The Fish Sniffer - Sturgeon Action Busts Loose
Sturgeon Action Busts Loose

Written By: Dan Bacher, March 5, 2014
Species: Sturgeon Stripers
Location: Sacramento River- Middle,

It may be a big drought year, but that hasn’t stopped avid anglers from experiencing great fishing on the Sacramento River between Knights Landing and Colusa. The first sturgeon trip of the year by Bob Boucke of Johnson;s Bait and Tackle was very successful.

“We got on the river at 4 pm after launching out of Tisdale,” said Boucke. “My friend, Roy Van Tasssel, landed a 59 inch sturgeon at 7 pm and then we went home. The fish hit a ghost shrimp/nightcrawler combination."

“On the previous night, anglers reported a total of 21 sturgeon, mostly oversized with a few keepers mixed in,” he stated.

Rob Reimers of Rustic Rob’s Guide Service reported a great night out of Tisdale with William Bakler and Robert Dupice. On the first sturgeon of the night, Robert didn’t get a good hook set and the fish and got off before he could get another set.

“About an hour later William hooked up with a great fight fish. After about 15 min. we got him in, a 54" keeper,” said Reimers. “But being the sportsman he is, he decided to let it go saying, ‘Now my son can catch him some day.’”

“We had a couple more take downs but no fish. It was a long dry spell after that from 2:30 in the afternoon until about 9:00 at night before Robert got a second chance,” Reimers continued.

“It was around a 7 foot monster that ran, stripping line like crazy, so we had to drop anchor and went for a wild ride. Getting him up to the boat, we took the best pictures we could. The first fish was taken on a ghost shrimp and night crawler combo, the second was on eel.”  



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