The Fish Sniffer - Stripers On The Move
Stripers On The Move

Written By: David Hurley, April 1, 2014
Species: Stripers
Location: Sacramento River- Delta, San Joaquin Delta,

The hot striper action in the San Joaquin went belly up in the middle of March, perhaps due to the linesides vacating the south Delta in response to higher flows on the Sacramento River.

Guides continue to scratch out fish using a variety of techniques with the best action centering around the mouth of the Mokelumne. Captain Mike Gravert of Intimidator Sport Fishing out of Korth’s Pirates Lair reported working upriver in the Mokelumne system, trolling with P-Line Predator Minnows to find the schools before dropping down with 2-ounce Blade Runner Spoons or P-Line Laser Minnows.”

The water of the San Joaquin is starting to clear up, and the water temperature is unseasonably warm at 60.5-degrees. Gravert found easy limits to 10:30 a.m. on a recent trip, and they lost a few ‘big ones,’ leading him to upgrade his main line to 30-pound P-Line from 20-pound test. The males are all milting, and most of the females have green eggs

H and R Bait in Stockton reported an improvement in striper action from the shoreline in the Grant Line Canal near Tracy with frozen shad, blood worms, or pile worms.

For largemouth bass, Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, reported good numbers of largemouth bass to 6-pounds on a recent trip, tossing the Berkley Havoc Flat Dawg on Zappu head.

Pringle said, “ Most of the fish averaged from 1.5 to 3-pounds, but I was able to hook the big fish on an Optimum Tadpole/Flying Fish, tossed into the top of the weed line and worked back slowly to the boat.” The consistent winds have made for challenging conditions, and the water has become murky as a result of the wind.  


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