The Sacramento River here in the Northern California at the Northern most end of the Sacramento Valley has come alive this week prior. Anglers of all kinds, swimmers, tubers, kayakers , jet skiers, and a assortment of most all other water related hobbies and sports have come out to enjoy the public entity of the Sacramento River, along with lots of sun and cool refreshing river water. From Hamilton City at Irvine Finch boat launch all the way up river to the Anderson River Park in Anderson, Ca striped bass anglers are picking up nice keeper striped bass to 18 pounds and a few larger stripers have been reported or reported lost. "Most of our action up here as far as striped bass are concerned come on artificial lure presentations as apposed to using live minnows or pile worms, which we do when fishing the Spring Spawn in the Colusa, Ca region, and can be very effective". Reports Sacramento River fishing guide Mike Rasmussen with SalmonSacRiver.com. With the live bait restrictions in place up river of the Irvine Finch boat launch, anglers are restricted from any live bait and for the protection of the endangered Green Sturgeon of the Sacramento River no shrimp baits, pile worms, or steel leaders may be used for fishing of any kind. So due to the use of all artificial gear when targeting these striped bass, evening and early mornings have been best. Before the general public starts recreating for the day. Top water baits like the "Spook" that "walk the dog" and smaller swim baits in the three inch lengths have been solid producers when the little river piggies are out feeding. White seems to be the best color going for Striped Bass fishing guide Mike Rasmussen, as reported on June 5, 2017. The A-Rig has also been a solid producer from time to time but some day's it won't produce. Keitech Swimbaits www.keitechUSA.com are Rasmussen's go to brand when targeting striped bass on the Sacramento River. "I build all my A-Rigs out of Keitech baits in the 3.8 inch size." Says fishing guide Mike Rasmussen. Reynolds Ranch and Farm Supply theloftredbluffca.com has a great selection for local anglers and out of town visitors looking to gear up and get out on the Sacramento River. Eric Walsh works week days at the "Loft" and is incredible with customer support and knowledge of all local fisheries.
"Sneaky Pete" is back as well for the 2017 summer glide bait fishing that is done here in Northern California locally, by many advanced skill level striped bass anglers. Anglers that are die hard artificial bait fishermen love this post spawn time of year on the upper Sacramento River. Glide baits have become especially popular with local enthusiast in the artificial department. "I am particularly fond of the "Sneaky Pete" glide bait made here on Northern California by bait maker, striped bass fanatic, and professional bass fishing competitor Garrett Dixon, from Colusa, Ca." Striped bass fishing guide Mike Rasmussen owner of SalmonSacRiver.com said when asked about his choice of all around subsurface baits. Rasmussen went on to explain that "Sneaky" can be fished traditional giving strong side to side kicks with a alternating crank on the real handle when retrieving, and can be burned (fished fast) without losing action, and as Rasmussen explained it can be fished very wild with additional rod twitches and fast real variations, triggering explosive bites instead of quick grabs or follow-ups that lead to tear offs (fish pulling the hooks free that barely hook the lips) and missed opportunities. These baits are made in several different relevant patterns and paint schemes. Slow sinking and great action it's a Must See if you're a wake bait angler. Sneaky Pete can be found on line at www.gratthandcraftedbaits.com or the new website at grattbaits.com.
The Sacramento River has more games in town, so to speak when it comes to angling this time of year. The American Shad have made a fairly good showing all the way up to Cottonwood, Ca at the Barge Hole and below the hole at Mudball Riffle, and of course all the way down to Hamilton City and on down river through much of its length. In the upper section of the Sacramento River from Woodson Bridge near Corning, Ca up to Cottonwood, Ca at the Barge Hole consistent American Shad action can be found daily if you know where to look. "These Shad aren't eating from the surface yet, and can be very difficult to locate, if you happen to be new to fishing these hard fighting anadromous fishes of the Sacramento River here are a few pointers that might help u locate American Shad: Find any source of warmer water connected to the main river system (creeks, inlets, shallow calmer gravel bars ect..), look for Pelicans that have followed these schools of Shad all the way from the Pacific Ocean, watch the local Ospreys and Eagles as the shad make very easy targets for both species of birds of prey (often you can tell the catch by the shine of the shad or it's sharp split tail, and finally try and visually make contact in pockets of clear or shallow water where you may see the vast schools of these free spawning fish take off as your boat arrives." Rasmussen explains, trying to help the folks that can't be out on the water every day as he is. Once American Shad have been located they are very catchable using a small Mr. Twister Chartreuse grub with a 1/16oz jig head and cast and retrieve or yo yo the grub to the depth of your liking. Where there is one, there is certainly more. The male shad are starting to show now coming two weeks behind the bigger then average females that have come up the Sacramento River this season. Shad fishing will continue to get better and gain popularity for the next month on the Sacramento River leaving plenty of time to book a trip or head out on your own to tackle one of these exceptionally strong and wild fish. Mike Rasmussen with SalmonSacRiver.com is booking evening American Shad trips through the month of June and into July. For details on this kind of trip or to book a combo trip with either of the other two species included for the same day rate, contact Rasmussen at tel:530-722-8876.
Rainbow Trout fishing from Los Molinos, Ca to the Bend, Ca bridge and boat launch has been tougher then usual the past few days as the full moon cycle is upon Northern California and the Sacramento River. The warmer summer days have started several different species of May Flies to hatch here on the Sacramento River and at current time the evening hatch has been coming off late in the afternoon and up until 8:00pm or sunset when the water temps start to drop again turning of the hatch. Although the hatch is done and over with relatively quick for the most part, spinners left behind on the surface from the hatch, are gathered together by the currents and drifted down the Sacramento River in its current lines, which the trout lay in and feed heavily on the free meal. With this full moon event upon us and the night looking more like mid morning, the Sacramento River Rainbow Trout are able to feed real late into the night as all food on the surface becomes extremely easy for predator fish like Rainbow Trout to target it's food just below or on top of the Sacramento River surface. "The afternoon bite for these nasty Bow's has been a little better but still far from it's usual red hot action." Reported Sacramento River fishing guide Mike Rasmussen. Also going on to report that with his time better spent catching American Shad in the late afternoon for better action, the fishing guide reported likely to stick with this plan until this full moon Cycle puts the moon up after midnight (about 5 more days). At which point the usual 20 to 30 Rainbow Trout per afternoon outing should return to normal and these wild rainbows with their brilliant markings and thick stature should be readily available to catch and release back into the Sacramento River.
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