SACRAMENTO — You heard it here first in WON last week when the shad bite was just getting started down around Freeport, but now it has gone ballistic, and along with the excellent striped bass bite, there's plenty of activity to be found all up and down the Sacramento River.
“The Shad bite is red hot,” Yee Vang of Broadway Bait Rod and Gun. “Some people are getting 20 or more shad a day around Freeport, Miller Park, and the mouth of the American. Striper fishing is pretty good, too, and we cleaned 100 stripers. Most weren’t all that big, but a 33 pounder taken from around Steamboat won it.” Vang said that some sturgeon were being taken around Clarksburg and Merritt’s Landing.
Vang said that the minnow bite for stripers has been good around Verona, and “minnows have been flying out of the store.”
Bob Bradbury from Johnson’s Bait and Tackle said that fish have been moving up and down the river depending on flows, which have been fluctuating widely this week. Earlier in the week fish had moved down the river toward Tisdale and Knight’s Landing as the flows dropped, but as of the weekend, flows went up again and Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service said that good striper fishing had returned to the Colusa area.
“It was really crowded over the weekend but if you found the fish you could fill up the fish box real quick,” he said. “The water came up Saturday and today, and we fished above and below Colusa. We’d find the fish and turn around and go back through them until other boaters found out what we were doing.” Jacobs said they got some nice males last weekend, too, 12, 15, and 18 pounds. He was backbouncing minnows exclusively. Among the better fish taken off Jacobs’ boat last week was the 18 pounder caught by Michael Daniels of Gridley.
Casey Stafford of CICC Outdoor Adventures found similar success around Grimes and Meridian. “I was finding fish around Meridian, pretty much Monday through Thursday,” he said. “Then I moved to Grimes.”