The current water temperature continues to drop, which usually is an indicator that the fish should be actively feeding. Lots of smaller fish are being caught on reaction baits especially when there is a little wind and cloud cover. The bigger bass are still being caught on top water baits or by flipping. Small schools of striped bass are being found throughout the delta right now working bait on the surface. Early signs of larger schools of striped bass are starting to be reported around the Pittsburg/Antioch area. Anglers catching the larger striped bass are either fishing top water lures, swim baits, or live bait around current. The Rio Vista Bass Derby and Festival is only a few weeks away with the 70th Annual Event taking place from October 13th through the 15th. Information on the derby is available at www. bassfestival.com.
New Melones Lake:
Right now there are very few anglers fishing the lake which is odd since there are some really nice sized trout being caught. Anglers having luck are trolling from 40 to 60 feet deep and trolling at a speed of 1.8 mph. Anglers are reporting that they are getting bites on a variety of baits with Speedy Shiner, Needlefish, and Excel Lures being the best. Bass fishing remains steady for anglers fishing drop shotted plastics or while dragging small plastics along the bottom. Jig fishing is also starting to become popular as anglers are catching some of the better quality bass while working depths down to 30 feet with brown jigs.
Fishing is slow right now on the lake for everything except for bass. The bass have been biting just about anything. There are a little smaller bass being caught but the action is steady. Trout fishing has all but died down until the water temperatures drop which should bring the trout closer to the surface.
Tip of the Week:
Professional bass angler Rick Clunn said it best when he said “Bass fishing is like playing basketball without knowing where the basket is.” Nobody knows exactly where the fish are. Most anglers, including myself just keep casting or moving until we catch a fish. This time of year is different though, most species of fish are starting to feed heavily in preparation for winter. Cast, cast, and cast some more. There are more fish out there looking for an easy meal than any other time of the year right now.