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Area Reports

Limits of Salmon Again on GSSA ’ s Second ‘ Fish Like A Girl ’ Adventure

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AUSALITO - The superb salmon fishing that anglers have experienced off the San Francisco Bay Area coast this season was exemplified by this season ’ s second “ Fish Like a Girl ” trip hosted by the Golden State Salmon Association ( GSSA ) on Thursday , August 18 . “ Twenty fun , beautiful women on a fishing boat with a hard working crew went out into the Pacific Ocean to go salmon fishing in perfect weather ,” said Cat Kaiser , events director for the GSSA . “ It started with a dance party and mimosas , and then the girls caught full limits of incredible salmon up to 32 pounds .” The fishing began with a bite by smaller salmon around the 20 inch minimum range off the San Mateo County Coast near Pedro Point .
“ We joked that we were kokanee fishing ,” said Kaiser . “ Then like a
his summer has been hot in more ways than one . In addition to sweltering record daytime highs , the striper bite in the west delta has continued to be hot all summer long . For whatever reason , striped bass have abandoned saltwater bays for the most part , and instead stuck it out in the brackish waters of the west delta . There is one caveat , however , when it comes to fishing the west delta during summer months : You have to be able to brave the delta breeze . While the cooling benefits for valley residents are nice , it ’ s not

WHAT ’ S HOT by Jack Naves

exactly a fun weather phenomenon to be caught in the middle of on the water . When valley temperatures soar into triple-digits , it only kicks the westerly winds into a higher gear . I recently found this out the hard way while fishing near Sherman Island this past August . After hearing reports of excellent striper fishing in the west delta , I enlisted trolling expert Jim Brittain to join me on my boat on August 21 . Looking at the tides and weather , I noted the dreaded outgoing tide / west wind combination that whips up the worst possible water conditions . You see , when the winds and currents run into each other in opposite directions , sharp , speedy white caps form tight rows of waves . I have clocked the rollers at more than 12 miles-per-hour , and they are close together too ! Even in my twenty-foot boat , I sometimes span two of the waves at one time . This makes ‘ riding them out ’ like an ocean swell impossible .
Golden Gate Salmon Association ( GSSA ) events director Cat Kaiser , Tricia Nesler and Annie Nagel hold up their limits of king salmon caught off Pedro Point aboard the Salty Lady on August 18 .
Photo courtesy of Jared Davis , Salty Lady Sportfishing

GONE FISHING by Dan Bacher

September 16 , 2022

light switch , the bite for big fish turned on when Tricia Nesler caught the first real fish of the day at 26 pounds . She ended up catching her personal best six times . Pretty much all of the fish caught after that catch were between 18 and 32 pounds . Lorinne Otte won the day ’ s jackpot with a 32 pound king .” “ This trip featured the most new gals of any all ladies fishing trip that
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West Delta Stripers Continue Their Summer Assault

Jim Brittain hoists a fourteen pound striper that was released immediately after the photo on August 21 . The fish slammed a chrome and blue ¾ ounce ‘ Magnum ’ Rat- L-Trap southwest of the Rio Vista Bridge . The fish was caught at the end of the outgoing tide .
Photo Courtesy of Jack Naves
I am not going to provide navigation tips here . My only advice is : 1 .) NEVER navigate in waters that are too rough for your craft or abilities , 2 .) Be VERY aware of the tidal
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FRESHWATER REPORTS Lake Almanor - American River ........................... 10 Berryessa Lake - Bullards Bar / Englebright Lakes ... 11 Collins Lake - Davis Lake .................................... 12 Folsom Lake - Los Vaqueros Reservoir .............. 13
Lake Oroville - Pardee / Camanche Lakes .............. 17 Rio Vista / Delta - Stampede Reservoir / Truckee River ... 18
SALTWATER REPORTS Bodega Bay - Fisherman ’ s Wharf // Berkeley ........ 21 Half Moon Bay ......................................................... 23 Monterey Bay ........................................................... 24

FEATURES

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GO FOR IT : Staff ........................................................ 4 MAP FEATURE : Dan Bacher ................................ 14-15 SPOTLIGHT ON CONSERVATION : Dan Bacher ....... 20

STAFF TACKLE

What We ’ re Using

Ernie Marlan - fished the California Delta for striped bass . He used a Lew ’ s Super Duty reel teamed up with a Lew ’ s XD8 Cranking Rod . He threw a variety of lures that included topwater baits , glide baits , swimbaits , and spoons . He caught and released a few schoolie sized stripers with the largest weighing in at 6 pounds .
Paul Kneeland - fished Jackson Meadows Reservoir with John Brassfield of Trucksmart stores in the Fish Sniffer 21 ’ Rogue Jet Coastal . They caught rainbow trout to 16 inches using a 7 ’ 6 ” Lamiglas Fish Sniffer Special graphite triggerstick with an Okuma Convector low profile Line counter reel loaded with 8 lb test Soft Steel line . They trolled Speedy Shiner and Al ’ s Goldfish spoons in black / white / red and gold / red off the Canon Downriggers from 35 to 60 feet deep at 2.2 mph
Dan Bacher - fished for rainbow trout at Spicer Reservoir . He used a Berkley Ugly Stik GX2 6 ’ 6 ” medium action spinning rod , teamed up with a Shakespeare GX235 spinning reel filled with 6 lb . test P-Line CX Premium Fluorocarbon Coated Line . He fished with rainbow glitter Berkley PowerBait and nightcrawlers on sliding sinker rigs with Size # 4 and # 6 Gamakatsu baitholder hooks .