Shad Run Begins Early, Stripers Sizzle

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(Rancho Cordova) Shad began showing in the Sacramento River at Freeport in mid-March this year, largely a result of the high flows on Sacramento River. Anglers are now hooking the fish at the Minnow Hole, as Craig Kamikawa of the Fisherman’s Warehouse found out.

“I decided to try shore fishing for shad rather than going out in my boat for sturgeon on Sunday and I caught 3 shad, all small males in the 1-1/2 pound range, while fishing at the Minnow Hole for four hours” said Kamikawa. “I used green/white 1/8 oz. shad darts behind a ¾ oz. sliding sinker on a 3 foot leader.:

“There were 9 other guys fishing the same spot and they landed shad, all small males also,” he noted.


“The reports from sturgeon fishing on the Delta are epic,” he noted. “Right now the sturgeon are biting from the Carquinez Bridge up into the Sacramento and the Delta. Jay Lopes reported catching 13 sturgeon on his boat today.”

“The striper fishing is on fire at Miller Park for shore anglers,” reported Will Pfingst at Broadway Bait Rod & Gun. “Simon and Mike from the shop and their girlfriends reported a great day of fishing for stripers at Miller. They caught and released a mixture of keepers to 26 inches and shakers while bait fishing with chicken liver. One family also brought in limits of stripers while bait fishing at Miller.”