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POSTED August 20, 2010 9:55 p.m.

Several years ago I took a friend out fishing on the delta. He proceeded to catch the biggest bass of his life that day. Funny thing was that he just got back from a guided trip in Mexico for trophy bass. His biggest fish during his Mexico trip was half the size of the one he caught that day.

We weren’t in a tournament or under any type of pressure. We were just two friends out fishing. We ended up staying out on the water that day until almost 11 p.m. The fishing was great!

I would have never guessed we would have caught the fish like we did that day. I wish I knew what triggered those bites. The delta is strange in that at any moment your luck can change.

Admittedly, it’s far from the prettiest or cleanest places to fish. What it is though, is an amazing fishery that can be loaded with surprises.

As the summer is surely going to start winding down, the fall can be one of the most interesting times on the delta. Several different species of fish start becoming more active while others start their migration through the delta. I recently contacted my friend and told him to “get ready!” He replied by saying “I already am!”

Delta Report:             Fishing right now on the delta has been reported as being tough for a lot of bass anglers. Bass are reacting to lures such as rattle traps and spinnerbaits but the bigger fish are being caught while flipping and working top water baits. Striper fishing continues to be slow right now but as the water temperatures continue to drop the bite should be picking up. Catfishing remains good right now for those fishing cut bait along the bottom. New Melones Lake:

Trout are still being caught by anglers fishing at night under a submersible light. Many anglers are choosing to fish around the Stevenot highway 49 bridge. Kokanee fishing has slowed down for a lot of anglers. Those anglers catching them are trolling down to 60 feet deep around the dam area.  Bass fishing continues to be good for smaller bass on soft plastics while worked along the bottom. Bigger bass are being caught in the early morning hours on topwater lures and at night on top as well. Bluegills continue to provide steady action for those fishing around boat docks and the backs of coves. Catfishing has remained good for anglers soaking bait off the bank while fishing mostly at night.  

Lake Don Pedro:

Trout fishing is good right now on the lake for anglers fishing down to 35 feet deep. Kokanee fishing is also great right now for anglers fishing around Jenkins Hill as deep as 100 feet deep. Some reports of king salmon are also coming in by anglers fishing as deep as 150 feet in Fleming and Middle Bay. Bass fishing is good for anglers using live bait in the top ten feet of water. Live crawdads and live minnows are the top producers right now. For anglers using artificial baits, hula grubs or baby brush hogs are not a bad choice right now. During the low light hours top water lures such as Zara Spooks and Rico’s are working well.  

Lake Tulloch:      

If you can get out before all the water skiers the bite for largemouth and smallmouth is really good. Top water lures in the backs of coves is leading for some exciting action as well as rip baits worked across points. Night fishing on the lake right now is really good for anglers working top water lures and spinnerbaits at night. At night, a lot of the docks around the hotel area stay lit which usually brings a lot of bait shallow to feed.

Lake Pardee:

Anglers are catching trout early in the morning with several limits being reported by trollers. The catfish have started to bite during the day on cut bait and clams. In order to catch catfish anglers are focusing on limited shade found along the shore from overhanging trees. Bass fishing remains good for anglers fishing top water baits during the morning hours and small plastic baits during the day.

Tip of the WeekOne of the biggest complaints from fishermen using spinning rods is the eventual line twist that seems to plague the design. When this happens most fishermen opt to replace the line with fresh line. There is an easy fix to this problem; all you have to do is while idling out in a boat from spot to spot or going through a five mile zone let your line out without anything attached to the end. The line will untwist itself while dragged through the water which will save you a lot of time and money in the long run.   
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