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February 14, 2019    Headlines

San Pablo Bay Sturgeon and Bass Biting

The Bays:

By Dave Hurley

Striped bass action is picking up a bit in San Pablo Bay, and both the Soleman and Argo out of San Francisco made the trek east for striped bass, and Captain Don Franklin of the Soleman said, “The fish are biting again with 5 bass to 8 pounds, 4 flounder, and a 41-inch slot limit sturgeon for 4 anglers on Sunday 2-10 after picking up a pair of bass and 7 flounder on Saturday. The weather has been tough, but the fish are there.”

Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle reported only one boat launched out of the marina with the weather conditions over the weekend. The northwest wind on Sunday was fairly cold, creating brutal conditions. Better times are on the horizon.

Captain Chris Smith of the Happy Hooker went into San Pablo Bay on Sunday for two shaker sturgeon and six striped bass, saying, “The fresh water still hasn’t pushed out the bait-stealing crab, and there is a break between Suisun Bay and San Pablo Bay where the crab just show up. There are no crabs in Suisun, but they will eat you alive in San Pablo in certain locations and tides.” The Happy Hooker will be out this week on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday with open loads.

John Badger of Barbarian Sport Fishing went into San Pablo Bay on Saturday, and they put in two slot-limit sturgeon as well as releasing two shakers splitting their time between San Pablo and inside of the Carquinez Straits.

On Friday 2-1 Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael reported herring spawns have been taking place in ‘our backyard’ as long as in front of the Richmond Marina, and anglers have been tossing cast nets and loading out with salmon and halibut bait for the spring/summer. Fraser said, “The herring spawns followed by the sturgeon feeding has been occurring since the beginning of time. The sturgeon have been dining on the herring, but we are prepared for the derby weekend with a double load of ghost shrimp, plenty of grass shrimp, and even pile worms.”

Bob at Bay Tackle in El Cerrito confirmed the big herring spawn in front of the Richmond Ferry Pier, and they have been selling a number of cast nets for the bait fish. He said, “Other than this, everything else has been pretty quiet in the bay with striped bass basically absent from the Bay Bridge up bay to Crockett. Perch fishing has been best in the bay with pile worms while Berkley Camo Worms seem to work better in the ocean.” They have pile worms in the shop along with frozen bait and cured ghost shrimp for the derby over the weekend.

Laine’s Bait and Tackle in Alviso reported continued good sturgeon action in the south bay from the Dunbarton Bridge south into the creeks, and there have been more anglers out pre-fishing for the Super Bowl Derby this week. Striped bass have been taken on both lures and bait for boaters who know what they are doing, and the brighter colors of yellow, greens, and silver are working in the stained water. They are fully stocked for the weekend with plenty of grass shrimp along with ghost shrimp and pile worms.

In the Napa River, Sweeney’s Sports in Napa reported that the river is clearing, particularly towards town, and sturgeon fishing is the top target for anglers from the Highway 29 Bridge south to the mouth of the river in Vallejo. Striper fishing has been better closer to town where there is much clearer water.

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