Sacramento River Striped Bass Fishing Report For, May 25 2017

          The Sacramento River is still producing top notch striped bass fishing from top to bottom as the Sacramento River flows stay up at a sustained hight of 12,000cfs.  Spawning striped bass are still being seen from the Tisdale, Ca boat launch all the way up river to the Ord Bend boat launch just outside Chico, Ca. New waves of spring run striped bass continue to move up into the Sacramento River where they find suitable spawning conditions allowing them to successfully spawn and then move up river to beef back up during their post spawn in the early months of summer. Sport fishing guides on the Sacramento River are still catching limits of keeper sized striped bass every day and expect the bite to last well into June, 2017 in some areas of the Sacramento River.   With the big three day (Memorial Day) weekend upon us, marking the start to summer. Many recreational striped bass anglers and Northern California striped bass fishing guides are looking back on the best striped bass seasons on the Sacramento River in well over a decade, and is still producing limits of quality stripers every day. 

Ryan Tripp took a trip up the Sacramento River on May 24, 2017 to find decent action, catching grade size striped bass while chucking the Rig through shallow riffles and under power lines. 

Ryan Tripp took a trip up the Sacramento River on May 24, 2017 to find decent action, catching grade size striped bass while chucking the Rig through shallow riffles and under power lines. 

     For most anglers still targeting striped bass on the Sacramento River from the Irvine Finch Boat Launch near Hamilton City, Ca down river to the Tisdale Weir Boat Launch in Tisdale, Ca live minnows have been the go to bait as they are quickly gobbled up when drifted by the greedy striped bass. Making easy and quick limits for customers of Sacramento River fishing guides still working this stretch of the Sacramento River. Trolling broken back Rebels and spoonbill Yo-Zuri broken back lures have also been working well in the mornings and evenings as the schoolie striped bass gather in the middle of the Sacramento River to spawn every night. Swim baits and black plastics are also producing great action on evening and night outings, by mainly local anglers and striped bass enthusiasts who generally just catch and release.

Northern California Striped Bass fishing guide Dave Jacobs sacramentofishing.com holds a chunky post spawn striped bass he caught on the Sacramento River near Woodson Bridge in Corning, Ca on May 18, 2017.

Northern California Striped Bass fishing guide Dave Jacobs sacramentofishing.com holds a chunky post spawn striped bass he caught on the Sacramento River near Woodson Bridge in Corning, Ca on May 18, 2017.

     Striped Bass fishermen targeting the Sacramento River around the Woodson Bridge area and up river to Los Molinos, Ca can expect to find a few striped bass at a shaker to keeper ratio of 50/50. "There has not been a ton of post spawn striper that have moved into the area, but i do believe the bass that spawned early in the Sacramento River are starting to show up along with the American Shad in the Woodson Bridge area this week." Reports Michael Rasmussen of SalmonSacRiver.com. Adding also to his report, the Woodson Bridge boat launch near Corning, Ca was being dug out yesterday May 24, 2017, as reported to Rasmussen by local Corning, Ca resident and sportsman Scotty Weston who shot a short video clip of the operation that had commenced on the tons of sand deposited by this winters massive run off here in Northern California. With Woodson Bridge open to public launching reports should start trickling in over the busy and hot holiday weekend as dozens of striped bass anglers will likely test out their luck on the linesides this weekend.  Keep in mind that their is a live bait restriction in place above Irvine Finch Boat Launch on Hwy 32 near Hamilton City, Ca. No live bait shall be used above Irvine Finch up the Sacramento River to its starting point at Keswick Damn in North Redding.  Popular artificial baits for this section are swim baits in the 4 inch length, LuckyCraft pointers and sammy's for ripping and top water bites in the evenings and mornings, and of course a black plastic worm fished off any sand on the river banks is going to produce you decent action and usually a good grade of striped bass. 

    Plenty of striped bass fishing is still being had through out the Sacramento River and the grade of bass has only gotten better. Mike Rasmussen owner of SalmonSacRiver.com would like to make it known to all boaters planing to use Woodson Bridge Boat launch or any other boat launch facility for their first time this year!!! Make sure to proceed with great caution and respect the strength and power the Sacramento River possesses at it's current flow rate. Also pay close attention to new snags and gravel bars as the river has made tremendous changes within its banks. Many of the obstacles and hazards that existed for years even decades have been removed and no longer exist although in the same breath many new navigational hazards and obstacles now lay waiting for detection in unfamiliar area all the way up and down the Sacramento River. Low light navigation hours on the river may not be a wise decision until it has been safely been done in the daylight hours. Good Luck and Tight Lines this Memorial Day Weekend. 

Mike Rasmussen with SalmonSacRiver.com holds his limit of keeper striped bass he caught in a single cast using the A-Rig on May 14, 2017 near Woodson Bridge in Corning, Ca on the Sacramento River. 

Mike Rasmussen with SalmonSacRiver.com holds his limit of keeper striped bass he caught in a single cast using the A-Rig on May 14, 2017 near Woodson Bridge in Corning, Ca on the Sacramento River. 

    Mike Rasmussen is still taking striped bass reservations for a couple day out of each week until July 1, 2017 while also offering American Shad fishing trips and the popular Rainbow Trout fishing trips. Both American Shad and Rainbow Trout fishing are high action and a very upbeat atmosphere fishing trips and are recommended for families with younger kids or first time anglers. With kids and beginners having shorter attention spans while on the boat Rasmussen would rather see kids and beginners enjoy the steady action of these type trips rather then a salmon or striped bass trip that can occasionally have extended hours of slower pace action. Any combination of the three species (Striped Bass, American Shad, or Rainbow Trout) can be put into a combination full day Dark to Dark fishing trip until July 1, 2017. For more information on these combo options contact Rasmussen at 530-722-8876 or by email at mailto:salmonsacriver@gmail.com and on the web at SalmonSacRIver.com.

A strange double hook-up to say the least!! Keven Barnes and John Paterson from Corning, Ca hold up both ends of their double hook-up they had while fishing with Mike Rasmussen on the Sacramento River in mid May, 2017.  

A strange double hook-up to say the least!! Keven Barnes and John Paterson from Corning, Ca hold up both ends of their double hook-up they had while fishing with Mike Rasmussen on the Sacramento River in mid May, 2017.

 

This image is of a micro chip that was inserted as protocol by Coleman National Fish Hatchery and recovered by local fishing guide Mike Rasmussen while processing a hatchery steelhead caught by Kevin Barnes (pictured above with the Sacramento River Steelhead). Biologist with the DFG collected the valuable information from this chip for their research in the life cycle of Sacramento River Steelhead. Doing their part to better understand and manage the steelhead fishery here on the Sacramento River.

This image is of a micro chip that was inserted as protocol by Coleman National Fish Hatchery and recovered by local fishing guide Mike Rasmussen while processing a hatchery steelhead caught by Kevin Barnes (pictured above with the Sacramento River Steelhead). Biologist with the DFG collected the valuable information from this chip for their research in the life cycle of Sacramento River Steelhead. Doing their part to better understand and manage the steelhead fishery here on the Sacramento River.

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