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Fishing with Mike Sacramento River features action on the sturgeon front

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Mike Faught

Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2012 12:00 am

The Delta: On the Sacramento River, the Sturgeon fishermen are getting action in Cache Slough and the Prospect area, using Eel, Roe and Shrimp Baits.

DFG Regulations: White Sturgeon keeper size is 46-66 inches Green Sturgeon -— Catch & Release only.

Striped Bass fishermen are catching some nice fish in the Decker Island, Power Lines and Broad Slough areas, using shad, mudsuckers and sardines. Most fish are running in the fourto eight-pound range, and are in the 25- to 30-foot depth due to cold water temperature.

There are a lot of small fish biting, which is a sign of activity that does not happen much this time of year.

We have several success stories for Stripers caught in the Turning Basin to the mouth of the San Joaquin River, trolling and drifting jumbo shiners and in the Lombardi Shoals down to the mouth of Three-Mile Slough using Shad and mudsuckers.

Trollers are working the Santa Clara Shoals down to Three-Mile Slough using deep diving Rebels, Predators and Yo-Zuris. The best colors are Chartreuse and Red & White, as well as shad patterns.

Mokelumne River: Salmon is off-limits and must be released immediately. Be sure to have your Steelhead Report Card with you regardless of your age. There is a one fish limit, and it must be a hatchery fish (the adipose fin is clipped). Reports reveal a great Opening Day. Best baits for Steelhead are roe, nightcrawlers, spinners, flies and Kastmasters.

In the Lower Mokelumne, Striper anglers are drifting minnows and spooning near the beehives between Beaver and Hog Sloughs. An 18-pounder weighed in on Tuesday that was caught in the Thornton area using shad.

Don Pedro: They’re stocking Trout weekly. You will find the Trout in the top10-20 feet while the Salmon are at 40-80 feet. Salmon fishermen are trolling in the dam area, Middle Bay and the Woods Creek arm. Anglers are fishing Kokanee style to catch Salmon, using Apexes, Needlefish and X-Cels behind a dodger. This is the time of year for trolling with small shad and anchovies.

Lake Camanche: Limits are being caught at the Southshore Pond, using PowerBait, Mice Tails, Trout Worms, Wooley Buggers and nightcrawlers, casting with Kastmasters, Rooster Tails and Magic Bullets.

Bank fishermen are doing great with PowerBaits, Mice Tails and Trout Worms in Light Green and Charteuse colors, and Garlic flavor is hot right now.

Trollers are using Grubs with PowerEggs, Rapalas in Fire Tiger, Orange and Black and Silver in F7’s and F9’s, from the narrows to the Big Hat, Little Hat and the dam area. They are doing best in the top 10-15 feet of water, running 150-200 feet behind the boat. Bass fishermen are drop-shotting, dragging 4-6-inch rubber worms, and throwing swim baits and minnow-type ripbaits.

New Melones Lake: Three different boats reported limits of trout up to 18 feet, trolling depths of 10-20 feet, using X-Cels, Needlefish, Rapalas and Apexes in Watermelon and Silver colors in the Coyote Creek, all the way to Parrots Ferry Bridge.

A lake record German Brown was caught this week in the area of the dam, weighing in at 13 lbs and 4 ounces. Use small shad for trolling the main body and up the river, Glory Hole Point to Angel’s Cove and the Carson Creek area to the Hwy 49 bridge.

Bait fishermen are doing good around the areas of Glory Hole Point, Angel’s Cove and Highway 49 Bridge, using Berkley PowerBait, Trout Worms and MiceTails. Bass fishermen are jigging 4-6 inch rubber worms. Green Pumpkin seem to be a favored color.

Lake Amador: The lake is being stocked daily. Trollers are using Micetails, Trout Worms and PowerBait in the pink, orange and chartreuse colors.

Bank fishermen are using PowerBait in Garlic flavors and regular PowerBait in Chartreuse and Yellow Corn.

Note: Jan. 31 is the deadline to mail in last year’s Sturgeon and Steelhead Report Cards, or you can drop them off here at the shop and we will mail them for you.

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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