Field scouts report some striped bass activity taking place below Decker Island for bait dunkers at anchor with most at or less than 18” minimum size requirement. but, it is possible to take a two fish limit averaging 18 to 22 inches if you put in the time. Some salmon moving through the system with only a few taken to 17 pounds off the shoreline at Benicia, Isleton and near Freeport Bridge. Silvertron spinners and Mepp’s Flying C’s are the two most productive lures as of late. largemouth bass are numerous throughout the Delta’s back sloughs averaging 1 to 3 pounds, up to an occasional larger fish in the 5 pound bracket.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY
Striped bass still holding off the rock piles with mostly schoolies in the 18 to 22 inch category. Halibut fishing is slow but the leopard shark fishing is still off the charts with many in the 40 pound range. Salmon showing off California City on the top of the high tides for trollers.
The salmon bite slowed down this past week with only fifteen salmon to 20 pounds for 31 anglers out of Sausalito. The bite was even slower at Bodega Bay where most boats focused on lingcod to 16 pounds from Fort Ross to Timber Cove. The salmon fishing was wide open for Eureka boats that run from the “jaws” and three miles outside Humboldt Bay. Kings have been averaging about 17 pounds.
This Valley impoundment is continuing to put out some of the largest rainbow trout in the area. Trout are averaging 14 to 24 inches in length with many larger fish in the bag responding to trolled lures such as speedy shiner, Needle Fish and Cripple Lures trolled at 3 mph near the dam.
Fish early and late in the day for striped bass where anglers are tossing Zara Spooks and Pencil Poppers from Howe Avenue to Sailors Bar. Some are reporting 15 fish days with many weighing as much as 15 pounds. Not too shabby for a hot summer day.
UPPER SACRAMENTO RIVER
Occasional salmon to 20 pounds trolling with Kwikfish and Flatfish, or drifting with fresh roe at Hamilton City, Woodson Bridge State Park and the Barge Hole near the mouth of Battle Creek. The run is beginning to build.
Take time to go out and enjoy the great outdoors. Until next tide stay safe to fish another day.
Always check weather conditions before venturing out into the big waters.
JAY’S BEST BETS
Delta - largemouth bass
California City - salmon
San Francisco Bay - striped bass, leopard shark
Ocean - salmon, rockfish, lingcod
ANGLERS, MARINA OWNERS, BAIT SHOP OWNERS AND OTHER FISHING RELATED BUSINESSES MUST TURN OUT FOR THE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION MEETING TO OPPOSE DELTA STRIPED BASS ERADICATION PROPOSAL!
We must show strong opposition to the petition submit to the California Fish and Game Commission by the coalition for a Sustainable Delta, a group of water contractors from Southern California headed by Beverly Hills agribusiness tycoons Stewart and Lynda Resnick who want to eradicate the Delta’s striped bass and largemouth bass, so-called predator fish that they allege are responsible for the decline of the Delta smelt and salmon, steelhead populations and not the excessive conveyance of water from the Delta.
It has become very obvious and very imperative that we flood the meeting with anglers, sport shop owners, marina owners and all other fishing related businesses to oppose this proposal.
The meeting will be conducted August 24-25, 2016 at the Lake Natoma Inn and Conference Center, 702 Gold Lake Drive, Folsom, Ca. 95630
The agenda can be found, by dates, at: http://fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2016/index.aspx
The meeting will be live streamed at www.cal-span.org
NOTE: See important meeting deadlines and procedures at the end of the agenda.
HUNTER SAFETY CLASSES
The Stockton Sportsman’s Club has announced they will be conducting 4 hunter safety courses on August 13 and 20, and October 1 and 8. Instructor Paul Sarstead stated that the courses will take place at the Waterloo Gun and Bocce Club, 4343 N. Ashley Lane in Stockton. Sessions are free to boys and girls, 16 years and younger with a small fee charged for adults. Information: (209) 204-0358.
LAKE PARDEE KOKANEE POWER TEAM FISHING DERBY
August 20, 2016 - The Lake Pardee team fishing derby which offers anglers an opportunity to compete for cash and prizes. for information call Cary Coe at (888) 744-8150.
KITTLE’S OUTDOOR SPORTS STATE DUCK CALLING CHAMPIONSHIP
August 27 - 28, 2016 - Kittle’s outdoor sports in Colusa will be once again hosting the most prestigious duck calling contest in California. The two day event will also feature calling demos, art displays, special attractions, super discounts and lots more. If you are a duck hunter you won’t want to miss this special event. For full details call Kittle’s at (530) 458-4868.
SHAVER LAKE KOKANEE POWER TEAM FISHING DERBY
September 10, 2016 - Kokanee Power presents it’s Shaver Lake team fishing derby offers anglers an opportunity to compete for cash and prizes. for information call Gary Coe at (888) 744-8150.
RIO VISTA BASS DERBY & FESTIVAL
October 7 - 9, 2016 - The Rio Vista Bass Derby is one of the oldest fishing tournament in the U.S. Big prizes are up for grabs. if you love fishing the fabulous Delta waterways this is a must attend. For more information, call the Rio Vista Chamber of Commerce at (707) 374-2700.