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Catching Stripers in the Delta
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DELTA STRIPED BASS FISHING
Stripers are my favorite fish to target.
There are plenty of fish in the delta system
to make a successful trip almost year
round. The winter months are a little
slower than the spring and summer but
limits can be had all year.
Bait fisherman seem to have the best
results on cut bait such as shad, sardines,
anchovies, etc. Live grass shrimp and ghost
shrimp work well. Live minnows are also a
fun method in the spring and summer
months and most anglers prefer
mudsuckers, bluegill, bullheads, etc for live
I like to fillet the side of the shad to provide
more scent and better rolling action in the
water. With sardines I use a 2 inch piece of
fillet from the side of the sardine. Try to
use a hook that fits the size of your bait.
Ranging from 2/0 to 5/0.
When fishing with bullheads or
mudsuckers you should thread the bait
down the back so your line enters near the
tail then continues just under the skin and
your hook is exiting the skin at the top of
the head. Stripers attack their pray head
Seasons- The spring run up is the best
season in the Delta for trolling and
catching fish in large numbers. Summer
months usually produce a little less fish
than the spring but is shortly followed by
the fall/winter run which seems to be when
a lot of really big fish are caught by the
anglers soaking bait.
Some trolling spots - Franks Tract, San
Andreas shoals on the San Joaquin, White
Slough, Potato slough, the Mokelumne
River on the San Joaquin side.
Steamboat slough, Cache slough, Power
lines below Rio Vista, and the old Sac river
on the Sacramento river side.
I like to troll deep more often than most
anglers running Broken Back Rebels. I do
however troll shallow if the deeper fish
won't cooperate. For shallow trolling I use
shallow Bombers and Yozuri’s. Don’t forget
the worm trailer!
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