The good news is that there are plenty of striped bass in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers. Now comes the bad news! Most of the fish are less than 18 inches in length. There are a few exceptions where trollers have taken a few from 5 to 7 pounds, but the shakers have been too numerous. Trollers dragging YoZuris or P-Line Predators have been working about 14’ of water with the outgoing tides best to the first part of the incoming. For the chance of hooking up with a double digit fish, head to the West Delta to Honker Bay or Suisun Bay and toss fresh shad, mudsuckers or a live splittail at anchor. Don't rule out Montezuma Slough either. The month of October has always been a great producer of some quality striped bass.
Sturgeon have been making an appearance in Cache Slough, Ryer Island and Liberty Island from 40 to 60 inches in length. Shrimp baits and salmon roe getting most of the pulldowns.
The King salmon continue to push through the lower portions of the Sacramento River with some taken at the mouth of the Old Sacramento River, Isleton and the Walnut Grove area. The most popular spinner continues to be the double-bladed Silvertron model with either red or chartreuse beads. For better results put a 2 oz. drop sinker about 3’ behind the spinner so that it will bounce along the bottom. The current surface water temperature is about 71º.
Anglers arriving at the river’s mouth off Discovery park before daylight scoring on some bright Kings jigging Gibbs minnows and at anchor working Kwikfish with a sardine wrap for a handful of salmon averaging 8 to 14 pounds, up to an occasional fish weighing 20 or more.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY
With no wind and glassy water the salmon fishing has picked up around California City with trollers scoring on a few Kings averaging 8 to 10 pounds or netter. In the mix a few halibut in the mix from 8 to 15 pounds on the drift with either live shiners or anchovies. Leopard shark fishing is still rated good in the south bay. Striped bass are numerous, but most are too small.
Salmon are a hit and miss which is the typical bite for the fall season. One day they find a good school and load up and the next day maybe a fish per rod. As an option the rock cod and lingcod fishing is still providing quality 10 fish limits for private boats and party boats.
Note: The 69th Rio Vista Bass Derby and Festival takes place October 7-8-9, 2016. This is one of the oldest fishing tournaments in the U.S. The event offers loads of family fun. If you love fishing the Delta waterways this is the event you won’t want to miss. Information: Rio Vista Chamber of Commerce at (707) 374-2700.
TAKE TIME TO GO OUT AND ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS. UNTIL NEXT TIDE STAY SAFE TO FISH ANOTHER DAY. BE SURE TO CHECK WEATHER CONDITIONS BEFORE HEADING OUT INTO THE BIG WATERS.
JAY'S BEST BETS
Delta - striped bass, sturgeon, salmon, largemouth bass.
Ocean - salmon, rocked, lingcod
San Francisco Bay - halibut, salmon, leopard shark
Comanche Lake - trout, largemouth bass
CSBA STOCKTON CHAPTER FUND RAISING DINNER
Thursday, October 6, 2016 The Stockton Chapter of the California Striped Bass Association will be conducting their annual fund raising dinner at the Eagles Hall, 1492 Bourbon St., Stockton, Ca. Information: Carlos Romero at (209) 482-0330. Main menu Tri-tip.
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 celebrates it’s 69th anniversary which makes it one of the oldest fishing tournaments in the United States. This event offers anglers the opportunity to win some large cash prizes in the 3 fish categories. This event is also family oriented with a parade, food vendors, carnival, car show and much more. if you love fishing the fabulous Delta waterways this is a must attend. For more information, contact the Rio Vista Chamber of Commerce at (707) 374-2700.
GENERAL 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
SPORTSMAN’S WAREHOUSE WATERFOWL WEEKEND
October 15-16, 2016 - If you are a waterfowl enthusiast you won't want to miss this event. It features seminars, special pricing on waterfowl gear and much more. Each California Sportsman’s location will participate in the special event. For addresses and phone numbers visit the Sportsman’s Warehouse website at: sportsmanswarehouse.com.
SHASTA LAKE FALL TROUT DERBY
October 15 & 16, 2016 this is the last big trout derby of the year. You won’t want to miss this event with up to a $2,500 top prize up for grabs. For more information, call (800) 953-4432 or (530) 238-2716.
FUTURE PRO DON PEDRO BASS TOURNAMENT
October 15, 2016 be part of the West Coast’s hottest bass fishing circuit by signing up for
the Future Pro event at Lake Don Pedro. For more information call 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 in the Napa valley. For more information contact Vince Harris at (916) 768-0938.
WATERFOWL HUNTING SEASON OPENER
October 22, 2016 - The general waterfowl hunting season opens throughout much of the state.. 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
STRIPER 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.
CIFFI ANNUAL DINNER
November 5, 2016 - The CIFFI will hold their annual fund raising dinner at the Folsom Community Center at 52 Natoma Street in Folsom, Ca. This event offers great food, exciting prizes and lots of laughs will be on hand. For more information or to reserve your spot, call (209) 810-9603.
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
GENERAL 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.