Fish Finder — Published Oct. 9, 2013
Schools of striped bass are in the lower Delta, from Benicia into Montezuma and Suisun sloughs and up as far as Decker Island. The fall run is underway. But the fish don't stay in one location or at a specific depth for long.
This week, the West Bank and the Red Barn to the Old Dairy was pretty much a loss because of floating weeds that fouled hooks. Instead, savvy trollers moved into deeper water below Decker Island on the Sacramento River to hook some larger stripers, 10 to 15 pounds.
Others moved farther down the estuary and Montezuma Slough, where the bite was pretty good for bass into the low-teens. Typical stripers go 5 to 9 pounds, with a few shorts in the mix.
Bait dunkers work Suisun Slough with live bullheads or mudsuckers, as well as Lights 31-33 outside Pittsburg Marina. Plug casters toss Rat-L Trap or other shad-imitating lures on the San Joaquin River above the Black Bridge and the Turning Basin at the Port of Stockton, as well as along the riprap from Stockton Golf and Country Club to the Calaveras River. Trollers run Connection Slough.