Riverbank News - - SPORTS - JAROD BALLARDO

Delta Re­port:

Plenty of post spawn fish are be­ing caught on re­ac­tion baits right now. Franks Tract con­tin­ues to be a hot spot for bass. Vege­ta­tion through­out the Delta is start­ing to take over a lot of dead end sloughs and grass lines are form­ing. Most of the bass I caught were hold­ing on the deeper grass lines vis­i­ble at low tide and at­tacked the swim bait right be­fore or af­ter pass­ing over one. There are still plenty of bass to be found on beds but I’d much rather blind cast for them.

New Melones Lake:

The trout bite has all but died for many, but the koka­nee bite has re­ally started to pick up for a lot of an­glers. Koka­nee are be­ing caught for those trolling any­where from 25 to 45 feet deep. Red, char­treuse, pink or sil­ver Apex have been the top pro­duc­ing lure, with Un­cle Larry’s Spin­ners, Hootchies, Killer B’s, and Glit­ter Bugs in the same col­ors all catch­ing fish, too. Bass fish­ing has also been good lately, the last full moon brought up a lot of nicer sized fish. For those not bed fish­ing a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent baits are do­ing well right now. Crankbaits, Rip Baits, Rat­tle Traps, and plas­tic worms are just a few of the baits that are catch­ing bass right now. Night-fish­ing for cat­fish is also start­ing to pick up, any ma­jor cove or creek arm is a good place to try. An­chovies, sar­dines, or a ball of night crawlers are al­ways a deadly com­bi­na­tion when fish­ing for cat­fish. The crap­pie and bluegill bite is also start­ing to turn on, some an­glers are even re­port­ing catch­ing lim­its of crap­pie when fish­ing tight to struc­ture while us­ing live min­nows.

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