According to everyone we spoke with on Thursday through Saturday (yesterday), the sturgeon bite has been really tough...along with stripers. Most of the locals are blaming the cold water temperatures for the slow bite. Water temperature at Port Chicago is at 48* today according to wunderground.com.
According to the local weather reports, by Wednesday daytime highs will be into the mid to upper 60's with night time lows climbing into the mid to upper 40's by Friday. This may just be what the Dr. ordered to get the water temperature just a few degrees warmer turning the bite on for the Original Sturgeon Derby this coming Super Bowl weekend!
The latest word on the sturgeon bite is grass shrimp and eel are the productive baits with a few sturgeon here and there being taken at The Middle Grounds, Garnet Point, and Honker Bay. Other reports have surfaced pinpointing the bite-zone at 27-30 ft.
If you're planning on using grass shrimp, eel or whatever bait you plan on, it is highly recommended you contact your bait shop and reserve your bait for Super Bowl weekend!
A listing of bait shops from Sacramento to the Bay can be found here.
Entry forms for the 29th annual Original Sturgeon Derby have been mailed out to all the usual bait shops and additionally to Broadway Bait and to Sacramento Pro Tackle in Sacramento! Pick up an entry form or print one from the website.... either way, be sure to get your entry in!
Be sure to check with Department of Fish and Game for the new sturgeon regulations that went into effect 1/1/13.
The members of the Club are coming together and getting everything ready for this year's Derby! We are looking forward to another awesome turnout!
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