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Stripers on the Lower Sac

Streamer Fishing for Big Striped Bass
  • Brian Kohlman with a nice striper
    Large Resident Stripers The striper fishery on the Lower Sac below Red Bluff consists entirely of resident fish. These aren't migratory fish that come in for a couple months in the spring. These fish are in the river year-round and the months of June-September are prime-time.
  • The go-to fly for stripers on the Sac is the Clouser Minnow
    Big Flies for Big Fish The volume of baitfish in the river is pretty staggering. Most of the flies we use are in the 2/0 size range, but they can be much larger or smaller depending on the predominant forage fish at the time.
  • We hook a lot of fish in the 5-10 pound class on the Sac
    How Big is Big? The sky is the limit. I've seen 40# swim under the boat and local fly anglers have landed fish over 50#. Most days we see fish in the 20# class chase our flies. While we don't always hook into these larger fish, on a typical day we hook a couple dozen schoolies in the 12-18" range.
  • There is excellent warmwater fish habitat on the lower regions of the Sacramento River
    Warmwater Fishing Paradise The Sacramento River below Red Bluff has endless warmwater fish habitat. There are largemouth and smallmouth bass, shad, and carp to test your fly fishing skills. We can tailor each trip to your interests.
  • We occasionally catch smallmouth bass while striper fishing
    Sacramento River Smallmouth We catch smallmouth incidentally while striper fishing, but it's also possible to target these gamefish. They put up a great fight.
  • We frequently spend a couple of hours shad fishing during our striper trips.
    Shad on the Lower Sac The shad run is huge on the Sacramento River and lately the shad have been going all the way up past Red Bluff. We frequently spend a couple hours chasing shad at the end of our striper fishing day.
  • A typical striped bass from the Lower Sac
    Stripers Love Structure We catch stripers out of a variety of water types. Many of them come off the edge of weedbeds, from downed trees, and off of rip-rapped banks.
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A prolific striper fishery lies just downstream from the prolific wild trout fishery on the Lower Sac. Once you get downstream from Red Bluff, every bend of the river offers a chance at the striped bass of a lifetime. There are great numbers of small fish from 12-18" and surprising numbers of fish in the 10-20 pound class. Prime time for this fishery is June through September. Warm October days can be good, too.

We use jet boats on this exciting warmwater fishery. Our jet boats are equipped with trolling motors, casting decks, stripping baskets, and bimini tops for escaping the intense summer heat.

Recent Striper Fishing Reports
8/17/16 by Andrew Harris: I have been striper fishing the last two weeks and it has been less than spectacular.  Last week was very slow and this week has been a little better, but there have been very few hookups on larger fish.  The last two days we saw decent numbers of schoolies and a few good-sized largemouth up to 3 pounds.  We briefly hooked one striper about 5 pounds today.  The best fish hooked this week was in the 8 pound range.  Stay tuned for more striper reports.  There are a moderate number of salmon boats out around Corning and Chico and I witnessed 3 salmon hook-ups in the last couple days.
7/6/16 by Andrew Harris: I fished stripers today with Don and Mike from the Santa Rosa area.  The weather was perfect (not overly hot) and we hardly saw any other boats on the river.  We covered about 20 miles of river by the end of the day.  We started off with some good action, but then fishing was tough from about 11am to 2pm.  The bite improved in the afternoon, though.  Don finished the day with at least five fish, the largest about 3 pounds.  Mike landed a couple of larger schoolies too.Visibility is improving and the weedbeds are starting to come in.  The river looks a lot better than it did just 10 days ago.  I anticipate more fish and more big fish once the weedbeds become established and the forage fish arrive in good numbers. 
6/23/16 by Andrew Harris: I spent a half-day this morning on the Sac with longtime clients Frank & Doug from the Sacramento area.  It was their first time fishing for stripers and they had a blast.  We didn't get any big boys today, but we hooked about a dozen schoolies in the 10-16" size range.  The water clarity isn't the best right now - it's coming out of Keswick pretty green.  That makes it hard to sight-fish for larger fish and see when other fish are chasing the flies.  We saw some pretty nice largemouth and smallmouth bass in a couple of sloughs, but they were surrounded by thousands of baitfish and didn't seem to be hungry! 
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Gear Recommendations for the Lower Sac Stripers
Rods, Reels & Lines: Eight and Nine weight rods are best. We typically have two rods rigged at all times, one with an intermediate sink-tip and another with a fast-sinking sink-tip.
Terminal Tackle: Maxima tippet in 12-15# is all you need.
Attire: It is usually hot or very hot when we're fishing for stripers. Make sure to cover up to protect yourself from the sun. We recommend lightweight pants, Simms SolarFlex shirts, and Buff headgear. Bring comfortable water shoes that won't tangle too much with your fly line.
Flies:
• Clouser Minnow, chartreuse over white, size 2/0
• Deceiver, blue & white, size 2/0
Sample Itinerary
Meeting Time & Place: We typically meet our clients at their hotel or at the boat ramp at 8:30am.
Vehicle Considerations: We typically have our clients ride with us in our vehicles if we meet at your hotel.
Wading difficulty: All striper fishing on our Lower Sac trips is done from the jet boat. No waders are necessary.
Multiple Fisheries in one Day: We devote a whole day to this fishery.
Length of the Day: Most full days conclude around 5:30pm.
Lodging & Travel Info
Plan to stay in Red Bluff or Corning.
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