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Fishing with Mike Salmon still producing in the Delta

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Mike Faught

Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2011 12:00 am

The Delta: A good number of salmon are still being caught with reports of fish over 20 pounds. One of our bass fisherman reported catching four salmon on the same day throwing Lipless Crankbanks. One of the salmon was approximately 40 pounds.

The sea lions are still in the areas between the mouth of Old Sacramento River and Walnut Grove, and taking advantage of some the few fish that are being caught. The fate fall run of salmon tends to produce the bigger ones, so spending the time to catch them can pay off.

Bass fishing on the Delta has been good this past week. The top-water bite is still very active in the morning. Shallow running crankbaits and spinnerbaits are working very well the rest of the day. Spend time covering water, mainly on the riprap (rocky areas) or the outside edge of the weedline.

Stripers are coming from several areas of the Delta. Trolling in the Rio Vista area to Suisun Bay has been the best, but some fish are coming from the South Fork of the Mokelumne between B&W Resort and Wimpy’s. Trollers are pulling Rat-L-Traps and Rebel type lures. There are also some coming from the Stockton turning basin area as well, drifting minnows.

Most reports of sturgeon have come from fishing in the Light 1 area, Light 33 and over at the PG&E Stacks in Pittsburg, as well as the lower bay of Suisun Cut and Roe and Ryer Island area, using Ghost Shrimp, salmon roe and eel.

Lake Camanche: Trollers are catching trout at 15-30 feet. Popular areas on the lake are Big Hat, Little Hat and the dam area, using grubs, Needlefish, Excels and Rapalas. Bank fishing from the day-use area on Northshore and off of Chevron Point on Southshore, using Power Bait in garlic and rainbow colors. Stocking will begin the first of November with 10,000 pounds a month through the winter until the water begins to warm again.

Pardee Reservoir: Will be closed after Sunday, Nov. 6. Some nice trout have been caught trolling the mouth of the river up, using Needlefish, Rainbow Runners and Apexes. Bait fishing has slowed down.

Mountain lakes: Fishermen are still doing very well at Lake Alpine and Spicer. Silver Lake and Caples are reporting bait fishing from the bank and trollers are using Rapalas, Kastmasters and Excel lures on both lakes.

Local Events

Starting in November, plants will begin at Oak Grove Regional Park. The first plant will coincide with the 27th Annual Trout Bout, on Saturday, Nov. 19. Over 1,700 pounds of trout will be planted prior to the derby.

There is no registration fee, however, a $5 fishing permit fee and valid fishing license are required for those 16 years of age or over. A $5 vehicle-parking fee will also apply.

The last plant of 1,700 pounds will be prior to the 9th Annual Bob McMillen Memorial Tournament, set for Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012.

For more information, call 209-331-2050 or log onto


The Mokelumne River is closed from Highway 99 up to Camanche Dam starting this Saturday until the end of the year.

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