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Striper bite picking up on the Delta

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Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013 12:00 am

The Delta: More Striper reports are starting to come in on the Sacramento River. Fishermen are using Bombers and Yozuris and Angry Eyes.

Bait fishermen are catching a lot of small stripers with shad and sardines.

Salmon fishing has really picked up in the Isleton and Walnut Grove areas. Kita Till caught an 18-pound salmon using Silverton’s last Sunday in the Vieira’s area. Ted Coffey caught his limit from 17-20 pounds; Marty Morfey caught a 21-pound fish, and Gary Graham caught a 31-pound fish. Some anglers are fishing up to Clarksburg. Favorite lures appear to be Silvertons, Brad’s Cut Plugs with anchovies and Bloody Tuna scent, Scarey Lures, Daigre QMS and Blue Foxes.

Striper fishing should be picking up soon on the San Joaquin River. Some trollers are catching a few fish keeper-size to 8 pounds, trolling Yozuris and Rebels.

Bait fishermen are catching fish in the Big Break area and Antioch Bridge, using shad, anchovies and sardines. Most fish run from keeper size to 8 pounds. Black Bass fishermen are using a lot of top-water lures, such as Frogs and Buzzbaits. They’re also using Spinner Baits and Crank Baits. There have been a lot of reports of good action.

Pardee: Fishermen are still getting a few Kokanee upriver by the orange buoy.

Rainbow trollers are working the mouth of the river and main body of the lake. Best lures are Needlefish, Excels, Rapalas and nightcrawlers behind a Dodger. Best depths are 35-50 feet.

Bank fishermen are using Berkley PowerBait, Berkley Mice Tails and Trout Worms in the marina out to the main lake and down to the wood pile. Black bass fishermen are using top-water baits such as Buzz Baits.

Camanche: Trout trollers are working the areas of Big Hat, Little Hat and the dam area, using Needlefish, Speedy Shiners and Rapalas. Best depths are 30-50 feet. We have one report that an angler gave up using downriggers and went to Leadcore, which started the nice numbers of fish he caught that day.

Another report came in of an 8.5-pound catfish out of the lake. Nice-sized bass are also being caught with drop-shotting and jigs. Top-water baits are best in the early morning or evenings.

New Melones: Kokanee fishing is basically done for the year, but a few are still being caught near the Highway 49 Bridge and Parrot’s Ferry. Best depth for rainbow trout is 35-40 feet, using Excels, R-Lures and Needlefish in shad patterns. Best areas lately are the dam area, main lake, the spillway and Carson Cove to the Highway 49 Bridge.

Ocean: Salmon fishermen are catching fish in several areas of the bay out to the Farralon Islands, 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 www.mrkokanee.com.

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