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Fishing with Jim: Striped bass bite continues to produce on Sacramento

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Posted: Wednesday, September 9, 2015 11:55 pm

The Delta: The striped bass bite has been outstanding and continues to improve on the Sacramento River. With the cooler mornings the top-water bite has been great, but turns off when the sun hits the water and the temperatures start to rise.

Shallow trolling with Rat-L-Traps and P-line Angry Eyes continues to be productive from Broad Slough up through light 45 and Miner Slough.

The salmon numbers continue to rise in the Delta with several being landed each day in the Benicia/Antioch area.

With very few anglers trying their luck in the Old Sac, few reports of salmon are coming in. But with nice bright Salmon showing way up river, anglers need to get out on the Sacramento River and get after them.

Sturgeon fishing is picking up in the Antioch area.

Black Bass is the name of the game on the San Joaquin side. Senkos, drop-shotting and punching have been producing largemouth to 6 pounds. Georgianna Slough has been productive on smallmouth bass. Drop-shotting and Crankbaits work the best.

Lake Camanche: Bass and catfish are producing. The lake is low, but will be receiving inflows from Pardee to assist with the salmon pulses into the Mokelumne River.


Local fisherman Jim Pickens is the owner of Fisherman’s Friend in Lodi. Visit the Fisherman’s Friend online at