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April 25, 2017    Headlines

Spring Stripers & Sturgeon Bite Heats Up!

Delta Report
By Dave Hurley
e water remains high in the Sacramento Delta with the river holding at 24 feet at the I Street Bridge on Monday 4-24 after dropping to nearly 17 feet a few weeks back. Releases out of the major tributaries in the Sacramento system, combined with a recent storm, contribute to the high water conditions. The striped bass are running through the high water on their way to the Sacramento River around Colusa and into the Feather River, and bait fishermen are finding the best action at the present time.  Sturgeon fishing remains outstanding in Suisun Bay, but there have been few anglers willing to take advantage of this great bite. Mark Wilson, striper trolling expert, has been trying to locate stripers on the Sacramento River below Decker Island, but despite clear water conditions with a minimum of grass, the action has been limited.
Bait fishing has been the top option, and Johnny Tran of New Romeo’s Bait in Freeport said, “There are a lot of stripers in the river, but with the high water, bank fishermen are soaking pile worms or sardines coated with garlic spray tight to the shorelines in the slower water with 2 to 4 ounces of weight. They are also catching the occasional sturgeon on their way back down from upriver. A few shad are showing up, and if the weather holds, the shad bite will take off within the next few weeks.”
Captain Stan Koenigsberger of Quetzal Adventures out of Bethel Harbor had a good day bait fishing this week off of Light 16 with 4 limits to 12 pounds soaking frozen shad on the anchor.
Tony Lopez at Benicia Bait reported good striper fishing at the Dillon Point State Park with pile worms or anchovies as blood worms have been difficult to obtain. Montezuma Slough remains the top area for local sturgeon fishermen with ghost shrimp, lamprey eel, or salmon roe. 
Out of McAvoy’s Boat Harbor in Bay Point, Steffen Masters of Lost Anchor Bait and Tackle reported good sturgeon fishing for the few anglers still targeting the diamondbacks. He is planning on getting the grass shrimp boat up and running as soon as the tides allow for slower water movement.

The Central Valley Anglers Spring Striper Derby will be held on April 29 with information at www:centralvalleyanglers.org.

Striped bass fishing has been best in the San Joaquin with clear water conditions, but the schools are scattered, and it takes some looking around for the isolated linesides. The stripers are in all stages of spawning, and many of the females are spawned out and on their way back to San Francisco Bay and the ocean.
Mark Wilson, striper trolling expert, has been averaging 5 to 8 stripers per trip to 6 pounds running from the Antioch Bridge to Prisoner’s Point, and the San Andreas Shoals, Three Mile Slough, and the flats off of Eddo’s Boat Harbor east of the Antioch Bridge have been the best location. He said, “The best bite takes place at the change of the tides as it slows down once the current starts moving. There are a lot of spawned out fish already with much smaller females than normal full of eggs. Usually female stripers have to be at least 21 inches before being ready to spawn, but there have been a number of 19 to 20-inch females with small yellow eggs this year. The spawn seems to be spread out as this has been a different year. The water temperature has been around 60 degrees, and I have found by best action with deep-diving P-Line Predator Minnows or Yozuri Crystal Minnows in red head/white at 14 feet. I found fish on the San Andreas Shoals on Friday, but they were gone by Saturday as they are moving around.”
Clyde Wands has been running Savage Gear or the P-Line Angry Eye Minnows from the Venice Island Sounding Board west to Spindrift Marina to catch and release striped bass to 10.5 pounds.  He said, “On Thursday, we searched high and low before finding a school near the mouth of the Mokelumne, and we worked the school for several keepers released.”
Rick Fried has been running P-Line Predator Minnows in red/white for stripers from 4 to 14 pounds near the Sun Runner on the San Joaquin.
Dan Mathisen of Dan’s Delta Outdoors in Oakley confirmed the hot striped bass bite saying, “Stripers, stripers, and more stripers as a big push of fish to 20 pounds have come into the San Joaquin. The Bad Bubba Shad swimbait or hair raisers are working in front of Big Break, Sherman Lake, and at the Runway – the channel between Sherman Island and Broad Slough. Bait fishermen are doing OK with sardines or frozen shad, but there is a high demand for blood worms.”
Steve Johnson at H and R Bait in Stockton reported high interest in blood worms, but bank fishermen are having to settle for pile worms or anchovies for striped bass. His son, Joe Johnson, caught and released a 50-inch sturgeon on straight eel in Suisun Slough on Saturday evening.
Gotcha Bait in Antioch reported stripers in the 22-inch range are coming out of Broad Slough, but there was an 18 pounder landed on frozen shad from the Antioch Fishing Pier. They have mudsuckers, ghost shrimp, and minnows in the shop.

The restrictions in the San Joaquin River have been loosened as of Monday, and the following map from the San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services outlines the changes and current restrictions in the south Delta.

Alan Fong of the Fishermen’s Warehouse in Sacramento said, “There are a ton of fish on the San Joaquin in the shallows, and I found largemouth bass to 3 pounds with Senkos in green pumpkin/ red flake in one foot of water. My nephew, Michael, ‘Bubs’ Fong punched or punching or threw wakebaits for a larger grade to 9 pounds. I was in colder water at 59 degrees while he found 62 degree water.”

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