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Written By: Dan Bacher, March 23, 2014
Location: Sacramento River- Middle,
If you want to hook sturgeon now, you should head to the Sacramento River above Knights Landing for your best chance of hooking one of these prehistoric behemoths.
“China Bend, Ed Dorado Bend and the Knights Landing Bridge are are among the better areas to fish,” said Dennis Pfanner at Sacramento Pro Tackle. “The hottest baits are lamprey eel, ghost shrimp and bloodworms.”
While most of the fish are oversized white sturgeon, anglers are also hooking a good numbers of keeper fish, as well as losing fish.
The second best local prospect is striper fishing in Port of Sacramento. “Anglers are typically experiencing one good day followed by two bad days,” said Pfanner. “Boaters are jigging 1-1//4 to 1-1/2 oz. Duh Spoons in shad patterns. A few more fish have been hooked by anglers drifting jumbo minnows lately.”
Mel Gillette at Elkhorn Outdoor Sports in Rio Linda also recommended heading up to Knights Landing for the best sturgeon action. “Two locals tried sturgeon fishing at Bryte Beach, but they didn’t get anything,” he explained.
Michael Hill landed a 55 inch, 45 lb. sturgeon while soaking ghost shrimp on a recent shore fishing trip to the Sacramento River along South River Road in West Sacramento, reported Yee Vang at Broadway Bait, Rod & Gun.
“The striper fishing locally is improving slowly but surely,” said Vang. “Anglers are hooking a few schoolie stripers off the bank while tossing out pileworms and bloodworms. Also, boaters and bank anglers are also hooking both sturgeon and stripers while bait fishing in the Verona area.”
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