Find a section of water void of water hyacinth and water grasses and you will likely catch a few striped bass to a whopping 4 or 5 pounds. That seems to be the scenario these days out on the Delta waterways. Trolling, drifting live minnows or blue gills and at anchor tossing fresh threadfin shad is the ticket to having a bit of success these days. Expect a number of undersized fish before hooking a legal 18 incher or better. Field scouts report most of the larger striped bass seem to be holding in the Suisun Cut where they are using split tails and shad for bass up to 17 pounds. The bite isn’t fast, but if you have some patience it might very well pay off. Striped bass are making an appearance throughout the Delta all the way up to the San Joaquin River at the Highway 4 bridge.
The salmon bite has improved for shoreline anglers, especially at Dillon Point at Benicia. In the early mornings the parking lot is full by 6:30 a.m. with fishermann coming as far as San Jose and Sacramento in order to throw Mepp’s Flying C’s and Vee-Zee spinners. The salmon are big and bright with several weighing 30 pounds.
Steffen Masters with Lost Anchor Bait at McAvoy’s Boat Harbor stated that the sturgeon fishing has picked up outside the harbor with grass shrimp providing the best action. Grass shrimp is now available and the quality is very good.
Salmon fishing on the Old Sacramento River is picking up with some quality fish showing from Light 36 north of the Rio Vista Bridge up into the Walnut Grove area. The best lure continues to be the Silvertron spinner in the green color pattern with single or double blades. Most are trolling the spinner at 1 1/2 mph with a 2 ounce drop sinker to get as close as possible to the river bottom in 15 feet of water. Most of the recent salmon caught are ranging from 12 to 20 pounds, up to an occasional fish weighing 26 pounds. Salmon continue to be taken off the shoreline at the Freeport Bridge, especially with the Mepp’s flying C Spinner or jigging with the P-Line Laser or Slammer Minnows.
For small mouth bass try along the rocks in Steamboat Slough or Miner Slough with deep diving crank baits, live minnows, plastics or the drop-shot to 1 1/2 pounds average, up to an occasional 3 pounder.
The salmon and rock fishing continue to provide limits and near limits for private and party boats clients outside the Golden Gate, Monterey Bay, Half Moon Bay and Bodega Bay. But choosing the right day is critical! On one day the bite is decent the next day it could be great. The salmon are holding in 50 to 120 feet of water with some showing 140 to 250 ft. depths offshore. Some of the better salmon action is taking place off the San Mateo shoreline with salmon running from 8 to 15 pounds on the average with a few running to 25 pounds. Note: The Dungeness crab pot pulling season opens on Saturday, November 5, 2016.
TAKE TIME TO GO OUT AND ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS. BE SURE TO CHECK WEATHER CONDITIONS BEFORE HEADING OUT INTO THE BIG WATERS. STAY SAFE TO FISH ANOTHER DAY. UNTIL NEXT TIDE
JAY'S BEST BETS
Delta - striped bass, salmon, smallmouth bass.
Ocean - salmon, rockfish
SACRAMENTO FISHERMAN’S WAREHOUSE SEMINAR
September 29, 2016 - Larry Hemphill will speak about the fall largemouth bass fishing in foothill lakes. Larry’s seminar begins at 6 p.m. at 9035 Folsom Blvd. in Sacramento. Information: (916) 362-1200.
HUNTING FISHING AND COLLECTIBLE SHOW: LOS BANOS SPORTSMAN’S ASSOCIATION
September 30 to October 1, 2016 - This is the place to go for antiques, collectibles, new and used fishing tackle and much more. The show will take place at 13989 Mercy Springs Rd. in Los Banos. Information 209) 827-3278 or on Facebook at: Los Banos Sportsman’s Association
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
SALMON FISHING SEMINAR
November 16, 2016 - Capt. Stan Koenigsberger of Quetzal Adventures will present a seminar focusing on salmon trolling on the Sacramento River. The seminar is free and will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Veteran's Hall, 610 St. Francis Way in Rio Vista, Ca.
SACRAMENTO INTERNATIONAL SPORTSMAN'S EXPOSITION
January 19 - 22, 2016 - This is the big one. Come on out and view what's new in the world of hunting and fishing. 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 sportsexpos.com