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Bait Fishing Best Bet For Cold Water Stripers

Written By: Roland Aspiras, December 23, 2013
Species: Stripers Sturgeon
Location: Sacramento River- Delta, San Joaquin Delta, Sacramento River- Middle,

Winter has taken its grip across the Delta, though the fishing for striped bass and sturgeon continues to be productive.

A small decrease in angling pressure was experienced this week, according the Karen Tate at Rio Vista Bait and Tackle, though the striped bass continued to produce for anglers slinging bait.

"A lot of the guys are fishing mudsuckers right now. Fish are being caught from the (Rio Vista) bridge all the way down to Sherman Island," she tipped.

The pro staff at Fisherman's Warehouse also related to a good bait bite, although Assistant Manager Craig Kamikawa liked sardines and shad for the linesiders.

"Sardines are definitely working better, but fish are coming off shad too. We had two good days last week with fish to 10 pounds,’ he tipped.

Sturgeon fishing continued to produce for anglers, with many areas producing according to Tate. "The fishing is starting to get good around Liberty Island, with guys using ghost shrimp, pile worms and eel."

Kamikawa hit the jackpot on one of his trips last week, with a 68 inch fish taken in Collinsville. "The fish hit a sardine fillet," he related.

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