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Fishing with Mike Pardee turning out big numbers

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Mike Faught

Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2012 12:00 am

The Delta: On the Sacramento River, Cache Slough is still kicking out sturgeon. Most fishermen are using shrimp baits.

Striper trollers are doing great this week along the West Bank. Chris Christy and Steve Warren caught 11 stripers weighing 8 to 9 pounds using Yo-Zuris.

Bait fishing for stripers is good from the Rio Vista Bridge down to Broad Slough, using shad, pile worms and sardines. Bass anglers are throwing frogs, Rattletraps, crank baits, spinner baits, Senkos and Brush Hogs.

On the San Joaquin River, trollers are working Eddos, False River and the San Andreas Shoals areas, using Rebels, Bombers and P-Line Predators. Fishermen are starting to work the Mokelumne in the B&W area and up the Georgiana Slough.

Bait fishermen are doing better when there is no wind or rain. Fish are running 7 pounds and up, using shad and sardines in the areas of Antioch Bridge to San Andreas Shoals.

Bass fishermen are throwing spinner baits, Senkos and Robo Worms. The frog bite is picking up.

Pardee: Adam Harnage and his friend had two days of fishing this week and caught 20-plus fish (kokanee and trout) each day, using mainly the Cantaloupe GVF Spinner Bugs.  Bob Scruggs and Gary Graham caught  kokanee and trout up to 21 inches, doing best on Uncle Larry’s lures.

Bank fishermen are using PowerBait, Trout Worms, Mice Tails and nightcrawlers in the Marina area.

The boaters are bait fishing on the south end of the lake and up river on the points, using PowerBait and salmon eggs.

Don Pedro: Trout trollers are working the dam area down to the Middle Bay, using Needlefish, Kastmasters, and Apexes behind a Dodger, tipped with a worm. There are a few reports that kokanee are showing up at Jenkins Hill and Middle Bay.

Salmon fishermen are working the Middle Bay and Woods Creek areas, rolling shad behind a Dodger and pulling spinners tipped with a piece of anchovie. The best depth is 60-65 feet.

Bass anglers are using Berkley Power Worms and jigs, working the shallow areas.

Lake Camanche: Ernie Caruso reported catching rainbows at 7 and 10 pounds at the southshore pond. The Central Valley Anglers had a great weekend with 43 anglers out of southshore. Bill Hicks’ boat took first place with 10.47 pounds and Mike Faught caught the biggest fish at 6 pounds using a Hot Steel Rapala out of Larry Rayburn’s boat, which had a total weight of 10.29 pounds for second place.

Bank fishing is still hot on both shores, using Berkley Power Eggs and PowerBait with Garlic scented colors, in the lake and the pond.

Bass fishermen are doing great on crawdad baits and Robo worms. Top water bite is just starting.

New Melones: Trout trollers are still concentrating in the spillway area down to the dam, using Rapalas in the F7 and F9 sizes, in colors of Hot Steel, Black and Silver and Black and Gold. They are also trolling nightcrawlers behind a Dodger. Most trout are running in the top 25 feet.

Kokanee fishing is starting to pick up earlier than expected in the Highway 49 bridge, Carson Cove, spillway and Rose Island areas, trolling with Uncle Larry’s lures, Mr. Kokanee, Mag Tackle, Spinners behind your favorite Dodger. Best depth is 12-18 feet. They are also using Vance’s Sockeye Slammers, Needlefish in size No. 1 in Silver and Red patterns, and Fire Tiger.

Bait fishing is starting to slow down due to the fish going to deeper levels. Glory Hole Point and Angels Cove are the better areas to fish.


The Kokanee Power Trout Derby is Saturday at Camanche’s southshore marina area. Entries will be accepted until Friday at 7 p.m. at the Fisherman’s Friend.

Glory Hole Bait and Tackle at New Melones is having its seminar at the store on April 14, with all of the local guides participating.

The Second Annual Kids Matter Fishing Derby is May 20 at Stockton’s Weber Point. The derby is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For Information, call Herman at 209-898-2820.

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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