Fish Sniffer On Demand Digital Edition Issue 3902 Jan 3-17 - Page 25
Jan 3-17, 2020
VOL.39 • ISS. 2
produced 4 limits
of sturgeon, while
the previous trip
yielded 4 limits.”
Most of the
fish are in the
52 to 56 inch
is tossing out
baits for the
- Dan Bacher
Rain and Wild
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
wild rainbow trout per day while
working the stretch from Redding
The action has been really
good. Anglers are using egg
imitations and a variety of
Jose pulled this big catfish out of Los Vaqueros Reservoir while fishing near the
Mike Bogue of Mike Bogue’s
Photo courtesy of THE LOS VAQUEROS RECREATION AREA, Livermore.
Guide Service is offering
conventional tackle trips on the
river for anglers interested in
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
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.
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
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
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.
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Salmon fishing in the Sacramento
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anglers were out trying in the last two
weeks of the season.
- Dan Bacher
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