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Kokanee bite wide open at New Melones

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Posted: Friday, August 3, 2012 12:00 am

The Delta: On the Sacramento River, the best areas for salmon have been the Old Sac area and the Long Island area up to Walnut Grove. Most fish are running 6–20 pounds.

The best lures have been Silvertrons, Blue Foxes and Radical Glow spinners.

It took Jack Clemons three hours to find the fish, but his patience paid off, catching 21 legal-size stripers while fishing the areas of the Dairy and the shoals behind Decker Island and West Bank. He was using shallow-diving Yo-Zuris. The fish were 6-plus pounds.

Bait fishermen are fishing Decker Island, Sherman Island and inside of Broad Slough using shad and sardines.

The San Joaquin River is not open for salmon.

Striper fishermen are trolling Old River Flats, San Andreas and Santa Clara Shoals, pulling Rebels and Bombers, catching keepers up to 6 pounds.

Bait fishermen are fishing the mouth of the Mokelumne, San Andreas and Santa Clara Shoals and the Eddos areas, using shad, sardines and anchovies.

Black Bass anglers are doing well, using spinner, chatter and buzz baits and frogs.

Pardee: Kokanee trollers are fishing the areas of the mouth of the river, Deer Island and Box Canyon, using Mag Tackle pink, orange and blue Hoochies. The best depth in the morning is 65 feet.

Hot colors are blues, greens and purples. Make sure to tip your hook with corn. Best scents are Pro-Cure Garlic, Anise and Bloody Tuna.

Trout trollers are working the main lake, all the way to the south end, pulling Dodgers or Flashers with a nightcrawler and GVF spinners and Uncle Larry's spinners with a nightcrawler.

Bait fishermen are using Berkley PowerBait, Mice Tails and Trout Worms. They are still planting trout, so the chance of catching fish is great in the recreation and marina areas down to the brush pile.

New Hogan: Striper trollers are using shad and anchovies in the main body of the lake at 20-30 feet. Anglers have seen an improved bite this past week. Other anglers are fishing at night with underwater lights, using anchovies in the main body of the lake.

Bank fishermen reported catching fish off the bank in Camper's Cove and in the dam area, using shad and anchovies.

Don Pedro: The kokanee are on the move. One of the hot areas is Middle Bay. They're holding in structures, so use larger Hoochies and pick up speed to about 1.5 mph. Use Apex Lures in pink, watermelon and kevorkian. As you go deeper, use darker colors. Be sure to have your shoepeg corn on the hook.

The best depth for trolling for trout is 25-40 feet, using Needlefish, Excels, Mag Tackle Predator Spoons, and Rapalas. Best areas are the dam area to Middle Bay.

Best baits for largemouth bass are Senko worms in green pumpkin and Robo worms and jigs in the back of Woods Creek and coves.

Camanche: Trout trolling has slowed a bit due to the heat. They are working the dam and the river channel to as far as Big Hat using Rapalas, Needlefish and R-Lures. Best depth is 25-40 feet.

Night fishermen are doing good using night lights and best baits have been PowerBait and nightcrawlers, as well as Berkley Mice Tails.

The catfish bite is still good all over the lake, using mackerel, sardines and chicken and turkey livers. Catfish are reported up to 6 pounds. No live minnows or live crawdads are allowed on the lake.

Black bass anglers are jigging and drop-shotting, and using top-water plugs in the early morning and evenings.

New Melones: Kokanee fishing is still a wide-open bite. Terry Shoeffler and his fishing partners had easy limits. The fish are everywhere in the lake. Hottest areas are the spillway, inside the dam down to Peoria Cove and back up to Carson Cove and the Highway 49 Bridge. Top scents are Pro-Cure Garlic, Anise Carp Spit and Maple Syrup.

Trout fishermen are getting best results at night near the spillway and dam area, using PowerBait, nightcrawlers and live minnows under the lights. Fish are running from 1.5 to 3.5 pounds.

Catfishing is very good at night back in the coves, using nightcrawlers, mackerel and chicken or turkey livers.

Bass anglers are drop-shotting, throwing jigs and using spinner baits in the top water.

Ocean: Better reports are coming from the ocean. Top baits this last week have been anchovies, herring and Apexes. Best depths have been 30-45 feet in most areas.

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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