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Im new to the site and would like to say hello out there,Iv been fishing for largemouth bass for years now and have been doing more and more striper fishing than ever the last couple years.Iv been wanting togo to the duct and was wondering if you stay in one spot and fish or walk for miles along side and does drop shot or texas rigging any kind of plastic work any help would be great.sorry guys i dont even know where to start to give i report
 

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well i got a story to tell...it feels like weeks now Ive been reading and looking up all the info on the aqueduct and stripers.most of my info comes from word of mouth or the Western outdoors and its always the same report of good fishing to wide open and the search of new water and fish has me wanting to check it out for myself .its a 130 mile drive to the first spot so not the closest place to catch fish,i woke up early and headed out by myself with an idea.i went to old river and had no clue were to park except on the side of the road which i didnt like.i couldn't see the water yet and when i walked up and seen the duct and thought to my self "this is it"it looked like ah endless riverbed with no structure to fish.i walked down to what i think might be a gate and cast my lure to these buoys the water was clear and there was a slight current next cast i think i get tagged..what was that?did i get snagged on something?on the next cast and for thirty min was amazing i lost two and landed four the smallest one was around 4 lbs.i could hear the trucks passing by and in the middle of it all i just left the bite wide open worried of fishing an illegal area and trespassing i thought it might be best i go to somewhere i know you could fish when i got to the car i measured the two i kept the bigger being 24"1/4.i drove to the golf course i read this place is burnt out but its the only other place i know so i got there and now this looked like a real gate to me with current.there was one guy there so i cast out and start heading to wards the man and the gates.i talked to him for about 15 min i ask if your allowed to fish anywhere on the duct he says yes and then i tell him of my run into the stripers earlier in the morning he tells me he knows this spot has fished it with his son and knows where theres a place to park i told him since i could fish anywhere on the duct that i was heading back he says he wouldnt mind going down there,reels in his chovies and we both leave i was there about 30 min no bite old man said he was there 3 hours no bites.we get back to the first spot and 45 min not a bite i tell the man i was heading into the sun and i walked the river west towards a piling off in the distance i walk two ladders and another 30 min with no bites i got to this slight curve before the piling and the same thing i get tapped cast right back out same spot my biggest stripper ever this fish rocked me for some time using the current to her advantage and the coolest thing when i could see color there was a bigger stripper right next to her this is when the other usually tries to snatch the bait and the infamous two fish on one lure but swam of as i landed the one on guessing it was 7 lbs.i felt like a little boy but with no one around i tossed her back another tap and that was it i stayed there for an hour i headed back to the start.the old man was there and still without a bite i went to my car and got the fish from earlier to take some pics i headed back home with a smile.that night over a few beers with my Buddie i told him about my day at the duct hes hard core and almost a mention to me when it comes to fishing and after seeing the pictures and hearing about it we went right back the next morning another 230 mile round trip but what happened whered they go not a single bite even put in more time applied more skill used my best gear, different retrieve, different style. went to the golf course the nice old man was gone and with a new vibe we left the crowed at the golf course.went back to the first spot and fished the other side there was metal grading about 13 feet wide that went into the water from the side of the bank and seen life,it was some fry i snagged one what my buddy thought was a glass minnow they looked just like these minnows i brought to try dropshot changed rigs but no bites.so hit and miss nothing but where'd they go?thanks Dan its funny cause i tried to troll too and talked about some things you mentioned with my friend and hadn't seen your post till know you are hard core good luck to you.here r some pic of the fish i kept and things i used.i was wondering do the striper stay in one spot or roam miles up and down when the gates are open? or are they trapped in each section till the gates are open?can you fish the pump station near Taft and the one south before that?where are siphons and how do i know am at one?what do the sculpin look like any pics?thanks a bunch good luck out there:a_goodjob:
 

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thanks striper bill the web site is a fine piece of work and has lots of usefull info i checked that sculpin out i have some plastic gobys that look just like that i'll have to give it a try next time
 

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dans,thats alot of help and i apreicate it.i was wanting to think something like that i read your reply and it all made so much seance.i'm going to try and make it out there once a month and switch it up with palmdale every other trip in exchange for some other trips to try and balance it out $$ my inlaws live in fresno every time i go up there i fish and we have been going up there for the last 8 years now and always go to lots of water up north last year with fuel at almost $5 gal no delta or 152 trips and found a closer place maybe you have fished there in mendota its the last slough from the delta seems to have many names like mendota slough,fresno slough,mendota wild life or bass avenue lot of big fish taken from this place just wondering if youv been there?i leave to fresno two weeks from now and will drive right pass this place to fish the aquduct from dos amigos to firebaugh to bass ave thanks for the help again and good luck
 
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