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Seek out the spots that look unappealing
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I often see fishermen point at an area or spot and say “It looks good over there!” 

For someone who is new to the sport, he or she may wonder what it is exactly they looking. First, you have to realize that fish live under water and not on top of the water.

Part of the learning process for anglers is their ability to distinguish between what looks good to them and what the fish may be attracted to. You would be amazed at the number of spots that get very little fishing pressure because they don’t look like anything special from above. Some of my most prized spots are all by themselves, where there is no identifiable landmark. 

Often, a strategy professional anglers use is to seek out areas that look the most unappealing. There’s a good chance that the average angler is going to overlook such areas, and if there are fish in the area they’re going to be less reluctant to bite. 

Next time you’re out, force yourself to fish areas that don’t look appealing to you. By doing that you may be surprised at what you find. 


Delta Report

Early in the morning, anglers are doing well while fishing for bass with top-water lures. During the day, anglers are either catching them with reaction baits like Rattle Traps or flipping heavy cover with sweet beavers. 

Bluegills are plentiful and can be caught just about anywhere while using red worms. I haven’t heard of any striped bass reports yet. During this time of year, it’s always good to have a rod with a top-water lure tied on just in case a school of striped bass appear.

New Melones Lake

Fishing for trout has been fair to great. Anglers trolling for trout are getting bites between 50 and 75 feet deep. There are a lot of good-sized fish being caught which has been attracting a lot of anglers lately. Those trolling for trout are using a variety of baits, needlefish seems to be the favorite bait amongst those anglers.

 Catfishing remains good for anglers fishing cut bait throughout the evening hours around all the lakes recreational areas. 

Bass fishing is fair. There are a lot of bass following the schools of shad found all over the lake. Anglers are using shaky head worms or drop shot rigs through the schools of bait for small limits of fish.

Tip of the Week

Ever since I had a wheel bearing go out on me, I make it a habit to check my wheels at just about every stop along my way. It’s as easy as feeling for excessive heat which can be an indicator of a bearing that needs to be greased or replaced. 

In my truck’s toolbox, I always keep a grease gun and an emergency set of bearings just in case.


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