The Delta: Striper fishing has picked up for those that aren’t salmon fishing. The better fish have come from the trollers, but a lot of fish have been caught by bait fishermen as well. The bait fishermen have been catching a lot of small ones, with an occasional keeper. Those trolling are covering a lot of water, and catching two to four fish within a half-hour. Some stripers have actually been caught by the largemouth bass fishermen on top-water plugs and spinnerbaits.
Largemouth bass are successful on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. David Larson had a great day this past week fishing crankbaits on the edge of the weedlines. He had several fish between 3 and 4 pounds. The fishing should continue to improve over the next couple of months.
Salmon fishing continues to be great (the Cross Channel locks are closed to Oct. 14). If you plan on fishing the Sacramento River, the best launch sites are Vieira’s Resort, Rio Vista Launch, and KoKet’s Resort. If you are trolling for salmon, try using a variety of colors and depths. We have reports of fish being caught from just below the surface to just off the bottom, mostly on Silvertrons, Raging River and Blue Fox Spinners. Several fish are also being caught by those throwing spinners from the bank.
Lake Camanche: The trout fishing is still very good, with some being caught by bank fishermen using PowerBait. As soon as the water cools they will be planting more trout. Trolling has been good using grubs and nightcrawlers.
Pardee Reservoir: The only angler reports this past week have been trolling for trout using spinners, spoons and nightcrawlers between 30 to 50 feet deep. Most of the fish are in the upper area of the lake, and if you go early, it will be worth it running a line up near the surface for the first couple of hours.
Mountain lakes: Alpine lake fishing reports are still good, but the road was closed on Wednesday, so check with CalTrans to make sure access is available.
Oct. 7-9: The Rio Vista Bass Derby. With the forecasted weather, the derby should be a lot of fun for those that participate. Striped bass, sturgeon and salmon are included in the prize categories. The stripers and sturgeon winners will be determined by the target length in a random draw. The salmon winner will be determined by the greatest weight.
The derby officially begins at 6 a.m. on Friday, and the target length for stripers and sturgeon will be announced at the start of the derby.
Tickets for the event are available at the Rio Vista Chamber of Commerce.
Oct. 15: The Camanche Trout Derby begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at North Shore and South Shore, but the derby will be out of South Shore. Entries are $30 now, but will be $50 on the day of the derby. Contact Camanche Resort at 763-5166 or 763-5915.
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.