The Fish Sniffer - Striped Bass On the Move In Cold and Clear Water
Striped Bass On the Move In Cold and Clear Water

Written By: David Hurley, January 20, 2014
Species: Stripers Bass Panfish
Location: Sacramento River- Delta, San Joaquin Delta,

The waters of the San Joaquin River system remain unseasonably clear with the lack of rainfall throughout the watershed, and the striped bass are moving quickly in search of baitfish.

Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, said, “You have to burn a lot of gas to keep up with the striped bass as you may find 3 one day and 20 the next as they are moving quickly in search of bait.”

He reported an excellent bite for largemouth bass on the ima Flit rip bait in shad-patterns such as Olive Herring, Misty Shad, or Royal Blue using a ‘dead stick’ presentation. Pringle said, “The water is so clear that the fish can find it from a distance if you let it sit there long enough,” adding, “The fish just can’t stand it.”

The crankbait works at depths to 8 feet with the light line. The Zappu head and jig bite has slowed to a crawl in the clear and cold water conditions.

Striper fishing in the Stockton area has been very slow. Brandon Gallegos of H and R Bait reported the action is limited to the occasional lineside in the 18 to 22-inch range taken near the Bacon Island Bridge on Bacon Island Road, in the Old River near the Highway 4 Bridge, or along Whiskey Slough Road with frozen shad, jumbo minnows, or mudsuckers. The hyacinth remains thick in areas of the south Delta.

Red ear sunfish and crappie fishing has picked up for anglers using jumbo red worms along Eight Mile Road near the bridge at King Island or at Paradise Point. Crappie are also hitting small to medium minnows, jumbo red worms, or small crappie jigs like a Fin-S Fish along Eight Mile Road or in Whiskey Slough.

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