While driving home from Sacramento earlier in the week, my son reminded me of two of my favorite activities that fewer of our youth are participating in now more than ever.
While tackle football has shown a big decline in participation over the past 10 years for obvious reasons, so has fishing, unfortunately. As someone who works with youth daily, I’m amazed at how many of them have never been fishing before.
A lot of kids nowadays would rather sit at home and play an online game. The fishing industry has definitely taken notice of this, but I’ve yet to see any real push towards getting kids out fishing. There are college team fishing tournaments, but very few opportunities for children.
I’d really like to see more events for children who’ve never been fishing before in the future.
Early fall is a great time to throw rattle traps and crank baits on the Delta. You may think that it’s too early in the year, but our nights have been getting colder and our days have become shorter. The fish definitely know that there’s a change occurring so don’t discount your favorite lure for bass.
Catfishing continues to be good for anglers using just about any bait that they can keep on the bottom. Striped bass are starting to be caught throughout the Delta, leading me to believe that it won’t be long before they really start biting. Anglers currently catching them are using live bait.
New Melones Lake
Kokanee fishing continues to be sporadic for a lot of anglers. Those willing to grind it out are being rewarded with some of the biggest fish of the year, which at times have exceeded 20 inches in length. Anglers trolling are trolling as deep as 100 feet deep.
Bass fishing remains good for anglers fishing in the early and late part of the day with top-water lures. During the day, anglers are targeting the bass with small plastic bait from the shore down to 30 feet deep.
Catfishing is really good for anglers fishing at night with sardines or anchovies.
Lake Don Pedro
There are a lot of large schools of shad being found throughout the lake. Anglers fishing or trolling around those schools are having luck catching trout and king salmon. Fishing for kokanee has died down, as they have begun their annual spawn.
Bass anglers are also fishing around those schools with crank baits or drop-shotted worms. During the morning and evening hours the top-water bite for bass has been good. During the day anglers are searching out the schools of bait fish.
Lake New Hogan
Fishing for bass is good, as there are a lot of fish being caught by those fishing small plastics and crank baits.
The problem during the day is all of the boat traffic. There are areas of the lake that are 5-mile zones but they quickly get churned up as well. My advice if planning on going there is to fish early and leave early. Otherwise, you’re definitely going to have plenty of company and possibly spend a good amount of time waiting at the launch ramp.
Fishing on the lake is good for those fishing for kokanee. The numbers being caught have declined but the quality has definitely improved. Anglers trolling for kokanee are trolling early in the day with their favorite kokanee rigs between 50 and 100 feet deep.
Bass fishing continues to be good for numbers of bass for anglers fishing top-water baits in the morning and small plastics during the day.
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