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Fishing with Mike Salmon on the run in Delta

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Mike Faught

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 12:00 am

The Delta: Bob Hopper called Wednesday morning with a report that he caught two salmon out of Vieira’s on all green Silvertrons, weighing 19.1 and 17.5 pounds. The run is still active in the Isleton and Walnut Grove areas, as well as the Freeport area up to Discovery Park. Successful fishermen are jigging, as well as trolling with Silvertrons and Kwikfish.

Trollers are catching more stripers in the Rio Vista area down to Sherman Island, using Rebels, Predators and Bombers; bait fishermen in the Rio Vista Bridge, Decker Island and Sherman Island areas using shad and sardines. Most fish are running 6-10 pounds. Take a lot of bait; there are many shakers.

Another report came in from a fisherman who caught a couple of big sturgeon around Light No. 1. Some fishermen are also catching fish around Light No. 33 in the Pittsburg area using salmon roe, shrimp baits and eel.

Crankbaits have been working best for the black bass. Reports are coming in with fishermen using hollow-belly swim baits, which might get you a striper in the back slough areas.

San Joaquin River: Bait fishing for stripers is doing very well in Libordi Shoals, Upper and Lower Santa Clara Shoals, trolling and the mouth of Three-Mile Slough, using Rebels and Predators.

The stripers are starting to move into the Mokelumne River.

Mokelumne River: A lot of steelhead are being caught in the Lodi Lake area of the Mokelumne River.

Mondays and Thursdays are the days the Mokelumne River Hatchery does the salmon spawning, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s a wonderful experience for children to witness the salmon egg harvesting. They can also see the steelhead in the holding ponds.

More than 17,000 salmon have crossed the Woodbridge Dam, with many more to come, making this a record year.

Lake Camanche: Trout fishing should be improving with fish being stocked at both shores. Best baits in the pond are Berkley PowerBait, trout worms, Mice Tails, and casting with Kastmasters and Wooley Buggers with a water Bubble.

In the main lake, trollers are using grubs, Rapalas and Needlefish. When toplining, run them 150-200 feet behind the boat. The best areas are Rabbit Creek, Big Hat, the dam and Little Hat.

Bait fishing in the main lake is successful with trout worms, PowerBait and nightcrawlers in the areas of Chevron Point at the south shore and the north shore boat ramp.

Lake Amador: They are planting trout Monday-Friday. The fish are aggressive, using PowerBait, trout worms and Mice Tails. Trollers are using Rapalas, Apexes, Needlefish and Kastmasters.

New Hogan Lake: Striper fishing has slowed down a bit, but fishermen are still using top-water lures on the shoreline and chasing shad. Catfish are still biting on anchovies and shad.

Largemouth bass fishermen are using plastic worms and jigs.

Ocean: Last Saturday was opening day of crab season. Doran Beach campground at Bodega Bay was full by Friday morning. People on the banks, in boats and even kayaks were bringing in limits. Four of our local firefighters put 12 traps out at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning and pulled three traps up two hours later, which netted them four limits (40 crabs).

Mountain lakes: The last reports we have had is the mountain lakes are still catching limits, however the winter weather is quickly moving in. Make sure to take snow clothing to keep warm.


The 27th Annual Trout Bout will be held Saturday, Nov. 19 at Oak Grove Park. Over 1,700 pounds of trout will be planted. There is no registration fee. A $5 fishing permit fee and valid fishing license are required for anyone 16 and over. There is a $5 parking fee.

The Mokelumne River is closed from Highway 99 up to Camanche Dam.

2012 fishing license will be available on Nov. 15. You need your old license or some form of legal identification.

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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