The Fish Sniffer - Stripers On Tap in Port, Deep Water Channel
Stripers On Tap in Port, Deep Water Channel

Written By: Dan Bacher, February 23, 2014
Species: Stripers Sturgeon Panfish
Location: Sacramento River- Middle, Sacramento River- Delta,

Some guys are catching a few schoolie stripers in the Port of Sacramento and Deepwater Channel, but the overall metropolitan area fishing is pretty tough.

"The anglers who are doing best in the port report using jumbo minnows with no weight," said Skyler Fulster at Broadway Bait Rod & Gun. "The fish are in the 18 to 22 inch range."

"The fishing in the port was good 10 days ago, but I haven't heard of much action there lately," confirmed Dennis Pfanner of Sacramento Pro Tackle. Besides jumbo minnows, anglers can also jig with Bladerunner Duh Spoons or torllin with Yo-Zuri Pins Minnows.

For sturgeon, he suggested soaking eel, ghost shrimp and pileworms in the Sacramento River near Rio Vista or in Cache Slough. The recent storms should draw more sturgeon upriver in the Merritts Landing, Sacramento and Knights Landing areas.

If you want to catch crappie, you can try fishing from the bank or boat around the wind dams on the Sacramento River below Verona. Tim Boggs at Elkhorn Outdoors in Rio Linda recommended fishing Crappie Bites and medium minnows in the back water of the wing dams of the Verona area.




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