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Fishing Report
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Wind has made it hard on some anglers seeking out a top water bite combined with the cooler mornings we have had lately. Those doing well for bass are using spinnerbaits and buzz baits. With all the boat traffic recently on the delta most anglers have chosen to stay home. Fishing off the bank is good right now for catfish and panfish. Bluegill and Crappie can be found near either brush piles or docks, try using small worms or minnows under a bobber. For catfish right now any of the traditional catfish baits are working well while fished off the bottom.
New Melones Lake:
Kokanee catches continue to keep anglers busy as trout fishing has slowed down for the summer. Anglers catching kokanee are fishing the dam area and can be found between 40-50 feet deep. Bass fishing is still good for anglers tossing rattle traps and spinnerbaits. Catfishing has really started to pick up for a lot of anglers fishing the night just about anywhere on the lake. The bluegill bite has been fair to good for those fishing the backs of brushy coves.
Lake Don Pedro:
There is a good bite right now for largemouth bass for those dragging plastics down to 30 feet. Most anglers searching for trout and kokanee are heading to New Melones as the bite is wide open just a few miles away.
Lake Pardee:
Summertime is a great time to fish Lake Pardee, fishing for smallmouth bass can be great this time of year. A favorite technique of mine is the use of crickets for smallmouth bass. Fished either on the bottom or fished just above underwater rock piles almost always provides good action. If choosing to use artificial baits the early morning top water bite is good, and the mid day jig bite around submersed islands is also another great choice.
Lake Camanche:
The bite is really good right now for those fishing for bluegill and bass. Bass are being caught right now just about anywhere on the lake, with rocky points being the best spots. Lures that are being used are spinnerbaits and crankbaits, while the bigger fish are being caught by those dragging plastics along the bottom. Bluegills are being caught shallow by those fishing with red worms in the backs of bays.
Lake Amador:
Most of the fishing is taking place during the night. Very few anglers are fishing the lake during the daytime. Anglers are currently catching bass, catfish, crappie, bluegill, and a few trout all while fishing through the night.
Tip of the Week:
I’ve made the mistake more than once of overpaying for launch fees while fishing a new body of water. Most launches vary in price; it’s often worth the effort to research prices of the various launch facilities before venturing out.