Northern CA Saltwater Fishing Report

Sturgeon, stripers, bat rays and 7-gill sharks hound Port Sonoma area anglers

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jun 18, 2012

PORT SONOMA — Upper San Pablo Bay rivers produced great catches of sturgeon, decent catches of striped bass and plenty of bat rays to go along with them. These same species are available in the upper San Pablo Bay, along with a new spawn of 7-gill sharks.

In the Napa River people have been trolling at the top of the tide for striped bass with Rat-L-Traps and broken-back Rebels (pearl white, chrome and blue). The sturgeon bite is still going strong and fish are reported to be stacked up in the river. Brad Hood of B & H Guide Services fished for about 20 minutes on the Napa River with grass shrimp. He caught two shaker bass and then a 57-inch sturgeon, so called it a day. His coffee was still hot when he made it back to his truck.

In the Petaluma River, rays, bass and surgeon seem to conspire to take baits mostly provided by Leonard’s Bait & Tackle in Port Sonoma. Sturgeon have been jumping like crazy, but it is necessary to weed through the rays to get to the sturgeon. At low tide Saturday, Captain Joel Sinkay of Leonard’s Bait & Tackle saw a bunch of bat rays just below the surface. He said, “They are definitely in abundance.”

7-gill sharks have been spawning at the Pumphouse in the San Pablo Bay. Locals recommend keeping only male fish, to aid in maintaining a sustainable fishery. There are still rays, sturgeon and bass in the Bay as well.   

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