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Exaggerated catches are as believable as UFOs
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I was listening to the radio the other day and the disc jockey was taking about UFO sightings and how there hasn’t been too many new ones to have surfaced lately.

He went on to talk about how his belief in previous sightings has diminished because of how many people have cameras with them nowadays.

Because of this, he figured that there should be sightings every day, and the internet should be flooded with pictures of Big Foots, Chupacabras and UFO’s.

In relation to fishing, fish stories have become less believable, as there’s really no excuse to not have some sort of camera available.

The only real thing missing now is a camera phone that can also weigh a fish. If it’s not the size that’s exaggerated anymore, it’s definitely the weight of the fish.

It may seem silly that there would ever be a device ever created, but I’m sure some day it will.

Delta Report

In the early morning hours, spinnerbaits, rattle traps and swimbaits are working well. Once the sun is high, jigs have been the dominant bait lately in black and blue or black and red. This past Saturday, guide Bobby Barrack weighed in a 14-pound. bass.

In the weeks to come, the bite should turn wide open as the water temperatures are closing in on the mi-50s in most areas.

Striper fishing continues to be tough for a lot of anglers. Sturgeon fishing is hot right now from Honker Bay to San Pablo Bay.

Many party boats are bringing in limit-sized fish while fishing with eels or ghost shrimp.

New Melones Lake

There have been several nice brown trout caught recently by both trollers and bank anglers.

Brown trout are believed to be making their migration towards the shallows to spawn. The rainbow bite continues to be hit or miss for anglers both trolling and fishing off the bank.

Inflated night crawlers and marshmallows have been working the best lately for anglers fishing off the bank. Bass fishing is good for fish between 1-2 pounds.

Small plastics are working well for numbers and swimbaits are responsible for most of the bigger fish being caught.

Lake Don Pedro

Trout fishing has remained fair regardless of the unstable weather.

Most anglers catching Trout have been catching there fish while trolling the top 20 feet of water. Bass fishing has been improving slightly as the spawn is right around the corner. Anglers are catching fish while working both shallow and deep with various soft plastics and shad imitating reaction baits.

Lake Camanche
Trout fishing has been fair to good for many anglers. Most anglers are migrating towards the south shore launch area.

Hat Island is another hot spot for anglers fishing with shad imitating Rapala lures. Bass fishing is beginning to pick up as anglers are catching an occasional fish up shallow.

The more successful anglers are staying deep with drop shotted worms or jigs worked along the bottom.

Lake Amador
Trout fishing is excellent on the lake. Power bait is hard to beat this time of the year.

For those trolling try fishing a small shad imitating lure such as a Yozuri Pin’s Minnow no deeper than 5 feet. Bass fishing continues to be slow for a lot of anglers but should be picking up soon.

The lake is on the rise, and hopefully it will be close to full by this summer.

Lake Pardee
The lake has muddied up recently due to the rains which ahs made fishing tough for a lot of anglers. Once the water clears back up and the water temperature rises the fishing should improve.

Meet the Pros
This Saturday at Fisherman’s Warehouse in Manteca, six Bassmaster Elite Professionals will be there throughout the day.

The times are as follows: Aaron Martens, and John Crews and Fred Roumbanis from noon-4 p.m.; Alton Jones and Greg Hackney from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; and Skeet Reese 5-6 p.m.

The pros will be available to talk with and get autographs from. There will also be in-store specials on everything in the store.

To contact Jarrod Ballardo, e-mail