Well, the 69th Annual Bass Derby is now history and congrats go out to the lucky winners, Andy Douens of Oakley who caught a 291” striped bass, the exact target length , to claim the $1000 first prize followed by Michael Allen of Antioch who hooked a 47.96” sturgeon to claim a prize of $500 and Donald Jefferies of Colfax who claimed $500 for the largest salmon at 23 1/4 pounds. Conditions were perfect this year with very little wind and warm temperatures. Incidentally most of the winning fish were caught during the night time hours, mainly at anchor tossing threadfin shed, mudsuckers, eel and fresh salmon roe. The host of the event was the Isleton Chapter of the California Striped Bass Association. The fishing was best off Sherman Island, Decker Island and Broad Slough. The best sturgeon fishing took place under The Powerlines and most of the king salmon came from the Rio Vista Bridge to the ferry slip on trolled, double-bladed Silvertron and Willow spinners with either red or chartreuse beads. The Randy Pringle Open Bass Derby took place out on the Delta with the winning team taking home $20,000 for a 2 day total of 44 pounds. With an entry fee of $200 the event drew 199 participants for the 2 day event.
With the salmon fishing season closing October 31, the season limps along with very little to show for it. Only 1 charter boat ventured out to record 4 salmon to 22 pounds for 10 anglers. They claim that most of the salmon for the Fall run have already moved through the bay and into their natal streams, primarily the Sacramento River. Meanwhile the rock fishing is yielding 10 fish limits from Monterey to Bodega Bay with a sprinkling of cabazone and lingcod. Another option is the whale watching cruise to the Farallon Islands operated by the Oceanic Society of San Francisco.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY
The only thing going on in San Francisco Bay is the exceptional leopard shark fishing, with a number of seven gill sharks mixed in, the bay is really quiet with the exception of a few salmon taken off California City at the top of the high tides. There are still plenty of undersized striped bass in the North bay and that’s a good sign for better things to take place.
On the American River steelhead to 8 pounds scattered from Paradise Beach to Upper Sunrise, but very few salmon. The Feather River is a bonanza, especially at the Thermolito Afterbay Outlet Hole, where kings are stacked. Some say the bite is so good the guides are making 3 trips a day. Salmon are also found in good numbers at the rock wall near Gridley. Further up the Sacramento River, the famous Barge Hole, south of Battle Creek and the old mouth are choked full of salmon that arrived last week. The best action is coming from roe and jigs and the salmon are big running from 14 to 40 pounds as a rule. 2 fish limits are not uncommon.
TAKE TIME TO GO OUT AND ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS. STAY SAFE TO FISH ANOTHER DAY. BE SURE TO CHECK WEATHER CONDITIONS BEFORE HEADING OUT INTO THE BIG WATERS. UNTIL NEXT TIDE.
JAY'S BEST BETS
Delta - striped bass, sturgeon, salmon,
Ocean - salmon, rock fish, lingcod, cabazone
Rivers- steelhead, salmon
Note: Dungeness crab pot pulling season opens on November 5, 2016.
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.
SANDHILL CRANE FESTIVAL
November 4-6, 2016 - The 20th annual Sandhill Crane Festival takes place at Lodi’s Hutchin Street Square. The festival highlighted by exhibits, artwork, field trips and seminars. Free admission there will be a small fee cost for field trips. Information: (800) 581-6150.
CSBA STATE BOARD FUND RAISER
The California Striped Bass Association consisting of chapters in Modesto, Antioch, Isleton, Tracy, Sacramento and Stockton will be conducting their annual State Board Fund Raiser.
Date: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Place: F.O.E. Eagles Hall
1452 Bourbon St.
Schedule of activities:
Cocktail hour 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Dinner: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Menu: Surf and Turf (steak and shrimp)
baked potato, salad, rolls and dessert
Tickets: Donation - $35.00 per person
Silent auction: 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Raffle drawing: 8:00 p.m. to ???
For more information call Terry Peterson at (209)602-2875.
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.
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