The weather has been less then desirable for the start to this 2019 Spring Striped Bass season. Keeping river conditions on the Sacramento River and Feather River here in Northern California, far from ideal. Never the less the striped bass season is underway and plenty of fish have taken up residence in both rivers. The trick has become how to locate groups of staging striped bass in these much higher then usual conditions. Then getting them to bite!
For striped bass anglers spending their time fishing the Sacramento River fishing for these scrappy, hard fighting fish. It has been a bit of a let down for the most part. The Sacramento River remains high and muddy currently and has been this way for the past couple week. Giving only a glimmer of hope to anglers on maybe a once a week average. As river conditions barely sneak into favorable enough conditions for die hard anglers and Sacramento River fishing guides to get a day or two of fishing in. Before the river is again lost to rainfall runoff and controlled flow releases from Keswick Dam in Redding, Ca. Running even the most determined striper anglers off the river. As they wait for rain runoff to recede and better weather to set in. Bringing suitable river water conditions to the Sacramento River and allowing anglers back out on the river.
For the most part, the majority of striped bass action has been taking place on the Feather River in the Yuba City area. Also sustaining higher then usual river flows, the Feather River was a bit of a bummer as well for the first two weeks of the 2019 striped bass season. As striped bass fishermen met the same high and muddy conditions on the Feather River as were being experienced on the Sacramento River. Although the weekend showed some signs of improvement for anglers targeting the “linesides” (stripers) on the Feather River. Feather River striped bass fishing guides along with recreational striped bass anglers found much better success then in the weeks prior. The release of excess Lake Oroville water storage seemed to be the trick. Although the releases from Oroville Dam indeed raised the Feather River. It also brought down river much needed clean water. Targeting striped bass in the dirty, silty, muddy waters, that usually accompany big water releases of rain runoff events, can be challenging at best. Cut baits such as sardines, anchovies and mackerel can work in the pour conditions. But more success is shared by anglers when the water is more clear and the striped bass can be targeted by live bait. Such as large or jumbo minnows. Carried by most of the local tackle stores. As well as the great success that can be had by trolling and casting artificial baits, such as swim baits, black plastic worms and spoons ( jigs ). With the Feather River coming into much better shape this past weekend, it appears that the better striper fishing will be had on the Feather River side of the Sacramento Valley, for at least the remainder of this week.
Most striped bass fishing guides targeting stripers in Northern California will set their eyes on the Feather River until the Sacramento River drops back into shape. Hopefully by the end of this work week. If you are wanting to get out and catch some striped bass. But are unsure of how to fish the much higher and faster river conditions. As well as how and where to navigate the swollen rivers, to safely get to your fishing destination. Hiring a local fishing guide may help you to learn different high water fishing techniques used in times like these. Also showing how to safely navigate the much more turbulent and debris stricken river conditions brought on by this years heavy rains and localized flooding.
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