Striped Bass Soon To Make Their Move
Fresh shad is abundant in the Stockton area bait shops with H and R Bait reporting ‘all the shad you could want’ arriving at the shop on a daily basis.
The arrival of the shad is a good sign for improved striper fishing in the San Joaquin River system as the water continues to cool into the fall months. October and November are two of the best months for both bait and plugging action in the east Delta as the linesides move in response to cooler water temperatures.
Striper fishing in the San Joaquin River is currently on the slow side with most of the action taking place in the cooler waters of the Sacramento River. Captain Stan Koenigsberger out of Bethel Island has been finding plenty of action off Eddo’s Resort, but the number of legal fish is limited, with 9 keepers out of 68 stripers landed on two consecutive days soaking shad in 30 feet of water.
Eight-year old Kaiya Landhi of Los Gatos put in her limit of stripers to 24-inches with Koenigsberger. H and R Bait in Stockton reported a few striped bass have been found in Empire Cut and the Old River, but most Stockton area bank fishermen continue to focus on the excellent blue gill action off of Bacon Island Road, Whiskey Slough Road, Eight Mile Road, and the Village West Marina.
The larger striped bass have been taken on live drifted bluegill. The supply of extra-large and jumbo minnows remains limited with the demand outstripping the supply.
Largemouth bass action remains very good with the thick schools of baitfish circulating in the shallow, particularly around moving water. Bluegill and crawfish-patterned baits continue to be the most effective lures.Back To Reports