The Fish Sniffer - Fishing Pressure For Stripers Dwindles
Fishing Pressure For Stripers Dwindles

Written By: Dan Bacher, June 9, 2014
Species: Stripers Catfish Steelhead
Location: Sacramento River- Middle, Thermalito Afterbay,

Fishing pressure on the Sacramento River in the stretch of the Sacramento River from Knights Landing to Colusa has gone down considerably, but the few boaters and bank anglers getting out are hooking stripers.

“The anglers fishing below Tisdale are still getting limits of fish, ranging from small keepers to 10 pounds,” said Bob Boucke at Johnson’s Bait and Tackle. “Bait fishermen are also picking up a few catfish.”

Most anglers are targeting the stripers by drifting jumbo minnows, but tossing out black plastic worms or top water lures early and late in the day is also worth a try.

“My latest striper trip out of Tisdale produced limits on jumbo minnows, but I’ve been fishing for other species lately, including shad on the Feather River, trout at Collins Lake and landlocked steelhead in the Thermalito Afterbay,” said Rob Reimers of Rustic Rob’s Guide Service on Sunday, June 1.

“I fished the Thermalito Afterbay this weekend hoping to catch some holdover landlocked steelies from last year, but much to my surprise I started catching new planters.  I called my buddy that works for Fish & Wildlife in the Oroville Wildlife Area and he said, ‘Yeah, they planted 10000 steelhead this year.’”

“So I kept fishing, catching and releasing about a dozen fish from 12 to 14 inches, having about a half dozen more getting off from fighting so hard. I caught them while long lining on a red dodger with night crawlers,” he explained.   




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