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Fishing Report

POSTED December 22, 2010 8:04 a.m.
Delta Report:
Stripers continue to bite well for anglers fishing reaction baits as well as live bait in and around schools. Stripers rarely hold up in one spot for long, they may like to frequent certain areas but they are prone to be moving constantly. Waiting them out sometimes is the best method this time of year. Largemouth bass fishing is slow right now as most fish are being caught on jigs and rip baits. Anglers are targeting areas out of current right now. Crappie are said to be biting well around the docks at union point, small crappie jigs and minnows seem to be doing the trick.
New Melones Lake:
Trout fishing is picking up for a lot of anglers, anglers fishing off the bank are doing well while fishing with Power Bait and anglers trolling are doing well trolling from the surface down to twenty feet. Trollers have been having most of their luck while trolling shad imitation lures such as Apex U.V., Needlefish, Excel Lures, and most other small spoons. Trolling frozen shad has also proven a good technique for catching bigger rainbows, and possibly brown trout. Bass fishing has been tough lately for a lot of anglers, those that have been catching them are catching them between 20 and 40 feet deep with drop shotted worms and jigs.
Lake Don Pedro:
Trout fishing is great right now for anglers trolling from the surface down to 15 feet deep. The hot areas right now are near the Dam or around Rogers Creek. Bass fishing has slowed considerably; anglers are catching smaller fish while spooning through schools of bass down to 40 feet deep.
Lake Amador:
Weekly trout plants continue to take place, many trout are being caught while fishing as shallow as three feet deep. Anglers fishing off the bank are doing well while fishing off the bottom with trout bait as well as under a bobber.
Lake Camanche:
Trout fishing has been good lately; many anglers are catching limits of trout. The North Shore area has been really good lately for anglers fishing off the bank with Power Bait. Anglers trolling for trout are trolling Rapala (J-7) Brook Trout patterned lures from the surface down to ten feet deep. Most trollers are staying around South Shore area. Bass fishing is fair for anglers willing to slow down and fish small plastics, Robo Worms, and one ton jigs. It’s important to look for schools of bait right now as the bass are surely near.
Tip of the Week:
An upside down rigged weight actually creates more disturbance than a traditionally rigged weight and is easier to keep in one place.

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