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Fishing with Mike Lake Camanche the hot spot for anglers

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Mike Faught

Posted: Thursday, February 2, 2012 12:00 am

Lake Camanche: Fishing is hot right now at Camanche. One reported outing produced a 7.7-pound trout from the southshore pond last Friday using Rainbow PowerBait.

Freddie Nakagawa and Larry Rayburn of Lodi caught eight fish up to 7 pounds, trolling the main river channel of the lake, using Rapalas and Needlefish, but the blue and white Triple Teaser was the hot lure of the day.

We have other reports from anglers, using grubs in White, Orange and Motor Oil with a PowerEgg on the front. Limits are not easy and require a diligent angler. Fishing with PowerBait in the spillway and dam areas, Rabbit Creek and up the river has been working well, especially with the garlic-scented baits in Rainbow, Yellow and plain garlic.

Most bait fishermen are using a 30-inch leader with a PowerEgg to help float it up off the bottom.

New Melones: Kokanee typically don’t start biting until April, but we have reports of a few limits already.

Most bass being caught are fat and full of shad, and being caught on structures of the main lake from 25-65 feet deep. Some spotted bass have been reported in the 2-pound range. Anglers are drop-shotting shad-patterned worms, as well as reporting a decent jig bite. Try using grubs in natural crawdad colors and target the big fish with large hollow bellied swim baits. After the weather warms up, the Alabama rig will really improve the bite.

Catfish are on the bite big-time. Fish 35-70 feet on deep ledges and the points of the main lake. They feed anytime of the day. Try using two rods with two different baits to increase your odds and use natural-colored baits, like nightcrawlers or shad.

For crappie and bluegill, use small minnows, red worms, and meal worms on a slip-float rig at 15-25 feet.

We are getting trout reports of large numbers of nice holdovers and plants. DFG will plant again next week. Most fish are spawning in the shallows.

Bank fishermen are using Berkley PowerBait in Rainbow with garlic scent and PowerEggs and Gulp Baits in Chartreuse and Rainbow. Some anglers are using Pro Cure Bloody Tuna scent on their PowerBait. It’s important that your bait floats. Small hooks and a light leader are a smart idea. For the bigger trout, try minnow-like lures such as Rapalas or shad-patterned spoon such as a Kastmaster or Excel.

Trollers are finding success in the dam area, south to Peoria Cove and up the river arm to the southfork of the Stanislaus. They are rolling shad and pulling Rapalas in F7 and F9, and Fire Tiger, Black & Silver and Hot Steel. They’re also using Excel lures and Needlefish in shad patterns.

Freddie Nakagawa and Rich Morgan of Lodi caught their limits last Friday up to 3 pounds on rainbows and caught a 12-inch kokanee.

Pardee opener: The Pardee opener is Feb. 17. Many loads of trout will be planted from Feb. 12 to Feb. 20. Fish are being released around the marina within easy casting range from the shore. Use Berkley Trout Worms, Micetails and PowerBaits, or you can cast your favorite lures, like Kastmasters and Rooster Tails.

Lake Amador: Larry Azevedo of Lodi caught fish up to 3 pounds using PowerBait in Rainbow Garlic. Everyone else has reported that bank fishing is better than trolling right now.

Don Pedro: Adam Harnage and his partner caught their limits of salmon and rainbows trolling shad, Needlefish and Excels. Best depth for them was 75-80 feet.

Anglers are rolling small shad in the areas of Middle Bay and Woods Creek. Best depths are 65-80 feet.

The Delta: Fishing is on the slow side due to the dirty waters in the Sacramento River. Sturgeon fishing has improved in San Pablo and Suisun Bay areas, the Power Lines and Cache Slough.

Fishermen are marking sturgeon in Cache Slough and Prospect Slough areas. Best baits would be ghost shrimp, mud shrimp, eel and shad.

San Joaquin River: Bait fishing with shad and sardines is the best chance for stripers right now.

Trout Bout: The Bob McMillen Trout Bout will be held Saturday at Oak Grove Park (Eight Mile Road and I-5). Gates open at 6:15 am. Parking fee is $5. Children 15 and under fish free. Anglers 16 and older must have a fishing License and purchase a $5 fishing permit.

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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