The Fish Sniffer - Sturgeon Take Spotlight As Striper Bite Slacks
Sturgeon Take Spotlight As Striper Bite Slacks

Written By: Cal Kellogg, June 12, 2014
Species: Sturgeon Stripers
Location: Sacramento River- Delta, San Joaquin Delta, Suisun Bay,

The West Delta and Suisun Bay are quickly transitioning from spring to summer conditions. Water temperatures are on the rise and the outstanding spring striper fishing that Delta anglers had been enjoying has largely come to an end.

On the other hand sturgeon remain plentiful. Despite the fact that the sturgeon fishing is pretty good, few anglers are fishing for them.

“I’m done with stripers for the spring,” related Captain David Hammond of Delta Pro Fishing. “The striper run is just about over and most of the fish are down in the bay. I’ve been focusing on sturgeon recently and we’ve been doing pretty well catching a mix of keepers and shakers.”

“Today I’m fishing near the Power Lines and we’ve landed some shakers. Yesterday we got a keeper down in Suisun Bay. I think we’ve got a really good shot at a keeper today. The fish are here and they seem to be biting pretty well,” continued Hammond.

“The best baits for sturgeon had been eel and piles worms, but we picked up our shakers so far today on salmon roe. Right now the safest bet is probably to fish a few different baits just to have all the bases covered,” tipped Hammond.

Hammond will be targeting salmon out of Bodega Bay by the middle of June and will return to the Delta in late summer for stripers and sturgeon. 


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