For the week of January 20-26, there is still very little pressure from anglers on the river.
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Sturgeon remains the focus here. Diamondback anglers are heading to 41, Liberty and Cache Slough areas with roe and eel reporting success. Water temps raised a bit this week and a few stripers in the Cache Slough area responded. Spoons and hair Jigs have become favorite tools of lure tossers 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 Anglers are sturgeon fishing now with eel and roe. Slow for the minnow drifting anglers, but stripers cracking the 10 pound plus keeps anglers hopes up. Bank anglers tossing shad and eel prevail for an occasional Sturgeon or Striper those looking for bigger bites.
Black bass bite is hopeful as water temps stabilize in the low fifties. Most Blackie anglers are sticking with jigs 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 Bad Bubba Shad and Red Eye Shad .
Black bass bite improved a bit as as water temps raise with the warmer rain rolling through more consistently. It’s no secret what a little rainy weather can do to raise the temps. Ripbaits are great options while spinnerbaits and swim jigs starting to get the mention as well. We found a few Stripers and Black Bass with Jigs, vibrating jigs and Red Eye Shad.
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 and double hook ups. Bouy 1 at Collinsville West to Honker Bay has been best. There were few shaker sturgeon and keepers in the Antioch area around The Bridge, Broad Slough and New York Slough. 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, Power Eggs, or mice tails. 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.