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Fishing with Mike Stripers biting in the Mokelumne River

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Mike Faught

Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2011 12:00 am

The Delta: The sturgeon bite has slowed down on the Sacramento River in the past week. The fish being caught are coming from Light 1 down to Big Cut, using shrimp baits, pile worms, salmon roe and eel.

Striped bass fishermen are doing well on shad, sardines and live mudsuckers. The best areas have been from the Rio Vista area down to the power lines.

There are no reports this week of any sturgeon on the San Joaquin River.

Striper fishermen are drifting minnows near the Port of Stockton, fishing Lombardi Shoals to False River with shad, sardines and mudsuckers. Some are spooning at the mouth of Three-Mile Slough and Fisherman’s Cut taking fish from keeper size to 7 pounds.

There are a lot of stripers being caught in the south fork area of the Mokelumne River, using lipless crankbaits, jigging spoons and drifting live minnows. The best areas have been at the mouth of Sycamore and Hog sloughs. Fishermen say they’re not finding much inside the sloughs. They all seem to be in the main river.

Don Pedro: Trout and salmon anglers are successful in the dam area and Middle Bay on Apexes, Needlefish and X-Cels. This is the time of year for trolling with small shad and anchovies.

Lake Camanche: The south shore pond fishermen are catching their limits on PowerBait, Mice Tails, Trout Worms, Wooley Buggers and nightcrawlers, casting with Kastmasters, Rooster Tails and Magic Bullets.

South shore fishermen are still catching at Chevron Point. Bank fishermen are continuing to do well on PowerBaits, Mice Tails and Trout Worms and nightcrawlers.

Trollers are using grubs with PowerEggs, Rapalas in Fire Tiger, orange and black and silver in F7’s and F9’s, from the narrows to the Big Hat, Little Hat and the dam area. They are doing best in the top 10-15 feet of water, running 150-200 feet behind the boat.

Bass fishermen are drop-shotting, dragging 4- to 6-inch rubber worms, and throwing swim baits and minnow-type ripbaits.

New Melones: We have many reports of limits of trout for bank fishermen and trollers. The trollers are using shad patterns, X-Cels and Needlefish, Rapalas in Silver and Gold patterns, as well as Apexes in the cop car, silver, pink and watermelon colors. The best areas are the main body, Glory Hole Point to Angel’s Cove and the Carson Creek area to the Highway 49 Bridge.

Bait fishermen are fishing Glory Hole Point, Angel’s Cove and Highway 49 Bridge areas, using Berkley PowerBait, Trout Worms and MiceTails.

Bass fishermen are jigging spoons, as well as rubber worms. Green pumpkin and light blue colors seem to be working best.

Lake Amador: Micetails and Trout Worms are the hot baits right now, using pinks, orange and chartreuse colors.

Bank fishermen are using PowerBait in garlic flavors and regular PowerBait in chartreuse and yellow corn.

Ocean: Rock fishing is still open. Fishermen are bringing in limits in the areas of Bodega and Half Moon Bay. Crab fishing is still producing well.

All of us at The Fisherman’s Friend wish all of you a very Merry Christmas! We will be open until 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve for your last-minute needs.

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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