The Fish Sniffer - Schoolie Stripers Show On San Joaquin River
Schoolie Stripers Show On San Joaquin River

Written By: Dave Hurley, August 15, 2014
Species: Stripers Bass Catfish Panfish
Location: Sacramento River- Delta, San Joaquin Delta,

(Stockton) Small stripers, bluegill, catfish, and largemouth bass dominate action in the warm waters of the San Joaquin River.

Brandon Gallegos of H and R Bait said, “Most of the striped bass are in the 16 to 17-inch range with a few measuring from 18 to 22 inches.” Bank fishermen have been targeting the stretch of river along Inland Drive to Windmill Cove or on Whiskey Slough Road.   

Doug Chapman of Gotcha Bait reported an 18-pound striper was landed from a boat anchored in 40 feet of water off of the River View Pier on a mudsucker. 

Captain Stan Koenigsberger of Quetzal Adventures confirmed the invasion of small stripers with two limits to 21 inches out of a total of 42 striped bass on the anchor with frozen shad at the mouth of Three Mile Slough or near Marker 28 on the San Joaquin River.

A few trollers have been starting to work the regular spots along the Santa Clara and San Andreas Shoals over the past weeks. Clyde Wands, shallow trolling expert, left the fertile grounds of the Sacramento River to give the San Joaquin a try, releasing a few small stripers in the 19 to 21-inch range. 

For largemouth bass, Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, reported an excellent bite with a variety of techniques during the period of overcast and slightly cooler weather. He found top water action with the new ima Little Stick 135 in baitfish patterns such as blue-backed herring and ripbait action with the ima Flit in Ghost Minnow.  

Alan Fong of the Fishermen’s Warehouse in Sacramento confirmed the excellent largemouth bass bite for fish to 6.75-pounds with Revenge ¾-ounce Swimming jigs, Senkos, or buzzbaits outside of the submerged weeds. Fong works the isolated sloughs northeast of the main San Joaquin River. 

Catfishing continued to be a solid option with Chapman reporting, “The bite is off the hook as the fish are everywhere right now, in the back sloughs and on the main river.” Fresh or frozen clams, sardines, anchovies, or mackerel are all good baits. 


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