The Fish Sniffer - Fishermen Brave Wind to Bag Stripers And Sturgeon
Fishermen Brave Wind to Bag Stripers And Sturgeon

Written By: David Hurley, June 23, 2014
Species: Stripers Sturgeon Panfish
Location: San Joaquin Delta, Sacramento River- Delta,

Minus tides, persistent wind, and increased recreational boating put a damper on angling in the East Delta, but anglers sticking it out are picking up some stripers and sturgeon.

Captain Stan Koenigsberger of Quetzal Adventures put Rick Beall and his son Chris of Tulare onto three keeper stripers to 23 inches and a bonus 57-inch sturgeon fishing over the Father’s Day weekend on frozen shad in 25 feet of water on the San Joaquin River west of Marker 28. He said, “There was lots of vegetation due to the large outgoing minus tide, and we released a number of undersized striped bass to put together the three keepers.” 

Largemouth bass have been the top species with Alan Fong of the Fishermen’s Warehouse in Sacramento finding solid action with top water lures in the sloughs off of the main San Joaquin River such as White or Disappointment Slough. He said, “When the tide drops off, I have been punching the weeds for numbers of fish, but they are all less than 2-pounds.”

Dave Clark of Sacramento landed a 25-pound limit including a 13-pound kicker using Jackall Mikey 8-inch wakebaits on top of the mats. 

Brandon Gallegos of H and R Bait reported fresh shad continued to be in limited supply with five or six pounds arriving every other day. Frozen shad is the staple for striped bass in the San Joaquin River in the south Delta, and the larger linesides have been landed on live blue gill. Old River near Highway 4, Grantline Canal, and the San Joaquin near Mossdale are producing a few resident stripers on frozen shad or blue gill.

The bluegill and sunfish bite remained strong from Holland Tract, Eight Mile Road, Whiskey Slough Road, Bacon Island Road, and Inland Drive with wax worms or jumbo red worms.





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