FISH­ING RE­PORT

Escalon Times - - SPORTS - JAROD BALLARDO

There’s and old say­ing that goes “some­one’s al­ways go­ing to catch fish.” This is es­pe­cially true on the Delta. This past week­end seemed like the per­fect day to get out fish­ing, I couldn’t have asked for bet­ter fish­ing con­di­tions. The fish on the other hand weren’t co­op­er­at­ing, caus­ing me to strug­gle to put a limit in the boat. Once at the boat ramp I could over­hear other boaters that had sim­i­lar struggles. Then of course I got home and looked at some of that day’s tour­na­ment weights and re­al­ized that there were quite a few an­glers that had ex­cel­lent days. As much as I’d hate to ad­mit it, some of my fa­vorite ar­eas just aren’t what they used to be. It’s time to ven­ture out a bit and find some­thing new. As an­glers, we get com­fort­able fish­ing cer­tain ar­eas, of­ten fish­ing for fish that are no longer there. This to me ex­plains why some­one from other parts of the coun­try can visit here and out fish some of our best lo­cal an­glers.

Delta Re­port:

The bite is very good right now, a lot of qual­ity sized bass have been mov­ing shal­low to feed and spawn. The key to catch­ing the big­ger fish has been find­ing not only the right area but be­ing there when the tide is just start­ing to go out. This time of year it’s also very im­por­tant to make sev­eral passes over a bank where you just caught a fish. Senko’s are work­ing well right now as well as spin­ner­baits and jigs. Once the tide bot­toms out try fish­ing the out­side weed lines or tar­get­ing no­tice­able clear­ings within the weed beds.

New Melones Lake:

The crap­pie bite is im­prov­ing on the lake as an­glers are tar­get­ing sub­merged trees with live min­nows and crap­pie jigs. The key to find­ing the good trees has been find­ing the ones that are around ar­eas where there is run­ning wa­ter or next to spawn­ing flats. Trout fish­ing has slowed down as the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture is in the low 60s. Bass fish­ing steadily in­creases as more fish have made their move shal­low for the spawn. Senko’s and bait­fish imi­tat­ing re­ac­tion baits are work­ing well from the sur­face down to 35 feet deep.

Lake Don Pe­dro:

The bass bite has been great lately; a lot of re­ports of an­glers catch­ing over 20 fish a day while us­ing rip baits, jigs, and spin­ner­baits. For sheer num­bers the drop shot or shaky head with a 4- to 6-inch Robo Worm worked from the bank down to 30 feet should bring in a lot of fish. Try search­ing the bank as well as there are sure to be some fish that have moved shal­low for the spawn.

Lake Pardee:

Bass fish­ing is hit or miss for some an­glers. With the lake quickly be­com­ing a fa­vorite of many swim bait fish­er­men there’s been plenty of boat traf­fic over the past few week­ends. If all pos­si­ble, try get­ting out on the lake dur­ing the week. The wa­ter is gin clear so make sure to make long casts and use more nat­u­ral baits. Trout fish­ing is fair right now as an­glers are catch­ing trout and koka­nee while trolling from the sur­face down to 20 feet deep. There are still a lot of trout be­ing planted and caught in the boat launch cove on Power Bait.

New Ho­gan Lake:

Fish­ing for bass is good right now. Trick worms rigged on a shaky head is a hard bait to beat right now. No sign of stripers yet but there are large schools of bluegill that can be found around bed­ding ar­eas which can be caught on worms.

Lake Amador:

The lake is still be­ing stocked weekly and is al­most full. Trout fish­ing is good right now for an­glers fish­ing off the bank with Power Bait. An­glers trolling are also hav­ing luck while trolling from the sur­face down to 15 feet deep.

Tip of the Week:

One of the big­gest mis­takes an­glers make this time of year is fish­ing a pro­duc­tive area only once. Es­pe­cially dur­ing the spring months fish move up and down the wa­ter col­umn in search of spawn­ing ar­eas.

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