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Expect big crowds on Labor Day

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POSTED September 3, 2009 11:48 p.m.
Labor Day marks the end of summer for a lot of people.

Local camp sites will surely be full this weekend and all the waterways will be busy with boat traffic.

Once again, I’ve decided to sit this one out. I’ve been fishing from a boat pretty much all of my life and can never remember a time when there were so many disturbances on the waterways.

There have always been ski boats and an occasional jet boat but it seems like ever since jet skis and wakeboarding became popular there’s just no way to get away anymore.
One of my favorite talk show hosts said, “We’ve managed to ruin just about every peaceful experience with technology.”

His statement I believe is true, as you have to look hard or travel pretty far to get away from it all.

As for those of you that are planning on heading out for the weekend, the weather forecast looks great and the fish should be biting. Remember, if you see the sheriff boat with its blue lights flashing you must slow down to steering speed only.

Delta Report     

Bass fishing has started to pick up once again. Fish are feeding heavily on baitfish, leading some to believe that the fall bite has already started.

With the cool night and longer days bass do start to feed in preparation for a long winter. A variety of baits have been working right now, reaction baits have been bringing in large numbers of fish.

While flipping baits such as sweet beavers and brush hogs have been bringing in the bigger fish. Striper fishing has also started to pick up as some small schools have been showing up, look for the bite to really pick up as the water temperatures drop even further.  

New Melones Lake

Kokanee have begun to lose their scales and the males are starting to develop hook jaws which is a good indicator that the spawn is very near.

Anglers trolling for Kokanee are fishing between 65-80 feet deep and finding them schooled up tight. Bass fishing has slowed down recently as smaller fish are being caught on small plastics during the day.

The Crappie bite is good to fair for those fishing the backs of brushy coves.  

Lake Camanche

This past weekend really slowed down the fishing for a lot of anglers, as the boat traffic made fishing tough. Bass fishing is good early in the morning, top water lures and jigs have been working well lately.

Try fishing around points as bass can be found schooling down to depths of 35-40 feet. Trout fishing has slowed down, anglers are trolling deep in order to find them between 40-50 feet.

Lake Pardee

Trout fishing continues to be tough; trollers are hooking up while fishing between thirty and 60 feet deep.

Catfishing has slowed a little bit but the bite remains good for anglers fishing cut bait in the South end coves.

Bass fishing is fair right now; key areas are around isolated islands with jigs and worms. Topwater baits are working well in the morning and evening hours.

Lake Don Pedro

Bass fishing remains tough for larger fish. King Salmon fishing continues to be slow.

Trout fishing is starting to improve as anglers are begging to catch a few around Jenkins Hill.

Tip of the Week

In the past few years size of baits has become a topic of discussion among anglers. With gigantic swim bait fish being caught by trophy hunters, many believe that a big fish wants big baits.

This I believe is true to a certain extent. Big fish are going to go after bigger baits in most cases. On the contrary, there have been a lot of big fish caught on small baits as well.
Some smaller baits like rattle traps can entice a variety of different sized fish.

It’s really up to the angler, he can either fish for one or two big bites with a big bait or weed through smaller fish throwing smaller baits in hope the odds are with him when searching for a big bite.  

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