(Rio Linda) Salmon season on the Sacramento River closed on December 16, so anglers are now focusing on sturgeon fishing in the Delta and below Freeport.
“One customer, Jim, reported that the sturgeon fishing was hot on their latest trip to Montezuma Slough,” said Tim Boggs of Elkhorn Outdoors. “Three anglers successfully battled 6 fish, including two oversized, two undersized and two keepers. They were fishing with salmon roe on the anchor.”
A few sturgeon are also starting to show in the Sacramento River below Freeport, reported Will Pfingst at Broadway Bait Rod & Gun in Sacramento. Anglers are enticing the diamondbacks with lamprey eel, ghost shrimp, pileworms and other baits.
“Skyler Fulster from the shop has reported catching and releasing stripers, just barely keepers, while throwing Super Spooks at Liberty Island,” said Pfingst.
Greg Settles and his fishing partner landed two bright Chinook salmon weighing 17.5 and 15 pounds before the salmon closure. They were using Kwikfish on the Sacramento in the Knights Landing area.
On one of his last fishing trips out of the Sacramento Yacht Harbor before the season closed, James Netzel of Tight Lines Guide Service reported one 17 lb. king for two anglers. The fish hit a Brad’s Brad’s Super Bait Cut Plug lure on the Sacramento River.