The Fish Sniffer - Anglers Target Stripers Prior To Salmon Season
Anglers Target Stripers Prior To Salmon Season

Written By: Dan Bacher, July 19, 2014
Species: Stripers Trout River Salmon
Location: Sacramento River- Middle,

As anglers were getting ready for the opening of the salmon season on the Sacramento River on July 16, a few locals were out catching stripers from Knights Landing to Colusa.

“Anglers are hooking a lot of fish, but most of the fish are shakers,” said Bob Boucke of Johnson’s Bait and Tackle. “About one out of every 10 stripers is a keeper.”

Boucke said anglers are using a mixture of minnows, cut anchovies and sardines and plastic worms for the stripers. Every summer, anglers hook into a few fish in the 25 to 45 lb. range while tossing swimbaits and black plastic worms at night.

Rob Reimers of Rustic Rob’s Guide Service was gearing up for the salmon opener on the Sacramento and Feather rivers at press time. His latest fishing trip, a trolling adventure at Englebright Reservoir, yielded five beautiful rainbows in the 12 to 14 inch range. 

Manuel Saldana of MSJ Guide Service was also getting ready for the opener and was out on the Sacramento River below Ord Bend targeting stripers with swimbaits.  

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