Jay Sorensen’s fish report - November 15, 2017
We are glad that Jay is back with us!
Thanks to Cecille Giacoma and the Rio Vista River News Herald for forwarding his report!
The weather during the month of November has always been my favorite time to fish for salmon, striped bass and sturgeon out on the Delta waterways. In the past we even spent the entire night out on the water where we experience some fantastic striped bass fishing using threadfin shad for bait. There are the options that you have presently during the month that we celebrate Thanksgiving.
The current fishing conditions are rated good throughout the system for striped bass, especially at anchor dunking your bait of choice on both the Sacramento and San Joaquin River‘s. For sturgeon they seem to more concentrated in the deeper waters off Pittsburg and Suisun Cut. There are some sturgeon showing on Sherman Island in 28 feet of water near the Power Lines. For better results use eel strips, salmon roe or the basic shrimp baits. For salmon, fish the old Sacramento River upstream into the Verona area at the Minnow Hole. Locally the single bladed Silvertron spinner is working well in the blue/silver and chartreuse/silver combination. Further upstream above Garcia Bend most of the trollers are dragging Brad’s Cut Plugs behind an 11 inch Pro Troll E – Chip dodger. The Freeport bridge is still producing salmon for shoreline anglers tossing Flying C spinners. Overall, the fishing is wide open for a variety of species. Beware, just a reminder that salmon fishing on San Joaquin River is closed. Also, the Mokelumne River from the mouth off the San Joaquin River is closed up to the Highway 12 Bridge.
The salmon fishing is open on the North side of the Highway 12 Bridge up into the Moke’s South and North forks upstream to the Highway 5 Bridge. Salmon fishing closes on December 16.
The fishing is slowed down and isn’t as good as it was a month ago, but anglers are still hooking good numbers of king salmon in the lower section of the feather River opened to fishing below Live Oak. Some of the fish are turning dark, but there are still a few bright ones in the mix. Most of them are hitting Brad’s Killer Fish and salmon roe. Reports indicate there are plenty striped bass in the river with most being small up to 22 inches in length. Note: the upper section of the Feather River closed to salmon fishing on October 15.
Salmon fishing on the American River has been spotty lately, but experienced angles are hooking a mixture of Jacks and larger adult fish. Shoreline anglers are drifting roe near CSUS and up at Sailor Bar. The fish ladder at the Nimbus fish hatchery opened unusually early this year to accommodate the arrival of the returning adult fall–run salmon that hatched in the Coleman National Fish Hatchery in 2014. Some steelhead showing as well as a few striped bass off CAL Expo.
The fishing pressure has been light, but that will change, now that the first trout plants of the fall have been placed into the lake. Last October 28 and 29th 4800 pounds of Mount Lassen rainbow trout were split three ways with 1600 pounds to the pond +1600 pounds each in both north and south shore ramp.
Two experimental trout plants totaling 600 pounds have taken place at Amador Lake near Ione, California recently from their on-site hatchery on October 20, starting the trout seat fishing season at this popular venue. The surface water temperature is holding at 65° with future plants coming from the Mount Lassen fish hatchery.
The San Pablo Bay is still the area that’s producing a fair number of striped bass and sturgeon, especially off the Pumphouse in about 12 to 14 feet of water. The best action is coming on the outgoing tide with my trip and ghost shrimp providing the best action.
SAN FRANCISCO Bay striped bass action rated good for trollers working Red Rock and The Brothers. Most of the fish are between 4 to 7 pounds average. The South Bay providing some excellent leopard shark fishing for bait dunkers casting midshipmen or mud suckers.
With the crab pot pulling season now in full swing along with excellent catches of rockfish and lingcod for private and charter boats, everyone is coming back to the docks with smiles on their faces. Lingcod have been caught lately to 27 pounds with some redfish waying 15 pounds plus plenty of commercial grade Dungeness crab for all hands on board. All ports along the coast have reported good catches, including Bodega Bay, Half Moon Bay and Monterey Bay. The recreational and commercial salmon fishing season closed on October 31.
The fall colors are now with us along with the arrival of the Sandhill Cranes and with water leaching the ground on Boldin Island on Highway 12 the time is right to drive there to view the number of waterfowl, mainly speckled-belly geese by the thousands that have migrated into the area.
Time to go out and enjoy the great outdoors either waterfowl hunting, fishing or just taking a ride to enjoy the wildlife that abounds in our area. Until next time I’d stay safe to hunt and fish another day.
Delta (striped Bass, sturgeon, largemouth bass, catfish)
American River (salmon, striped bass, steelhead)
Feather River (salmon)
Mokelumne River North Fork (salmon)
Mokelumne River Sourth Fork (salmon)
San Pablo Bay (striped bass)
Ocean (rock cod, lingcod, Dungeness crab
If the income tax is the price we have to pay to keep the government on it’s feet, alimony is the price we pay for sweeping a woman off hers.
For the third consecutive summer SMUD and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife have stocked rainbow trout in three Crystal Basin reservoirs. Presently, there are still plenty of these fish swimming in these lakes for anglers to catch, now that fall has arrived. The plants ran from June through August with a total of 25,000 pounds of fish stocked in Union Valley, Icehouse and Loon Lake reservoirs in El Dorado County. The amount of fish stocked can number as high as 50,000 pounds in a given year, depending on matched stocking by the California Department of wildlife. Union Valley received the largest number of fish, 10,000 pounds, as it’s the largest of the three reservoirs. Icehouse received 8,750 pounds and Loon Lake received 6,250 pounds. Mount Lassen Trout Farms of Payne’s Creek is contracted to plant rainbows into the lakes. The company also stocks SMUD‘s Rancho Seco Lake, which annually hosts very popular trout derby each year. For current UARP reservoir and stream release conditions, please visit the community and recreational areas webpages at;