Right now on the delta the bite remains good for a variety of species. Bass have been hitting top water lures as well as a variety of different reaction baits. You can’t go wrong with buzz baits early and late in the day. Once the sun gets nice and high snag proof frogs are catching some of the bigger bass while those cranking are catching nice limits. Franks Tract continues to produce nice numbers as well as Whites and Disappointment Slough. Striper fishing has been good for those trolling rebels near Cache Slough and Miner Slough. Anglers are also doing well while fishing for stripers off the bank along the San Joaquin River near Mossdale and around Whiskey Slough.
New Melones Lake:
Trout fishing off the bank has pretty much come to a close. Anglers catching trout are either fishing early or late in the day while trolling or fishing at night around a submersible light. The kokanee bite is really picking up for anglers trolling from 5’ to 45’ deep. Most of them are reporting easy limits once finding the right depth and schools of fish. Bass fishing continues to be the hot bite right now as there are plenty of post spawn bass willing to bite. The top water bite has really opened up as anglers are doing well while using Zara Spooks and Poppers.
Lake Don Pedro:
Lake Don Pedro has been good for trout, kokanee, and king salmon. Some of the local guides have been fast trolling heavy spoons between 15’ and 50’ deep. Kokanee are being found holding between 30’ and 70’ deep. Bass fishing is great right now on the lake as there is a good top water bite right now. Most bass have moved off their spawning beds but if you look around enough you will still find a few up shallow.
Summer time for me is night fishing time at Lake Amador. As the nights become warmer night fishing on the lake is the only way to go. Weekly trout plants continue to take place but most trout are being found between 20’ and 30’ feet deep. The bass have finished their spawn and are making their way into the cooler deeper water. Crappies are starting to show up for those anglers fishing at night around the docks.
I’ve finally decided that I’m going to head out this week and try for striped bass on New Hogan. Reports are that there is a good morning bite for those trolling for striped bass with rolled shad or anchovies within site of the boat ramp. Most anglers are trolling around 25’ deep. Bass fishing remains good as there are plenty of active fish still shallow. There is also a lot of bluegill to be caught in the backs of coves on live worms.