The Delta: In the Sacramento River, sturgeon fishing is doing great in the Pittsburg, Broad Slough and the Light 1 areas. Baits of choice are eel, salmon roe and shrimp baits.
Ron Penix of Lodi caught a 58-pounder this week. Arle Ahl and Marty Morfey caught three sturgeon, one keeper to 50 pounds and one over-sized at 67 inches.
Legal size for white sturgeon is 46 to 66 inches. Green sturgeon are catch and release only.
Bait fishermen are doing well with striper catches around Decker Island, the power lines and Sherman Island areas. Trollers are working Decker Island and the West Bank to Collegeville. Joe Aksamit took stripers to 16 pounds trolling the West Bank using Yo-Zuris.
In the San Joaquin River, stripers are biting from Spindrift to Eddo’s, using shad and sardines. Trollers are successful from the mouth of Three-Mile Slough down to False River, pulling shallow red-head, white Yo-Zuris and chartreuse-colored Rebels.
In the Mokelumne River, bait fishermen are fishing from the light house up to the Mokelumne River bridge. Most fish range between 3 and 7 pounds, coming in on shad and sardines. Trollers are working the south fork from Hog Slough down to Beaver Slough, using deep diving Rebels. We also have reports of successful jigging at the mouth of Hog Slough and Beaver Slough, using Hopkin Spoons and P-Line Jigs.
Don Pedro: Trout fishing is doing very well in the dam area and Middle Bay on Apexes, Needlefish and X-Cels. The best colors have been in the shad patterns and fire tiger.
Bass fishermen have been drop-shotting minnow-imitating lures and 4-inch lures, as well as dragging small jigs and 4- to 6-inch Texas-rigged worms.
Lake Camanche: Anglers are trolling grubs, Rapalas, X-cels and R-Lures near Big Hat, Little Hat, Rabbit Creek and the dam areas, running 150-200 feet behind the boat.
Bank fishermen are using PowerBaits, Mice Tails and trout worms in orange and chartreuse colors in the day-use area at northshore and the boat ramp area. Southshore fishermen are doing good at Chevron Point and the boat ramp area.
Those fishing the southshore pond are using PowerBait, Mice Tails, Trout Worms and Wooley Buggers, and casting with Kastmasters and Magic Bullets.
Bass fisherman are using swim baits, jigs and 6-inch Sinister Wacky Worms.
New Melones: Trout is on the bite with the recent plants. Trollers are pulling blue and gold Kastmasters, Needlefish, Apexes, X-cels and Rocky Mountain spoons in the spillway area, and Carson Cove up to the Highway 49 Bridge.
Bait fishing in Angels Cove, Glory Hole Point and the Highway 49 areas is producing with PowerBaits and some anglers are casting Rooster Tails and Kastmasters.
Bass fishermen report fishing in the main body of the lake this week, drop-shotting using jigs and rubber worms.
Lake Amador: Trout is being planted on a daily basis. Trollers are using Rapalas, Apexes, and Needlefish. Bank fishermen are using PowerBait, Trout Worms and Berkley Mice Tails.
Ocean: Bottom fishing is still open. Crab fisherman have been successful this past week in the areas of Bodega and Half Moon Bay.
Note: Join us at The Fisherman’s Friend for a holiday open house on Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Local fisherman Mike Faught is the owner of Fisherman’s Friend in Lodi. To view the Fisherman’s Friend website go to www.mrkokanee.com.