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I have a question for all of the white bass fisherpeople...... If the winds are from the South  is it better to fish the south facing points.....  if the winds are from the North, is white bass fishing better on Stockton?   What are your opinions on white bass fishing with various winds?

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The wind theory sounds good but I have my doubts about whether that's what is really going on down there.   Shad actively feeding on plankton would more likely be spread out in more of a sheet, rather

The wind theory isn't my original idea.  I got it from some fisheries biologists who had been studying white bass during a 10 year period.

Getting back to the original question.  Wind direction is not all that important.  I have fished for them for a lot of years.  They go where the food is.  Very seldom have I caught many white bass on

Where I fish (not Stockton) the Whites don't wait on the wind to position the shad, they will herd them into shallow bays and get them cornered and then feed like crazy.  

If you go looking I bet that you'll find there are just as many shad on the calm side as there is on the windy side. North side areas always seem to be better for whatever reason.  Angle of the sun???    Protection from North winds???  I dunno.   

You can either stand on the trolling motor and fight the wind all day and collect a limit after awhile, or you can locate a shallow bay and just wait for them to show up and go crazy and limit out in 15 minutes of casting.  From 3:pm until dark is when it happens here on LO.  

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40 minutes ago, Hammer time said:

North banks are better in the spring because of sun angle, they heat up faster and promote plankton growth which is what baitfish feed on. In the fall the opposite happens, south banks get more light because of sun angle.

I can't imagine that the few miles south to Stockton changes the sun angle that much.  Here on LO the Northerly banks receive more time in the sun even in the middle of Summer.  

Matter of fact, some of the worst places to fish IMO are Southside (North facing) mossy bluff banks.   They simply do not get enough sunlight during the day. You might find some catfish and skinny crappie along them, but otherwise I have learned to avoid those Southside bluffs like the plague.  You'd think that those would be great during the hottest part of Summer but I've never found that to be true at all.

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8 minutes ago, fishinwrench said:

I can't imagine that the few miles south to Stockton changes the sun angle that much.  Here on LO the Northerly banks receive more time in the sun even in the middle of Summer.  

Matter of fact, some of the worst places to fish IMO are Southside (North facing) bluff banks.   They simply do not get enough sunlight during the day. You might find some catfish and skinny crappie along them, but otherwise I have learned to avoid those Southside bluffs like the plague. 

My last several trips I have concentrated on south channel banks and points and have done very well. I agree that summertime north banks receive more light, but not fall and winter. Either way it's all where you have the most confidence in.

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Not wanting to argue, but Northerly banks receive more direct sunlight all year long.  Just glance outside and notice where the shadows are right now.

At no time during the year do south banks receive more sunlight.  This is why it's warmer in the South. 

On flatland lakes out in Kansas it may not matter much, but on highland reservoirs with tall hillsides it is a pretty big deal.

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36 minutes ago, fishinwrench said:

Not wanting to argue, but Northerly banks receive more direct sunlight all year long.  Just glance outside and notice where the shadows are right now.

At no time during the year do south banks receive more sunlight.  

This is 100% true. My office is in a building that faces the North in Springfield. We never have sunlight shining on the front of our building. Never. The building across the street is always in the sun. It's great in the summer because this place stays pretty cool. But in the winter it sucks. 

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