From now until the end of May, our local fishing is at its best, if you ask me.
After that, there are still a lot of active fish to be caught. It just seems like this time of year is better than any other time, especially for largemouth bass. The bass are in all three stages of the spawn, making them easier to catch.
The bluegills are also making their way onto spawning flats, usually they spawn a little later than the bass. The striped bass are also moving through the Delta to spawn. Large schools of striped bass are being found while trolling around the Rio Vista area. On the lakes, the kokanee, trout and king salmon are all being found holding around the same depths by anglers trolling.
There’s just about nowhere around us without active fish willing to bite a passing lure or bait. The most difficult decision is deciding what I want to fish for. I have a couple of more days left until I have to make a decision.
Wherever I decide to go, it’s nice to know that I’ll be fishing during one of the best times of the year.
Fishing for largemouth bass on the Delta is great, as the Senko bite is excellent.
Many fish have spawned already but there are still more to come. Large schools of shad are found roaming the shallows turning on the early morning crankbait and buzz bait bite. Topwater frogs are also working well, first thing in the morning.
Dock fishing for crappie and bluegill has started to pick up as the fish have moved shallow. Crappie jigs and Wax Worms are working well.
New Melones Lake
Anglers trolling for trout are finding them between 10 and 40 feet deep around the mouth of Angels Creek while trolling blade/crawler combos.
Bass fishing continues to be good as a lot of fish are still being found shallow. Anglers fishing Senkos and topwater baits are catching numbers.
Crappie can be found hanging out in submerged trees, about 10 to 20 feet deep. Bear Creek, Mormon Creek, and Carson Creek are all good areas. Live minnows and crappie jigs are the most productive baits.
Lake Don Pedro
Anglers are catching a mixture of both trout and kokanee while trolling between 20 and 50 feet deep. Bass fishing continues to be good as anglers are still finding a lot of fish on beds.
Don’t rule out looking for spawning fish on long tapering points or submerged Island tops as sometimes those fish don’t get pressured as often as the fish in the backs of the coves. Crappie fishing is good for anglers using minnows and Crappie jigs in and around submerged trees.
Lake New Hogan
Bass fishing continues to be good as there are still plenty of fish found up shallow or in the guts of creeks leading to spawning areas. Bluegill and crappie can also be caught while using mealy worms or crappie jigs in the back of coves.
There are also reports of a good striped bass bite for anglers trolling umbrella rigs or rolled shad from 10 to 20 feet deep.
Bass fishing remains good, as many fish can be found shallow. Senkos are tough for shallow fish to resist this time of year. During the morning or low-light hours, anglers are getting an occasional fish while fishing a popper or Zara Spook.
Trout fishing remains good in the pond. Anglers fishing the pond are doing well while fishing with Power Bait.
The trout bite continues to be good for anglers that are getting there early in the morning. Most anglers fishing off the bank are catching their limits on Power Bait and traditional trout lures. Those trolling from their boats are catching them while fishing between 10 and 15 feet deep.
Bass fishermen are finding fish still on beds making them easy targets once found.
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