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Mike Faught

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 12:00 am

The Delta: The newest addition to the Delta fishing scene is sturgeon. We have had customers who reported catching several undersized on the same day as catching keepers. Most of them have come from the Sacramento River below Decker Island, and in Suisun Bay.

The salmon fishing has continued to be very good. It’s one of the best years for the quality and numbers of fish. Most of the fish have come from those trolling spinners, but several have been doing good jigging spoons.

Striper fishing has also been good. Both trolling and bait fishing has produced keeper-size fish.

Largemouth bass fishing has been best on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. The top-water bite is great in the early morning. This will only get better for the next couple of months.

Lake Camanche: Most of the fish are being caught in the deeper water, at 30 to 50 feet. Those trolling are either using downriggers or leadcore. Grubs, spinners and spoons have done the best, but nightcrawlers will catch trout in any lake. Fishing from the bank is best when fishing areas with deep water nearby.

Pardee Reservoir: The trout fishing seems to have slowed down a little. Some fisherman are still catching limits, but fishing longer than they did the past few weeks. The lake will be closing for the winter in the middle of next month, so you may want to get another trip in, or wait until late February next year.

Mountain lakes: With the weather still mild, we have had several people report enjoying the days bait fishing from the shore at Silver Lake, Alpine, Bear River, Spicer and Caples. Most of the fish have been caught on Power Bait, Pautzke Salmon eggs, and nightcrawlers. The ones trolling have done the best on Spoons and Rapalas.

Upcoming events

Saturday: The Camanche Trout Derby begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at North Shore and South Shore, but the derby will be out of South Shore. Entries are $30 now, but will be $50 on the day of the derby. Contact Camanche Resort at 763-5166 or 763-5915.

Nov. 19: The 27th Annual Trout Bout will be held at Oak Grove Park.

More than 1,500 pounds of trout will be planted. Kids fish for free. There is a $5 parking permit along with a $5 fishing permit for those 16 and older, along with a fishing license. There is still a five-fish trout limit. Prizes will be awarded for children and adult categories. For further information call 309-331-2050 or log onto

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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