Striped bass continue to trickle into the Sacramento River from the salt waters of the bay where trolling seems to be best way to hook a few to 12 pounds. The best lures are the deep-diving Yozuri Crystal Minnow or P-line predators in the green or fire tiger color patterns at depths ranging from 11 to 14 feet. Some of the better areas to troll have been the west bank of the Sacramento River and off Decker Island. Surface water temperatures are still warm holding at between 71º and 72º. The bigger stripers have yet to arrive, but it is still early in the season. The big fish of the week was the 30 pound striper taken off Big Break on the San Joaquin River with a Rat-L-Trap.
Salmon continue to move into the waters at a slow pace with occasional bright charmers taken from 12 to 22 pounds in the Freeport and Courtland section of the Old Sacramento River where Silvertron Spinners along with Mepps Flying C seem to be the lures of choice these days. Closer to Rio Vista a few salmon are taken in the early morning from the mouth up to the Isleton Bridge. Due to warm water temperatures most of the salmon are moving through at a fast pace to find cooler waters further upstream in the Anderson area. As we approach September the salmon fishing will only get better.
SAN PABLO BAY
Inside the bay Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Live Bait in San Rafael reported that the leopard shark fishing has been outstanding the south bay using midshipmen for bait. The striped bass and halibut action has slowed overall with nearly all party boats heading outside the gate for rock fish and salmon. The big high tides this week are best on the troll.
The salmon bite has been steady off Pacifica with limits and near limits of mixed grades in 50 to 65 feet of water where schools of anchovies are working all along the beaches. Most of the salmon are weighing 6 to 10 pounds, up to an occasional 20 pounder in the mix.
rock fishing along with lingcod has been very good with 10 fish limits of quality rock fish along with lingcod to 18 pounds on most party boats.
Anglers at anchor jigging for salmon at the mouth of Discovery Park or the deeper holes at Paradise Beach and Howe avenues where a few salmon are hooked from 8 to 18 pounds in the early morning hours. If there is no action by 9 a.m. most are calling it a day.
Take time to go out and enjoy the great outdoors. Until next tide stay safe to fish another day.
Check weather conditions before venturing out into the big waters.
JAY’S BEST BETS
Delta - striped bass, largemouth bass, salmon
San Francisco Bay - striped bass, halibut, leopard shark
Ocean - salmon, rockfish, lingcod
FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETING
August 24 - 25, 2016 - The California Fish and Wildlife Commission meets at the Lake Natoma Inn Hotel/Conference Center, 702 Gold Lake Drive, Folsom, Ca. On the agenda is the first reading on the Coalition for a Sustainable Delta’s request to exterminate so-called predator fish, such as striped bass, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and several species of catfish from the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta waterways. Information: (916) 653-4899.
KITTLE’S OUTDOOR SPORTS STATE DUCK CALLING CHAMPIONSHIP & EXPO
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.
HUNTER SAFETY CLASSES
The Stockton Sportsman’s Club has announced they will be conducting 4 hunter safety courses on 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.
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.