RIO VISTA — Although the lack of rain has had an impact on striper fishing, the big female sturgeon are coming up the river anyway to do their spawning thing, and many over-sized sturgeon were reported.
Johnny Trans, owner of New Roman’s Bait & Tackle said this past week he heard several reports of oversized fish throughout the system. “With or without the rain, the females are coming up the system,” he said. “Sturgeon reports are coming in from Freeport, Hood, Cortland and Garcia Bend to name a few. Grass shrimp or eel/pile worm combos have been good bets. With sunny days, the water temperature has also come back, now in the low 50s; it should help to warm up the striper bite as well.”
“Striper reports are coming in from the Deep Water Channel and the main Channel from anglers using mudsuckers or bloodworms,” Trans said. “Liberty Island has had schoolies from 3 to 5 pounds and drifted mudsuckers or jumbo minnow have been working for them, while sardine or shad have been best for anglers soaking baits.”
Capt. Mike Gravert of Intimidator Sportfishing said he was going to start his sturgeon/striper combo trips on Saturday, but 15 to 25 mph winds with gusts to 40 kept him off the water.
“It looks as if we will be concentrating our efforts in the northwest Delta until something changes; like some rain to muddy up the rivers and push the stripers back up into the northeast Delta,” he said. Gravert said he’ll be using spoons, Rat-L-Traps, swimbaits, umbrella rigs and jumbo minnows for the stripers and either eel/nightcrawler combos, ghost shrimp or grass shrimp for sturgeon.
Don’t forget, it’s time to turn in your sturgeon report cards. They can be mailed to: California DFG Fisheries Branch, Sturgeon Fishing Report Card, P. O. box 944209, Sacramento, CA.