(Brannan Island) It’s late fall and that means it’s prime time for fishing the Delta for stripers and sturgeon. Fishing for both sturgeon and bass has been good and the bite is expected to hold up throughout the month of December, although heavy rain and associated run off could end the party early.
“Sturgeon fishing is finally heating up in the lower Delta from Sherman Lake to Suisun Bay. The last 3 trips we’ve had keepers of 44, 51 and 59.5 inches,” related Captain David Hammond of Delta Pro Fishing. “The 59.5 was an impressive heavy bodied fish.”
“We had a big oversize 90 incher come to the boat this week too. Everyone aboard got to fight that fish for a while, including the captain,” Hammond exclaimed.
“The best sturgeon baits right now are salmon roe and eel. Bait anglers are also doing well on stripers. There are lots of bass spread out all the way from Martinez to Liberty Island. There are lots of shakers out there, but if you sort through them there are some big fish in the mix too. Shad, sardines and mudsuckers have all been working well.
Captain Steve Mitchell of Hook’d Up Sportfishing has been chasing sturgeon out of the Pittsburg Marina and has been doing well on a mix of shakers, keepers and oversize fish.
Steve is using a variety of baits, but roe has been working the best.