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Sturgeon Fishing On Upswing

Written By: Dan Bacher, February 18, 2014
Species: Sturgeon Stripers Saltwater Sturgeon Saltwater Stripers
Location: Suisun Bay, San Francisco Bay, San Pablo Bay,

Fishing for sturgeon has been on the rise in Suisun and Grizzly bays. It seems that the fish seem to be dialed in on the salmon roe, eel and ghost shrimp.

“We've been getting fish on the flood but mainly on the ebb tide fishing the drop offs where the warmer water runs back into the deep in which that water is warmer running off the shallows,” said Steve Mitchell of Hook’d Up Sportfishing. “The fish are hanging along the warmer water edges and congregating in the shallows while the sun is out. During the night, the fish seems to be around the deeper water.“

“On average, we've been catching slot size fish mixed with shakers, but at times we're hooking nothing but oversize fish. Overall, fishing has been getting better as we approach March when these fish will go banamas,” he noted.

“We headed out Wednesday morning with better than average tides, 8 veteran anglers, semi-muddy water from the first storm of the year, grass shrimp and some really disgusting pileworms in search of something to blog about,” said Gordon Hough, captain of the Morning Star.

The 8 anglers landed 1 legal sturgeon and three bass averaging 7 pounds each while fishing the Pumphouse area in San Pablo Bay and just south of Sonoma Creek in 5 feet of water.

George Hough caught the sturgeon. “There was no second guessing this species; it jumped not less than 6 times and really put up a fight until Deck Dog Mike finally heaved it aboard,” said Hough.

Nancy Garner and Tom Vernon landed bass averaging 7 pounds each.


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