Striper season is in full swing here in Northern California. And striped bass anglers have plenty of action to choose from, as linesides have made their way up both the Feather River and the Sacramento River this season. Both river systems inundated with plenty of striped bass and many ways to target them. "Its shaping up to be a long and eventful spring striper run." Says Mike Rasmussen a Northern California striped bass fishing guide and owner of SalmonSacRiver.com. Rasmussen just coming back to the Sacramento River in Colusa, Ca after spending the previous four days in Yuba City, Ca on the Feather River riding out this last major storm which brought a 8ft vertical rise to the Sacramento River here in Colusa, Ca. Where most seasons are spent by the majority of striped bass anglers. "The striper fishing on Feather River saved us river guides that primarily fish the Sacramento River. Plus the striper fishing over there was a nice change of scenery and actually very enjoyable despite the crowds." Rasmussen explained. Going on to say that he along with other full time guides were finding easy limits of quality striped bass around the mouth of the Yuba River in downtown Yuba City, Ca. Most of the action was had trolling live minnows downstream through the schools of bass. Resulting in triple and even quadruple hook ups as your minnows got devoured up entering the gauntlet of linesides. Raith Heryford rhguideservice.com did well trolling lures and throwing his patented black plastic worms along with swim baits, generally being the first to return to the dock with his limits of bass. Raith also being credited to finding these large schools of striped bass on the Feather River a couple weeks back. Rasmussen and Heryford both agreeing that striper fishing this good hasn't visited the Feather River since the wet 2006 spring striped bass season, where flows on the Feather River were similar to what they are this 2017 season. Although red hot action is currently being had by almost all Northern California fishing guides, it will come to a screeching halt on Wednesday April 12, 2017 as the flows on the Feather River from Oroville Damn are rumored to be jumping back up to 40,000cfs. Essentially hitting the pause button on the striped bass fishing while Lake Oroville tries to stay below its safety barrier following this last series of storms. Although most river guides will have to come back to the Sacramento River as it is now dropping and fishing well, and will produce fish while the Feather River goes through its flooding period.
Striped Bass fishing guide Mike Rasmussen, owner of SalmonSacRiver.com reported getting a limit of linesides on the afternoon of April 9, 2017 after returning from the Feather River with limits of striped bass for his morning group. "The fish were here before the water rise here on the Sacramento River. They didn't go anywhere, just have to change fishing techniques." Reported the river guide. Rasmussen said that he indeed soaked bait to catch his limit of striped bass on his scouting trip back here on the Sacramento River in Colusa, Ca. Also stating that he would most likely be staying in the area for the near future, expecting very explosive striped bass fishing to take off later in the week. Mike Rasmussen would like to remind returning customers and potential customers alike to book their trip now for the 2017 spring striped bass run as it is now in full swing and his boats are filling up fast. Also a quick reminder to anglers new to the area, that all tackle, licensing, bait and general fishing supplies can be found at Kittles Outdoor Sports kittlesoutdoor.com and boat launching can be done at Steelhead Lodge steelheadlodge.com. Don't miss the excitement of the spring striped bass season, get out here and spend a day on the Sacramento River.
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