The Lost Anchovy Fishing Report 2018
Oyster Point 3.31.2018: It finally feels like spring and the weather has turned for the better. With the rain passing and the temperature picking up the halibut should be on the chew. There have already been reports of halibut spread out through out the bay from paradise to Berkeley to the Rockwall. Most anglers will be trolling until the live bait appears; however, those that are willing to catch their own bait will not need to wait.
Oyster Point & San Pablo Bay 3.4.2018. – We are in the middle of the spring time transition. The bay area has been experiencing a flux of weather changes and its been affecting the fish. I went for an exploratory trip down to Oyster Point to see if any Halis have made their way into bay yet. The water temperature is still cold and that has effected the fishing in the bay. –Nothing but a nice day. There were some bait fish swimming around, which is a good sign, but the larger fish have not shown up yet.
Monday, Eddie and I attempted to fish Dinos in San Pablo bay. The morning water temp is still around 50.1 degrees. There are smaller critters willing to grab that expensive shrimp bait but the larger dinos were on lock down. We did manage to see a jumper but nothing much happening.
Crabbing still is slow. Most fisherman are targeting Sturgeon or Freshwater bass around this time of year, before the flat fish make their way into the bay. And finally, I think we can close the books on the annual herring spawn. I haven’t paid much attention and it doesn’t seem like much is happening.
HMB & Sherman Island 1.27.2018 – The delta water still remains cold and slow but there have been reports of large stripers roaming the system. Soaking bait will probably be the best way to score a delta fish, but there are still some hard core troller still woking the cold waters.
San Pablo is still producing dinosaurs. There are fish to be had working the last two hours of the ebb tide. This week the tides are strong and should improve the sturgeon fishing in San Pablo. Some anglers have been successful working the china camp area, soaking bait shrimp baits.
Where are the crab???
Not at HMB!? The crabbing has definitely slowed down since the opener and pulling limits has been pretty difficult. This is typically the time of the year (after commercial crabbers have worked their gear), that it gets slower. However there are plenty of undersize, female and rock crab willing to get their fill of your bait. Multi day soaks is best to bring home some quality crab. Also try crabbing in JUNE! yep. This Chovy have had plenty of good crabbing days during the dog days of summer.
The herring season is coming to a close as most of the spawns have happened in the bay. By mid February many of the fish
have spawned out and have moved away from the bay. I suspect there will be a few more spawns before the end of the season so keep updated with the herring spawn reports on the main page.
Oakland Airport 1.7.2018 –
I decided that I need to get out of bed and fish. Next week starts the last of my three stack journey into coding so i need my fish therapy before getting my brains bashed in with more coding.
Arrived at the OAP to Dino hunt. The water temperature was hovering around 52-53 for most of the day.( Better than the fridge water of the delta). Fished the incoming and marked LOTS of large marks. Alas my combo of ghost and herring didn’t entice a bite. The hunters in the north bay (San Pablo) did well with a few fish during the incoming.
The first official herring spawn happened today. There have been reports that Aqua Vista Park is having a spawn as of Sunday 1.7.2018. (It seems like the herring like to spawn during the NFL playoffs!!!). SMH. ok guys, good luck and get some fish.
Montezuma Slough/ Alviso 1.1.2018 – Happy New year and welcome to 2018! So what is happening in during these desolate cold winter months? The Anglers willing to go into the subcold and near freezing weather aren’t rewarded with much. (i’m staying home personally with some hot tea and Netflix my brains out),however, there are fish to be had.
The large king tides this past weekend brought out many Dinosaur hunters, however, with the drop in temperature and lack of rain the sturgeon hunting hasn’t been anything to write home about. The current water in the delta is between 48-50 degrees. Fish become pretty lethargic at 46. Anglers seem to be doing well on Eel and worms. Remember that sturgeon cards are due by January 31, 2018. The best and easiest method is to report online. The data help researchers monitor the health of the White sturgeon, and set regulations for the upcoming year.
Calling all Herring hunters! The spawn is just around the corner and there have been reports of a large herring school around Richardsons bay (Ferry Point). https://cdfwherring.wordpress.com/ There have been large schools or birds, sea lions and pelicans hanging around the area. With the upcoming storms this week, this Anchovy, gut feeling is that things are gonna get going pretty soon!! Stay tuned!