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Fishing with Mike Sturgeon surging in the Sacramento River

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Mike Faught

Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:25 am, Fri Dec 16, 2011.

The Delta: In the Sacramento River, the sturgeon bite is still on. Anglers have gotten a lot of bites this week, catching some under-sized and keeper size. David Portscheller caught a 59 pounder at Light 14 on the incoming tide, using blood worms and eel. Most of the fish are coming from the Power Lines to the Pittsburg area. Other anglers are using Salmon Roe and Shrimp baits.

DFG Regulations: White Sturgeon keeper size: 46” to 66.” Green Sturgeon - Catch & Release only.

Striper bait fishermen are doing better than most of the trollers right now. Due to the colder water, the bites are a little softer, but there are still reports of aggressive bites and hookups with six-to-10-foot fish a day. Shad, mudsuckers, sardines and anchovies are the baits of choice.

In the San Joaquin River, there have been no reports this week of any Sturgeon. Striper fishermen are jigging and drifting with minnows near the Port of Stockton, and catching school-sized fish.

In the Mokelumne River, there are a lot of Stripers being caught in the Southfork area, using lipless crankbaits, jigging spoons and live minnows. Fish are being caught in the deeper holes and sharp drop-offs along the banks. The water is still fairly clear, so there is still some good trolling going on.

Don Pedro: Trout and Salmon anglers are successful in the dam area and Middle Bay on Apexes, Needlefish and X-Cels. This is the time of year for trolling with small shad and anchovies.

Lake Camanche: The Southshore Pond fishermen are still catching limits on PowerBait, Mice Tails in Pink Head-White Tail and Brown Head-Red Tail, Trout Worms, Wooley Buggers and nightcrawlers, and casting with Kastmasters, Magic Bullets and Rooster Tails.

Southshore fishermen are still fishing at Chevron Point and in the low water boat ramp area. Bank fishermen are using PowerBaits, Mice Tails and Trout Worms and the old standby nightcrawlers.

For the main lake, fishermen are trolling Grubs with PowerEggs, Rapalas in Hot Steel, Fire Tiger, Orange and Gold, fishing near Northshore, Big Hat, Little Hat, Rabbit Creek and the dam areas. They are doing best in the top 10-15’ of water, running 150-200 feet behind the boat.

Bass fishermen are drop-shotting, dragging four-to-six-inch rubber worms, and throwing swim baits and minnow-type ripbaits.

New Melones Lake: The lake has been red hot. We have multiple reports of limits. A lot of plant-sized fish have been reported, as well as some two-to-four-pound Rainbow Trout. There are also reports of German Browns in the three-to-five pound range for trollers pulling Rapalas and Needlefish.

Bait fishermen are working the Glory Hole Point, Angels Cove and Highway 49 Bridge areas, using Berkley PowerBait, Trout Worms and MiceTails.

Bass fishermen are doing well with drop-shotting and jigging spoons, as well as 4-6” rubber worms. Green Pumpkin and Light Blue colors seem to be working best.

Lake Amador: The weekly plants are still providing a lot of trout and happy fishermen, who are trolling Rapalas, Apexes, and Needlefish in the top 10 feet of water.

Bank fishermen are using PowerBait, Trout Worms and Berkley Mice Tails and casting with Kastmasters and Rooster Tails.

Ocean: This has been one of the hottest Crab seasons in the last few years. Fishermen are still bringing in limits in the areas of Bodega and Half Moon Bay.

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.

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