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Bracing for colder weather at Shasta

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POSTED February 16, 2018 12:00 a.m.

One of the nice things about tournament fishing is that you get to fish different places.

For someone like myself who lives so close to the Delta, the thought of driving five hours away to fish doesn’t come up too often. Fishing a tournament circuit changes that, unless of course. 

I was to choose one that only stays on the Delta. My next tournament is on Lake Shasta. I haven’t been there since the early 90s. I’m going to be relying on my partner’s familiarity with the lake and fish my strengths from the back of his boat. 

I’m hoping for the best and that it’s not too cold. Then again, catching a tournament winning fish will definitely make me forget all about how cold it is. 

Delta Report

Fishing for bass is improving as we get closer to spring. Large numbers of fish are being caught on reaction baits. Red seems to be the color they are most interested in as lures in that color produced best. 

Stripers are still active throughout the Delta. Anglers are doing well while trolling shallow diver Yozuri’s around the Rio Vista areas. The water temperature is right around 54 degrees around the Stockton area, and the water clarity is slightly stained.

New Melones Lake

Shore fishermen are still doing good while fishing with Power Bait for trout. Last week, there were several trout over five pounds caught off the bank. Anglers fishing the bank are also starting to have luck while tossing lures such as Kastmasters and Rooster Tails.

Trollers are also doing well while trolling down to 30 feet with shad patterned lures. Bass fishing has started to pick up as many fish are starting to make their migration towards the shallows. Swimbaits are still the lures of choice for those seeking a trophy bass. 

Crappie fishing has started to pick up as one group of anglers took home almost three limits of crappie, all caught on Crappie Jigs near the dam.  

Lake Don Pedro

Trout are providing most of the action on the lake. Anglers are catching them both off the bank and while trolling. There are a lot of bait balls being found by anglers trollling and that’s where they’ve been finding the trout. Anglers fishing off the bank are using Power Bait and anglers trolling are using shad-imitating lures. 

Bass fishing is starting to pick up as plenty of fish are being caught on small plastics right now down to 40 feet deep. Anglers are also using live Jumbo Minnows for easy limits of bass.

Lake Pardee

The lake is scheduled to open this Friday for fishing. 

Lake Amador

The lake continues to be planted weekly with above averaged-sized trout. Anglers are catching limits both from the bank to out in the middle of the lake. Power Bait is hard to beat off the bank and any traditional trout lure trolled just below the surface has been working for those trolling.

Lake Camanche

There is a good bite for anglers trolling with Rapalas or white grubs along the main river channel out of the North Shore Marina. Anglers are also doing well while fishing the pond located right next to the RV campground. Bass fishing is picking up for anglers fishing small plastic worms or Senko’s from the bank out to 30 feet deep.   

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