The Oakdale Leader - - SPORTS - JAROD BALLARDO

Delta Re­port:

The cur­rent wa­ter tem­per­a­ture con­tin­ues to drop, which usu­ally is an in­di­ca­tor that the fish should be ac­tively feed­ing. Lots of smaller fish are be­ing caught on re­ac­tion baits es­pe­cially when there is a lit­tle wind and cloud cover. The big­ger bass are still be­ing caught on top wa­ter baits or by flip­ping. Small schools of striped bass are be­ing found through­out the delta right now work­ing bait on the sur­face. Early signs of larger schools of striped bass are start­ing to be re­ported around the Pitts­burg/An­ti­och area. An­glers catch­ing the larger striped bass are ei­ther fish­ing top wa­ter lures, swim baits, or live bait around cur­rent. The Rio Vista Bass Derby and Fes­ti­val is only a few weeks away with the 70th An­nual Event tak­ing place from Oc­to­ber 13th through the 15th. In­for­ma­tion on the derby is avail­able at www. bass­fes­ti­

New Melones Lake:

Right now there are very few an­glers fish­ing the lake which is odd since there are some re­ally nice sized trout be­ing caught. An­glers hav­ing luck are trolling from 40 to 60 feet deep and trolling at a speed of 1.8 mph. An­glers are re­port­ing that they are get­ting bites on a va­ri­ety of baits with Speedy Shiner, Needle­fish, and Ex­cel Lures be­ing the best. Bass fish­ing re­mains steady for an­glers fish­ing drop shot­ted plas­tics or while drag­ging small plas­tics along the bot­tom. Jig fish­ing is also start­ing to be­come pop­u­lar as an­glers are catch­ing some of the bet­ter qual­ity bass while work­ing depths down to 30 feet with brown jigs.

Lake Ca­manche:

Fish­ing is slow right now on the lake for ev­ery­thing ex­cept for bass. The bass have been bit­ing just about any­thing. There are a lit­tle smaller bass be­ing caught but the ac­tion is steady. Trout fish­ing has all but died down un­til the wa­ter tem­per­a­tures drop which should bring the trout closer to the sur­face.

Tip of the Week:

Pro­fes­sional bass an­gler Rick Clunn said it best when he said “Bass fish­ing is like play­ing bas­ket­ball with­out know­ing where the bas­ket is.” No­body knows ex­actly where the fish are. Most an­glers, in­clud­ing my­self just keep cast­ing or mov­ing un­til we catch a fish. This time of year is dif­fer­ent though, most species of fish are start­ing to feed heav­ily in prepa­ra­tion for win­ter. Cast, cast, and cast some more. There are more fish out there look­ing for an easy meal than any other time of the year right now.

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