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Mike Faught

Posted: Friday, April 20, 2012 12:00 am

The Delta: After the rains, the sturgeon bite started picking up on the Sacramento River in the Cache and Prospect sloughs. Light 47 and 48 in the Sacramento River produced some fish, using roe, shrimp baits, pile worms and eel.

Bait fishermen are fishing the mouth of Broad Slough, Sherman Island and the south tip of Decker Island, using shad and sardines.

Bass anglers are getting up to 10-pounders in the quiet water areas, using Senkos and Crankbaits.

On the San Joaquin River, trollers are concentrating in the areas of the mouth of False River, San Andreas and Santa Clara Shoals, and the Sounding Board, using Rebels, deep-diving Predators and Yo-Zuris.

Bait fishermen are using shad and sardines in the areas of San Andreas and Santa Clara Shoals to the mouth of Three-Mile Slough.

Rick Long of Lodi caught over a dozen fish one day this week. Five of those fish weighed 27.5 pounds. He was using Senkos and Reaction Innovation Beavers.

Pardee: Anglers reported catching kokanee, using Uncle Larry's Lures near the mouth of the river area.

Bank fishermen are using Berkley PowerBait in Garlic flavored Rainbow and straight Garlic flavors. They are also casting from the shore with Kastmasters and Wooly Buggers behind a bobber.

Don Pedro: Trollers for salmon are working the dam area, Middle Bay and back in Woods Creek, rolling shad, and pulling No. 3 Needlefish in shad patterns at 60-90 feet.

Kokanee are biting in the Jenkin's Hill and Middle Bay areas, using Rocky Mountain micro Hoochies. Best depths are 12-30 feet.

Trout are being caught from depths of 20-25 feet, using Needlefish and Kastmasters. Bass and largemouth are best using drop shot and plastics.

Lake Camanche: The big fish of the week was caught by Cliff Hoover, weighing 12-plus pounds. He was trolling a Hot Steel Rapala. Most anglers have reported success trolling ExCel Lures, Speedy Shiners off the downriggers, 75-100 feet behind the boat.

New Melones: Trout anglers are trolling the main body of the lake from Black Bart to the spillway. Best depths are 15-30 feet, using Rapalas F7s, F9s, and Speedy Shiner spoons in copper colors.

Kokanee are schooling up in the spillway area, off of Glory Hole Point and in the middle of the lake around Rose Island, and in the dam area. Best baits have been Mag Tackle, Micro Hoochies in pink, white and watermelon behind a Dodger.

Ocean: Bob Aberle from Lodi and his friend got their limits of salmon at 10 to 12 pounds. Mike Faught and David Portscheller of Lodi were fishing near Soquel Hole and caught five salmon up to 12 pounds. They were using a variety of tackles, including Shelton's FBRs with anchovies, Watermelon Krocodiles, Brad's Super Cut Plugs in Blackjack, Green Magic and Hot Melon.

Other anglers launched out of Half Moon Bay and did well using anchovies, Krocodiles and Brad's Super Cut Plugs. There was an average of two fish per boat in the Bodega Bay area. The best baits were anchovies, Hoochies and herring.


The 21st Annual Lodi Lake Fishing Derby will be held on June 2. Fishing begins at 8 a.m. and ends at noon. The kids' fish tank will be available for kids 8 and under. Bring your own fishing pole. Check in early for free tackle and free raffle tickets. Call 333-6742 for more information.

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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