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Sturgeon and striped bass bite in San Pablo Bay spurred by minus tides

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: Feb 13, 2018

SAN PABLO BAY — There was pretty good fishing throughout the San Pablo Bay and tributaries, especially in shallower water, for both sturgeon and striped bass. Conditions were good and improving, leading the way for a good report in this week’s WON pages.

northbaybassNORTH BAY BASS — Steven Eremeyeff of South San Francisco and Anu Bap of San Jose heft their limits of stripers caught aboard the Lovely Martha with Capt. Mike while fishing San Pablo Bay.

Despite a few windy days, such as Thursday and Saturday, fishing for sturgeon and striped bass was fun and productive throughout San Pablo Bay and up into her tributaries such as the Napa River, Petaluma River and Sonoma Creek. Keith Fraser at Loch Lomond Bait Shop said, “Sturgeon fishing was decent and striper fishing was good on anchor in the Sturgeon Triangle, which is bounded by Pumphouese, China Camp and Buoy 5. Best to fish in 7 to 12 feet of water because the deeper water is full of bait stealing junk fish.”

The size of the sturgeon has been all over the place. Most of the stripers were smallish but with some keepers mixed in. Fraser noted that minus tides for some days ahead will bode well for continued good fishing. At Bay Tackle in El Cerritos, Ed Lu mentioned China Camp, McNear Pier and Rat Rock as good for sturgeon and bass.

At the eastern end of San Pablo Bay folks are hoping for more rain and freshwater flush to keep up the good fishing. Meanwhile it is still pretty good with sturgeon and bass up into the Napa past Cuttings Wharf. Right in Vallejo fishing was good along the Waterfront and there were some nice fish hooked. Some were lost due to luck or operator error, but fish were caught by patient anglers.

EBB TIDE BITE — Ken Wood of Pacifica with a 47-inch sturgeon he caught near the Pumphouse in San Pablo Bay using live mud shrimp while fishing with Capt. Trent Slate of Bite Me Sport Fishing.

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