenny Mueller were fishing out of Moss Landing on Wednesday, and reported good fish using Apexes and FBR’s with anchovies and herring. The fish are getting larger into the upper teens. Best depths are 60-100 feet.


The 21st Annual Lodi Lake Fishing Derby is Saturday. Fishing begins at 8 a.m. and ends at noon. A fish tank is available for kids under 8 years old. Bring your own fishing pole. Check in early for free tackle and free raffle tickets. Call 209-333-6742 for details.

San Joaquin County Parks and Recreation and the Delta Fly Fishers will host the 28th Annual Catfish Derby on Saturday at Oak Grove Regional Park. Gates open at 6:15 a.m.

Event competition is open to everyone. Kids age 15 years and younger fish free. There is no registration fee for the event, however, a $5 fishing permit fee and valid license are required for those 16 and over. A $5 vehicle-parking fee will also apply. Participants must provide their own fishing equipment.

Oak Grove Regional Park is located on Eight Mile Road and Interstate 5 in Stockton. Registration closes at 10 a.m. and the last weigh-in is at 12:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded shortly thereafter. For more information, call (209) 331-2050 or log onto

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