The Fish Sniffer - Nov. 29, 2012 Abundant Weeds Fail To Keep Anglers From Boating Stripers And Sturgeon
Nov. 29, 2012 Abundant Weeds Fail To Keep Anglers From Boating Stripers And Sturgeon

Written By: Cal Kellogg, November 29, 2012
Location: Sacramento River- Delta, San Joaquin Delta,

(Pittsburg) There are big numbers of both stripers and sturgeon holding in the lower end of the Sacramento River and the upper reaches of Suisun Bay and most days both species are on the bite. The only downside has been the amount of dead and dying weeds and hyacinths in the water. Keeping your line and bait free of this debris is a key part of hooking up. 

For stripers, trolling is difficult with all the vegetation in the water, but in clean water areas minnow plugs adorned with plastic worm trailers are drawing strikes.

Filleted shad presented in 4 to 10 feet of water have been the most reliable offering for bait anglers seeking stripers, but for a shot at larger fish bullheads, mudsuckers, pike minnows, split tails and bluegill are all good options. 

For sturgeon, anglers will want to search holes that run from 40 to 70 feet deep with their sonar unit until they locate fish on the bottom. Once you zero in on the fish, salmon roe is the best bait followed by lamprey eel. Some charter operators are catching as many as 3 keeper sturgeon per day and some private boaters have reportedly caught and released as many as 11 sturgeon during overnight outings. 

On November 20 and 21, Captain Jack Chapman of Lovely Linda Sportfishing chased sturgeon outof Lauritzen Yacht Harbor. One of Jack’s clients caught a 59 inch sturgeon on an eel/shad combo on November 20. Limits of stripers were landed both days. 

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