Northern California rainfall totals from October 1, 2016 through the end of December, 2016 are 200% of the normal rainfall totals for the same three months on a average year here in the North State. The "norm" for the Sacramento River over the last three months has seemed to be one big water rise after another. With each big rise in the Sacramento River, there has been a equally big drop, after the Pacific Storms pass through Northern California and rain runoff recedes. Doing as little as possible Shasta Dam continues to hold back the incoming flows allowing Shasta Lake to fill much earlier in the season then usual, but leaving the Sacramento River back at very restricted flows. Hydrologically speaking the Sacramento River here in Northern California has been very busy with the constant dramatic ups and downs. With every water rise on the Sacramento River, Northern California's Anadromous Fish Species migrate up the Sacramento River and its tributaries to spawn, as Mother Nature intended it of course. So although high muddy flows are a show stopper for most guides, the blown out river system actually replenishes itself with more migrating fish. And new opportunities arise as the rivers recede and give way to Keswick Dam's measly emerald green contribution. As it turns out for Northern California salmon fishing guide and Sacramento River fishing guide Mike Rasmussen of SalmonSacRiver.com, with the river rising to Monitor or Flood Stage on several occasions before the New Year, the Sacramento River White Sturgeon have shown up all the way to the species closure point at the HWY 162 Bridge in Butte City, Ca. And on January 1, 2016 fishing guide Mike Rasmussen reports the White Sturgeon fishing on the Sacramento River around Tisdale, Ca and Knights Landing, Ca is off to a good start as Rasmussen hooked multiple White Sturgeon on his first outing on December 27, 2016 and again the following day December 28, 2016, having to let a 200 pound female go after a 25 minute battle won by Blake Muller of Esparta, Ca. Sacramento River fishing guide Mike Rasmussen will be running trips this week for Sacramento River White Sturgeon as enough of the prehistoric fish have made their migration up to their spawning grounds. Rasmussen also noted that SalmonSacRiver.com will start taking open reservation dates for the remainder of the 2017 White Sturgeon migration that will last until late March on most years. This is a very productive fishery if patients is shown and you spend a full day on the water soaking bait. Fishing guide Mike Rasmussen also pointed out that a sturgeon fishing trip has hours of waiting for the prehistoric fish to bite. The pay off for your patients is priceless and greatly rewarded when a White Sturgeon decides its time to eat. Note: this may not be the best fishing trip for young kids because the lack of constant action that keeps kids entertained and liking fishing for the future. The Sacramento River water temperature as of January 1, 2016 at Woodson Bridge in Corning Ca, was 46 degree. A touch to cold says the Northern California fishing guide. "The water temp in the late afternoon jumps two degree to 48 degree Fahrenheit and all my fish have come a
Remember that you must purchase a 2017 Sport Fishing License for the new year, and when booking a Sturgeon Fishing Trip with SalmonSacRiver.com you will need to purchase a Sturgeon Report Card for under $10. This Sturgeon Report Card comes with three tags for the retention of White Sturgeon in California waters. And it is now mandatory to return these report cards to the department the following year after it has expired. These Sturgeon Fishing trips can be lengthy and the weather can be very cold or windy, or both. So remember to dress warm and bring extra layers if needed. These prehistoric fish are simply amazing creatures and the experience of catching one will leave you in awe as you get first hand experience with a dinosaur, so to speak. D From mid February until the end of March SalmonSacRiver.com offers night trips as well. You will not be disappointed by the Mike's Guide Service Way of sturgeon fishing. A good time will be had by all.
Northern California Striped Bass Fishing for the Winter Striper Run (a trophy fishery) is gaining a lot of popularity in the last two maybe three years among striped bass angling enthusiast and guides that enjoy the slower pace and quiet river, as apposed to the "spring spawn" that can be more like a Nascar Race then a fishing trip. Striped Bass fishing guide Mike Rasmussen of SalmonSacRiver.com is now booking Trophy Striped Bass Trips that will run into mid March on the Sacramento River here in Northern California. Rasmussen reported on January 1, 2016 that he had located and successfully caught some high quality striped bass on December 29, 2016 while scouting for the stripers with friend Oscar Nerey from Corning, Ca. "The water is cold, very cold for stripers, but it can be done." Chuckled Rasmussen when asked what he was using to catch the high grade Linesides. Rasmussen also noted that SalmonSacRiver.com has a two guest maximum on these trophy striped bass trips. Accommodations can be made for bigger parties, as SalmonSacRiver.com will secure other guides and vessels for the bigger parties. This trip is a all day adventure with Mike's Guide Service, food and drinks are recommended to get you through the day, and plenty of warm cloths should be warn or brought along for the early morning and evening hours. Everything else is provided by SalmonSacRiver.com and Mike's Guide Service.
Please note that all the fishing discussed in this report is completely weather depending and a last minute cancellation or change in plans will be discussed as soon as a problem presents itself. A full refund of your deposit will change hands immediately after a cancelation. Thank you!
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