Pick a day with little wind and your chances of hooking up a legal bass or sturgeon is vastly improved. Presently most of the action is at anchor tossing shad, mud suckers for striped bass and eel, roe and shrimp baits for sturgeon. Some of the better locations for both species is the Sacramento River at the Powerlines, south of Decker Island, Broad Slough, Collinsville, Decker Island and Horseshoe bend. On the San Joaquin River try the flats in front of Eddo’s harbor, False River, Lower Santa Clara Shoals, San Andreas Shoals and inside flooded Mildred Island.
Salmon fishing continues to provide enough action to keep it interesting. One of the better locations is the Sacramento River from the Rio Vista Bridge upstream to the mouth of the Old Sacramento River. The salmon have been averaging about 8 to 20 pounds, with an occasional larger fish weighing 26 pounds. The best lure on the troll continues to be the double-bladed Silvertron spinner with either red or chartreuse beads with a 2 ounce drop sinker placed about 4 feet above the spinner. Salmon still showing the Old Sacramento River up into the Freeport area where shoreline anglers tossing Mepp’s Flying C spinners are scoring on some bright salmon to 26 pounds. The recent rains have enticed more salmon to move into the Mokelumne River where boaters have been launching their vessels at Wimpy’s Marina and fishing east of the highway 5 bridge. The fishing for striped bass and sturgeon should improve as we move into the month of November. Note: the recent rains could effect the water clarity in some areas which in some cases could hinder the fishing in the effected sections of the river.
UPPER SACRAMENTO RIVER
The recent rains caused holding salmon to make a run up Battle Creek to the Coleman Hatchery and north of the Deschutes bridge, the upper end of the Lower Sacramento River where salmon fishing is not allowed. But in the interim more salmon, including the large late-fall run, are on the way. The salmon fishing season concludes on December 16.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY
The only thing going on in the Bay is the excellent leopard shark fishing. Reports indicate there are plenty of striped bass in the system, but they all seem to be less than the 18” minimum size requirement. There are no reports on the halibut fishing. A few showing off California City at the top of the high tides.
Several weeks ago the salmon fishing slowed way down with only a few reported taken off Muir Beach and Duxbury. Last week everyonene was surprised when all the party boats out of Sausalito checked in with full 2 fish limits for their clients with fish weighing up to 26 pounds. Everyone was surprised by the action that took place.
VALLEY LAKES TO RECEIVE TROUT PLANTS
Amador Lake and Camanche Lake will receive trout plants as soon as October 24. Most of the plants are rainbow trout with some trophy sized fish in the mix in the 8 to 12 pound class.
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, rockfish, lingcod
San Francisco Bay - leopard shark, salmon
October 29, 2016: First day of crab trap ban in all ocean waters: crab traps may not be used or deployed until November 5, 2016.
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.
October 31, 2016:
Last day of recreational ocean salmon season, Point Arena to Pigeon Point.
Last day of recreational boat-based ground fish season, OR-CA border to Point Arena
Last day of annual California Department of Public Health mussel quarantine (may be extended as conditions require)
BUCKS FOR DUCKS
November 3, 2016 - The Ducks Unlimited Annual Stockton Banquet and Fundraiser will take place at the Stockton Civic Auditorium. The doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m., with an auction and raffle to follow. Donations: $75.00 for adults, $35 for children. Proceeds benefit wetlands habitat in California. Information and reservations contact: Leslie Brown at (209) 941- 1229 or Rod Attebery, (209) 601-3915.
November 4, 2016: Last day of crab trap ban in all ocean waters
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.
PHEASANT HUNTING COOPERATIVE
The public has a chance to hunt pheasants on private land November 12 thru December 4 under a cooperative program operated by the Stockton Sportsman’s Club. More than 3,000 birds will be released during the season with plants on Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day. Check station located at 3455 McMillan Road, with access from Airport Way , south of Highway 120. Special hunts for veterans, women and youth. Information: Bob Holloway: (209) 612-3229 or website: stocktonsportsmansclub.com.
November 13, 2016: Last day of recreational ocean salmon season, Horse Mountain to Point Arena.
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.
November 30, 2016: Last day of recreational red abalone season
GENERAL PHEASANT HUNTING SEASON CLOSES
December 25, 2016 - The general pheasant hunting season closes throughout much of he state. For more information checkout the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website at dfg.ca.gov
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.