ach year as striped bass make their annual
migration into the California Delta, Randy
Pringle and many others are anxiously awaiting their arrival. Pringle, also known as “The Fishing
Instructor,” is a longtime Northern California guide and
each fall he turns his attention to stripers.
Every year is different, according to Pringle, when it
comes to when the stripers make a move and how the
fishing will be. But, one thing that doesn’t change is his
methods for locating and catching fall striped bass.
TIME THE FALL RUN
The amount of freshwater runoff coming out of the California Delta is how Pringle gauges how the year will be for striper fishing.
“It is always a precursor for how the fishing will be and also how the party boats in the bay are doing for stripers during the spring and summer,” he shared. “This year, for instance, is going to be a good year with better schools of stripers moving in at once because of the flow we have had.”
When the stripers enter the Delta en masse, Pringle often finds the best action in shallow water.