I’ve been truck shopping lately. My current truck is 14 years old and has been a very good truck to me. I can remember my first time test driving it at the dealership. It was so much more of a truck than I thought I needed at the time. Since then, my son is now a teenager, my daughter was born, we purchased a travel trailer, and the need for a bigger truck seemed to increase every time I add miles to my current truck. It’s pretty exciting and at the same time somewhat sobering. New trucks are more expensive now than I could have ever imagined. For the price of a new truck I could have bought three of my current trucks 14 years ago. As much as I don’t need options like heated seats, leather interior, navigation, and a backup camera, if I’m going to buy new, I want all the options. My next truck I plan on having a very long time, longer than my current truck. I joked with a friend by saying that this would probably be the last truck I ever buy but he doesn’t believe me. I’m pretty sure he hasn’t seen how much that they are selling for.
Fishing on the delta is good right now around the Stockton area for bass. There are a lot of nice mats growing in the area making good overhead cover for the bass. Anglers doing well are throwing top water lures or fishing shallow running crank baits. The bluegills have been spawning all over the delta lately. Anglers searching for biting fish are fishing around the boat docks with small worms and crappie jigs. Cat fishing is good for anglers fishing with chicken livers or anchovies in Whisky Slough.
New Melones Lake:
Kokanee fishing continues to be good early in the day while trolling apex lures 30 to 45 feet deep in green, red, or pink. Bass fishing remains good for numbers of smaller fish with the bigger ones being few and far between. Anglers are doing well while dragging Carolina Rigs along the bottom. There is a good top water bite right now early and late in the day. Catfishing has been really good for those fishing at night with traditional Catfish baits. Bluegill and crappie continue to bite for those fishing with either a minnow or worm under a bobber in the backs of coves.
Kokanee fishing was really slow this past week. During a recent Kokanee Tournament three fish limits were hard to come by for a lot of anglers. Those that had any success struggled to catch their three fish while trolling sling blades between 30 and 90 feet deep. Bass fishing is good during the morning hours. Once the sun gets up the fishing gets a little tougher. Anglers that are having success during the day are fishing soft plastics around main lake points.
Fishing during the day has been really good for those going for bluegill in the shallows. The bass fishing has really slowed during the day. Fishing during the night is great right now with lots of quality fish being caught. Berkeley Power Worms in any of the darker colors are working well. As the sun comes up look for the schools of bass to also come up for the first couple hours of the day.
The bite on the lake has been really good while fishing the morning and evening hours with top water baits. During the day go deeper for bass with small plastics and deep diving crank baits. Boat traffic has been really heavy lately so getting there early or fishing the evening is highly recommended. Night fishing has also been good to those fishing spinner baits in Copper Cove.
The bite is really good right now for those fishing for bluegill and bass. Bass are being caught right now just about anywhere on the lake, with rocky points being the best spots. Lures that are being used are spinner baits and crank baits, while the bigger fish are being caught by those dragging plastics along the bottom. Bluegills are being caught shallow by those fishing with red worms in the backs of bays.
On July 17, the 19th annual Conroy Oakley Pro Teen tournament will be held out of Russo’s Marina on Bethel Island. The purpose of the event is to introduce teens 13 to 19 years old to fishing through a professional style tournament where they will be paired up with a boater for six hours. Currently they are in need of more boaters for the event, boaters fish for free, for more information call (925) 684-9775.