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Trout, bass bite still good at Camanche

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Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2013 12:00 am

The Delta: On the Sacramento River, striper trollers are working Rio Vista Bridge, the Old Dairy, Decker Island and Broad Slough. The best lures are Rebels, Bombers and Yozuris.

Bait fishermen are using shad and sardines. Fish are running from 6 to 12 pounds, with an occasional fish in the high teens.

Salmon fishing is very good. Trollers are still working the mouth of the Old Sacramento to Steamboat Slough and the Isleton area all the way to Walnut Grove. Most fish are running from 12-30 pounds. Both trolling and jigging are doing real good.

Silverton’s, Blue Foxes, Daigre QMS, Scarey Lures, Brad’s Cut Plugs with Anchovie or Bloody Tuna scents are all favored baits. P-Line jigs are a favorite for jigging right now.

The Locks are closed now.

On the San Joaquin River, trollers for stripers are working the lower Mokelumne and the Sounding Board all the way down to San Andreas, Santa Clara Shoals and False River. Most fish run from keeper size to 8-9 pounds. Anglers are ruining Rebels, Predator and Bombers.

Bait fishermen are catching fish using shad, anchovies and sardines. Most fish are running keeper size to 10 pounds, fishing the Sounding Board, mouth of the Mokelumne, Santa Clara and San Andreas Shoals down to Eddos.

Black Bass anglers are using top-water lures, Spinner Baits and Crank Baits.

Pardee: The lake will be closing for the year on Nov. 3. Trout fishing is very slow. Catfishing is pretty decent, using chicken livers, sardines and mackerel, catching some nice-sized fish.

Bank fishing is also on the slow side. Best baits are PowerBait, nightcrawlers and salmon eggs in the marina area.

Camanche: Trout fishermen are still catching some nice trout, using Needlefish, Rapalas and Excels. Best areas are the dam area to Big Hat, working the river channel. When the water cools a little more, the planting will start; possibly in the next two to three weeks.

Some nice bass are being caught using Excels and Needlefish.

Nice-sized catfish are being caught using nightcrawlers, chicken livers and mackerel. New Melones: Troll for trout are at 30-40 feet, using shad-pattern lures in the main body of the lake, the spillway and the dam.

Ocean: The salmon bite is great outside the gate using Tray Baits, Apexes, Brad’s Cut Plugs and Dodger/Hoochies.

Local fisherman Mike Faught is the owner of Fisherman’s Friend in Lodi. To view the Fisherman’s Friend website go to