December 20, 2014    Headlines

North Bay Stripers

The Bays:
There have been few reports from San Pablo Bay, but a few fishermen have been anchoring between the Pumphouse and China Camp with mud and ghost shrimp for the occasional legal sturgeon and striped bass on Friday 12-19. The bay will get muddier during the outgoing tide with all of the debris and sediment washing out of the Delta. Lots of debris can be expected with all the water moving down out of the Central Valley rivers and Delta. In turn this "flush" this should push the sturgeon into San Pablo bay.


Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle in San Rafael reported Sunday 12-14 “A 58-inch sturgeon was landed on frozen mud shrimp over the weekend, and one of the best spots from the shoreline has been McNear’s Pier when three sturgeon were caught on Saturday along with 6 or 7 striped bass. One of the sturgeon was of legal size.” This occurred despite tides Fraser characterized as ‘terrible’ with only a 1.5-foot outgo. He is looking forward to the larger outgoing tides starting on Thursday when, “Things should take off.” The muddy water has reached San Pablo Bay, and there have even been a few hyacinth migrating down from the Delta. Grass shrimp has been difficult to obtain with one shrimper only able to produce a total of 6 pounds in spite of two trips, but Fraser was able to procure 4 buckets of the hard-to-locate live ghost shrimp on Sunday. They also have plenty of live Loch Lomond shiners and mudsuckers.
Shark fishing remained solid in the south bay with Kenji Nakagawa of Lodi leaving his beloved topwater striper bite in the Delta for the weekend to pound the sharks.

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