Largemouth Bass Plentiful With An ‘Open-Ended Bite’
The mornings are getting cooler and cooler as the Delta transitions into the fall season, and Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, said, “The largemouth bass are hitting ‘everything.”
“Spinnerbaits, flipping, and punching the weeds are all working as it is an open-ended bite,” he stated. However, the larger bass remain scarce.
Pringle continued,” The bass are in a feeding mode, and you can catch them a number of different ways.” He has been flipping the Berkeley Chigger Craw, tossing the ima Flit in Olive Herring or Misty Shad, or the ima Squarebill crankbait in perch or crawdad colors in the clear water conditions.
Pringle said, “With the water clarity being good, the perch or crawdad patterns are working best as it is still early for the shad to appear in numbers.” The temperatures need to cool a few more degrees to bring the shad into the shallows. When this occurs, Pringle will switch over to shad-patterned lures to work at depths from banks to 8 feet.
Jay Graham of the Fresno Bass Club reported a few fish came on reaction baits in the early morning during their recent club tournament out of B and W Resort on the Mokelumne River, and one participant landed a pair of larger bass on top water lures.
Graham added, “The 5-inch Senko in black/purple flake, cinnamon black/purple flake, or watermelon/red flake on a wacky-rig were the most productive artificial as there were 19 limits weighed in from our 24 participants with the big limit taken by Roger Lockhart with a 13.67-pound limit.
For striped bass, H and R Bait in Stockton reported slow fishing for legal-sized striped bass, but the occasional 23 to 28-inch lineside can be taken out of the Old River, Middle River, or the main channel of the San Joaquin with fresh shad.
Bluegill action remains very good with wax or red worms. Jumbo and extra-large minnows are in baits shops once again after a hiatus for several months due to the heat wave occurring this past June.Back To Reports