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Mike Faught

Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2011 12:00 am

The Delta: We are still getting reports of some nice salmon, but, the numbers per rod are decreasing. Several reported one or two fish per day, yet some have had sea lions take them.

We have had some salmon reported this past week between 20 to 30 pounds in the Walnut Grove area by those trolling Spinners and Wiggle Warts. The numbers appear to be better in the area of Discovery Park and below Nimbus Dam.

Stripers are doing good in many areas. Mark Delnero reported catching several fish on bullheads in the area of Benicia Bridge. Trolling was a little tougher this past week in the Suisun area, mainly because of the slightly muddy waters from the tides. It is expected to improve this week.

The numbers of salmon and steelhead that have returned are very good. It’s really worth it to take a trip up the river to see them spawning. Check the times at one of the hatcheries to watch the harvesting of eggs. Take your children because it is really something to see.

Mokelumne River: A lot of planted steelhead as well as some wild ones are being caught in the Mokelumne River, mainly the Lodi Lake area. Even though the Camanche Dam and Highway 99 overpass is closed, fishing around the Lodi Lake area is open. Some fishermen report catch and release of 10 to 20 fish per outing. Most of them are small, but some have been reported up to 22 inches. You are only allowed to keep one fish per day, and it has to be a hatchery fish. The hatchery fish have the adipose fin clipped, which is the one between the dorsal fin and the tail. Kastmasters, Roostertails, Nightcrawlers, Power Bait and salmon roe have been used.

Please use care in releasing them. There have been 166 steelhead pass through the Woodbridge Dam. The number of salmon that have passed through so far is just over 10,000.

Lake Camanche: Trout fishing been good this past week with some anglers catching three to five fish per trip, with some at 18 to 22 inches. They have planted 7,200 trout in the past two weeks; half at Northshore and half at Southshore. The Southshore pond is scheduled to be stocked this week. Power Bait, Trout Worms and Mice Tails work well in the pond.

Trolling the lake has been successful on Needlefish, grubs and nightcrawlers. Trolling in the top 10 feet has been improving in the beginning of the day, and down to 30 feet the remainder of the day.

Bait fishing has improved, mainly using Power Bait, Mice Tails and inflated nightcrawlers.

Pardee Reservoir: The lake is closed after this weekend.

Rick Halbur caught a 22.5-pound catfish last week using nightcrawlers.

Lake Amador: They are in their fourth week of planting 5,000 pounds of trout monthly, at 1,000 pounds per day, Monday through Friday. The lake is turning over right now and fishing is hot. With the new plants and holdovers, the fish are very aggressive. Use very small baits, such as pencil-sized Power Bait and 1/4 to 1/2 of a nightcrawler behind a water bobber. Concentrate on the shoreline. Topline floaters using flies are really doing well right now.

Hogan: Striper fishing has been good, both baitfishing and throwing lures. Chasing the boils is when stripers chase the shad to the surface, which is the time to throw Kastmasters, Flukes and grubs. Throwing top-water Zara Spooks, Blaze Poppers and small crankbait is working as well. Anchovies and shad have worked nicely for catfish.

Largemouth Bass fishermen are using plastic worms and jigs.

Mountain lakes: Gary Mazzera reported catching and releasing 35 trout at Silver Lake this past weekend. Spicer is doing very well with nightcrawlers, Needlefish and Flatfish. Lake Alpine is doing the best from the bank. The water is down a little, so the launch ramp is a little rough. Fishermen at Caples are reporting bait fishing from the bank is good. Trollers are using Rapalas and Excel lures to catch some nice-sized trout.

Wortley Lake: Catch and release fishing is now allowed at Micke Grove Regional Park’s Wortley Lake.

The lake has been stocked with catfish, blue gill and black bass since 2008. Those fishing at the lake will be required to immediately release their catch back into Wortley Lake.

There is no fee to fish, but a valid California fishing license is required for those 16 years of age or over. A $5 vehicle-parking fee will also apply.

Micke Grove Regional Park is located at 11793 N. Micke Grove Rd. in Lodi. For more information, call (209) 331-2050 or log onto

Reminder: The Mokelumne River is closed from Highway 99 up to Camanche Dam.

Events: The 27th Annual Trout Bout will be held Saturday, Nov. 19 at Oak Grove Park. Over 1,700 pounds of trout will be planted. There is no registration fee. A $5 fishing permit fee and valid fishing license are required for anyone 16 and over. There is a $5 parking fee.

The 9th Annual Bob McMillen Fishing Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012. For more information, call 209-331-2050 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