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Catfish bite heating up at Camanche and New Melones lakes

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Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013 12:00 am

The Delta: On the Sacramento River, fishing for stripers seems to be more successful near the West Bank, Horseshoe and down to Collinsville. Best lures are Rebels, Bombers and Yozuris and Angry Eyes.

Bait fishermen are using shad and sardines.

Salmon fishing is red hot right now. Constant reports daily from locals catching some up the Mokelumne, but most fish are coming from Walnut Grove area, mouth of the Old Sac up to the Rio Vista Bridge with fish up to 38 pounds.

For every angler, there’s a favorite lure. Among them are Brad’s Cut Plugs with anchovy and bloody tuna scent, Scarey Lures, Silvertrons, Daigre QMS and Blue Foxes.

Some keeper-sized fish are being caught up to 10 pounds on the San Joaquin River. Trollers are using Yozuris, Rebels and Bombers.

Bait fishermen are catching fish using shad, anchovies and sardines. Most fish are running keeper size to 8 pounds.

Black bass fishermen are using top-water lures, such as Frogs and Buzzbaits. They’re also using Spinner Baits and Crank Baits. There have been a lot of reports of good action and nice-sized fish.

Pardee: The kokanee catch is just about over, but a few have been caught near the orange buoy and Deer Island area.

Trout trollers are working the main part of the lake and the mouth of the river. Best lures are Needlefish, Excels, Rapalas and nightcrawlers behind a Dodger. Best depths are 35-50 feet.

Bank fishermen are using Berkley Mice Tails, PowerBait and Trout Worms in the marina out to the main lake and down to the wood pile.

Black bass fishermen are using top-water baits such as Buzz Baits.

Lake Camanche: Trout trollers are fishing the usual areas of Big Hat, Little Hat and the dam area, using Needlefish, Speedy Shiners and Rapalas. Best depths are 35-50 feet.

Catfishing has been really hot this past week from all areas of the lake; even in the pond at South Shore.

Use chicken livers in the shallow areas. The catfish like grassy areas as well.

Bass are also being caught drop-shotting and with jigs. Top-water baits are best in the early morning or evenings.

New Melones: Best lures for rainbow trout are Needlefish in shad patterns, Excels and R-Lures, with small grubs on the tails of the lures for extra attraction. Best areas lately are the dam area, main lake, the spillway and Carson Cove to the Highway 49 Bridge.

Catfishing is doing great near Glory Hole, Angel’s Cove, Highway 49 Bridge and Tuttle Town, using cut baits, shad, mackerel and sardines. Average weights are 4-7 pounds, but some big cats are reported at 9-10 pounds.

Ocean: Salmon fishermen are using Tray Baits, Apexes, Brad’s Cut Plugs and Dodger/Hoochies.

Chris Christy and his crew went out about 35-45 miles last weekend and caught 11 tuna. Boats are going out of Half Moon, San Francisco and Bodega.

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