Sturgeon Show Early, Salmon Hit Plugs

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 (Sacramento) In spite of cold storms that haven’t translated into much runoff into the Sacramento River to date, sturgeon fishing is surprisingly good from Prospect Slough to the Sacramento River below Freeport.

“We sold out of ghost shrimp in 6 hours after our shipment arrived,” said Tim Boggs of Elkhorn Outdoors. “Jesse, a local fisherman, said the anglers in the 30 boats that he saw fishing in Prospect Slough on Saturday all reported hooking fish, releasing shakers or oversized fish or catching keepers.”   

“Terry McClure also reported catching a 52 inch sturgeon while fishing shad for stripers in Sherman Lake,” said Boggs.

James Netzel of Tight Lines Guide Service reported great salmon action in the Sacramento River out of the Sacramento Yacht Harbor while using a method new to the Sacramento – trolling with Brad’s Cut Plugs filled with tuna behind Pro-Troll dodgers.

“We have caught over 20 salmon over the past week,” he noted. “We landed 3 chrome-bright salmon to 12 pounds in just one hour this morning. The two people fishing with me yesterday landed their limits of kings to 12 pounds. Earlier in the week, anglers bagged kings in the 15 to 22 lb. range.”

“Anglers have reported limits of salmon up to 35 pounds while fishing below Sherwood Harbor over the past couple of days,” confirmed Will Pfingst of Broadway Bait Rod & Gun. “On my last trip on a kayak in the Liberty Island area, I caught and released stripers measuring 29, 30 and 25 inches while fishing crankbaits and top water lures.”



Sacramento River Freeport