The Fish Sniffer - Stripers And Sturgeon Provide Opportunity
Stripers And Sturgeon Provide Opportunity

Written By: Cal Kellogg, May 25, 2014
Species: Sturgeon Stripers
Location: Sacramento River- Delta, San Joaquin Delta,

Fishing pressure has slacked off considerably in the West Delta. With salmon in the ocean, halibut in the bay and trout in the high country, a lot of anglers that were fishing the Delta a few weeks ago have now moved on to other things despite the fact that that both Delta striper and sturgeon fishing remain highly productive.

“I’ve got a few more weeks left in my Delta fishing spring season and the action is still excellent,” related Captain David Hammond of Delta Pro Fishing. “These days were are still trolling for stripers. Sometimes the fishing is wide open at other times I have to work to find the fish. The bass are moving in pods and when you find them they’ll typically bite. I’ve been using Yo-Zuri minnow plugs almost exclusively”

“There are a bunch of sturgeon holding down in Suisun Bay and they are biting really well. Very few anglers are interested in sturgeon right now, so they are getting very little pressure. I’m in striper mode right now, but if I get a charter that wants sturgeon I’d be happy to take them. I think we’d do pretty well,” said Hammond.

Captain Hammond will be heading up to Bodega Bay for salmon season by the middle of June. Anyone interested in fishing Bodega with David should give him a call and book early because the spots are already filling up.

Captain Brad Bugica of SalmonStriper.Com has also been chasing stripers in the Delta. He’s been spending most of his time trolling on the San Joaquin side of the system for stripers ranging up to and beyond 10 pounds.



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