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The draw of year-round fishing
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The first time I took my wife out fishing on the Delta she asked “are there always this many bugs around?” I knew then that it was going to be a short trip and that the Delta was off the list when planning to take her fishing.

I had another friend who I tried on several occasions to get out fishing, but wanted to wait for the perfect weather conditions before going out. Most avid fishermen would be willing to go out fishing in any type of weather conditions. I’m partial to the early fall and spring, but have fished all 12 months of the year when I was actively involved in tournament fishing. I’m not sure there’s a weather condition that I haven’t fished through. One of the most beautiful but scariest of weather conditions has to be the mountain thunder and lightning storm. The power of a storm I find so impressive, that oddly enough I enjoy watching the storm pass just as long as I’m in a safe place. Therein lies the problem, there aren’t too many safe places when you’re out on a boat. The most obvious solution has been heading for cover, either by waiting the storm out in my truck or finding an empty boat slip to hide underneath.

These in between times of year the weather can change in a moment. It’s one of the most fascinating times of the year, but can also be one of the most dangerous.

Delta Report:

A lot of anglers are reporting catching bass while fishing the outside weed edges. Crankbaits and jigs are working well for those fishing the six to eight foot range. Striper fishing continues to improve, early morning and the evening hours seem to be the most productive times right now. Anglers are doing well while fishing around Big Break, Mildred Island, and Franks Tract with top water lures and large rattle baits. Duck hunting season is open so be on the look out for duck blinds.

New Melones Lake:

The lake has finally reopened and the Trout are biting for a lot of anglers trolling between 25-35 feet deep. Anglers trolling for trout are using wedding rings and needlefish attached to either down riggers of diving planes. Bass fishing has slowed for a lot of anglers. I believe the cooling water and the high skies probably have a lot to do with it. As the weather and temperatures become more fall like, the fishing should improve.  

Lake Camanche:

Fishing for bass continues to be good for anglers fishing with topwater baits early in the morning and then switching over to small plastics during the day. The crankbait bite is also starting to improve as the water temperatures become more fall like. Trout fishing is slow right now but should be picking up shortly as the cooler weather is surely to bring them up shallow. Catfishing is still good for anglers fishing off the bank with chicken livers or anchovies.

Lake Pardee:

Lake Pardee is currently scheduled to close shortly, so if you’re looking to get out one more time on Lake Pardee you have till sunset on Nov. 3 until it’s scheduled to reopen in February. Recently trout fishing has been slow for trollers; those catching fish are catching them while trolling down to fifty feet in the early morning hours.

Lake Don Pedro:

There’s a good trout bite right now on the lake. Anglers are doing well while fishing between 35 - 55 feet deep with a variety of shad imitating lures. King Salmon are also being caught for those trolling shad or anchovies between 60 - 75 feet deep. The Upper Bay, Woods Creek and in the Tuolumne River arm are all good areas right now. Bass fishing remains steady for smaller fish which can be found feeding on large schools of shad throughout the lake right now. 

Tip of the Week:

Soon, many of us boat owners will be storing our boats until the weather starts to warm up again. The biggest and possibly the most expensive mistake we can make is not treating the leftover fuel that will be sitting in our boats fuel tanks. Old untreated fuel can be harmful to an outboard, especially a newer outboard. Because of this, I make it a habit of mine to always add one bottle of Stabil with every fill up.