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Posted: Thursday, October 18, 2012 12:00 am

The Delta: On the Sacramento River, salmon anglers are using Silvertrons, Scarey Lures, Blue Foxes and Kwikfish. Best areas are the mouth of Steamboat and the Old Sac all the way up to Walnut Grove. Marty Morfey caught the winning salmon in the Rio Vista Derby at 23.10 pounds. He caught it in the Walnut Grove area on a Killer Bee lure.

The salmon bite is good in all areas. Reports are that there are large schools coming up from San Francisco to the Delta.

Striper trollers are working the Dairy and the West Bank all the way down to Collinsville, pulling shallow-running Yozuris and Angry Eyes. In the deeper water, pull Rebels and P-Line Predators.

Bait fishermen are using shad, sardines and anchovies near the Rio Vista Bridge, Decker Island to Broad Slough.

Sturgeon fishermen report fish at Lights 1, 2 and 33. Best baits are eel and roe. There's a lot of grass so best times are an hour before and an hour after the tide changes.

In the San Joaquin River, striper trollers are working the Mokelumne, Old River Flat and Santa Clara Shoals. Most fish are up to 10 pounds. Favorite lures are deep-running Rebels and Yozuris.

Salmon numbers have increased in the South Fork due to the water being released. Trollers are pulling Blue Fox Spinners, Scarey Lures and Silvertrons.

Marty Morfey caught at 31-pounder; Rick Kammerer caught a 19.5-pounder, and Rand and Chance George caught limits in Hog Slough up to 32 pounds.

Anglers are jigging for salmon with Gibb's minnows, Pucci Spoons and Ultimate Spoons, all the way from Sycamore Slough up to the Franklin Bridge.

Pardee: Trout trollers are working the main body of the lake and the mouth of the river using nightcrawlers behind a Dodger. Best lures are Needlefish and Excel lures. Best depths are 25-40 feet.

Bait fishermen are using Berkley PowerBait in garlic flavor or nightcrawlers.

Lake Camanche: Trout fishermen are trolling the dam area with ExCels and Needlefish. Best speed is 2.5-3 mph and stay in the deep water at 35-40 feet.

Fishing for Catfish is still doing good, using chicken livers, and mackerel. Bass fishermen are using rip baits, jigs and worms, on the points and the beginning of coves.

New Melones: Trout fishing continues to be the best. Fishermen are working the make lake and the dam to the Highway 49 Bridge, using Needlefish, Excels, Rapalas and Speedy Shiners. Most rainbows are coming in at 2.5 to 3 pounds. Some browns are showing up as well.

The catfish bite is good day and night using shad, nightcrawlers, anchovies and liver baits. Some crappie are being caught by the night time fishermen as well.

Ocean: Bob Aberle and Rob Rutledge fished outside of the Golden Gate last weekend, taking easy limits to 22 pounds. Sid Miller, Kraig Williams and Doug Goss were using Brad's Cut Plugs and caught two Salmon at 10 and 17 pounds. Sid caught a white sea bass at 24 pounds using a Brad's Cut Plug in Blue Hawaiian between Kehoe and Ten-Mile just below Elephant Rock in Bodega Bay.

Best baits are Herring. Best lures are Apexes, Brad's Cut Plugs with bloody tuna, anchovie and herring scents.

Local events

A salmon festival will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Coleman Fish Hatchery near Anderson. Watch the salmon spawning process, child fingerprinting, recreation displays, fish tagging, and sporting equipment. Free shuttles offered from Walmart in Anderson. For more information call 530-365-8622.

Lake Camanche will host a trout derby on Nov. 3. Register by phone at 866-763-5121 or purchase tickets at the gate or marina. The entry fee $35 in advance, $45 the day of event. Entry forms are available at The Fisherman's Friend.

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

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