By Boots Johnson

The name of the game this week, as well as last week, is the Delta. Stripers and sturgeon are on the move and are being caught just about all over the area between Rio Vista and Martinez. In fact, according to a phone call, sturgeon fishing is so good that some legal fish have been released. Suisun Bay has been keeping the party boats busy with Pittsburg being just one of the hot spots. We are told salmon roe is the best bet just about all around the areas. Most boats were limiting out with striped bass. Striped bass are also cooperating at Montezuma Slough and the Mothball Fleet. A favorite bait is live bullhead and we have been told the sporting goods shops and marinas are running out of this popular bait. Some nice legal sturgeon have been taken along with lots of stripers, most being in the six or seven pound range, with some in excess of ten plus pounds.

We hear from Bullard’s Bar Reservoir. The spotted bass are beginning to go on the bite and there is an excellent chance to nail a bass over ten pounds this month and into January. Bullard’s now sits at 72 percent capacity.

Just about all the fish in Lake Tahoe and Donner Lake are cooperating with both anglers and party boats. Rainbow and Brown trout are on the bite as well as the Mackinaw Lake Trout. Mackinaw has been caught at Donner from six to 15 pounds with Lake Tahoe anglers coming home with fish up to 12 pounds. This should continue if the weather holds.

We have a report from Lake Berryessa that the fishing is so hot all one needs to do is wet a line to catch a variety of fish anytime during the day.

Closing thought: “Sometimes we just need a advice, just a hug to make us feel better.”

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