The Fish Sniffer - Big Catfish Excite River Anglers
Big Catfish Excite River Anglers

Written By: Dan Bacher, July 23, 2014
Species: Catfish Stripers Bass
Location: Sacramento River- Middle,

(Sacramento) Boaters and bank anglers fishing the Sacramento River from Verona to Freeport are reporting some big trophy channel catfish, along with smaller fish.

“Anglers have brought in catfish weighing 19, 15 and 10 pounds from the river at Verona lately,” said Mel Gillette at Elkhorn Outdoor Sports. “Boaters are hooking the catfish while bait fishing about 20 feet from the docks.” 

Fishermen are employing crawdads, pileworms, mackerel, anchovies and stinkbaits to entice the big whiskerfish.

“Anglers drifting large and extra large minnows are hooking stripers ranging from keeper size to 25 inches,” said Gillette. “One angler and his friends are regularly hooking keeper stripers while anchored up near the I Street Bridge.”

For channel catfish, Dennis Pfanner at Sacramento Pro Tackle recommended fishing mackerel, sardines and other baits in the Sutter Bypass off Franklin and O’Bannion roads. Crappie fishing with small jigs and small minnows at night in the bypass is also a try.

For smallmouth bass, anglers should drift live crayfish in the calm water behind wing dams on the Sacramento below Verona, advised Pfanner.   

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