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Northern CA Freshwater Fishing Report

Delta fishing ready to take off

BY ROBIN WADE/WON Staff WriterPublished: Feb 24, 2012

FREEPORT — Water conditions are improving and warming up, especially in the upper Delta from Decker Island and points north, and the fish are beginning to take the hint: it may be an early striper season and the sturgeon bite is already underway.

Richard Witham from New Roman’s Bait & Tackle said a good sturgeon bite continues to be found throughout the Sacramento River, especially from Cache Slough up to Knights Landing. “Most of the fish we have been seeing have been in the 59- to 63-inch range and oversized ones,” Witham said. “With water temperatures holding around 54 to 55 degrees, it’s been perfect. The banks are once again full of anglers; competition for areas to anchor up have also been a challenge. Continued consistent, warming waters and weather should have everyone competing for spaces to fish all day and night this coming week.”

According to guide JD Richey, with the water temperatures coming back up, the stripers are becoming more active, but the bite is still sporadic. “The Sacramento River is muddy in some areas, so bait dunking has been the ticket, with fresh shad the number one offering,” he said. “Over on the San Joaquin side, steelhead were planted last week at New Hope, so that sparked some striper activity. The main stem had some fish and good water conditions, but the schools seem to be spread out.”

Capt. Gravert of Intimidator Sportfishing reported that the stripers that he had been getting have moved down and out of his waters and have been moving below Hwy 12 and into the San Joaquin waters following the smolts that were recently released there.

“We’re just in-between right now, waiting for spring to finally arrive,” he said “With blossoms already on the trees it would be a good bet this coming week, with 70-degree weather in the forecast, it will be a good time to bust out your two rod stamp and soak some baits for both stripers and sturgeon between the Sacramento Yacht Harbor and the Courtland Bridge. It may be a tad early but there is no better way to spend your day.”

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