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The Sacramento Deep Water Channel is yielding some decent-sized striped bass for anglers fishing in the early morning hours.
“The stripers run from 24 to 35 inches and are hitting pileworms,” said Jimmy Perez of Broadway Bait Rod and Gun. “Anglers are also hooking some keeper and oversized white sturgeon on the Sacramento River near the Interstate Five Bridge.”
Shad fishing at Miller Park is spotty as schools of shad move through. “They’re getting them one day and not the next,” reported Alan Fong of Fisherman’s Warehouse. “They’re using darts in red/white and other colors for the shad.”
“Fishing locally is kind of slow with the hot weather,” disclosed Mel Gillette at Elkhorn Outdoor Sports in Rio Linda. “Tim Boggs reported catching a 10 lb. catfish and some small stripers on a bait fishing adventure between Verona and Knights Landing.”
For channel catfish, Dennis Pfanner of Sacramento Pro Tackle recommended fishing mackerel or sardines in the Sutter Bypass. He also recommended fishing minnows under bobbers for crappie around the pump stations in the bypass at night.
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