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Sturgeon and striper action perking up a bit on Sacramento River

BY JIM JONES/WON Staff WriterPublished: Mar 16, 2012

SACRAMENTO — Sacramento River striped bass and sturgeon reports were a bit more upbeat last week, and the outlook was even more optimistic given that another storm is here.

“Fishing got a little bit better, and more guys are catching fish,” Lucas Boden, of Broadway Bait Rod and Gun said. Boden said that Yee Vang, Skyler Fulster, also of Broadway Bait went fishing Sunday morning and caught a couple of schoolie-sized striped bass, but the biggest fish of the day was a 16 pounder caught on a pileworm. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a striped bass — it was a fat carp caught by Fulster, son of Broadway Bait owner, Chris Fulster. He won’t be living that down for awhile.  

Boden said that striped bass were being caught at Miller Park, Bryte’s Beach, the Deep Water Channel, and Garcia Bend, but the best reports were coming from around Rio Vista where trolling Yo-Zuri’s along the West bank have been producing some schoolies. It’s mostly a bait affair, however.

Boden also said that quite a few sturgeon have been seen rolling in the Deep Water Channel, but have been reluctant to bite. He said that the sturgeon catches he’s been hearing about have mostly been oversized fish (more than 66 inches long) that have to be released.  

Rob Reimers of Rustic Rob’s Guide Service has been focusing on sturgeon farther upstream on the Sac, trying from Tisdale to Colusa. While he has been seeing lots of sturgeon rolling and splashing, the hookups have not been all that frequent. On his last outing, one of his clients hooked monster sturgeon that eventually broke his line.

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