Northern CA Freshwater Fishing Report

Best striper bite in 15 years in the lower Delta

BY ROBIN WADE/WON Staff WriterPublished: Dec 14, 2012

ANTIOCH — The upper Delta system is still blown out with high, off-colored and fast moving currents making fishing almost impossible, but the protected areas of the lower Delta continued to find good action.

Mike Pipkins, owner of Gotcha Bait & Tackle in Antioch said employee Doug Chapman got 17 stripers to 23 inches off the Antioch Pier in just one outing. “The fish are smaller but they will keep you busy,” Pipkins said. And one of my regulars and a friend got 11 and kept 4 from 6 to 12 pounds on sardines.”
“We will have faster moving water for the next few weeks, but the faster the water moves the better off we’ll be in terms of pushing the debris out,” Pipkins said. “The water is dirty, but stripers are better off the main sloughs and in more protected areas like Big Break, Sherman Lake and Franks Tract. We’re having one of the most sustained striper bites I have seen in 15 years and the bite will stay as long as the warmer waters so. So we’ll have a few more weeks before the water cools and the bite goes lighter. Get it while the getting’s good.”

The sturgeon bite has been good good from Decker all the way to Pittsburg. “The Power Lines at Sherman Island have been holding shakers and keepers plus a few oversized fish,” Pipkins said.

There has also been an outstanding crappie bite, although few wish to share their success stories. “There’s one of the best crappie bite in years in Whiskey, Discover Bay and 8-Mile Slough, but it’s been crowded in 8-mile,” he said. “Bethel Island was also a good bet, using both medium and large minnows, as the crappie are averaging 2 pounds.

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