Considering the wind, moon and tides we had a pretty good week in the Delta Striped Bass Fishing. We continued to get some nice quality fish, however, the numbers per day were down from the week before. We started on the Sacramento River side but moved to the San Joaquin River before to long looking to get out of the wind. All our fish this week were caught trolling shallow water (less than 10’) using Rapala’s and Yo-Zuri’s. Chartreuse seemed to be color of choice. The one exception was a couple fish we caught on a J-13 Rapala in Brook Trout pattern, based on a report from a friend, we gave this lure a shot. www.FishTightLines.com
Left to Right, Keith Zenkler of Truckee, Ernie Collins of Grass Valley and John Murray or Grass Valley
Tight Lines Guide Service was Striped Bass fishing in the Delta today! We got a few on the Sacramento and a few on the San Joaquin. We released some smaller fish. These are four we kept for dinner. www.FishTightLines.com
We spent yesterday Striped Bass Fishing in the Delta with friends. We fished some areas that I haven’t fishing in years. After we caught a couple shakers on swim baits and top water plugs, I pulled into a spot and commented that I’ve caught some nice fish in this little run. Within 100 yards we hooked and landed a Striper just under 10 pounds trolling deep diving plugs. We moved over to another area that a friend had told me about the day before. We got there just as the tide was about to bottom out. We found a school of fish right where we had been told they were. On our first pass we had two grabs and landed one fish around 6 or 7 pounds. We continued to hook fish on every pass for the next hour of so. Most of these fish were small right around the 18″ mark.
Our trolling set ups were Berkley IM8 Rods with Abu Garcia 5500LC reels which make it nice knowing exactly where all our lures are. The lures we used were large Rapala’s and Yo Zuri’s.
We launched at 7:00 AM (a little later than planned) and headed straight across from the ramp and started targeting Mackinaw. We fished for Mack’s for a couple hours without a touch. We noticed Kokanee breaking on the surface all morning, I threw out a top line with a dodger and spinner. It wasn’t long before we hooked two Kokanee landing one. As we got close to the island I marked some nice schools of Kokanee at 30 to 50 feet deep. We rigged up two Kokanee rods and dropped one to 25’ and the other to 50’. Both rods hooked up. We ended up fishing this school for a half hour or so and putting a nice bunch of Kokanee in the box. We found another nice school off the point by the dam. We caught our Kokanee on Sep’s Watermelon Strike Master Dodgers and a pink Uncle Larry’s spinner. As far as corn, we didn’t have any! I had stripped my boat so they could use it in a show last week and forgot to put any back in. I did have some Berkley Power Grubs so I cut them in chunks and used that as corn. The Kokanee we caught on the surface were only about 10” and the deeper ones were up to 12”. That’s small but it’s early. The surface temp on Stampede today was 43 degrees. Launching is no problem; unfortunately there is no snow anywhere around the lake.
It was a slow start to the morning, then I figured out why? Bananas on the boat???
Sacramento River Salmon Fishing…some of my best days on the water, when I was cleaning fish I turn around to see everyone eating a banana. I know some take this serious but I have fun with it. We ended the day with one fish per rod (3) which was a good average from what I saw and what I was told by others. The best part of the whole day was the joking about the bananas and the fact that all three of these guys caught their first King Salmon. These guys took the ribbing well and did a great job today. We trolled Flat Fish down river in the Sacramento Metro area.
Today we had the honor of taking out Mr Dick Patton of Hillsborough and his son Bruce of Folsom. Dick spent several years fishing out of Santa Cruz but said catching a Salmon on the Sacramento River was on his bucket list. At 88 years old he finally was able to spend some time on the Sacramento River Salmon Fishing. It took 45 minutes to get our first fish on and it was on Dicks rod. We landed that one and soon after that Bruce landed one. The bite slowed a little after that so we started working down river to try to get away from the boat traffic. It wasn’t long before Bruce landed a small King then Dick landed the biggest of the day a 24 pound king. I had a great time listening to Dicks stories and as it turns out we know a lot of the same people in the fishing world. Our fish were all caught trolling Flat Fish down river in the Sacramento Metro area.
Note Dick was not able to hold the 24 lb King Salmon for the photo so Bruce has the big one.
Today we returned to the Sacramento River Salmon Fishing (Metro area) with our clients Lincoln Okada and his son Calvin. It didn’t take long before we were hooked up and Calvin landed his first Salmon. The bite was good for the first hour or so and then the boat traffic got pretty heavy and things seemed to slow down. Once again, we caught some salmon that were very bright and clean.
We are off to the Delta to chase Stripers for the next couple days before returning to the Sacramento River.
Calvin with his first ever King Salmon
Lincoln and Calvin Okada from Penn Valley with limits this morning
We spent the last two days Salmon Fishing Sacramento River in the Sacramento Metro area. It didn’t take long to remind myself how this area can be either on or off. Monday we fished hard for several hours for nothing more than a slight grab. As a guide, days like this keep you up all night thinking what could I have done different and what will I change tomorrow. Well, today we launched at the same time, started in the same place with the same lures and within an hour and a half we had 5 nice salmon up to 35 pounds in the boat. We got our first five fish quickly and needed one more for full limits for our clients. We had that number six fish on four times but couldn’t seem to get him to the boat. All our fish were caught trolling down river on the outgoing tide.
Pictured is Brandon Abril of Vacaville and his brothers Brogon and Brett Abril of Pittsburg.