Riverbank News - - SPORTS - JAROD BALLARDO

Some of the old timers will tell you that the best way to teach some­one how to swim is to push them r ight into the wa­ter. I def­i­nitely don’t en­cour­age any­one push­ing some­one into the wa­ter but I do see the ben­e­fit of not be­ing afraid to try some­thing dif­fer­ent. Some of the best ad­vice that I can give a fel­low an­gler is to not be afraid to try some­thing dif­fer­ent. I can re­mem­ber sev­eral times that I’ve been fish­ing with some­one who was us­ing a bait that I would have never tried, catch a fish while fish­ing right be­hind me. In fact, one of my most no­table catches came while I was try­ing to see how far I could cast a lure. I wasn’t try­ing to catch a fish; I was just try­ing to cast fur­ther than the friend I was fish­ing with. If you have con­fi­dence in some­thing, try it, re­gard­less of what ev­ery­one else is fish­ing with, and you just may be sur­prised. What you can’t do, is go out there with any doubt in your mind. Con­fi­dence is one of the most im­por­tant traits an an­gler can have.

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. The swim bait bite is wide open right now for an­glers fish­ing with pretty much any­thing that can be ef­fec­tively swam through shal­low veg­e­ta­tion. Veg­e­ta­tion through­out the Delta is start­ing to take over and grass lines are form­ing nicely.

New Melones Lake:

Fish­ing for Koka­nee con­tin­ues to be good. This past week­end while out there, we caught an easy limit of nice koka­nee while trolling pink wig­gle hootchies at 28ft. We also had some bites as shal­low as 20 feet deep. The key to catch­ing them seems to be mov­ing around un­til you find an ac­tive school of fish. Bass fish­ing is good right now for an­glers that are fish­ing early in the day. Once all the boats get on the wa­ter, mud lines are form­ing mak­ing it hard to fish shal­low. There are also re­ports of big cat­fish be­ing caught at night by an­glers fish­ing off the bank. As far as bait goes, they are us­ing a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent cut baits.

Lake Don Pe­dro:

King Sal­mon are be­ing found any­where from 20 to 80 feet deep around the Jenk­ins Hill area. An­glers hav­ing the most suc­cess are trolling with frozen shad and an­chovies in­jected with Pro Cure’s bait gels. The koka­nee are also bit­ing but are still scat­tered around the lake at depths of 25 to 50 foot lev­els. The best set-ups are Sep’s wa­ter­melon dodger, sil­ver prism or cop­per dodgers, while trail­ing lures such as Un­cle Larry’s Mad Ir­ish­man, Cop­per Pop spin­ners or Koka­nee bugs, all tipped with white shoe peg corn soaked in Pro-Cure’s carp spit, Koka­nee spe­cial, and shrimp and prawn oils. Bass fish­ing re­mains good as there are still plenty of fish up shal­low. An­glers are still do­ing well on live bait as most pre­fer to use jumbo min­nows for easy lim­its.

Lake New Hogan:

Rolling shad or an­chovies in the main lake area has been very pro­duc­tive, for stripers 5 to 6 lbs. Most fish have been hold­ing be­tween 15 and 25 feet deep. Bass fish­ing re­mains good as many fish can still be found shal­low. The top­wa­ter bite has re­ally started to pick up dur­ing the morn­ing hours. Some bed fish are still be­ing found in the backs of coves.

Lake Ca­manche:

Trolling for trout is as good as it’s ever been for an­glers trolling around the dam area. Bass fish­ing is good right now. An­glers are do­ing well while fish­ing top wa­ter early in the morn­ing and with small plas­tics dur­ing the day.

Tip of the Week:

I was re­minded re­cently of the dif­fi­culty new boaters have while launch­ing their boats. Back­ing up a trailer is a lot harder than most peo­ple think. Some of the best ad­vice that I can give a new boater is to prac­tice be­fore try­ing to launch dur­ing the busiest part of the year. It’s also highly rec­om­mended that you bring along some­one that can help you in case you’re hav­ing a dif­fi­cult time.

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