Jump to content


Photo

Stripers in California lakes.


  • Please log in to reply
23 replies to this topic

#1 Sergio

Sergio
  • 1,000 Post Club!

  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,771 posts
  • Joined: Feb-18 2000

Posted January 15 2002 - 10:06 PM

I remember catching some BIG stripers in my kid's PC game "Trophy Bass II" in lake Castaic.
Has anyone of the West Coast fished for stripers there?
I wonder if these stripers can hit hard the largemouth bass population.
Sergio



#2 Steel Head

Steel Head
  • Senior Member

  • PipPipPip
  • 280 posts
  • Joined: Sep-27 2001

Posted January 16 2002 - 12:42 PM

I've never fished for stripers in lakes but I can tell you that there is good action around San Francisco Bay. I've fished them there with bucktail jigs with some success.
------------------
So I'm a hard-head...



#3 Steel Head

Steel Head
  • Senior Member

  • PipPipPip
  • 280 posts
  • Joined: Sep-27 2001

Posted January 16 2002 - 12:42 PM

I've never fished for stripers in lakes but I can tell you that there is good action around San Francisco Bay. I've fished them there with bucktail jigs with some success.
------------------
So I'm a hard-head...



#4 seahoze

seahoze
  • 1,000 Post Club!

  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,144 posts
  • Joined: Oct-08 2000

Posted January 17 2002 - 8:33 AM

Sergio,
I've caught stripers up in Lake Powell in Southern Utah/Northern AZ......
and I've also caught some bigger bass up in Lake Mead, up to about 25".
I find all the normal saltwater flies (clousers, deceivers, and jiggy fleye) all work really well.
Alot of fun and alot warmer than December fishing in New Jersey!!!!!!
Hoze



#5 Paul_M

Paul_M
  • 5,000 Post Club!

  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 8,980 posts
  • Joined: Nov-15 2001

Posted January 17 2002 - 10:48 AM

There are also stripers in the San Joaquin River Delta which dumps into SF Bay.
[This message has been edited by Senior Gallo (edited 01-25-2002).]


See you on the big one.

#6 JonS

JonS
  • 5,000 Post Club!

  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,186 posts
  • Joined: Dec-15 1999

Posted January 23 2002 - 9:36 AM

I caught them in Lake Powell while on a water skiing, houseboat trip many years ago. I've always wanted to go back and just target them. We would run into acres of surface feeding fish and all you had to do was cast a lure into the melee and you were on. Great sport.
I understand that Meade is better. They're also in Lake Havasu where the freshwater record comes/came from of app. 60#s. A few other lakes in CA have them. One of the Resivoirs up by Paso Robles, Lake Perris by Riverside and the one north of LA heading up on Interstate 5. Not sure on others.



#7 Dan S

Dan S
  • Senior Member

  • PipPipPip
  • 405 posts
  • Joined: Feb-18 2000

Posted January 25 2002 - 7:43 PM

Sergio
I live about an hour from Lake Castaic! As I recall someone caught a 50lb plus striped bass there a couple of years ago. The lake is famous for its Florida Strain largemouth bass. I believe the second largest bucketmouth ever caught came from Castaic, and it was just shy of 22 lbs. Some feel the lake could still yield the next world record bass. That whole chain of lakes is fed by the California Aqueduct, including San Luis Resevoir, where the current world record was caught. A smaller lake North of Castaic yields plenty of stripers up to 30 lbs. That is Pyramid. Most guys fish right after the trout plants. Big stripers love rainbow trout. The AC Plug was designed to imitate trout, and many a big striper has fallen victim of that plug, including a few over 60 lbs. I have fished Quail lake(another lake in the chain) but haven't had much success there. My specialty is the canal itself.



#8 Dan S

Dan S
  • Senior Member

  • PipPipPip
  • 405 posts
  • Joined: Feb-18 2000

Posted January 25 2002 - 7:46 PM

Lake Powell: No size or quantity limit on striped bass! The lake is full of the, and they want them thinned out. That might make a nice trip!



#9 JonS

JonS
  • 5,000 Post Club!

  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,186 posts
  • Joined: Dec-15 1999

Posted January 29 2002 - 6:47 AM

Dan, Powell would make an excellent adventure. One of these days I'd like to hit if for a week or so. Just camp out and fish.



#10 Winch

Winch
  • Way too many!

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 21,602 posts
  • Joined: Feb-10 2002
  • LocationPacifica

Posted February 11 2002 - 5:19 PM

Yes there are stripers in the lakes around California, Unfortunely most have come there the same terrible way. The water pumps of the California aqueduct suck water from the Sacramento delta to fill this water system. At times the flow of the Delta's water changes direction from how much water is pumped. With the water, large numbers of striper eggs, fry and fish are taken with it. This has brought terrible destuction to our Westcoast fishery. Population of saltwater bass have dropped so bad that the fishery is a minamal fishery at best. There are lakes like Lake Pillsbury in I think Mendicino County that have a stocked striper hatchery in place. But any lake that is part of the Aqueduct that contains stripers is actually part of the problem with our fishery.



#11 Mike Fixter

Mike Fixter
  • 1,000 Post Club!

  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,309 posts
  • Joined: Oct-02 2000

Posted February 17 2002 - 11:03 PM

Sergio, if you check www.danblanton.com there is alot of good info on striper fishing in Calif. If you check his "tackle & techniques" there is a good article on San Luis Reservoir. I have fished it ocassionally but still have alot to learn about it. I do know from first hand observation that there are alot of very big fish in that reservoir along with the Oneil Forebay that feeds the lake its water. Mike



#12 RipTide7821

RipTide7821
  • New Member

  • Pip
  • 2 posts
  • Joined: Jul-10 2008

Posted July 10 2008 - 4:19 PM

I'M JUST NOW STARTING TO GET REALLY INTO FISHING. WHEN IS THE SEASON REALLY GOOD TO CATCH STRIPER IN CALI FRESHWATER LAKES?



#13 Surf Hunter

Surf Hunter
  • Way too many!

  • 17,400 posts
  • Joined: May-05 2005
  • LocationThe Land of Fruits and Nuts

Posted July 10 2008 - 4:55 PM

WHEN IS THE SEASON REALLY GOOD TO CATCH STRIPER IN CALI FRESHWATER LAKES?

When ever the DFG plants trout, that is when the stripers gang up by the boat ramps to feed on them.


Be the chimp, not the frog.....

#14 crashq

crashq
  • 1,000 Post Club!

  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,052 posts
  • Joined: Jun-11 2002

Posted July 10 2008 - 5:02 PM

WHEN IS THE SEASON REALLY GOOD TO CATCH STRIPER IN CALI FRESHWATER LAKES?



I can't speak for all of the lakes, but San Luis fishes best in March/April and then again in late Sept/Oct/early Nov. Youcan still catch fish during the summer, but it requires fishing early in the morning (O'dark thirty) and late in the evening for best results (unless you want to fish deep).



#15 RipTide7821

RipTide7821
  • New Member

  • Pip
  • 2 posts
  • Joined: Jul-10 2008

Posted July 10 2008 - 5:31 PM

right on, thanks. someone told me to chum the water with frozen anchovies. would that really attract them or would that just be a waste of bait?