Be on the look­out for duck hunters’ blinds

Manteca Bulletin - - Sports - JAROD BALLARDO Fish­ing Columnist

When I think about fish­ing in Oc­to­ber, I think about great weather, great fish­ing and the open­ing of duck hunt­ing sea­son. On the Delta, the duck hunters are out in full force, rac­ing around to set up all their blinds. For the most part, they usu­ally stick to the many flooded islands and less-pop­u­lated ar­eas.

There are a few, though, who seem to have per­ma­nent res­i­dence near or around a few of my fa­vorite fish­ing ar­eas. I’m sur­prised that we aren’t on a first-name ba­sis.

Years ago when I was tour­na­ment fish­ing, I was un­aware of the open­ing of duck hunt­ing sea­son and fished right to­wards a hunter’s blind. As soon as I got within shout­ing dis­tance from the blind I was yelled at by the hunter who told me to leave.

An­other time while I was fish­ing within sight of a duck blind, out of nowhere, a boat came rac­ing to­wards me with a gun-wield­ing hunter telling me that I needed to leave the area.

I’ve since be­come fa­mil­iar with most of the sites of hunters and avoid cer­tain ar­eas af­ter the sec­ond week of Oc­to­ber.

Delta Re­port

There are a lot of schools of bait­fish mak­ing their way through the Delta. An­glers are re­port­ing catch­ing bass while fish­ing the out­side weed edges. Crankbaits and jigs are work­ing well for those fish­ing the 6-8-foot range.

Stripers are be­ing caught by an­glers fish­ing around Mil­dred Is­land, but not in the large num­ber like most would ex­pect for this time of year. An­glers catch­ing them are swim­ming Fish Trap lures.

As the water tem­per­a­tures drop a lit­tle more, the bite should pick up con­sid­er­ably.

New Melones

Lake Trout fish­ing is re­mains tough. In the fall, the shad will move to the backs of the coves, and the fish will fol­low. Hope­fully, the up­com­ing weather sys­tem will en­cour­age the Trout to school up ad fol­low the bait into the shal­lows.

Bass fish­ing con­tin­ues to be good for num­bers of fish caught on shad im­i­tat­ing lures and plas­tics. An­glers are also catch­ing fish while spoon­ing through schools of shad.

Cat­fish con­tinue to bite for an­glers fish­ing with cut bait while fish­ing from the bank or their boats.

Lake Pardee

Lake Pardee closes for the sea­son the first Sun­day in Novem­ber. Trout fish­ing has been slow, and those catch­ing fish are catch­ing them while trolling down to 50 feet in the early-morn­ing hours.

Bass fish­ing is good for an­glers fish­ing with small plas­tics through­out the day for smaller fish.

Lake Don Pe­dro

There are very few re­ports of any­thing be­ing caught on the lake other than bass. An­glers fish­ing the lake early in the day are be­ing re­warded while fish­ing with top-water lures.

As the tem­per­a­tures con­tinue to drop, the trout should be­gin to move up shal­lower.

There have been a few break-ins of ve­hi­cles and boats on the lake. If you’re go­ing to be leav­ing ei­ther unat­tended, it’s a good idea to se­cure all valu­ables.

Lake Amador

Trout are sched­uled to be stocked at the end of the month. Un­til then, an­glers are catch­ing bass and cat­fish. An­glers fish­ing for bass are do­ing well while fish­ing with crankbaits and crea­ture baits from the sur­face down to 30 feet deep.

New Ho­gan

There are still some striped bass push­ing schools of bait to the sur­face. An­glers do­ing well are us­ing white Zoom Flukes. The fish are a lit­tle harder to find in past weeks. Many an­glers are choos­ing to wait them out in­stead of chas­ing them around.

Bass fish­ing for both large­mouth and small­mouth is fair for an­glers toss­ing re­ac­tion baits from the shore to 20 feet deep.

Pro-Teen resched­uled

The 20th an­nual C.O. Pro-Teen Classic has been resched­uled for Sun­day Oct. 22nd. The pur­pose of the Pro-Teen event is to in­tro­duce teenage kids to al­ter­na­tive ac­tiv­i­ties. It’s a chance for a kid, who oth­er­wise does not have the op­por­tu­nity, to en­ter and par­tic­i­pate in a “pro style” tour­na­ment event.

The event is in need of boaters. If in­ter­ested, con­tact Andy “Cooch” Cuc­cia at 925.392.8871 or Flip­bi­guns@ya­

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