Cool Conditions Slow Topwater Action
Largemouth bass have been plentiful, but the cooler than normal August temperatures have slowed down the top water and frog bite.
Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, reported continued great action with 40 to 60 fish days with the best action on the Berkley Chigger Craw flipped up along the edges of the banks outside the clumps of weeks or obstructions. Pringle said, “There is so much bait in the water; and when you find bait, you will find bass. The key is to finding moving water traversing or deflecting since the fish are holding in the moving water.”
The fish are generally from the 8-inch to 2-pound range, but Pringle said, “Within the numbers of fish landed daily, there are a few 4 to 7.5-pounders.”
For striped bass, Captain Stan Koenigsberger of Quetzal Adventures in Bethel Island has been putting his clients onto plenty of action with the occasional legal striper to 30-inches soaking frozen shad in the San Joaquin River near Eddo’s Marina.
Doug Chapman at Gotcha Bait in Antioch reported a 36-pound striped bass was hooked on fresh shad off of the Pittsburg Power Plant.
The Antioch Fishing Pier is producing plenty of small stripers with an occasional 20-incher on anchovies, shad, or sardines. The River View and Humphrey’s Pier are also producing legal sturgeon with Chapman and his friends hooking three keepers on grass shrimp recently.
Catfishing has been very good in the San Joaquin River system around Big Break with clams or mackerel or off of Sherman Island on the Sacramento River. Bluegill action remains good in the back sloughs with red, wax, or meal worms.Back To Reports