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July 13, 2019    Headlines

Summer Blues

Delta Report
By Dave Hurley
The river salmon season in the Sacramento River opens on July 16, and there is high anticipation for a banner year for salmon as the daily bag limit has been raised from one to two salmon this year. As is normal during the months of July and August, salmon action is spotty, but there will be anglers lining the shorelines off of the Dillon Point State Park and 1st Street in Benicia as well as off of the banks near Freeport in the north Delta.
The striped bass bite has not materialized in the Sacramento River this summer, and the best techniques for resident fish are soaking sardines coated with garlic spray or pile worms. Catfish can be found in the Sacramento Deep Water Channel and in Lisbon Slough with chicken livers, nightcrawlers, or cut baits while bluegill are in the back sloughs. Sturgeon are still in lower Suisun Bay, but few anglers are out trying for the diamondbacks. Jack smelt continue to be taken off of the Benicia shoreline with pile worms or grass shrimp.
Delta anglers are gearing up to attend the California Fish and Game Commission meeting on August 7 at the Natural Resources Building in Sacramento regarding an agenda item on modifying regulations for non-native species such as striped and largemouth bass.
Kris Huff of Stockton scored a 20-pound limit on Saturday to win a local club tournament, and he said,  “ I dedicated my time on the water with a frog rod in my hand, stayed true to my game plan, and it paid off with the winning limit using Scum Frogs on a Phenix rod and Diawa reel.” The Scum Frog is weedless, and the design allows the lure to slide over and around weedbeds, lilypads, limbs, and stumps. Various frog manufacturers will be represented in the Ultimate Frog Challenge, but the Snag Proof Open is limited to specific Snag Proof frogs.
There are some big striped bass coming into the San Joaquin system, and Clyde Wands and Mark Wilson were out on this week working the areas around the Antioch Bridge with Yozuri Crystal Minnows. Both Wands and Wilson landed keepers to 8 pounds, but the big story were the two fish at 42 and 24 pounds caught and released by Gene Nies of Lodi, also in the same area with Yozuris. Wands said, “We are targeting big fish right now, and we are running the lures in the boat wake on a shallow presentation even though they are deep diving lures. Last July brought in a number of large fish, and I expect this year to be similar. Of course, we release all of our large fish.”
Windmill Cove on the main San Joaquin River continues to be the location for Stockton-area bank fishermen, and some huge bluegill hauls have been taken out of the main San Joaquin River here with red worms or jumbo red worms. Catfish are also landed on sardines, anchovies, or chicken livers in any of the south Delta sloughs or main river near the Dos Ries launch ramp.


It’s summertime ( July 1st)in the Sacramento-Delta, and that means recreational boating is in full swing while the bulk of the fishing action is on the slower-moving San Joaquin side of the Delta, The American shad continue to move through the north Delta, but the freshwater herring action remains best in the American River above Sunrise. Smallmouth bass can be found along the rocky structure in the north Delta sloughs with live minnows, plastics on the drop-shot, or deep-diving crankbaits. Sturgeon are still in Suisun Bay, but the smaller tides may have put the diamondbacks off of the bite for the few anglers targeting them. The river salmon season opens on July 16, and there is high anticipation for a banner year for salmon as the daily bag limit has been raised from one to two salmon this year.

The river in the north Delta remains high from heavy water releases from upstream reservoirs, and the best techniques for striped bass have been with sardines coated with garlic spray or pile worms. Catfish are getting active along with bluegill in the back sloughs.

Tony Lopez of Benicia Bait said, “There haven’t been many fishermen out recently, but the weather has been nice. I have heard of some legal sturgeon and striped bass taken near the Mothball Fleet on grass shrimp. We have been able to keep grass shrimp and pile worms in the shop, and there are numerous reports of jack smelt off of the Benicia shoreline.”

Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, took a father and 12-year old son out for two days of fishing with the first day at New Melones and the second in the Delta. He said, “After landing 51 bass to 4.5 pounds at New Melones, we hooked 31 fish to 3.5 pounds in the Delta concentrating on rocks and weeds with the ima Squarebill crankbait or the the Rock N’Vibe Suspend in Hot Craw.”
The Best Bass Tournaments held an event out of Russo’s on Saturday, and the team of Anthony Crivelli and Joseph Durling took first place with a limit at 20.66 pounds out of 116 teams. They scored most of their keeper bass with plastics on the drop-shot around hydrilla patches, but chatterbaits were also working.
Dan Mathisen of Dan Mathisen Outdoors has been working frogs primarily in preparation for the upcoming tournaments, and he said, “I am forcing the action right now to get ready, but punching, plastics on the drop-shot, and spinnerbaits in the wind are all working. I have been finding striped bass from Eddo’s upriver to Holland Tract with chatterbaits or spinnerbaits for linesides to 26 inches, but if I was targeting them, I would use either an Optimum Bad Bubba Shad swimbait or a River2Sea SWaver. There are tons of golden shiners in the river right now.” Mathisen’s next open tournament is June 20 out of Russo’s Marina.
Windmill Cove has been the location for Stockton-area bank fishermen, and some huge bluegill hauls have been taken out of the main San Joaquin River here with red worms or jumbo red worms. Catfish are also landed on sardines, anchovies, or chicken livers in any of the south Delta sloughs.


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