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As anticipated a few weeks, back, the warmer water temperatures combined with increased sediment in the San Joaquin River, were catalysts in attracting baitfish to the San Joaquin River system. Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, said, “There wasn’t any bait in the system a few weeks ago, and then, the river was loaded with bait in the off-color waters.”
Stripers are on the move with Christian Lauritzen of LauritzenYacht Harbor in Oakley reporting, “When I came into the harbor office this week, Walt Compomizzo said in his very low fishing voice, ’Striper fishing is very good,’ but all he would say is upriver.”
He added, “There are stripers up at Three Mile Slough, and since they are there, they must be at Frank’s Tract and in False River as well. The other thing that signals spring striper fishing is the fact that the blossoms are out on all of the trees in the area.”
For largemouth bass, Pringle found solid action in the morning with the ima Flit rip bait in Olive Herring in the off color water before flipping and pitching Berkley 10-inch Power Worms in green pumpkin. He said, “The key is to let the bait sit and move it just a little bit in the calm conditions. “Once the wind starts to blow, the reaction bite will really take off.”
They scored largemouths to nearly 6 pounds with 1/2th oz. Persuader jigs in black/blue, also on a slow presentation. He added, “The water temperature ranges from 53 to 57 degrees, and the fish are more active in the warmer pockets of water. The back sloughs were the most off-color, and we found our best action in the dingy water since the fish weren’t able to see the line.”
He thought the spawn would arrive early during this unseasonably dry winter.
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