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Sturgeon Bite On A Variety Of Baits

Written By: Cal Kellogg, January 3, 2014
Species: Sturgeon Stripers
Location: San Joaquin Delta, Sacramento River- Delta,

Both sturgeon and striper fishing are going well in the West Delta despite the fact that the water temperature is now below the 50 degree mark.

“My group got a keeper today along with a couple shakers and a really nice striper. Jay Lopes of Right Hook Sportfishing was fishing next to me and he had a least two keeper sturgeon, so the sturgeon fishing is pretty darn good right now,” exclaimed Captain David Hammond of Delta Pro Fishing.

“Believe it or not, we got our keeper today on grass shrimp. Roe is still a key bait, but we are starting to see the fish respond to a larger variety of baits. Shrimp is getting hit, as is eel,” said Hammond.

“There are sturgeon spread all the way from the Martinez Bridge up past Rio Vista, but a lot of those fish are not feeding. There is at least one big school of feeders in the lower system and we’ve been fortunate in that we’ve been able to keep tabs on them. When they move we move and we’ve been able to stay on top of them that way,” related Hammond.

“Most of the folks you see on the water now are targeting sturgeon. If a couple guys went out with shad and bullheads, I don’t think it would be hard to put limits of bass on the boat. The biggest bass seem to be coming out of Suisun Bay. When you get up toward Rio Vista you’ll be dealing with a lot more schoolie size fish,” tipped Hammond.

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