Fish Sniffer Digital Edition Issue 3624 Nov 10-24 2017 - Page 19

FRESHWATER VOL.36 • ISS. 24 Nov. 10 - 24, 2017 17 FRESHWATER REPORTS: CONTINUED FROM PG 13 TRINITY RIVER/LAKE for most anglers these days, but sturgeon enthusiasts are bagging keepers. The upper reaches of Suisun Bay is the place to look for diamond backs. Roe is the best bait, but eel is a must have too. In general, the best fishing has been taking place in water that ranges from 25 to 50 feet deep. While there are lots of sturgeon holding in the West Delta, not all of them are biters, so don’t squat and rot. When you set up on good marks give them a chance to bite and if that bite doesn’t come, make a move and find some hungry fish. cont. acre-feet of water, 74 percent of capacity and 107 percent of capacity. - Dan Bacher WEST DELTA Stripers And Sturgeon Chomp! BRANNAN ISLAND - For the most part fishing is really good in the West Delta, but there are some slow days and weeds are a major challenge in some areas. Striper anglers are hooking up on both bait and plugs. Trollers pulling deep running Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnows are hooking limits regularly. Average size bass run 5 to 7 pounds and pull the scale down to 25 pounds on the big end of the spectrum. Pluggers are smacking fish on consistently on Fish Traps and occasionally on big topwater baits such as Spooks and Delta Wood Bombers. WILD HORSE RESERVOIR These folks smashed limits of big Sacramento River king salmon while trolling Brad’s Killer Bait Cut Plugs with Captain James Netzel on October 9. Photo courtesy of TIGHT LINES GUIDE SERVICE, Loomis. Overall the easiest way to score a limit of bass is soaking shad. You’ll have to sort through some shakers, but if you stick it out you’ll likely take home a limit of schoolies. If luck shines on you a jumbo in the 15 to 25-pound class may grab that shad. If you want to trophy hunt, pike minnows, split tails and live bluegill are the way to go. Stripers are definitely the focus HOW TO experience to consistently hook salmon while tossing hardware, but the strikes you get are savage and often occur right at your feet. Let’s take a closer look at this adrenaline filled underutilized form of river fishing. Rods for tossing hardware don’t need to be heavy, yet this really isn’t a light tackle method. A good rod is either a spinning or conventional stick that is 7 to 8 feet long. The rod should feature a medium action and be rated for 10 to 20 pound mono. In terms of reels you don’t need a huge line capacity. A bait- caster or spinning reel capable of holding in the neighborhood of 100 yards of 20 pound mono will work just fine. This brings us to fishing line and this is where any notion of hardware fishing being a light tackle approach goes right out the window. For hardware fishing you don’t want to use less than 20 pound test line. Salmon and steelhead aren’t line shy and since the hits you get on hardware are reaction strikes line diameter and visi- bility aren’t big concerns. If you choose to use monofilament, limp abrasion resistant 20 pound test is the way to go. However, 20, 30 or even 50 pound test braid is an even better choice. 30 pound braid is much finer in diameter that 20 pound mono and this allows you to get lighter lures deeper and cast farther than you could with mono. Okay now that you’ve got a rod and reel combo rigged up it’s time to pick up some lures. In general, lures rang- ing from a ½ ounce to one ounce are most useful, but you can toss in a few ¼ ounce 9 th Annual Raahauge’s Lunch Included Bird Cleaning Dogs and Dog Handlers Available ! 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