Northern CA Freshwater

Stripers, shad keep Sacramento River anglers busy

BY ANDY MARTIN/WON Staff WriterPublished: May 16, 2019

VERONA — Striper fishing continues to improve on the Sacramento River near Colusa, while shad fishing is in full swing at the mouth of the American River.

lindseyandLINDSAY AND MIKE Johnson of Sutter had a great morning on the river Saturday. Guide Casey Stafford of CICC Outdoor Adventures said, “We were on the fish from start to finish ending up landing close to 50 stripers! No better way to start the weekend!” CICC OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

Larry Barnes of Sacramento Pro Tackle said shad fishing is good at Discovery Park and Miller Park, where lots of small stripers and an occasional bigger fish also are being caught. “There are all the stripers you want to play with everywhere,” Barnes said. “They are still catching an occasional big fish at Bright Beach.” Cut sardines and pile worms are working for small stripers, Barnes said.

Tim Boggs of Elkhorn Outdoor Sports said more boat ramps are now open on the Sacramento, allowing boaters to spread out and target stripers. “They are catching quite a few in Colusa,” Boggs said. “The Sacramento is starting to clear. Elkhorn is open. Verona is open. Knights Landing is open. Farther up, Wards is open.” Boggs said minnows are working on the Sacramento. His shop has plenty of extra large minnows, which have been working well.

In the Verona area, shad have shown up, but not as thick as at the mouth of the American, Boggs said. Most anglers are still focusing on stripers because of the steady action. “The stripers are still doing better than the shad,” Boggs said. “That run is just starting. The shad are coming in pretty strong at the mouth of the American. There are a few at the mouth of the Feather.”

Sturgeon fishing has been slow, with few reports from the Knights Landing area. Anglers also have not started to target catfish yet since the striper fishing has been so good, Boggs said.

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