I always start about this time of year if I fishing Alameda, some of the local guys have started working them pretty hard....watermelons all the way up to Ponies n Stripers, I like chucking rubber baits about this time in the estuary Hogy's or a Slug-Go in ghost color
There are already stripers that have come into the bay, but they have not come in numbers yet. I'd wait about a month before starting fishing for them in your area as your chances will go way up, but it would still be considered early in the season even if you waited a month. My favorite time is May and June for halibut and striped bass in the SF Bay - they are the hottest months IMHO. July and August is a good time to target surf stripers. Then in September and October there's a fall run in the SF Bay before they return to the delta. If you're gonna try fishing for stripers this early, I would try San Pablo Bay, the Delta, or Napa/Sonoma county rivers instead of the SF Bay. Good luck! I'm no expert though, so take what I say with a grain of salt.
Last edited by The_Pond_King; 02-10-2013 at 12:24 PM.
the normal bay estuary fishery begins as the bass run back down river after spawning , usually starting around beginning of june thru fall when they head back up to the delta.But the bait in the bay is the iffy part.