The Fish Sniffer - Large Striped Bass Show
Large Striped Bass Show

Written By: David Hurley, August 4, 2014
Species: Stripers Bass
Location: Sacramento River- Delta, San Joaquin Delta,

(Stockton)  Wind and hot temperatures continue to plague the Delta during the dog days of summer with the traditionally hot months of August and September still on the immediate horizon. Large striped bass are starting to move into the system on cue, building towards the peak of the run in October.  

For largemouth bass, Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, reported outstanding action for numbers on recent trips with over 50 fish caught and released with crankbaits, rip baits, and Berkley Havoc Flat Dawgs on a Zappu head. The ima Squarebill in bluegill or crawdad colors was the hot lure with the bluegill pattern landing the better fish in the 2 to 4-pound range along rocky banks.

He advised, “There are schools of small stripers busting the surface in the mornings, and they are hitting anything shad-patterned.”

Alan Fong of the Fishermen’s Warehouse in Sacramento reported a solid bass bite punching the weed mats with Missle’s D-Bombs on weights ranging from 1.5 to 3-ounces depending upon the current. He said, “We have been focusing on the outside grass in the east Delta around the sloughs northwest of Stockton.”

Some of the most encouraging news is coming from the western section of the San Joaquin River with Lee O’Brien of Gotcha Bait in Antioch reporting, “A number of large striped bass to 44 inches have been taken from the Antioch Fishing Pier over the past week with whole sardines being the top bait.” 

In the Stockton area, Brandon Gallegos of H and R Bait reported schoolie stripers are starting to show up in the Old River on frozen shad.  Blue gill continued to be a main source of interest on waxworms or jumbo red worms  near submerged trees off of Holland Tract, Orwood Marina, Empire Cut, Whiskey Slough Road, and access areas along Eight Mile Road. 

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