The Fish Sniffer - Largemouth Bass And Bluegill Remain Top Species
Largemouth Bass And Bluegill Remain Top Species

Written By: David Hurley, July 20, 2014
Species: Bass Panfish
Location: Sacramento River- Delta, San Joaquin Delta,

The pattern of triple-digit days followed by periods of wind continued at the start of July. Striped bass fishing is spotty at best, and the best action for linesides remained near the mouth of the San Joaquin River close to Antioch. Warm water species dominate interest, and bluegill or largemouth bass are the most consistent species invading the Delta at the present time.

For largemouth bass, the persistent wind has been to the benefit of the crankbait bite, and Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, reported excellent action with the ima Squaregill crankbait in either crawdad or bluegill patterns. He said, “The high tides have allowed for tossing the bait towards the shoreline and working back over the tops of the weeds. The bass are feeding on both bluegill and crawdads.”  

The Berkley Chigger Craw in crawdad-patterns flipped in deeper water with current on outside weed lines is also an effective technique with the bass hitting the lure on the drop. There is a top water bite in the morning and evenings for ‘better than average fish’ with the ima Big Stick, but the larger fish are few and far between and take some effort.

Punching the weeds is a consistent technique for larger fish, and Alan Fong of the Fishermen’s Warehouse in Sacramento has been using a punching technique in the floating mats with Missile Tackle’s D-Bombs on weights ranging from 1.5 to 3-ounces. On the low tide, Fong has found an excellent grade of bass in the floating hydrilla outside of the main mats with a light weight of 1-ounce.  

Captain Stan Koenigsberger of Quetzal Adventures out of Bethel Harbor reported frozen shad has been working for numbers of stripers, but catching legal fish has been challenging. Fourteen-year old Nick Alvaro of Salinas and his father Ernesto brought 23 linesides to the boat for three legal fish to 26 inches near the mouth of Three Mile Slough using frozen shad while fishing with Koenigsberger. He has been focusing on the San Joaquin to avoid the winds. 



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