Good numbers of striped bass are now plying the waters on both the San Joaquin and the Sacramento Rivers where boaters at anchor are scoring on most of the fish tossing threadfin shad for bass averaging 18 inches, up to an occasional fish weighing 5 to 7 pounds. Some of the better locations to try your luck on the San Joaquin River are just west of the Antioch Bridge off Light 17, the flats off Eddos Harbor, False River, the mouth of Three Mile Slough and the Lower Santa Clara Shoals. In the South Delta striped bass also making an appearance flooded Mildred Island. On the Sacramento River, Decker Island, Sherman Island, Horseshoe Bend, Broad Slough and Chain Island. Above the Rio Vista bridge try Cache Slough up to flooded Liberty Island. Near Pittsburg in deeper water several larger striped bass were taken on live split tails. The fish weighed in at 17 and 38 pounds respectively. Fish this size are few and far between. The salmon fishing has its ups and downs with the best action coming from the Sacramento River above the Rio Vista Bridge to light 6 and the Ryer Island Ferry.
Salmon still showing in the Old Sacramento River from it’s mouth up into the Long Island area, Walnut Grove into the Freeport section of the river. The best lure on the slow troll continues to be the double-bladed Silvertron spinner with either red or chartreuse beads. Most of the recent catches are averaging 13 to 22 pounds. Salmon are still moving into the south fork of the Mokelumne River up to the Highway 5 Bridge. The big fish of the week was a 40 pounder taken at Freeport by a shoreline angler tossing a Mepp’s Flying C spinner. In-river salmon fishing is open through December 16.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY
The bay is loaded with striped bass, but many are subsized, less than the 18” minimum size requirement. Catch 10 fish and maybe 1 will be legal up to 5 pounds. Salmon fishing is about done off California City with only a couple of fish logged daily at the top of the high tides. A few halibut 15 to 20 pounds are few and far between, but show up off Angel Island now and then on drifted live shiner minnows.
Salmon fishing season closed on Sunday, October 30 in ocean waters, but in the interim rock cod and lingcod fishing is still very good when the weather permits. The recreational Dungeness crab pot pulling season opens Saturday, November 5. A new rules change requires crab traps to have a 5” unobstructed opening. Previously the opening only had to be 4 1/2”, so old traps will have to be retrofitted to be legal. The largest boat launching ramp in Bodega Bay, located at the West Side Campground, will not be operating for the crab season opener.
Amador Lake and Camanche Lake offer anglers the opportunity to hook up with double digit rainbow trout with the typical rainbow averaging 1 1/2 pounds and whoppers weighing in the double digits.
TAKE TIME TO GO OUT AND ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS WHETHER IT BE FISHING OR JUST SIGHTSEEING TO VIEW THE FALL COLORS. YOU CAN ALSO VISIT THE MANY STATE AND FEDERALLY OPERATED WILDLIFE REFUGES TO VIEW THE ANNUAL WATERFOWL MIGRATION. UNTIL NEXT TIDE STAY SAFE TO FISH ANOTHER DAY. BE SURE TO CHECK WEATHER CONDITIONS BEFORE HEADING OUT INTO THE BIG WATERS.
NOTES: Early storm fronts to hit California are pushing California migratory waterfowl into the Central valley at a pace much quicker than last year. At the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge monthly survey found an estimated 330,000 geese and 840,000 ducks on federally operated wetlands between Willows and Yuba City. Information: (530)934-2801.
Trophy sized trout were released last week into Lake Amador off Jackson Valley Road, signaling the start of the fall planting season. Rainbow trout will be stocked through Spring with some weighing as much as 12 pounds. Information: (209)274-4739.
JAY'S BEST BETS
Delta - striped bass, sturgeon, largemouth bass
Lake Amador - trout
Sacramento River - king salmon
Mokelumne River - salmon
Ocean - rockfish, lingcod
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 the 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