CALIFORNIA: Good Striper Bite in San Pablo Bay

Weather was ‘plain god awful’ in the words of Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael.

This was a complete turnaround from Wednesday’s 90 degree sizzler in the area. Fraser said, “Shore line bass fishing remains outstanding with live bullheads and pile worms doing the trick.” The same faces are coming in on a daily basis for their fix of bullheads. Fraser said, “California City has slowed down the past couple of days, and there were big rollers out there on Thursday, making it nearly impossible to troll,” adding, “That is significant because it normally doesn’t get that windy in this sheltered location.” Fraser liked the tides for sitting on the anchor over the weekend, and he was planning on fishing for sturgeon himself until it became, “Too Damn Hot!” He has plenty of bullheads, pile worms, Loch Lomond shiners, and ghost shrimp for the variety of species available in the bay – oh, I almost forgot tray herring and anchovies.

Joel Sinkay of Leonard’s Bait in Port Sonoma also has been stocking up on bullheads to meet the demand for shore anglers in the Petaluma and Napa Rivers and Sonoma Creek.

Mike at Mike’s Bait in Oakland is also watching bullheads fly out of bait shop doors in response to the good striper bite in San Pablo Bay. There were a couple of sturgeon landed off of the banks at Bay Farm Island, including a 58-incher taken on grass shrimp on Wednesday. A few diamondbacks are starting to show up down in this portion of the bay. Perch fishing is best from the Alameda Rockwall, Point Molate, or the 7th Street Pier with grass shrimp or pile worms. Mike’s father picked up four white perch averaging 1.5-pounds on pile worms at the 7th Street Pier.


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