Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition Issue 3902 Jan 3-17 - Page 25

Jan 3-17, 2020 FRESHWATER VOL.39 • ISS. 2 Sunday’s trip produced 4 limits of sturgeon, while the previous trip yielded 4 limits.” Most of the fish are in the 52 to 56 inch range. Hayden is tossing out lamprey eel, salmon roe and shrimp baits for the diamondbacks. - Dan Bacher REDDING Rain and Wild Rainbows on Sacramento REDDING - The best news is that the Sacramento River’s big, bad wild rainbows are feeding heavily and cooperating with anglers. The good but damp news is that a fair amount of rain has been pushing through the north state recently, making for some wet days on the water for anglers that are determined to fish rain or shine. Fly anglers working from drift boats are landing from 15 to 35 ROLLINS/ wild rainbow trout per day while working the stretch from Redding SCOTTS to Bonnyview. FLAT The action has been really good. Anglers are using egg LAKES imitations and a variety of Rollins Jose pulled this big catfish out of Los Vaqueros Reservoir while fishing near the different nymphs. dam this fall. Remains Mike Bogue of Mike Bogue’s Photo courtesy of THE LOS VAQUEROS RECREATION AREA, Livermore. Guide Service is offering Slow, Scotts conventional tackle trips on the Receives river for anglers interested in Trout Plant! fooling trout with crankbaits, glow bugs, “The trolling is still tough on the San Pautzke salmon eggs and Pautzke cured COLFAX- “I hit Rollins during the last Joaquin and Sacramento rivers because roe. storm. It seemed like a good time to troll of the grass in the water,” he noted. “The When working the shallower runs for browns and I did have some success,” water temperature has gone down to 53 and riffles, Bogue utilizes back trolled reported Jason Pleece of Meadow Vista. degrees.” crankbaits to cover the water. He probes “With browns on my mind, I rigged “On my next trip, the six fishermen the deeper water areas with bait and glow up with a jointed No. 9 floating rainbow bugs. These deep water areas are seldom bagged limits of stripers also, but we pattern Rapala and a clear pearl 4 inch released a lot of shakers. We fished the hit by the fly guys and the action can be Rapala Husky Jerk. I launched at Free same general area as on the previous very good as a result. Loader’s Cove and trolled my way up trip,” he noted. the Bear River Arm. I picked up a 12 The striped bass bite in Snodgrass inch brown just as I entered the Bear Slough has shut down, but the crappie River narrows. I worked that area for a fishing is still great there. while hoping for another, but ultimately “Vince Harris of Anglers Press and Len continued pushing up the Bear. I didn’t RIO VISTA Vince came out to film a show on striper land anymore trout, but I did hook and fishing, but the stripers were gone,” said Mudsucker Drifting Top lose a good fish in open water. I’m sure Alan Fong, manager of Fisherman’s it was a brown. It hit the jointed Rapala, Method for Stripers Warehouse in Sacramento, So we made a hard run pulling some drag and RIO VISTA – Boaters are catching limits decided to film a show on crappie fishing. then thrashed on the surface and tossed of stripers while drifting mudsuckers and The three of us ended catching 40 crappie the hook,” Pleece exclaimed. live jumbo minnows on the San Joaquin while fishing 1 to 2 inch Garland jigs and “My dad has been fishing Scotts Flat River. Keitech swimbaits.” again with good results now that the lake “On my first trip, the five anglers kept “Sturgeon fishing can’t be any better has been planted. He’s been hooking limits of stripers ranging from 20 inches than it is now,” reported Hayden Mullins pansize rainbows while trolling Super to 28 inches,” said James Netzel of Tight of Dragon Sportfishing. “We’ve been Dupers and Needlefish. He told me that Lines Guide Service. “We drifted live averaging anywhere from 3 to 6 legal he’s seen some shore anglers working mudsuckers and live jumbo minnows on sturgeon per trip while fishing anywhere near the marina hooking up with Power the San Joaquin near Eddo’s Harbor.” from 2 to 60 feet deep in Suisun Bay. Bait,” Pleece concluded. Sutter Marine Is G 3 Boat Headquarters! The G3 Gator Tough Series Available At Sutter Marine With Special Boat Show Pricing! 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