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The San Joaquin River remains the top location for clear water in the Delta, and largemouth and striped bass remain active.
J. D. Richey of Richey’s Sport Fishing continued to direct his efforts on the San Joaquin side of the river, and he said, “You have to hunt and peck for size since the good grade of stripers in the 8 to 10-pound range has vacated, but we are at least hooking one big fish every day.”
On Saturday, March 7, Richey said, “We hooked between 40 and 50 stripers using 5-inch RoboWorm Ocean swimbaits on a ¼ to ½ ounce Strike King Flats jig head, but we weren’t able to throw top water lures since it was a clear day.”
For largemouth bass, Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, said, “The fish are biting, and we have been scoring with a new bait, the Optimum Tadpole/Flying Fish, pitched and swam back to the boat rigged Texas-style.”
In the upper sloughs in the Mokelumne River system, Alan Fong of the Fishermen’s Warehouse in Sacramento had an epic day recently with huge largemouths at 11 and 10 pounds contributing to a 32-pound limit using 8-inch Kincannon glide baits. He said, “My camera boat driver and I caught over 25 bass. We also scored on chatterbaits reeled right on top of the weed beds.”
Further downriver in Antioch, Lee O’Bryan at Gotcha Bait reported a resurgence of crappie fishing with medium minnows in Whiskey Slough while largemouth bass are also hitting the medium to extra-large minnows.
In the Stockton area, H and R Bait in Stockton confirmed the red eared perch and bluegill bite has slowed down, but there have been more and more legal stripers taken on frozen shad in the Old and Middle Rivers.
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