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Striper fishermen hauling in some Delta dandies

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Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013 12:00 am

The Delta: On the Sacramento River, striper trollers are working the West Bank, Sherman Island, Broad Slough and inside of Montezuma Slough, using Yozuris, Rebels and Bombers.

Bait fishermen are working areas of Decker Island, the Power Lines and Sherman Island. Dave Douglas and Mick Barnes caught limits this week, fishing at the Power Lines, using shad and anchovies with fishing running to 9 pounds.

Sturgeon fishermen are doing well in Prospect and Cache sloughs, Rio Vista Bridge and Power Lines down to the Sherman Island area. They’re also doing well at the Mothball Fleet and Suisun Cut. Best baits have been grass shrimp and eel.

San Joaquin River: Striper trollers are fishing in areas of the San Andreas and Santa Clara Shoals and False River down to Eddos, using deep-diving Rebels and P-Line Predator. Dark colors seem to be the favorite this week.

Bait fishermen are concentrating in the Sounding Board area, mouth of Big Potato Slough, both Shoals and the Eddos area, using shad and sardines. Most fish are running keeper size to 9 pounds with an occasional fish in the teens.

Lake Amador: Bank fishermen are using small jigs casting with a trout worm on it. Favorite PowerBait colors this week are rainbow, Captain America and salmon egg red, used with a garlic-scented Power Egg. Also try Berkeley Trout Worms, Mice Tails and nightcrawlers.

Trollers are pulling Rapalas in orange and gold, hot steel, black and silver, F5s and F7s. Others are trolling small flashers with a nightcrawler.

They’re stocking the lake daily with trophy-sized trout.

Lake Camanche: Trollers are fishing the river channel, Big Hat and the dam area. Best depths have been 10-20 feet. Some anglers are using downriggers down to 30 feet, using Rapalas, Needlefish, R-Lures and Excels.

The winner of last week’s Central Valley Anglers Derby was Richard Morgan with a catch of 4.8 pounds. Second was Sandy Leiting at 3.20 pounds. Junior winners were Austin Richardson (2.8 pounds) and Kristen Van Oss (1.5 pounds).

Bank fishermen are fishing Chevron Point and the low water boat ramp area. On North Shore, they’re fishing the boat ramp area and overflow area, using Berkeley PowerBait in garlic scent, Berkeley Mice Tails and nightcrawlers with a marshmallow.

In the south shore pond, best lures are still Berkeley PowerBait and Berkeley Mice Tails.

New Melones: Trout are being planted weekly. Trolling is starting to pick up, but bait fishing has been hot this week, using Berkeley PowerBait, Mice Tails and Gulp trout worms. Fishermen are trolling Angel’s Cove, the spillway, inside of the dam area and all of the creeks, using Excel lures, Rapalas, Hus-Lures and Mep’s Cyclops.

Bank fishermen are working Glory Hole Point, Angel’s Cove and Tuttle Town Ramp, and the Highway 49 Bridge, using Berkeley PowerBait in salmon peach and chartreuse, Power Eggs and a nightcrawlers to help float it on the water. Some anglers are casting with Kastmasters, Spinners and small Crank Baits along the shoreline

American River: Cliff Hoover of Lodi hooked several fish, including a 12-pound steelhead on Feb. 5 while fly fishing. He was using beads and split shot.

Ocean: Fishermen are still hauling in some nice crab in Half Moon and Bodega Bay areas.

Lake Pardee: Opens today.

Local fisherman Mike Faught is the owner of Fisherman's Friend in Lodi. To view the Fisherman's Friend website go to