The fall striped bass migration is now underway with some Angler's having a 10 fish day on the troll from the Old Dairy up to Decker Island. Most of the fish are dinks with the big fish of the day weighing only 4 pounds. Remember, it is still early in the season and by the time we reach the month of October the fishing season should be much better just in time for the Rio Vista Bass Derby. There are fish in both systems, that meaning the Sacramento and the San Joaquin Rivers. For those who enjoy bait fishing fresh shad is now available at most bait shops. Windy conditions continue to prevail on the Delta which makes it challenging for those on the troll. The best lures continue to be either the shallow or the deep running Yozuri Crystal Minnows or P-Line Predator Minnows in the green or red head / white color patterns.. Over in the south Delta Angler's drifting live bluegills continue to take occasional keeper stripers in the 4 to 6 pound category in Whiskey Slough and out of flooded Mildred Island. Some striper activity reported in Discovery Bay, but this hasn't been verified. Stay tuned for periodic updates. In the Antioch area the public pier continues to kick-out some of the larger striped bass, especially some using live mud suckers.
Due to the windy conditions which have effected the sturgeon fishing there hasn't been anyone venturing out into Suisun Bay or the Cut.
On the salmon fishing scene several fish daily are caught from the mouth of the old Sacramento River up into the Walnut Grove area. Most of the fish are taken early in he day up to 17 pounds on Silvertron Spinners and Mepp's Flying "C's". Up around the Freeport Bridge a few salmon are taken daily jigging P-Line Laser Minnows or Slammer Minnows. Recently the bite has been much slower and spotty.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY
Not much action out on the bay except for a fury of action on halibut in the central bay where Captain Tom Zizzo of the Wild Wave put a dozen of the flat fish on his deck using live live anchovies. Striped bass action slow due to minus tides. The good news is the leopard shark fishing is still off the charts in the South Bay.
Rock fish, lingcod and salmon are keeping most Sausalito party boats busy. Lingcod to 32 pounds along with quality 10 fish limits of rockfish for their clients. One day salmon fishing is off the charts and the next day not much to brag about. But on the good day they bring home 50 salmon to 26 pounds for 61 Angler's while 3 boats from Emeryville scored 37 salmon to 22 pounds for 30 Angler's. Most of the action is coming from south of the shipping channel to Double Point where the weather conditions have been flat calm, which has been very unusual lately.
TAKE TIME TO ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS. CHECK WEATHER CONDITIONS BEFORE VENTURING OUT INTO THE BIG WATERS. UNTIL NEXT TIDE STAY SAFE TO FISH ANOTHER DAY.
JAY'S BEST BETS
Delta - striped bass, salmon, largemouth bass.
San Francisco Bay - halibut, leopard shark, striped bass
New Hogan Reservoir - striped bass
Ocean - salmon, rockfish, lingcod
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
NATIONAL OPEN SKEET SHOOTING CHAMPIONSHIP
September 8 thru 11, 2016 - The U.S. Open Skeet Championship is coming to the Stockton Trap and Skeet Club which will attract the finest shooters in the country for 4 days of competition. All of the events will be taking place at the Waterloo Gun and Bocce Club, 4343 North Ashley Lane in Stockton. There is no charge to observe and watch the finest shooters in the country. Information: (209) 931- 6803 or stocktongunclub.com.
DELTA WATERWAYS CLEANUP
Saturday, September 17, 2016 - Calling all volunteers to help in cleaning up the Delta waterways and shorelines to get rid of the trash and garbage where it pollutes our water, endangers our fish and wildlife. A perfect family activity.
Where to meet:
Solano County in Rio Vista at Sandy Beach Park at 9:00 a.m.
Sacramento County Meet at Korth's Pirates Lair Resort on the Delta loop at 9:00 a.m.
Stockton Meet at Buckley Cove Marina and park at 9:00 a.m.
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. This event offers big prizes to the lucky Angler's who qualify in 3 categories . 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.
QUAIL HUNTING SEASON OPENER
October 15, 2016 the quail hunting season opens throughout much of the state. For more information checkout the California DFW website at dfg.ca.gov
SHASTA LAKE FALL TROUT DERBY
October 15 & 16, 2016 this is the last big trout derby of the year. This event participants to win the $2,500 top prize and other awesome prizes. For more information, call (800) 953-4432 or (530) 238-2716.
FUTURE PRO DON PEDRO BASS TOURNAMENT
October 15, 2016 the Don Pedro Bass Tournament sponsored by Future Pro takes place at Don Pedro Lake. For more information contact Vince Harris at (916) 768-0938.
FUTURE PRO LAKE BERRYESSA BASS TOURNAMENT
October 22, 2016 signup and fish the west coast's hottest fishing circuit on California's beautiful Lake Berryessa. For more information contact Vince Harris at (916) 768-0938.
WATERFOWL HUNTING SEASON - DUCK HUNTING SEASON OPENER
The California waterfowl hunting season will take place in most areas including the Central Valley and private properties in the Delta region from October 22 to January 29, 2017. The daily limit remains at 7, with no more than 2 mallard hens, 2 pintail, 2 canvasback and 3 scaup. The Central Valley can expect to see at least 7 million wintering ducks this season. For more information checkout the California DFW website at: dfg.ca.gov
STRIPED BASS FISHERMEN'S CHALLENGE ON THE DELTA
October 29, 2016 Angler's Press will be featuring a massive striped bass derby headquartered in Oakley, Ca. The event promises big prizes and lots of fun. For more information contact Vince Harris at (916) 768-0938.
NORCAL TROUT ANGLER'S CHALLENGE CHAMPIONSHIP
November 5 & 6, 2016 the NorCal Trout Angler's 2016 Challenge event will take place at Collins Lake. For more information contact Vince Harris at (916) 768-0938.
FALL TURKEY HUNTING SEASON OPENER
November 12, 2016 the fall turkey hunting season opens throughout much of the state. For more information checkout the California DFW website at: dfg.ca.gov
PHEASANT HUNTING SEASON OPENER
November 12, 2016 the general pheasant hunting season opens throughout much of the state. For more information checkout the California DFW website at: dfg.ca.gov
SACRAMENTO INTERNATIONAL SPORTSMAN'S EXPOSITION
January 19 - 22, 2016 - The Sacramento ISE show boasts hundreds of vendors and offers dozens of hard hitting hunting and fishing seminars. The event takes place at Sacramento's CalExpo. For more information visit sports expos.com
SEWAGE SPILL IN FOURTEEN MILES SLOUGH
An overflowing city sewer line took place near Stockton's Lincoln Village Marina on Fourteen Mile Slough, forcing city officials to place signs warning city residents not to swim or fish in the immediate area. The spill was reported at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. The sewage spill was capped by 9:15 a.m. The city will be testing the water to make sure it is safe before signs are removed.