Very little pressure from anglers on the river again this week. Great tides combined sunny days this weekend to be setting as the solid winter bite continues. Still there is some really cool water and tough bites for black bass.
Hook Line and Sinker Tournament the 21st out of Russo’s Marina.
Sturgeon anglers are heading to 41, Liberty and Cache Slough areas with roe and eel reporting success. Cooling water have slowed the stripers in the Cache Slough area. Spoons and hair Jigs have become favorite tools of lure tossers in the area. Many guides are drifting minnows in the area.
The best place to score a striped bass or sturgeon seems to be below Decker Island in the area of the Power Lines at Light 14 and the Red Barn, where boaters anchor and use threadfin shad or sardine filets. Small stripes and occasionally, a 10-pounder is caught. Eel continues to lead the way for sturgeon anglers in front of Collinsville. Rio Vista Pier also is scoring both species.
Most are sturgeon fishing now with eel and roe. Slow for the minnow drifting anglers, but stripers cracking the 15 pound plus keeps anglers hopes up. Bank anglers tossing shad and eel prevail for an occasional Sturgeon or Striper those looking for Cold night fun.
Black bass bite is hopeful as water temps stabilize in the fifties. Most Blackie anglers are sticking with rip baits and slow rolling blades searching ledges near flats. Others looking to beat the clear conditions are drop shotting 6 and 7 inch worms. Nice sized stripes are grabbing Diamond Shad . There seems to be a run on Crappie Jigs. This would indicate a crappie bite but no ones talking.
Black bass bite both OK but Slow down with the weather rolling through more consistently. It’s no secret what a little fall weather can do. Ripbaits are great options while Bobby D’s spinnerbaits and swim jigs get the mention as well. We found plenty of Stripers and Black Bass with Hair Jigs, Swim Baits, like the 6thSense Hollow Bodies getting grabbed. Lot of Stripers in main River and Mildred areas.
Sturgeon leads the way. Eel is the best bait over all, but roe and shad also scoring diamondbacks Broad slough and surrounding cuts. There were many shaker sturgeon reports in double power lines in Decker Island and Sherman Island. There were few shaker sturgeons also reports from Light 42 to Light 49 in the deep channel Most of the nice stripers coming soaking Shad, anchovies and sardines in many areas, bank anglers, Antioch Pier and along Sherman Island rd.
Trout fishing is still good at the east side, north side of lake or from a boat with nightcrawlers, marshmallows, or zekes. Catfish biting is slow. Try fishing at Channel Point, Loma Island or from a boat with nightcrawlers or chicken liver. Black bass have been biting on artificial baits/lures and nightcrawlers around the lake. Try fishing for Crappie or Bluegill with jigs or worms at the boat ramp area, Loma Island or Channel Point area.