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Fishing with Mike Delta producing monster sturgeon

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Mike Faught

Posted: Thursday, March 8, 2012 12:00 am

The Delta: In the Sacramento River, some large sturgeon were caught out of Cache Slough and Steamboat Slough.

Last weekend, Greg Wright caught one at 66 inches and 73 pounds. Ted Coffee caught one at 65 inches and 63 pounds and Marty Morfey caught a 50-pounder. David Portscheller also caught a 50-incher and released an 83-incher.

Shrimp baits and eel are the sturgeon’s favorite. Look for another great sturgeon weekend on the Delta with expected nice weather.

Bait fishing for stripers is doing well at the Rio Vista Bridge down to Broad Slough, using shad and sardines.

Trollers are in the area of Decker Island and the West Bank, as well as from Isleton up to the Ryde Hotel. They’re using Rebels, deep-diving Predators and Yo-Zuris, and the fish are running up to 7 pounds.

Bass anglers are doing well on Senkos and the ABT Alabama or Cal-Abunga Rigs with grubs, flukes and swim bait bodies. A few anglers this past week reported that they are actually catching two fish at a time.

On the San Joaquin River, bait fishermen are working from the Antioch Bridge to the Sounding Board area, using shad and sardines. The trollers are working the same areas.

Daniel Arbuckle of Lodi caught a beautiful 24-inch steelhead from his kayak, backtrolling with a nightcrawler this past week on the Mokelumne River.

There are other reports of nice fish from Camanche down to Mackville Road using nightcrawlers and PowerEggs and Salmon Eggs.

Pardee: The trollers are working the main body of the lake, catching trout and kokanee in the top 10 feet of water, using Dodgers with Apexes, Spinners and small Hoochies. Most trout are biting on Needlefish, Kastmasters and Excel Lures, Rapalas in Black and  Gold, Black and Silver and Rainbow patterns in the river arm for browns and rainbows. Most fish are running 1.5 to 2 pounds.

Bank fishermen are fishing from the marina out to the main lake using PowerBaits in Rainbow, Chartreuse and Garlic. They are also using Berkeley Trout Worms and MiceTails. The top casting lures have been Kastmasters, Magic Bullets, Krocodiles and Rooster Tails.

Don Pedro: The trout trollers are picking up an occasional kokanee around Jenkins Hill, using Uncle Larry’s Spinners, Apexes and Needlefish.

Bait fishing for trout is working best using PowerBaits back in the coves. Most salmon reports are coming out of Woods Creek and the river area, using Apexes, Needlefish and small shad behind a Dodger.

Lake Camanche: Fishing appears to be picking up now.

Larry Azevedo caught a 5-pound trout this week out of the southshore pond on a Kastmaster.

Trolling is slow right now, but some anglers are using Needlefish, R-Lures, Apexes and Rapalas in Hot Steel and Gold/Orange. We have reports that the grubs are starting to work now too.

Rick Frisk and Larry Rayburn were anchored in less than 20 feet of water last Sunday, and caught six nice-sized rainbows using Garlic PowerBait.

New Melones: Glory Hole Sports is having its annual seminar on Saturay, April 14, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Speakers include Guides, Danny Layne, Gary Burns, Bruce Hamby, Monte Smith and Doug McCarthur.

Trout fishing is great right now. Many anglers report fish over 3 pounds and several limits. Bank fishermen are using nightcrawlers and PowerBait in different colors, but the most fish seem to be caught on anything garlic scented. Berkeley Mice Tails and Gulp Eggs are also producing some good numbers.

Trollers have done real good close to the shore in shallow water in the back of  Angels Creek, Carson Creek and Coyote Creek. Try casting Krocodiles and Kastmasters toward the bank.

The catfish bite is improving, using liver, sardines and mackerel. Best areas are off the Tuttle Town boat ramp and back in the coves. Soak your baits in Pro Cure scents to make it more appealing. Several anglers have had success using Pro Cure Bloody Tuna gel on their baits.

The crappie bite is great, using Beetle Spins and small Crappie Jigs at about 15-25 feet. They like the underwater structures.  

Lake Amador: Most trollers are using Apexes, Rapalas and Needlefish. Best Rapala colors are Hot Steel and Brook Trout patterns.

Bait fishermen are using PowerBait in Green-Garlic, Charteuse and Pink & White Mice Tails, as well as the Berkeley Trout Worms.

The bass anglers are jigging and throwing swimbaits and PowerBait 6-8-inch worms.

Clear Lake: Black Bass fishermen are using jigs and Alabama Rigs.

Note: The Sacramento Boat Show runs today through Sunday at Cal Expo.

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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