The Fish Sniffer - Nocturnal Fishermen Battle Stripers
Nocturnal Fishermen Battle Stripers

Written By: Dan Bacher, July 12, 2014
Species: Stripers
Location: Sacramento River- Middle,

If you want to catch stripers on the Sacramento now, fishing with swim baits or plastic worms in the evenings is your best bet.

“Bryan Crittendon of Marysville and I fished above Tisdale Weir in the evening and we caught 10 stripers up to 9 lbs,” reported Manuel Saldana, Jr. of MSJ Guide Service. “We released one hen and kept three stripers.” 

“All fish were caught on Optimum Baits’ 5" swim baits, tipped with Pro-Cure gel scent rainbow trout. We tossed the lures off the banks and rock walls with Cousins #GTSB 775T rods,” he explained.

They went out the next evening and caught about 8 stripers, including one keeper and the rest undersized fish. “Another angler reported catching 7 fish, including one keeper,” said Saldana.

“Anglers are hooking a lot of stripers,” said Bob Boucke of Johnson’s Bait and Tackle. “My grandson, Cody, and I caught 22 stripers, including 4 keepers to 8 pounds, while drifting jumbo minnows and fly fishing with Clouser Minnows on a trip below Ward’s Landing.”

“On the next day, guide Jimmy Zanoco and I fished above Ward’s,” said Bouckee. “We landed 20 fish, including 6 keepers, on jumbo minnows.”

Meanwhile, everybody is getting ready for the opening up of salmon season on the Sacramento River on July 16.

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