The Fish Sniffer - Bait Fishermen Nail Schoolie Stripers
Bait Fishermen Nail Schoolie Stripers

Written By: Dan Bacher, July 16, 2014
Species: Stripers River Salmon
Location: American River - Lower,

Anglers venturing out in the morning and evenings are picking up some schoolie striped bass in the lower American River.

For example, John Simmons nailed two stripers weighing 5 and 6 pounds while fishing anchovies on the river in the Watt Avenue area, reported Chris Fulster of Broadway Bait Rod and Gun. Another angler, Randy Faucet, landed two striped bass measuring 19 and 20 inches long while soaking sardines at CSUS.

Anglers throwing out white/chartreuse swimbaits, Zara Spooks and other top water lures should also be able to hook some striped bass while fishing the holes on the lower American. Areas to try include Sailor Bar, Sunrise, El Manto, Rossmoor Bar, Ancil Hoffman Park, Goethe Park, Gristmill, Watt Avenue, Howe Avenue and below Cal Expo.

The Bureau of Reclamation continues to release 2500 cfs into the American below Nimbus Dam.

The salmon season on the American will run as follows:

Open from July 16 through Dec. 31 from Nimbus Dam to Hazel Avenue Bridge.

Open from July 16 through Aug. 15 from Hazel Avenue Bridge to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) gauging station cable crossing near Nimbus Hatchery.

Open July 16 through Oct. 31 from the USGS gauging station cable crossing near Nimbus Hatchery to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) power line crossing the southwest boundary of Ancil Hoffman Park.

Open from July 16 through Dec. 31 from the SMUD power line crossing at the southwest boundary of Ancil Hoffman Park to the Jibboom Street Bridge.

Open July 16 through Dec. 16. from the Jibboom Street Bridge to the mouth.




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