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Kokanee bite picking up at New Melones

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Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013 12:00 am

The Delta: On the Sacramento River, striper trollers are working areas of Isleton, the old Dairy, West Bank and Steamboat Slough, using deep-diving Rebels, Bombers, P-Line Angry Eyes, P-Line Predators and shallow-running Yozuris.

Bait fishermen are using shad, pile worms and sardines near the Rio Vista Bridge down to the Decker Island and Sherman Island areas.

Sturgeon fishermen are working Cache Slough, Prospect Slough and Montezuma Slough. Best baits are shad, eel and shrimp baits.

On the San Joaquin, striper trollers have been working Potato Slough, the Sounding Board, Santa Clara and San Andreas down to the mouth of False River, pulling more deep-diving lures on the San Joaquin than on the Sacramento. In shallow water, anglers are using shallow-running Yozuris, Bombers and P-Line Angry Eyes in chartreuse, blues, red and whites. Fishermen are still reporting easy limits.

Bait fishermen are fishing the San Andreas and Santa Clara Shoals down to Eddos, using shad and sardines. Fish are running keeper size to 5-9 pounds with an occasional fish in the teens.

Bass anglers are using Senkos and Spinner Baits. Top-water lures are doing very good as well.

Lake Amador: Trollers are using Rapalas in hot steel, black and silver and gold and orange.

Bank fishermen are doing better than the trollers, casting Kastmasters, Rooster Tails and small jigs. PowerBait, Mice Tails and garlic-scented Power Eggs with a nightcrawler are always a good bet as well.

Lake Pardee: Kokanee fishermen are fishing the river and the main part of the lake. Best lures have been Uncle Larry’s spinners, Mr. Kokanee spinners, Mag Tackle and Rocky Mountain Mini Hoochies tipped with a kernel of shoepeg corn. Most fish are short and fat, which is a good sign for the kokanee catch this year.

Trout trollers are pulling blades with nightcrawlers, working the dam area to the south end of the lake and the mouth of the river up to the first bathroom. Anglers are pulling Rapalas, Needlefish, Apexes and Excel Lures.

Lake Camanche: Trollers are fishing the dam over to Little Hat, using Excels, Needlefish, Speedy Shiners and Rapalas. Some anglers are pulling small Dodgers with a nightcrawler behind it.

Bank fishermen are fishing the south shore boat ramp area and Chevron Point, using PowerBait, Berkeley Trout Worms, Mice Tails and nightcrawlers with a marshmallow. Best lures in the south shore Pond are PowerBait, Berkeley Mice Tails and Kastmasters.

The Kokanee Power Derby had 16 teams fishing last weekend. The biggest stringer of fish weighed in at 8.8 pounds.

New Melones: The kokanee bite is picking up. They are fat and sassy and starting to school. Best depth is 10-50 feet. Best areas have been the main part of the lake, the spillway to the dam and south to Peoria and Bear Coves. Best lures are Rocky Mountain Dodgers, Micro-Hoochies in orange, pink and watermelon; top spinners have been Uncle Larry’s Mr. Kokanee and Rocky Mountain tipped with shoepeg corn.

Trout trollers are working the main part of the lake, picking up 1.5- to 3-pound fish. Some of the anglers are rolling shad and taking browns in the 3- to 6-pound range, using Speedy Shiners, Excel Lures, Apexes and Rapalas.

Bank fishing has slowed for the trout; they are starting to catch a lot of catfish using cut baits, sardines and mackerel.

Ocean: Opening day for salmon was sparse up and down the coast. There were numerous limits on Sunday for boats out of San Francisco Bay and Half Moon Bay. The bite was off the deep reef at Half Moon.

The wind is blowing through this weekend. Once that slows down, the bite will pick up.

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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