Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition 3813 June 7-21 2019 - Page 18

16 June 7 - 21, 2019 MAP FEATURE VOL.38 • ISS. 13 The Feather River at Boyd’s Pump is a popular area for anglers to target stripers and king salmon. Photo by DAN BACHER, Fish Sniffer Staff. Stripers Still Biting as Anglers Get Ready for Salmon on Feather River T his year has been a memorable one for striped bass on the Feather River – and veteran guides and anglers are expecting the fishing to continue until at least mid-June because of the high flows on the river that have drawn large numbers of striped bass into the system, along with the American shad. “This has been a fantastic striper season on the Feather,” said Rob Reimers of Rustic Rob’s Guide Service. “Every trip on the river except for one produced limits of stripers after I started booking trips on March 31. With the fishing the way it is now, I don’t see any reason why it shouldn’t continue into mid-June.” The striped bass fishing is still going strong on the Feather River, since the high flows have kept the striped bass, including some large ones, in the system. “On my latest trip, Dr. Maqsd Dean had to be at the hospital, but we did catch him and his six-year-old son their limits before he had to go,” said Rob Reimers of Rustic Rob’s Guide Service. “They landed stripers in the 19 to 22-inch range while fishing extra- large minnows out of Boyd’s Pump. “ The anglers also released a 14 lb. king salmon that put up a great fight before they got the hook out of it. On a previous trip, Dan Instrom and Tom Muller of Woodland caught and released two stripers h in the 12 to 15-pound range. “The three of us kept our limits of 19 to 24-inch fish while drifting minnows out of Boyd’s Pump. Altogether, including shakers, we must have caught over 22 fish.” Another trip made by Reimers and his friend Bob produced limits of stripers in the 20 to 26-inch range. They also released two 10 lb. stripers on the Feather. The striped bass, known for its willingness to take a wide array of baits, lures and flies and its hard, dogged battle, is one of my favorite fish to pursue. I can attest to the fine fishing on the river, having hit the river with Ernie Marlan, Fish Sniffer staffer, his 17-year-old son, Andrew, daughter, 13-year- old Abby, out of Boyd’s Pump in Yuba City with Rob Reimers in mid-April. On the day before, Reimers and two anglers reported limits of fish weighing up to 8 pounds. “We caught our fish, but we had to go through a lot of shakers to do it and we were done around 1 p.m.,” he Captain Rob Reimers successfully battled this bright Chinook salmon last season on the Feather said. River. Salmon season will begin on July 16. The action was even better on Photo courtesy of RUSTIC ROB’S GUIDE SERVICE. the morning we fished. After we arrived in the boat at Star Bend, converged at the spot, spooking the fish Reimers told us each to a grab a minnow and making the bite much tougher. from the bucket, put the hook through its Rob drove the boat downriver, ending “nose,” and to let out the line out so the up below the Nicolas Bridge. “We didn’t minnow and sinker would gently tap the get a lot of fish down here yesterday, but bottom. the fish we landed were quality ones,” The day started off with plenty of action, he stated. with Ernie’s two children successfully We went upriver to the Star Bend area, batting several legal-sized stripers. - and that’s where Andrew landed the We hit one spot where the fish were biggest fish of the day, a 9-pound male. absolutely stacked on the fish finder. All of the fish we landed were males, Unfortunately, once we started hooking typical for this time of year. up one fish after another, other boats The five of us were limited out with Abby Marlan of Elk Grove caught this scrappy striped bass while drifting a live jumbo minnow on the Feather River with Rob Reimers of Rustic Rob’s Guide Service. Photo by DAN BACHER, Fish Sniffer Staff. our ten stripers by 10 a.m. We released at least a dozen shakers and lost some fish also. After the striped bass and shad fishing