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Weekly trout plant at New Melones Lake

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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013 12:00 am

The Delta: On the Sacramento River, striper trollers are working from Sandy Beach to Collinsville on the West Bank. Most fish run from keeper size to 8 pounds, with an occasional fish in the teens. Anglers are using the usual striper lures; Rebels, Bombers, Yozuris, Angry Eyes and Predators.

Bait fishermen are working areas from the Rio Vista Bridge all the way down to Sherman Island. Best baits are shad and sardines.

Sturgeon fishermen are working the Liberty Island area down to the Ferry at Cache Slough, the Power Lines, light 5 and 33, Montezuma and the Mothball Fleet. Best baits are shad, shrimp baits and eel. Some anglers are using roe and doing well.

On the San Joaquin River, Striper trollers are fishing in the areas of the Mokelumne, Sounding Board, San Andreas and Santa Clara Shoals down to Eddos. Most fish are running from keeper size to about 7 pounds, using Rebels, P-Line Predator, Yozuris with 6-inch worm trailers.

Bait fishermen are working the Sounding Board area, mouth of Big Potato Slough, both shoals and the Eddos area, using shad and sardines. Some anglers are drifting jumbo minnows. Most fish are running keeper size to 9 pounds, with an occasional fish in the teens.

Lake Amador: Trollers are pulling Rapalas in orange and gold, hot steel, black and silver, F5s and F7s. Other anglers are trolling small flashers with a nightcrawler.

Bank fishermen are casting small jigs, Kastmasters, and Wooley Buggers. Top baits have been PowerBait, and colors reported this week are rainbow, chartreuse, salmon peach, salmon egg red, Berkeley Trout Worms, Mice Tails and nightcrawlers.

Lake Pardee: Pardee is usually good on the weekends due to the planting on Fridays and Saturdays. Most fish come off of Berkeley Trout Worms, Power Eggs and PowerBaits in Hatchery Brown in garlic scent. Berkeley Power Eggs in brown colors working best. Also, try casting Wooley Buggers, Kastmasters and Rooster Tails.

Trollers are pulling Needlefish, Triple Teasers, as well as small spinners and small Hoochies picking up both trout and kokanee. Best areas have been trolling up the river. Fish are in the top 15 feet of the water.

Lake Camanche: Trollers are working the river channel, Big Hat and the dam area. Some anglers are starting to use their downriggers, but still running their lines back 150-200 feet. Best depths are 5-30 feet, using Rapalas, Needlefish, R-Lures, Kastmasters and Excels.

Bait fishermen are fishing in areas of the spillway area, Rabbit Creek and up into the coves.

Bank fishermen are fishing the north shore boat ramp, and the day-use area, as well as Chevron Point on the south shore, and the low water boat ramp by the narrows. Best baits are garlic-scented Berkeley PowerBait and Berkeley Mice Tails.

In the south shore pond, best lures are Berkeley PowerBait, Berkeley Mice Tails and Kastmasters.

New Melones: Trout are planted weekly. Trollers are fishing the main part of the lake and Angel’s Cove. Some trollers are starting to work all the way south to Peoria Cove and Bear Cove areas pulling small Flashers with nightcrawlers and any lure that resembles a shad pattern.

Bank fishermen are working Glory Hole Point, Angel’s Cove, Tuttle Town Ramp and the Highway 49 Bridge, using Berkeley PowerBait in salmon peach, chartreuse and Power Eggs and nightcrawlers. Some anglers are casting Kastmasters, Rooster Tails and small crank baits.

Ocean: Fishermen are still getting some nice crab and sand dabs.

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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