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While the main spring run had not arrived in the Sacramento area as of press time, increasing numbers of male stripers are showing in the catches.
“Shore angers tossing out pileworms and sardines are starting to hook schoolie stripers at Miller Park and Discovery Park on the Sacramento River,” reported Chris Fulster, Jr. at Broadway Bait Rod & Gun. “One guy bought some bait and came back in two hours later swith two keeper stripers.”
Big fish honors go to Steve L., who bagged a 9 lb. striper while soaking sardines at Discovery Park. Steve Pierce also bagged an 8-1/2 lb. striper bass while using sardines at Miller Park. Finally, Mike Boyd landed two stripers going 4 and 5 pounds on pileworms.
Some striped bass are also coming from the Verona area. Tim Boggs at Elkhorn Outdoor Sports reported one angler brought in a 30 lb. striper caught on a sardine at the color line where the Sacramento and Feather rivers join below Verona. Another angler landed two stripers weighing 15 and 9 pounds while using anchovies at Verona.
“Striper fishing is still best in the Sacramento at Rio Vista and the Delta, but anglers fishing jigging Duh spoons and drifting jumbo minnows in the Port of Sacramento are catching some stripers,” added Dennis Pfanner at Sacramento Pro Tackle. “For sturgeon, your best bet is to fish ghost shrimp, pileworms and eel from shore or boat upriver at China Bend and El Dorado Bend near Knights Landing."
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