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September 15, 2014
San Joaquin, False River, Sandmound Slough, Taylor Slough,
Water temp: 71-73
Water Clarity: 2-4 feet
Stripers - Fishing is good. A good number of fish are in
the San Joaquin system now, but as usual for this time of year, most
are small. However, it seems that almost every school holds a couple
of fish that are large enough to put you on the reel if you can get
past the juveniles. If you locate a large school, work upstream to
the front since the largest fish seem to hang there. Get the line
DOWN to get into those fish or you'll just keep picking up the
The fish have been willing where ever found but the best bit has
been during the running tides with a definite low at tide change.
Topwater - Very hard to predict whether it's going to be a
good day or bad one. Some days the fish are willing and easy to get
strikes from, other days you can't bring up a fish no matter what.
However, it's always worth the effort, early in the morning to give
it a shot. Long casts, constant strips, keep stripping until you
feel the weight of the fish.
Subsurface Some days the fish are so willing, you
don't even need to strip the fly in, just cast, let it sink and
you'll find a fish on the end of the line when you start to strip
in. Other days you get a series of false takes and then feel the
weight of the fish ending with a strip strike. I'm finding fish in
water from two to twenty feet deep. Count the line down and start a
series of quick strips mixed with pauses when 3/4 of the way to the
bottom. Two and a half to four inch Chartreuse over white clousers
do the trick most days.
September 8, 2014
San Joaquin, False River
Water temp: 71-73
Clarity: 2-4 feet
Stripers - Fishing is good. Not exactly consistent, fishing
is generally good. Some days are better than others but you're going
to catch at least a dozen fish, even obounds is a
The main arm of the SJ river from the Antioch Bridge to the mouth of
the Mok and openings to sloughs such as False River and Fisherman's
holding enough fish for a long days work. I haven't found the need
to go inside the delta but I've heard good reports about Franks,
Sandmound and Holland Cut.
Topwater - Still an on and off affair. Some days the fish
come up in the morning. Other days, it's nothing but casting
practice. The time around low tide appears to be more productive
except when a north wind is blowing. That seems like a turn off for
any action, even slowing the subsurface bite.
Subsurface - If you're using a graph, you should be
able to locate some decent sized schools in water anywhere from 5 to
15 feet deep, especially along shorelines and flats. Grabs are easy
to get with the larger schools but we've found that when graphing
just few fish, a faster retrieve will do a better job of
bringing on strikes.
September 1, 2014
San Joaquin, False River
Water Temp: 71-73
Clarity: 3-4 feet
Stripers - Fishing is Good. While the big fish are not
showing in numbers, the fish in the 18-22 inch class are plentiful
enough to provide a very satisfying day on the water. 20 to 30 fish
per rod is not too much to expect if you fish some good holding
water. Almost all the tule lines and rock walls will yield fish,
especially in water less than 15 feet A good graph will help you
locate schools. Once on them, try to stay on them for lots of
hookups and doubles if fishing with a friend.
Topwater - It doesn't happen every day, and sometimes the
fish are small but when it happens, it's worth the early morning
start it takes to get into this action. Toss a white gurgler,
silvery creas fly or one of Charlie's Pole Dancers out and then use
a steady strip to bring it back to the boat. And remember, stripers
will miss the fly numerous times. Keep striping until you feel the
weight of the fish before lifting the rod tip.
Subsurface - I'm finding fish almost everywhere but
some schools are small while others are fun sized. Try rock walls,
the edges of tules, flats 5-8 feet deep. If the fish are small, move
on, if decent, try to stay with the school. Schools generally move
with direction of the current, up river on an incoming, downstream
on an out going. However generally not quite as fast as the current
August 25, 2014
San Joaquin,False River, Washington Cut,
Frank's Tract, Sandmound Slough
Water Clarity: 4-5 feet
Stripers - Fishing is Good. Lots of fish in the system but
most are dinks. However there are enough fish in the 18-20 inch
range to make it interesting. Because the water is warm, the little
guys pull hard and they're fairly easy to find. Work the rock walls,
casting within a few feet. Start stripping right away so you don't
get hung up in the rocks. A good graph will really help find the
The flats are also producing on days when the fish are taking
topwater. Try any water less than 6 feet deep. If no strikes, move
Topwater - If you've never tried topwater for stripers now
is the time. Use a 3 inch white gurgler, or buy a pole dancer. Tie
it to a six foot 20 pound leader connected to a floating line,
preferably one to two weights heavier than your rod. Make a good
long cast in the shallow water and start a rhythmic one to two foot
strip without pauses. If a fish goes for the fly, KEEP STRIPPING
until you feel the weight of the fish.
Subsurface - Nothing new here. Use a smaller
chartreuse over white clouser on a quick sinking line. Count the
line down to within a foot or two of the bottom and use a series of
strips and pauses as a retrieve. Look for grabs at any time,
especially when the fly makes that turn from horizontal to vertical
close to the boat.