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are ready to slug it out with early season
“I’ve been spending my time
recently chasing wild rainbows on the
Sacramento,” reported Mike Bogue of
Mike Bogue’s Guide Service. “We’ve been
getting great quality fish while back trolling
a variety of plugs including Yakima Bait
3 inch Mag Lips. When the bite slows on
plugs I’ve been drifting with glow bugs
teamed with Pautzke Orange Deluxe eggs
or small pieces of Pautzke cured roe.”
“I’ll be available for salmon fishing once
the season opens up on July 16. I’ve got
all my rods spooled and my lures are
ready to go. All we need now is some
salmon. Every opener is different and
there’s really no way to tell how the fishing
is going to be until you hit the river and
run the gear, but there seem to be plenty
of fish in the ocean and this is where a lot
of them will end up,” advised Bogue.
“The trout fishing has been great on
the river and I’m really looking forward to
salmon season,” said Robert Weese of
Northern California Guide Service.
Weese isn’t sure where he’ll start the
salmon. He might be down Corning way
or he might be up in the lava country
above Red Bluff. Robert will be out pulling
plugs on the opener and he’ll quickly dial
in on the action as it develops.
When it comes to hooking salmon on the
Sacramento River, Mike Bogue of Mike
Bogue’s Guide Service and Robert Weese
of Northern California Guide Service
are top hands. To reach them dial the
following numbers: Robert Weese (530)
755-7196. Mike Bogue, (530) 246-8457.
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Smallmouth Bass Hitting in
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FREEPORT – Striped bass in the
Delta has slowed down, while anglers
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smallmouth bass in Miner, Sutter and
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Steamboat sloughs and the Sacramento
Johnny Tran of New Romeo’s Bait and
Tackle in Freeport said, “Smallmouth bass
are taken along the rocky banks with
live minnows or plastics on a drop-shot
rig along with deep-diving crankbaits or
3-inch Kei Tech’s swimbaits.
“Striped bass are still in the system,
and there are a lot of shakers around.
Sardines coated with garlic spray or
pile worms are working for the linesides
while catfish are found in the Sacramento
Deep Water Channel with chicken livers,
mackerel, or nightcrawlers. Bluegill are
thick in all of the back sloughs, and the
Delta Loop or Walnut Grove have been
good locations to soak red worms or
jumbo red worms.,” he said.
Captain Joey Gamez of Golden State
Sport Fishing continues to find good
sturgeon action in Montezuma Slough,
the Big Cut, and Little Cut for the few
anglers who still are
interested in fighting
The sturgeon action
should last for
some time with the
high water in the
and more coming
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The striped bass continue to wind down
as the linesides are heading for the cooler
waters of San Francisco Bay, but the
largemouth bass bite is getting ready to
bust wide open with the warmer water
Dan Mathisen of Dan Mathisen
Outdoors and Guide Service was out
casting frogs on Father’s Day, and he
said, “I have been throwing Sanford Bait’s
Boom Boom frogs and have released
a dozen largemouths this afternoon in
the wind. I have been targeting shade
pockets, tule breaks, and the small mats
of grass. More grass will be forming once
the wind stops.”
- Dave Hurley
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on topwater lures during every trip,”
exclaimed Jason Pleece of Meadow Vista.
“At Rollins Lake, there has been some
boat traffic which is common in the
summer, but it has not hurt the fishing at
all. On one trip, I hit the lake early and
worked my way up the Bear River arm.
I got 7 fish to 2 pounds on top working
a Rebel Pop R. After that I got 6 more
bass from 8 to 12 inches on a Berkley
Power Grub worked on a 1/8-ounce darter
head. On my second trip, I fished during
the evening and got 11 fish to about 1.5
pounds on the popper,” said Pleece.
“After doing so well at Rollins in the
evening, Dad and I decided to try Scotts
Flat in the evening. It wasn’t as good
as Rollins but we still managed 5 bass
between us. 3 of them were smallmouths
and the rest were largemouths. The
biggest fish was a 3.02 pound largemouth.
My dad got that fish twitching a 3-inch
floating Rapala in a perch pattern. I got a
couple fish on a yellow and silver Yo-Zuri
Banana Boat,” disclosed Pleece.
“On my early morning hike on the
American I got 5 fish. All of them were
less than a pound. They all came on a
tiny clear plastic Rebel popper. Once the
sun hit the water the bite was over. If you
visit the river use caution while hiking.
I spotted 3 small rattlesnakes near the
water,” tipped Pleece.
Anglers Gear Up for Salmon
SACRAMENTO – Fishing pressure is
very light on the Sacramento River in
the Sacramento area. However, that will
all change when the river opens up to
salmon fishing on July 16, 2019.
Last year anglers fishing at the mouth
of the American River experienced some
of the top salmon action in the state
on opening day while trolling spinners,
Flatfish and Brad’s Cut Plugs. Hopefully,
the fishing will be similar to what it was
last season at Discovery Park. The daily
bag limit will be two this year and the
possession limit will be four fish total.
Until the salmon opener, the few anglers
getting out can expect to catch a mixture
of striped bass and catfish in local waters.
“Anglers are still hooking schoolie
stripers while using bloodworms and
pileworms,” said Dennis Pfanner at
Sacramento Pro Tackle. “Expect the top
action while fishing from shore and boat
from Discovery Park to the I Street Bridge.
Expect to hook a lot of shakers for every
“Catfishing this time of year is best
in the Sutter Bypass off O’Banion and
Franklin roads,” said Pfanner. “Throw out
mackerel, sardines and chicken liver early
and late in the day and at night. Fishing
minnows and small jigs around the pump
stations is also worth a try for crappie in
- Dan Bacher
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EL SOBRANTE – A catfish again
leads the angling parade at San Pablo
Reservoir. Phat Pan of San Pablo caught
a 30 lb. channel catfish while using
shrimp at Gazebo #1, reported Marcella
Shoemaker of the Rocky Mountain
“Trout fishing continues. Normally trout
season comes to an end in the middle to
the end of May but we are still seeing trout
being caught,” said Shoemacker. “In some
of the most bizarre fishing we have ever
seen, the trout are biting on chicken livers,
anchovies and top water baits. “
Dave Hanis of San Pablo caught a 5.4
lb. trout at the pines on Mice Tails.
James Stoker of San Rafael caught
and released one crappie and one 3 lb.
largemouth bass. He also caught four
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