The Fish Sniffer - Shad Remain At Top Of Angling Menu
Shad Remain At Top Of Angling Menu

Written By: Dan Bacher, June 14, 2014
Species: Shad Stripers
Location: Sacramento River- Middle, American River - Lower, Feather River- Lower,

Shad fishing continues to be “pretty good” for anglers fishing at Miller Park and the mouth of the American River, reported Alan Fong of the Fishermen’s Warehouse.

He advised boaters to use a drop shot on the anchor with grubs in chartreuse and pink, spaced at 10 and at 20 inches above the weight.

Shore casters experience the top action while tossing shad darts on a 3-foot leader behind a ¾-ounce egg sinker, while other anglers are throwing 1-inch shad grubs with a single split shot. 

“Anglers continue to get a few shad on the Sacramento at Discovery Park and Miller Park, while the striped bass fishing is extremely slow in the Sacramento area,” said Dennis Pfanner at Sacramento Pro Tackle.

He said this would be a good time to target channel catfish and crappie in the Sutter Bypass off Franklin and Obannion roads. Toss out mackerel and sardines for the cats and fish minnows under bobbers around the pumping stations for the crappie, according to Pfaner.

“Fishermen are still catching a few stripers north of Verona with swimbaits and top water poppers in the evenings,” said Tim Boggs of Elkhorn Outdoor Sports. “Not one of the stripers weighed in at the shop lately was spawned out.”



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