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San Luis striped bass action solid for trollers

By DAVE HURLEY/WON Staff Writer Published: Sep 21, 2017

SANTA NELLA — Striped bass remain an excellent option in San Luis Reservoir, and trollers are starting to get in on the action in the normal locations of the islands in front of the Trash Racks or at the mouth of Portuguese Cove. Bank fishing is also an option, and there have been some big stripers caught and released from the shoreline on lures.

SAN LUIS STRIPER — Jesus Reyes Silva of Hollister took advantage of the great striper bite going on at San Luis Reservoir currently by using JKings ripbait lures for a number of bass, including this nice one.

With the high water conditions, the action should only improve as the water continues to cool down.

Jesus Reyes Silva of JKings Lures in Hollister is out doing work on the big lake on a regular basis, and he has been scoring schoolie stripers with a variety of his rip baits. Topwater lures, flukes, or jerkbaits in shad patterns are working inside of the coves early in the mornings or late in the afternoons towards dusk.

Brandon Dean Jenkins caught and released a 15-pound striped bass casting from the shoreline on Saturday at the big lake.

Steve Newman of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “One of our customers, Ryan Bailey, has been at the lake on a regular basis, and he has been catching a good number of stripers running Alabama rigs or large plugs in the 7- to 8-inch range such as P-Line Predators at depths from 30 to 40 feet in the main lake along points or over island tops. The fish aren’t huge, but they are plentiful.”

Jumbo minnows have been absent at most bait shops, so bait drifters are having to settle for extra-large minnows. As a result, trolling has been more productive the past week.

San Luis has dropped to 88 percent.

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