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Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013 12:00 am

The Delta: Around the Sacramento River, striper trollers have been catching fish in Isleton up to the Isleton Bridge and along the West Bank, using Rebels, Yozuris, Predators and Angry Eyes. Bait fishermen are fishing the Rio Vista Bridge down to Sherman Island using shad and sardines.

In the San Joaquin River, trollers are working Old River and False River, from Frank’s Tract down to the San Joaquin. Most fish are running from keeper size to six pounds, trolling Yozuris and Rebels. Bait fishermen are catching fish near Lights 38 and 40, as well as the Eddos area, using shad and sardines. Most fish run from keeper size to six pounds. Black Bass fishermen have had a lot of fun this past week on Buzz Baits, Buzz Frogs, Frogs, Senkos and Spinner Baits.

Amador: Crappie and Blue Gill fishing is hot right now, using Minnows. Catfish are biting on Chicken Livers and Mackerel. Bass anglers are using Crank Baits, Buzz Baits, Senkos, Swim Baits and Spinner Baits.

Pardee: Trollers are working the river up along side of the rock wall, at the entrance of the river out to the orange buoy by the dam. Best lures are Hoochies in pink, orange and green (in the afternoon). Best Apexes are the pink and Kevorkian. Best depths are 50-70 feet.

Bank fishermen are using Berkley PowerBait, Berkley Mice Tails and Trout Worms in the marina out to the main lake and down to the wood pile. Boaters are going up the river arm using PowerBait, Berkeley Trout Worms and nightcrawlers. Black Bass fishermen are using Grubs and drop-shotting Robo Worms and small Jigs in the deeper water.

New Hogan: Striper fishermen are doing very well trolling Shad and Anchovies at depths of 25-40 feet in the main lake and the dam area, as well as up in the narrows. The fish are 3-7 lbs. Bank fishermen are fishing all bank areas, using shad and anchovies.

Don Pedro: Best areas for Kokanee are Jenkin’s Hill and Middle Bay. The fish are running up to 14 feet. 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.Best depth for trout is 35-50 feet, using Needlefish, Excel and Rebels and nightcrawlers behind Dodgers in the areas of the dam and Middle Bay. Bass anglers are using Jigs, Large Worms, Senkos and Swimbaits. The morning top water bite has been reported to be fantastic.

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

Night fishing at the dam is very good. Black Bass anglers are using 6-foot Robo worms at about 15 feet. They’re also drop shotting with four-inch Curly tail worms.

New Melones Lake: Kokanee anglers are catching fish up to 13.5 feet. Best depths are 60-80 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 down to the spillway and Peoria Cove.

Best depths for Rainbow Trout is 25-30 feet, using Uncle Larry’s spinners tipped with a piece of nightcrawler. Favorite areas for Bank fishing are Glory Hole Point and Angel’s Cove.

Bass anglers are all over the lake, having success with drop shotting and jigging small spoons. Top water is great in the early morning hours, as well as the evenings.

Ocean: Weather permitting, the ocean areas are all producing nicely. The Monterey area is closed to Salmon fishing on Mondays and Tuesdays until approximately the third week of July. The catch has been tough with the variable weather conditions. On other days of the week, the fishing has produced some very large fish. Bodega Bay is red-hot for salmon fishing, weather permitting. Fishermen are using anchovies, herring, Apexes and large Hoochies.

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