"A-Rig." Says Mike Rasmussen. A Northern California salmon fishing guide on the Sacramento River. The striped bass has turned up a few notches in the past few days, as Keswick damn upped the release flows from Lake Shasta. Thus bringing more stripers to the upper Sacramento River where SalmonSacRiver.com fishing guide Mike Rasmussen has been targeting them. The number of fish during the morning and late afternoon topwater bite has doubled the last few days as the stripers have started to keg up in the rivers narrowest pinch points. Switching half his anglers in the boat to A-Rigs has put some very nice schoolie size keepers striped bass in the box this week. Using small 3 inch ki-tech and reaction inovation swim baits on "the rig" has been working the best for Mike. John Pearl also with SalmonSacRiver.com who specializes in all the baits used by Mike and himself for the striped bass. Would like to make note of California's three hook rule. So no A-Rig can have more then three hooks per rig. If you are casting a rig that has three wire legs, then you are legal. If u are using a rig that has five or more legs, you must use dummy baits on the remaining legs once you have three hooked swim baits connected to it. John also says. Using on off color swim bait on the rig is a good idea, for the fact that it usually be the one who gets hit. Johns knowledge of the all the tackle comes from his life long large mouth bass fishing at Clearlake.
The American Shad numbers in the upper river have also climbed dramatically with this water rise. The hatches of mayflies on the river every morning have made the shad very visible and easy to locate as they take the bugs of the surface of the river.
A few Sacramento River King Salmon have been spotted rolling by Mike the last few days. Keep in mind to book now for the best dates available from SalmonSacRiver.com. Book on line now at the website or call 530 722 8876.