The Fish Sniffer - Channel Cats Dominate Summer Angling Scene
Channel Cats Dominate Summer Angling Scene

Written By: Dan Bacher, July 11, 2014
Species: Catfish Bass
Location: Sacramento River- Middle, Feather River- Lower,

It’s summer, the time for catfish action in the Sacramento River and local sloughs. Tim Boggs at Elkhorn Outdoor Sports reported top-notch catfish action during a recent guided trip with four people on the river between Verona and Knights landing.

“We caught around 30 fish up to 10 pounds,” said Boggs. “Most of the fish were 2-1/2 to 3 lb. channel cats. We fished pileworrms and crawdads all day from 6:20 am to 2:45 pm. We released most of the fish, but did keep the 10 pounder.”

Boggs noted that catfish from 14 to 30 pounds have been caught in the Verona area lately.

Chris Fulster, Jr., at Broadway Bait, Rod & Gun in Sacramento confirmed the improving summer catfish action in the metropolitan area. For example, Mike and John Tomlin landed three catfish weighing 10, 3 and 2 pounds while fishing mackerel in the mackerel in the Sacramento Deep Water Channel.

Another angler, Mike Simpson, managed to nail a 15 lb. striper in Old Sacramento. “He bought one sardine and came back an hour later with the fish after fishing below the I Street Bridge,” said Fulster.

Fishermen are still picking up a few late-season shad while tossing out darts at Miller and Discovery Parks.

For smallmouth bass and an occasional largemouth, Dennis Pfanner at Sacramento Pro Tackle recommended fishing live crawdads and large minnows on the downstream side of the wing dams below the mouth of the Feather River.

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