Northern CA Freshwater

Antioch: San Joaquin-Delta bass bite ready to go

Largemouth move shallow

By DAVE HURLEY/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jun 06, 2019

ANTIOCH — There are areas of clear water in the San Joaquin system, and in order to find quality largemouth bass, clear water is a necessity. Striped bass action is best along the west side of the San Joaquin system, although the wind was a limiting factor over the weekend with high gusts affecting the ability to fish on Sunday.

For largemouth bass, Randy Pringle, the Fishing Instructor, said, “The Delta is going to break wide open as it gets warmer and warmer every day. The topwater and frog bite will be happening, and normally, this bite would already be happening, but it is late this year with all of the cold weather and rain.”

HOT DELTA BITE — The winds died down in the Delta and Mike Speling of Brentwood fished outside Big Break and caught this 8-pound bass along with 25 others in four hours fishing wacky-style worms on the incoming and outgoing tides along the rip rap over the weekend.

Vince Borges of Vince Borges Outdoors said, “The bass bite is getting pretty good, and I participated in the 50-team Costa Bass N’Fly event over the weekend and ended up 4th which made me pretty happy, since I rarely fly fish. We saw a lot of fish moving up, and I think this June will be the biggest spawn of the year. I was working to pick up a 12-pound largemouth on the fly, and I hooked the buck bass that was on her bed before having her hit the fly at least 7 times without getting hooked. I stayed on the fish for quite some time, as this would have put us over the top in the tournament, and we saw a dozen largemouth bass in the 5- to 10-pound range swim past her bed before she chased those fish off. This next week is going to be exciting, as the frog bite should take off after this wave of spawn. The heat wave will bring out the frog bite, and usually we are starting to slow down in June, but the best time of year is just coming on. The water is dirty in the south Delta, but I have been finding clear water. The tournament weights in June are going to rise significantly.”

Dan Mathisen of Dan’s Delta Outdoors at Russo’s ­Marina on Bethel Island ­confirmed Borges’s observations, saying, “There are a lot of fresh fish moving up to spawn, and the spinnerbait and frog bite is picking up. Punching the weeds is also effective. For striped bass, I have been working Sherman Lake with Optimum’s Bad Bubba Shad swimbait or the River2Sea Swaver for stripers from 20 to 26 inches with the occasional 30-inch striper in the mix. The wind has been a factor, and it was whitecapping on Frank’s Tract on Sunday afternoon.”

Captain Jeff Soo Hoo of Soo Hoo’s Sport Fishing finished his striper season on the San Joaquin on Sunday, but he said, “We had to work for them, and after scoring limits by 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, it took until 1:30 p.m. for limits on Sunday. The wind was really bad, and we had to hide in False River for our fish, using minnows or mudsuckers as the spoon bite has slowed. The stripers are scattered and they aren’t really aggressively feeding.”

H and R Bait in Stockton reported 70 pounds of fresh shad came into the shop on the weekend, but few anglers have been out along the local sloughs.

GOLDEN STATE LIMITS — John Garner, Richard Roundtree, Chris Roundtree, and Aaron Austin all show off their legal Suisun Bay sturgeon caught on salmon roe while fishing with Captain Joey Gamez of Golden State Sport Fishing.

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