Fishing with Jay Sorensen, courtesy of the River News Herald and Cecile Giacoma - December 12, 2017

DELTA
Some of the best striped bass in sturgeon fishing is taking place
throughout the entire delta waterways with reports coming in from the
west Delta clear over into the south Delta. With the water
temperature  holding at 56° the action has been tremendous for both
private and six pack operators. The sturgeon action has been off the
charts off Garnett Point in Suisun Bay especially in the 10 to 15
feet depths. The best baits continue to be salmon roe ,grass shrimp
or eel strips. Several six pack operators have been putting their
clients into multiple hook ups resulting in full one fish limits for
all aboard. It can’t get any better, so they say. The average keeper
sturgeon has been in the 43 to 54 inch category along with many
undersized and oversized fish in the mix. Right now the water clarity
remains good but be advised that if and when we receive a major storm
front here in California the whole fishing picture will change. For
striped bass some of the top locations include areas on the
Sacramento River above the Rio Vista Bridge such as Liberty Island,
Steamboat Slough and the Sacramento deepwater channel off Decker
Island and Horseshoe Bend behind Decker Island. Trollers as well as
bait dunkers getting into some fish averaging 4 to 6 pounds, up to an
occasional 10 pounder or better. The best lure continues to be the Yo-
zuri shallow runner with a white plastic worm trailer. The best baits
are drifting with live minnows or blue gills or at anchor tossing
fresh shad or cut sardines and anchovies. Up around Suisun Bay
fishing with live splittails or bullheads. On the San Joaquin River
bait dunkers are scoring on some striped Bass off the sandbar in
front of Eddo’s Harbor in fairly shallow water. Both incoming and
outgoing tides have been productive with threadfin shad providing the
best action. Another good bet on the outgoing tide is the shallow
waters favoring Sherman Island off the mouth of 3 Mile Slough.
Another good bet for bait fisherman is the upper and lower Santa
Clara Shoals, San Andreas shoals, mouth of the Mokelumne  River and mouth of Potato Slough.
Both incoming and outgoing tide should provide you with plenty of
action.

FEATHER RIVER
The feather river hatchery staff have received over 600 steelhead
this year. This total reflects a vast improvement over the 74 fish
they received all season two years ago. Due to the good numbers of
steelhead the California Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to
stock 15,000 steelhead into the Thermalito Afterbay which will
provide quality numbers of landlocked steelhead salmon that fisherman
have enjoyed in previous years. The hatchery has concluded it’s
salmon spawning season activities at the facility.

AMADOR LAKE
On December 1 over 500 pounds of rainbow trout were released into the
lake. Presently, shoreline anglers have been fishing from the docks
where they are taking a few limits with chartreuse trout Powerbait.
Trollers dragging the Rapala Fire Tiger model are taking some nice
trout weighing up to and over 6 pounds.

OCEAN
Full limits of rockfish and lingcod along with full pots of Dungeness
crab for most on private or charter boats working out of all the
ports along the California coast line. Check weather conditions
before venturing off shore into the big waters. Recent catches of
lingcod have resulted in a few weighing up to 35 pounds.

LOS VAQUEROS RESERVOIR
This Contra Costa reservoir offers anglers some steady trout, striped
bass and catfish angling opportunities. Catfish to over 14 pounds and
trout weighing more than 9 pounds have been the rule lately. Most of
the trout action is taking place in the South Cove and Peninsula Cove
either trolling or dunking Power Bait. The marina is seeing quite a
few trout limits taken recently. The big striped bass of the week
weighed at 12.61 pounds. It was caught Cowboy Cove on a piece of
anchovy.

JAYS BEST BETS
Delta    striped bass, sturgeon and largemouth bass
Feather River - steelhead
Lake Amador - trout
Camanche lake - trout, large and small-mouth bass
Los Vaqueros Reservoir - striped bass, trout, catfish
San Pablo Bay - sturgeon
Ocean - rockfish, lingcod, Dungeness crab

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
… Mae West

INLAND SALMON FISHING SEASON ABOUT TO CLOSE
The inland salmon fishing season will be closing at sunset on
Saturday, December 16. Reports indicate that the salmon action has
slowed down from the Woodson bridge all the way down to Rio Vista.
Your best bet to get into some of the best action is to head upstream
into the stretch of the river at the Barge Hole to the Bend bridge
above Red Bluff where they are experiencing some of the fastest
fishing of the year. Most of the fish are averaging from 8 to 15
pounds, up to an occasional 18 to 30 pounder. The way to improve your
chances of hooking up is to back troll with a sardine wrapped
Kwikfish in the mornings and then switch over to fishing with fresh
cured roe. Also in the mix they are taking a few steelhead in the 3
to 8 pound category.

UPCOMING EVENTS

SACRAMENTO INTERNATIONAL SPORTSMAN’S  EXPOSITION AT CAL EXPO  
January 18–21, 2018 – This outdoor show is the largest to hit
California. All outdoor enthusiasts are invited to come out to
Sacramento’s Cal Expo to learn about what’s new in the world of
hunting and fishing. The Sacramento ISE show boasts hundreds of
vendors and offers dozens of hard-hitting seminars. For information,
check out their website here

NTAC TROUT ANGLERS CHALLENGE TOURNAMENT AT SAN PABLO RESERVOIR
Saturday, February 3, 2018 the Norcal Trout Anglers Challenge
Tournament tour will kick off the season at San Pablo reservoir. If
you love trout fishing you’ll want to sign up and participate in
these low cost events. Boaters and bank anglers are welcome. At this
event there will be cash prizes, gear raffles and lots of family fun.
For more information or to sign-up call 916-768-0938.

NTAC TROUT ANGLERS CHALLENGE AT LAKE PARDEE
Saturday, March 3, 2018 – the NorCal Trout Anglers Challenge
Tournament takes place at Lake Pardee. For more information call
916-768-0938.

SACRAMENTO BOAT SHOW
March 8–11, 2018 – the Cal Expo Thursday and Friday 11 AM to 8 PM,
Saturday 10 AM to 8 PM, Sunday 10 AM to 6 PM. For more information,
call 916-372-4239

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR SANDHILL CRANE TOURS at Woodbridge
ecological reserve near Lodi. Late afternoon guided tours run through
February on first through third Saturdays and Sundays each month,
more info here.

CDFW WILL OFFER FREE SWAN TOURS near Marysville on Saturdays,
9:30 to 11:30 and 1 o’clock to 3 o’clock, Beginning of November
through mid January. Ducks, geese,shorebirds, herons, egrets and
raptors are often seen too. Pre-registration required: (916) 358-2869.

QUAIL HUNTING SEASON CLOSES
The California quail hunting season closes for both Mountain and
Valley quail on Thursday, January 28, 2018.
For more information check out the California DFW website at https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/

TURKEY HUNTING SEASON CLOSED
December 10, 2017 - The fall turkey hunting closed throughout much of
the state. For more information, check out the California DFW website
at https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/

GENERAL PHEASANT HUNTING SEASON CLOSES

December 24, 2017 - The general pheasant hunting season closest
throughout most of much of the state. For more information check out
the California DFW website at https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/

REMINDER - Non-lead shot is required when taking upland game birds with
a shotgun...except for dove, quail, & game birds taken at licensed
clubs. Also applies to take small game mammals and any wildlife for
depredation purposes.Next phase goes into effect July 1, 2019 when
hunters must use non-lead ammo when taking any animal anywhere in the
state for any purpose.

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