Striped bass fishing is starting to pick up for anglers fishing live bait around Franks Tract and Discovery Bay. Anglers are using live mud suckers or bluegill to catch their limits of fish. Bass fishing is slow right now for anglers. Now that the water temperatures are in the low 50’s anglers are using mainly jigs and creature baits for their bites. Bluegill can still be caught around most docks but you must move around until you find them.
New Melones Lake:
Trout fishing is starting to improve as the water temperatures have dropped considerably. The Department of Fish and Game has begun their weekly trout plants which have provided some action for anglers fishing off the bank. Most anglers are having some success while fishing power bait off the bottom in the backs of coves. Bass fishing has slowed down and anglers are currently struggling to catch even the smaller bass. Those that are catching them are fishing small worms off the bottom or fishing around schools of baitfish off main lake points.
The Tackle Box Café at Lake Amador reported they continue to plant 1000-pounds every week, and trolling has been picking up in addition to good action from the banks. Bass fishing is pretty slow right now as most anglers fishing the lake are fishing for trout.