Wednesday August 17, 2022

Stockton Record

Striped bass fishing has been surprisingly productive all summer in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Savvy anglers willing to endure the wind have been catching good numbers of stripers while trolling on both the Sacramento and San Joaquin River sides of the Delta.

For example, Clyde Wands of Sacramento reported top-notch action while fishing with Mike Steer and Mark Wilson on the Delta on Thursday, Aug. 11.

“We caught a total of 29 keepers to 8 pounds,” he reported. “After going to the Sacramento side first and having problems with grass, we went over to the San Joaquin and fished shallow water by the Antioch Bridge on the last of the incoming tide. We then went back to Sacramento at the start of outgoing tide. The grass was gone and the fish were there.”

There, anglers kept their six fish and released the rest back into the river. They found the top action while trolling with silver Rat-L-Traps on the San Joaquin and with rainbow trout Yo-Zuris on the West Bank of the Sacramento from the “sheep barn” to the “vineyard.”

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