Let’s Go Fishing
April 13, 2016
Striped bass seem to be more consistent on the San Joaquin River where the water clarity seems to be much better, according to field scouts. One of the better locations to anchor and dunk bait is the mouth 3 Mile Slough off Sherman Island in about 12 feet of water in close to the levee on an outgoing tide. The best baits continue to be cut sardines, anchovies and thread fin shad. Light 17 east of the Antioch Bridge, Old River, Middle River, Mildred Island and Discovery Bay. Fish are even showing up at the Port of Stockton near the interstate 5 overpass. Anglers are having some success drifting live gold shiners and blue gill in Mildred Island, Old River and Middle River. On the drift you cover more water in locating schools of feeding bass. Its still early and the best is yet to come. When the water temperature gets into the 60’s and the water clarity improves the striped bass fishing will bust wide open for bait dunkers as well as trollers. Sturgeon still showing in the deeper sections off Pittsburg, the Mothball Fleet, Suisun Cut and Montezuma Slough. The topper fodder is eel tipped with a piece of nightcrawler and salmon roe.
Pardee Lake is once again brim full and presently it is offering anglers some of the best kokanee fishing in Northern California. most of the fish taken recently are averaging 12 – 13 inches in length, up to an occasional lunker measuring 15 inches. fishing with down riggers 4 to 8 feet deep with a hoochie, fly, lure or spinner trailing about 125 feet behind the boat is producing best. The lake also offers largemouth, small mouth bass, trout and catfish. The season will run through november 6. Day use: $9.50 per vehicle, $16.50 with a boat and $5.50 for a permit to fish. Campsites run $26 to $29 a night, $36 for an RV.
Information: (209) 772-1472 ; pardeerecreation.com.
Recreational Dungeness crab pot pulling season is yielding full 10 – Dungeness limits for charters from Monterey to Bodega Bay. April 1 south of Pigeon Point the rock fishing season opened and as a bonus the salmon fishing season opened on April 2 south of Point Arena to the Mexican border.
SAN PABLO BAY
Sturgeon fishing remains a hit or miss off the Pump House because of the number of bait-stealing juvenile bass in the area. Some charters resorting to trolling for halibut. Several weeks ago a monster 30 pounder was taken and many think the halibut fishing season will start early this year.
Take time to enjoy the great outdoors. Until next tide stay safe.
JAY’S BEST BETS
DELTA – (striped bass, sturgeon);
PARDEE LAKE – (bass, kokanee);
OCEAN- (salmon, rockfish, Dungeness crab)
HUNTER SAFETY CLASSES
The Stockton Sportsman’s Club has announced they will be providing 4 hunter safety courses on August 13 and 20, and 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.
FUTURE PRO FOLSOM LAKE BASS TOURNAMENT
April 16, 2016 – Fish the west coast’s hottest bass fishing circuit by signing up for this Future Pro event. information: Vince Harris at (916) 768-0938.
SIERRA TROUT FISHING SEASON
Saturday, April 23, 2016 – The general trout fishing season opens in California’s streams. Your best bet on the opening weekend is salmon eggs, worms and spinners.Most streams should be running at full capacity from the snow melt-off.
KOKANNEE POWER LAKE SHASTA TEAM CLASSIC
April 30, 2016 – Fish for big trout and salmon, awesome prizes and a free dinner. for more information, call Gary Coe at (916) 985-4943.CDFW Awards $16.7 Million to Fisheries Habitat Restoration, Forest Legacy and Drought Projects
FUTURE PRO CLEAR LAKE BASS TOURNAMENT
May 7, 2016 – join the west coast’s hottest bass fishing circuit by signing up for this Future Pro event. For more information call Vince Harris at (916) 985-4943.
KOKANEE POWER WHISKEYTOWN TEAM DERBY
June 4, 2016 – Big kokanee and awesome prizes will be up for grabs. For more information, call Gary Coe st (916)985-4943
33RD ANNUAL CLEAR LAKE
May 13 – 15, 2016 – Come fish the “Biggest” Catfish Tournament West of the Mississippi.
This event is sponsored by the Clearlake Oaks-Glenhaven Business Association. Up for grabs is $10,000 in cash and prizes awarded, plus over $2,500 in drawing prizes.
Derby headquarters: Clearlake Oaks Fire Station
Entry fee: Pre-sale derby tickets $40.00 per adult
$50.00 after 11 a.m. on May 12th.
Derby starts at 12 noon on May 13th
Derby ends at 12 noon on may 15th
Kids Derby ticket: $10.00
Derby Headquarters: Clearlake Oaks Fire Station
12655 E. Highway 20
Clearlake Oaks, CA
Entry forms available at www.clearlakeoaks.org