Keeper Stripers Scarce As San Joaquin Water Temperature Rises
The water temperatures have climbed back up in the San Joaquin River system over the past few weeks in response to warmer temperatures in the valley.
Captain Stan Koenigsberger of Quetzal Adventures has been finding decent pickings for a high number of undersized fish with the occasional legal striper on frozen shad on the San Joaquin River despite the 76 degree surface temperature.
For largemouth bass, Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, presided over the 2nd Annual BassFest at Russo’s Marina on the third weekend of August featuring 184 participants working the Delta out of Russo’s Marina on Frank’s Tract. He said, “There were a number of large fish weighed in during the tournament including largemouths at 11, 10, and several in the 7-pound range.”
He has been scoring with the new ima Helly P, a helicopter prop bait that mimics a bait school. The bass are feeding on perch, and green color lures are working with Pringle scoring with the ima Floating Flit in bass color with a green bill.
With the abundant baitfish holding in the shallows, bluegill and crawfish-patterned baits have been the most effective. The key has been finding moving water near the main river channel.
H and R Bait in Stockton reported bluegill are providing the most action for bank fishermen with wax or red worms along the normal area shoreline locations of Bacon Island Road, Whiskey Slough Road, Eight Mile Road, and the Village West Marina.
Doug Chapman at Gotcha Bait in Antioch confirmed the good blue gill action based up on the high sales of wax worms. Striped bass fishing is good for numbers of linesides on shad in the Antioch area, but finding a fish larger than 6 pounds has been a challenge.Back To Reports