Largemouths, Stripers, Catfish, and Bluegill Highlight Catches
The water temperatures are in full Delta summer swing in the low seventies on the main San Joaquin River and up to nearly 80 degrees in the back sloughs and marinas, but the constant wind during the final weeks of July has contributed to a slight cooling effect.
Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, reported stripers in the 4 to 8-pound range have been moving into the central Delta from the mouth of the Mokelumne River to Sherman Lake, and he has been scoring with the ima Big Stick in white/red or sardine on the surface.
Pringle added, “We have been getting some good blow ups on the Big Stick, and swimbaits such as the Double AA with a chartreuse tail are working in the dingy water conditions.”
The numbers of black bass have been in the 30 to 50 fish range on a daily basis, and Pringle reported, “Most of the fish are in either the 1 to 2.5-pound range with a few at 3-pounds and the occasional larger than average bass to 5.5-pounds.”
The ima Squarebill crankbait, the new Berkley ‘Flat Dog’ stick bait, or the ima Flit in Olive Herring or Misty Shad are all working for numbers with the large amount of bait fish in the Delta.
A few striped bass continue to hang around the Middle River, and H and R Bait in Stockton reported most of the fish are in the 18 to 20-inch range, but a 39-inch/20-pound lineside was landed on fresh shad during the last week of July.
Bluegill continue to stalk the shallows of the back sloughs and marinas. Whiskey Slough Road, Lincoln Village West, Eight Mile Road, and Buckley Cove have all been hot for the panfish with wax or meal worms.
A few large stripers have following the salmon migration up the river, and Captain Stan Koenigsberger of Quetzal Adventures put his clients on to his boat’s largest striper of the year at 18.5 pounds and 38 inches on the San Joaquin River near Eddo’s Marina on the outgoing tide with frozen shad.Back To Reports