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Fishing Report 8/15/2018

When I was a kid I wanted this BMX bike so bad that I used to dream about it. My dreams became so real after a while, that I remember waking up in the middle of the night and running to the garage to see if it was there. Well, it wasn’t! When I bought my first bass boat I didn’t exactly wake up in the middle of the night to see if it was still there, but I did make sure to spend a few minutes sitting in it before I headed off to work that morning. As silly as it may seem, my boat is one of my most prized possessions. Not because of how shiny or expensive it is, it’s what it signifies to me. It’s a dream that I had as a kid that I made come true through hard work and determination. I believe a lot of people have similar possessions in their lives, mine just happens to be a boat!


The Delta:

Top water baits are still working well for bass during the morning and evening hours. There’s also a good Senko bite during the day while fishing around deep grass beds. Bluegills are being caught in large numbers right now for those fishing with small worms in the backs of sloughs. Catfish are being caught on chicken livers and clams.


New Melones Lake:

Trout are being caught right now for those fishing under submersible lights during the night. The kokanee bite has slowed down for those who choose to troll. Anglers trolling are trolling Apex Lures tipped with shoepeg corn fished trolled anywhere from 70 and 100 feet deep. Bass fishing remains good for smaller fish during the day and bigger fish are being caught earlier in the day on top water lures. Bluegill and crappie continue to bite well for those fishing brush piles with worms and minnows. The best action for crappie is at night around a submersible light. The catfish bite is really good all over the lake right now at night. Catfish are being caught while using anchovies or chicken livers.


Lake Don Pedro:

The best bite on the lake right now is for those anglers going after kokanee. There are a lot of two-pound kokanee being caught by anglers trolling between 60 and 100 feet deep while using Vance’s Sling Blade Dodgers trailed with Uncle Larry’s spinners tipped with shoepeg corn. Bass fishing is good for smaller fish. Anglers fishing for bass are using shaky head worms down to 20 feet deep.


Lake Amador:

Lake Amador has been good for those fishing at night. During the day the only fish reported caught are bluegill which are being caught up shallow on worms. At night bass are being caught on large power worms and spinnerbaits.


Lake Pardee:

Bass fishing is good right now for anglers who are finding shade along the bank or fishing deep with plastics. Trout fishing has also been good for those trolling earlier in the day until about noon. Bluegill fishing is really good right now for those fishing the shallows with worms and crickets.


Lake Camanche:

The bite is really good right now for bluegill and bass. Bass are being caught right now just about anywhere on the lake, with rocky points being the best spots. Small plastic worms worked along the bottom are producing a lot of bites during the day. Bluegills are being caught shallow by those fishing with red worms in the backs of coves. Trout are still being caught by anglers trolling between 40 and 55 feet deep with speedy shiners.


Tip of the Week:

Several years ago a wheel bearing on one of my trailer wheels burned out and if it weren’t for some help provided by friends, I’d probably still be stuck on the side of the road. Since then, I’ve made it a habit of mine to check my wheels at each stop along the way. What I do is gently put my hand against the tire feeling for any unusual heat indicating a lack of oil or bearing that may be wearing out. I also carry extra wheel bearings and bearing grease along with the necessary tools needed to change a burned out bearing.