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

The Delta: On the Sacramento River, several nice salmon were reported coming in at Vieira's, including a 20-pounder.

Eric Koga caught a 20-pound salmon off the bank in Walnut Grove, using a Mepp's Flying C in orange. There were other reports from trollers in the Walnut Grove area.

Striper fishermen are using frozen shad, anchovies and sardines in the areas of the Rio Vista Bridge down to Sherman Island in the Light 8 area. Most fish are keeper-size up to 6 or 7 pounds.

San Joaquin River: The San Joaquin River is not open for salmon.

Striper fishermen are working False River to the mouth of the San Joaquin, trolling Yo-Zuris and Rebels.

Bait fishing for stripers is working best from Light 38 down to Eddos, using shad, sardines and anchovies.

Black Bass fishermen report excellent bites using Frogs and top-water baits for early morning top-water bite. In the afternoon, use Senko Worms, Brush Hogs, smaller swim baits, crank baits and spinner baits. Nick Faught and his dad, Mike, had a great time on Sunday, using Frogs, Senkos and Spinner baits catching fish up to 4.5 pounds. Jimmy Miller and Mike Faught had a great day last Friday, catching and releasing 40-plus fish.

Pardee: Kokanee trollers continue to work the north arm all the way to the orange buoy at the dam, and all the way up to Box Canyon, using Mag Tackle Pink and orange and blue Hoochies. Make sure to tip your hook with corn. Best scents are Pro-Cure Garlic, Anise and Bloody Tuna.

Trout trollers are working the main lake, all the way to the south end, pulling Dodgers or Flashers with a nightcrawler and GVF spinners and Uncle Larry's spinners with a nightcrawler.

New Hogan: Striper trollers are using shad and anchovies in the main body of the lake at 20-30 feet. Anglers have seen an improved bite this past week. Other anglers are fishing at night with underwater light, using anchovies in the main body of the lake.

Bank fishermen report catching fish off the bank in Camper's Cove and in the dam area using shad and anchovies.

Don Pedro: Jenkin's Hill and Middle Bay are the common areas for the best kokanee catch. Best depths are 50-75 feet, using Apex Lures, Mag Tackle, Vance's Dodgers, Rocky Mountain Dodgers, Rocky Mountain Hoochies in pink, green, orange and watermelon, as well as Uncle Larry's GVF and Mr. Kokanee. Be sure to have your shoepeg corn on the hook.

The best depth for trolling for Trout is 25-40 feet, using Needlefish, Excels, Mag Tackle Predator Spoons and Rapalas.

Best baits for largemouth bass are senkos, swimbaits, and Robo worms in the back of Woods Creek.

Lake Camanche: Joe Nye and Kenny Beal trolled the dam area and river channel for trout on Tuesday, catching limits averaging 2.5 to 4.5 pounds. They were using R-Lures, small Rapalas and Needlefish. Best depth is 25-40 feet. Night fishermen are still doing good using lights and best baits have been PowerBait and nightcrawlers.

The catfish bite is picking up, using mackerel and chicken or turkey livers. Black bass anglers are jigging and drop-shotting, and using top-water plugs.

New Melones: Kokanee fishing is still very good near the spillway, dam and the middle of the lake. The best lures are Uncle Larry's spinners in pinks, blues and orange, Mag Tackle in pink and orange and watermelon Hoochies trolled behind your favorite Dodgers. Top scents are Pro-Cure Garlic, Anise and Carp Spit. Best depth is 50-65 feet.

Bass anglers are drop-shotting, throwing jigs and using spinner baits in the top water.

Lake Oroville: The silver salmon bite is good. Trollers are fishing depths of 60-75 feet by the dam and Bidwell Bridge, using White Hoochies, Uncle Larry's Spinners in pink and white, orange and white, and green and white.

Ocean: There are a lot of anglers reporting limits of salmon this week in the Santa Cruz and Bodega Bay areas. Anglers report using FBRs with anchovies and herring, Brad's Cut Plugs, Apexes and Krocodile lures in blue and silver and watermelon.

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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