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San Joaquin River turning out the stripers

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Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013 12:00 am

The Delta: Fishing for stripers is hot and cold right now on the Sacramento River. Trollers are working just about the same areas this week in the Shipping Channel, Long Island to the Ryde Hotel, Clyde Shoals, the old dairy and the West Bank down to Collinsville, using deep-diving Rebels, shallow-running Bombers, P-Line Angry Eyes, P-Line Predators and shallow-running Yozuris. Fish are running from keeper size up to 10 pounds.

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

Sturgeon fishermen are working Cache Slough, Prospect Slough, the south tip of Decker Island, Montezuma Slough and the Mothball Fleet. Best baits are Shad, Eel and Shrimp baits.

San Joaquin River: Striper trollers have produced great numbers this past week. It was very hot this past weekend in Potato Slough, the Sounding Board, Old River Flats, Santa and San Andreas down to False River, pulling deep-diving Rebels and P-Line Predators. In shallow water, anglers are using shallow-running Yozuris, Bombers and P-Line Angry Eyes in greens, blues, red and whites.

Larry Rayburn and his buddy Dan took limits on Sunday. Rich Morgan, Greg Wright and Cody took easy limits on Friday. Dean Shimizaki and Doug Konize caught limits up to about 7 pounds. Kita Till was fishing with Jack Prestogiovanni on Monday and caught quick limits. Many other anglers reported easy limits over the weekend. Most fish have been running keeper size.

Bait fishermen are fishing the shoals, using shad and sardines. Fish are running keeper size to 5-9 pounds with an occasional fish in the teens.

Lake Amador: Trollers are pulling 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 starting to fish 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.

Trout trollers are pulling blades with nightcrawlers, working the dam area and the south end of the lake. Off the downriggers, they’re also using Needlefish, Apexes and Excel Lures.

Lake Camanche: Trolling has picked up this week. Most anglers are trolling Big Hat, to the dam and Little Hat, using Speedy Shiners, R-Lures, Excels, Apexes and Rapalas.

Bait/bank fishermen are fishing out of North Shore and South Shore, using PowerBait, Berkeley Trout Worms and nightcrawlers.

Best lures in the South Shore pond are PowerBait, Berkeley Mice Tails and Kastmasters. They’re still planting 600 pounds a week.

Kokanee Power will be having its trout derby this Saturday of South Shore. You can sign up that morning starting at 5:30 a.m.

New Melones: Kokanee trollers are working the main body of the lake, the spillway to dam and south to Peoria and Bear coves using Vance’s Dodgers, Rocky Mountain Dodgers, Micro-Hoochies in orange, pink and blue, Uncle Larry’s spinners in pink, copper pot, and Mr. Kokanee and Rocky Mountain Spinners tipped with shoepeg corn.

Trout trollers are picking up 1.5–3 pound fish. Best areas are the spillway, the main body of the lake and the dam area, using Speedy Shiners, Excel Lures, Apexes and Rapalas.

Bass anglers are doing very well. They are throwing jigs, drop-shotting and swim baits.

Ocean: Salmon season opens this weekend. Monterey, Half Moon and Bodega Bays should be the hot spots.

Event: The Central Valley Anglers are sponsoring their annual striper derby on Saturday, April 27 in Rio Vista. For information, call Dave Douglas at 209-327-1740 or The Fishermen’s Friend at 209-369-0204.

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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