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Salmon season on Mokelumne just days away

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Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2012 12:00 am

The Delta: The Sacramento system has slowed down, but some are trolling the West Bank, and inside the Horseshoe along Highway 160, and trolling up river to the Isleton Bridge. The fish are scattered.

Yo-Zuris, Angry Eyes and Rebels are the best bet with a worm tail.

Bait fishermen are fishing the Rio Vista Bridge and Decker Island down to Collinsville using frozen shad, anchovies and sardines. Most fish are keeper size.

San Joaquin River: The Mokelumne and Sacramento systems open for salmon July 16. On Oct. 15, salmon fishing will close on the Mokelumne from Camanche Dam down to the Highway 99 Bridge. We have good reports of anglers catching and releasing salmon in the Isleton and Walnut Grove area when fishing for stripers.

Black Bass fishermen report excellent bites using Frogs and top-water baits for early morning top-water bite, and Senko Worms, small swim baits and Zoom Brush Hogs work better later in the day.

Pardee: Kokanee trollers continue to work the north arm all the way to the orange buoy at the dam, and all the way up to Box Canyon, using Mag Tackle Pink, Orange and Blue Hoochies after 11 in the morning.

Trout trollers are working the main lake, all the way to the south end, pulling Dodgers or Flashers with a nightcrawler and GVF spinners, Uncle Larry's spinners with a nightcrawler behind a Dodger. Best depth is 25-40 feet.

They are still planting trout, so the bank fishermen still have a good chance of catching fish 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 light, using anchovies in the main body of the lake.

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

Don Pedro: Kokanee are coming out of the Jenkin's Hill and Middle Bay areas. The fish are running up to 14 feet. Best depth is 50-75 feet, using Vance's Dodgers, Rocky Mountain Dodgers, Apex Lures, Mag Tackle and Rocky Mountain Hoochies in pink, green, orange and watermelon. Top spinners are Uncle Larry's GVF and Mr. Kokanee. 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 baits for largemouth bass are Senkos, Swimbaits, and Robo Worms. The early morning bite is good. The back of Woods Creek is working very well.

Lake Camanche: Trout anglers are working the areas of Big Hat and the dam. The trout bite has slowed. Stay in the deeper water and the river channel. Most fishermen are using Flashers and Dodgers with a nightcrawler. Best lures have been Speedy Shiners, R-Lures, small Rapalas and Needlefish. Best depth is 25-40 feet with the lake temperature warming. Night fishermen are using lights and best baits have been PowerBait and nightcrawlers, as well as Berkley Mice Tails.

The catfish bite is picking up all over the light, using mackerel and chicken or turkey livers. Catfish are reported in the 2-6-pound range.

Black Bass anglers are jigging and drop-shotting. In the early morning and late evening, they're using top-water plugs.

New Melones: Kokanee fishing is still a very good bite. The best lures are Uncle Larry's spinners in pinks, blues, and orange, mag tackle pink, and orange and watermelon hoochies trolled behind your favorite Dodgers. Top scents are Pro-Cure Garlic, Anise and Carp Spit. Most anglers have their limits and are off the water by 11 a.m. Best depth is 50-65 feet at 1.2 mph.

Rainbow trout anglers are trolling a 25-30 feet, using Uncle Larry's spinners, GVF spinners and Mr. Kokanee spinners tipped with a piece of nightcrawler. Night fishing is picking up near the spillway cove, the dam and up around the Highway 49 Bridge. Big Catfish are coming out of Carson Creek, Coyote Creek, Mormon Creek and the back end of Peoria Cove, using sardines, nightcrawlers, anchovies and chicken and turkey livers.

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

Lake Oroville: The silver salmon bite has picked up since the full moon is gone. Trollers are fishing depths of 60-75 feet by the dam and Bidwell Bridge, using White Hoochies, Uncle Larry's Spinners in pink and white, white and orange and green and white. Best scent is Pro-Cure Anchovie.

Ocean: Very good reports on salmon in Monterey, Santa Cruz and Bodega Bay areas. Best baits are herring, anchovies, Apexes and Krocodile lures in blue and silver, gold prism and watermelon.

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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