Late Summer Striper Bite Explodes
Written By: Cal Kellogg, September 5, 2013
Location: Sacramento River- Delta, San Joaquin Delta, Sacramento River- Middle, San Joaquin River- Upper, Suisun Bay, San Francisco Bay, San Pablo Bay,
Anglers are catching stripers from Rio Vista down to the Moth Ball Fleet. Trollers and pluggers are enjoying the best fishing, but bait guys are hooking up too.
Salmon fishing remains slow with only the occasional salmon caught by shore anglers in the Benicia area. Trollers working the Sacramento River for salmon have also experienced slow results both above and below Rio Vista.
Legendary Delta striper troller Mark Wilson has been enjoying solid success while targeting stripers in the Decker Island area. He’s been averaging 11 to 18 keeper bass per trip while pulling minnow plugs from P-Line and Yo-Zuri.
In the upper reaches of Suisun Bay anglers are hooking stripers while soaking shad and bullheads. Wind has made it difficult to fish some days, but when the wind and the tide are moving in the same direction the striper fishing has been pretty good. Most of the fish are in the 4 to 10 pound class, but fish in the teens and 20’s have been reported.
Fish Sniffer reader Lenny Wirtz picked up a beautiful 18 pound bass this week soaking shad brined in Pautzke Fire Brine in Horseshoe Bend.
Pluggers are finding striper fishing success while fishing during the tops and bottoms of the tides. Top offerings have been Fish Traps and Rat-L-Traps. Topwater action should kick off with cooling water temperatures.
There have been few reports of anglers sturgeon fishing in recent days, but the deep water near Pittsburg is always a good bet during the late summer and early fall. Roe and eel are top baits.Back To Reports