The Delta: What striper trollers are on the Sacramento River are catching a few fish from the Isleton area down to the West Bank. Most fish are on the small size an occasional fish around 10 pounds, using Predators, Yozuris and Angry Eyes.
Bait fishermen are fishing the Rio Vista Bridge down to Sherman Island using shad and sardines. Take a lot of bait. A lot of young fish being caught.
On the San Joaquin, trollers are catching a few decent-sized fish out of False River, from Frank’s Tract down to the San Joaquin. Most fish are running 4-8 pounds, trolling Yozuris and Rebels.
Bait fishermen are catching fish around Light 38 down to False river using shad, anchovies and sardines. Most fish run from keeper size to 7 pounds.
Black bass fishermen are using frogs, Senkos and Brush Hogs.
Salmon season is open on the inland rivers. Best lures are Scarey Lures, Blue Foxes, Brad’s Cut Plugs, Silvertrons and Radical Glow spinners.
Amador: With the hotter weather, the best bet is crappie and blue gill fishing, using minnows.
Catfish are biting on chicken livers, mackerel and sardines. Bass anglers are using frogs, Crank Baits, Buzz Baits, and drop-shotting when the sun is on the water in the deeper water, use Senkos and Brush Hogs..
Pardee: Trollers are taking easy limits of kokanee, using Hoochies in pink, orange and also pulling Uncle Larry’s, Mr. Kokanee and Mag Tackle spinners. Best depths are 50-75 feet.
Bank fishermen are using Berkley PowerBait, Berkley Mice Tails and Trout Worms and nightcrawlers from the main lake down to the wood pile.
New Hogan: Striper fishermen are doing very well rolling shad and some anglers are getting easy limits. Others are trolling anchovies at depths of 25-40 feet in the main lake, the dam area, and up in the narrows.
Bank fishermen are fishing all bank areas, using shad and anchovies.
Don Pedro: Best areas for kokanee are Jenkin’s Hill and Middle Bay. Best depths are 50-75 feet, using Sling Blades, Vance’s Dodgers with Apexes, pink and white Hoochies and spinners in pink, Fire Tiger and pearl white.
Lake Camanche: Trout trollers are working the areas of Big Hat, Little Hat and the dam area, using Speedy Shiners, red and white R-Lures and Needlefish. Best depths are 35-50 feet. Night fishing at the dam is very good.
Black Bass anglers are using 6-inch Robo worms at about 15 feet. They’re also drop-shotting with 4-inch Curly tail worms. They’re also throwing trout-patterned swim baits and top-water boaters are going up the river arm using PowerBait, Berkeley Trout Worms, salmon eggs and nightcrawlers. Most fish are running 1.5 to 2.5 pounds.
Black Bass fishermen are using grubs and drop-shotting Robo Worms and small jigs in the deeper water.
Anglers have been catfishing at the south end of the lake, using sardines, anchovies and chicken livers.
New Melones: Kokanee anglers are catching fish at depths of 60-105 feet using mini Hoochies in pink, orange and green behind Mag Tackle, Rocky Mountain and Vance’s Dodgers. Best areas have been the south tip of Rose Island, the spillway, Carson Cove and the Highway 49 Bridge. Stay in the river channel for best results.
Best depth for rainbow trout is 25-45 feet, using Uncle Larry’s spinners Excel R-Lures, Needlefish, Rapalas, Tasmanian Devils as well as rolling shad. Trout are running up to 3 pounds.
Favorite areas for Bank fishing are Glory Hole Point and Angel’s Cove and the 49 Bridge area.
Bass anglers are doing very well all over the lake, drop-shotting, jigging small spoons. Top-water lures are great in the early morning hours and late evenings.
Night fisherman are using Power Bait and small minnows by the spillway and dam area.
Ocean: The Monterey area is producing some very large fish. Best lures have been Brad’s Cut Plugs, Apexes and Dodger/Hoochies.
The hot area this week has been Bodega Bay. Launching lines are long, so to beat the long lines, some are going to Lawson’s Landing. Fishermen are using anchovies, herring, Apexes and large Hoochies.
Mike Cordova and his partners had easy limits on Saturday out of Bodega Bay. They launched at Lawson’s Landing.
Local fisherman Mike Faught is the owner of Fisherman’s Friend in Lodi. To view the Fisherman’s Friend website go to www.mrkokanee.com.