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San Luis striped bass remains solid for numbers – concern for overfishing

By DAVE HURLEY
WON Staff Writer
Published: Nov 02, 2017

SANTA NELLA — Striped bass fishing remains outstanding at San Luis Reservoir with a tremendous number of legal stripers in the 18- to 24-inch range possible for those trolling plugs or umbrella rigs, casting topwater and ripbaits, or soaking bait from the shorelines.

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HOW TO FISH winners at the San Luis Reservoir fishing tournament with a 24-inch target length were Lindsay Sedillo from San Jose first place at 24 inches, Ty Phuon from Gilroy with a 23-5/8th inch second place and Felipe Espino from Gilroy 23 3/8 third place win.

San Luis has become a popular destination for various anglers from the Fresno and San Jose areas, leading to concerns for overfishing for striped bass. Fish species in San Luis and the O’Neill Forebay arrive via the powerful pumps in the south Delta, and both reservoirs are holding locations for agricultural and domestic uses in the south valley and southern California.

Roger George of Roger George Guide Service in Fresno said, “The water temps are in the mid-60s, and there are tons of small fish in the mix right now. I’m having anglers tell me about social media posts showing boatloads of guys taking their full limits of the biggest fish they catch, doing so day after day right now. There are no more plants to bolster the striper fishery anymore.”

“How to Fish” held their second annual target length derby on Saturday out of Dinosaur Point, and there were a number of striped bass brought to the weigh-in to 25 inches.

Merritt Gilbert of Valley Rod and Gun in Clovis said, “Schoolie stripers have been the rule, and we are selling plenty of Speed Lures, Duo Realis jerkbaits, and Lucky Craft Pointers for those throwing lures while Live Target ripbaits have also been popular. Most of our anglers are heading to the big lake or the forebay, but a few more anglers are starting to work the California Aqueduct as well.”

Coyote Bait and Tackle in Morgan Hill reported solid action in the main lake for trollers pulling P-Line Predator Minnows or Lucky Craft Pointer 120’s near the Trash Racks and the mouth of Portuguese Cove, while there are those casting topwater lures in the early mornings and evenings in the coves of the main lake and also in the forebay. Rat-L-Traps are also effective in the forebay with shore fishermen at Check 12 soaking pile worms or jumbo minnows. Sales of jumbo minnows remain high.

San Luis dropped to 74 percent.

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