Striped bass fishing report 4/26

Striper fishing on the Sacramento and Feather Rivers continues to produce some excellent action for just about everyone that ventures out.  Flows continue to be a bit on the high side, but really all that does is help concentrate the fish into areas of the river that don't see a heavy movement of water.  This really narrows down where you set up to concentrate your efforts.  Because of the high water, we have been fishing on anchor a lot.  We've found some really productive spots that offer a place for the stripers to hang out without having to expend any of their energy.  Fishing live minnows has been very productive and when you find a good number of Stripers located where you anchor up, the bite can be fast and furious.  Drifting minnows in the Feather River has also been productive with the good water visibility.  Again, you have to choose your water carefully, because there are just a lot of places where the water is moving too quickly to hold these fish. 

 Limits of Feather River Striped bass.

Limits of Feather River Striped bass.

The Sacramento River is scheduled for a flow reduction from Shasta Lake and will see flows drop to 7,000 cfs by May 5th.  This will open up a lot of water for anglers and the fishing should see its best few weeks of the year.  This flow reduction will also likely improve Striper fishing in the delta on the Sacramento River side.  

 Fishing on the edges of the river near slower moving water is key to catching Striped bass in high water.

Fishing on the edges of the river near slower moving water is key to catching Striped bass in high water.

My prediction is that this May will be a month to remember on both the Sacramento and Feather Rivers here in northern California.  Great opportunities exist for groups of all ages and skill levels to come out and experience this world class fishery.  If you would like to schedule a trip for your friends or family, now is the time to make that call or send me a message to get your day of Striper fishing scheduled.