The Fish Sniffer - Sturgeon Or Stripers: Take Your Pick!
Sturgeon Or Stripers: Take Your Pick!

Written By: Cal Kellogg, March 20, 2014
Species: Stripers Sturgeon
Location: San Joaquin Delta, Sacramento River- Delta,

March is typically the time that spring fishing really gets going in the West Delta and that’s certainly been the case this year. Here we are in the second week of the month and both the sturgeon and stripers bites are off the hook!

Captain David Hammond of Delta Pro Fishing has been trolling for stripers in the Rio Vista area and is enjoying a high level of success. The fish are averaging 4 to 6 pounds, but there are plenty of larger fish around too. Several fish over 10 pounds have been caught by Hammond’s clients and a fish estimated to be over 30 pounds was lost next to the boat. Hammond is hooking his fish while trolling worm tipped Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnows.

Hammond plans to continue targeting both stripers and sturgeon in the West Delta throughout the spring.

Captain Jay Lopes of Right Hook Sportfishing has been putting his clients on very consistent sturgeon action.

“This has been a pretty good sturgeon season for us. We’ve only been skunked six times since last fall and we’ve had many days when we’ve boated multiple keepers.

On Friday March 7, three keeper sturgeon were nailed by Lopes’s clients. The fish are being hooked on both eel and roe. The Big Cut has been the most consistent spot for hooking up, but the area between the Benicia Bridge and the first row of ships has been good too.

Captain Chris Smith of Captain Hook Sportfishing has been doing well on sturgeon, boating one or more keepers most days. Anglers fishing with Smith not only have a good chance of catching a sturgeon, they also get a complementary barbequed lunch!


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