Striped Bass Are Grabbing Fresh Shad
Striped bass are moving into the San Joaquin River system, and the abundant supply of quality fresh shad in the bait shops has contributed to a healthy bite.
H and R Bait reported good action in the Old River with fresh shad, and the shad bite was confirmed by Doug Chapman of Gotcha Bait in Antioch. Chapman said, “The stripers are scattered from Pittsburg to east of the Antioch Bridge and soaking fresh shad has been the key.
A few sturgeon are starting to show up, and anglers have inadvertently hooked sturgeon on fresh shad in Broad Slough while targeting stripers. Bluegill and crappie action remains decent in the slough with a good bite for slabsides along 8 Mile Road outside of Stockton. Holland Tract is producing ‘the best catfishing in 5 years’ with clams or mackerel.
Bob Wright of Bob Wright’s Guide Service out of Lauritzen’s Yacht Harbor in Oakley reported an excellent striped bass bite with live bluegill in the Antioch section of the river.
Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, reported good largemouth bass action on rip baits including the ima Flit in Misty Shad or Olive Herring with the new ima Heli-P also working for larger fish.
The ima Squarebill crankbait in chartreuse or crawdad colors is also working, and there is a good spinnerbait bite with the ½ -ounce Persuader spinnerbait when the wind is blowing. Numbers of fish remain the rule with large bass few and far between, but Pringle added, “There are fish in the 4-pound range to be had.”
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