Striped bass fishing is starting to pick up for anglers fishing live bait around Franks Tract and Discovery Bay. Anglers are using live mudsuckers or bluegill to catch their limits of fish. Bass fishing is slow right now for anglers. Now that the water temperatures are in the low 50’s anglers are using mainly jigs and creature baits for their bites. Bluegill can still be caught around most docks but you must move around until you find them.
New Melones Lake:
Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sporting Goods in Angels Camp said, “Trout fishing is good and getting better with 2 to 3-pound holdovers in addition to the planters.” Bank anglers are getting in on the act with the best action in the morning with Power Bait on a sliding sinker rig in the shallow waters in the backs of Angels or Glory Hole Coves. Kastmasters or ExCels scented with threadfin shad scent or Pautske’s Eggs are also effective from the banks. For bass, anglers are spooning for suspended schools of bass that are following the schools of shad.
The Tackle Box Café at Lake Amador reported they continue to plant 1000-pounds every weekday, and trolling has been picking up in addition to good action from the banks. The Sons in Retirement/Jolly Hookers out of the Sacramento area held a derby at the lake on Tuesday, and the 22 members of the club weighed in 37 fish to 2-pounds/6-ounces.