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The winds blew most of the week before coming to a halt, bringing triple-digit temperatures to the East Delta on Sunday, June 29. Largemouth bass fishing has been ‘phenomenal’ with reaction baits, particularly when the wind is blowing, as the bass are gorging themselves on crawdads or bluegill.
Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, reported continued ‘phenomenal’ action for largemouth bass in the San Joaquin River system. He said, “Thursday was our lightest day in the past 3 weeks, but we caught and released over 40 fish. Every other trip has been in the 50 to 70 fish range.”
The bass have ranged from 6-inches to 6-pounds with Pringle stating, “Every once in a while you throw in a big one.” Crank baits in crawdad or chartreuse patterns are working on spinning rods with Nano line, and Pringle said, “We crushed them on the ima Squarebill.”
Alan Fong of the Fishermen’s Warehouse in Sacramento put together a 25-pound black bass limit punching the weeds and mats of hyacinth with PayCheck Punch Skirts with a Sweet Beaver or a Missile D Bomb creature bait trailer weighed down by 1 to 3-ounces of lead. He said, “The key is to work areas with current as the fish are oriented to moving water. They are loading up on crawdads.”
Brandon Gallegos of H and R Bait in Stockton reported bluegill are ‘everywhere,’ and wax worms or jumbo red worms are producing the pan fish in Empire Cut, Holland Tract, Whiskey Slough Road, and access areas along Eight Mile Road. Striper fishing has been best with live bluegill in Empire Tract and in the Grant Line Canal.
Jim Pickens of the Fishermen’s Friend in Lodi said, “The wind has continued to chase the anglers off the Delta. Catfish are still available throughout the Delta with chicken livers, sardines, or mackerel. There have not been many reports of sturgeon being caught within the past week.”
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