Salmon/Striper 2006
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December 29 - Went to the Port with Jack and his brother Curt.  Fished for about 3 hours and got 2 nice fish, biggest about 6 pounds.  Not many fish being caught until we started to pack up and go home.  John Cullen got there much later than we did and he had two nice fish and ended the day with at least 7 fish.  Gene called me about 4:30 pm and said he and Fred got 4 fish.  Gene also told me the bit started with a vengeance about an hour after we left.  Anyway, we had a good time and I'm sure the guys that stayed after we left had a good time as well.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!

December 27 - Got this email from John Cullen and guess a BIG Striper was caught at the Port  by Reno yesterday at an undisclosed location.

Hi John, just got this from Reno Leclerc. Not too shabby


Caught 12-26-06 in 10' water, hi-tide, on 1 oz. Alan Fong made jig, 38lb 10ozs , 45 inches, at undisclosed location. As Dave Clarke would say, "thats my weigh fish!"


December 24 - Bet you didn't think you would get a report today, a Sunday and Christmas Eve but here it is. I was up at 5:00am and finally at 7:00 decided to go fishing. Went the Deep Water Channel. Weather was COLD, VERY FOGGY and the Water Temperature was 48 degrees. I thought I would give the new Commodore lure by Mann's a shot. Trolled down the channel about 4 miles had one on right when I started but lost it. Felt like a good one but who knows. Changed to my S11/Trout and went about 200 yards and got one about 19 inches. Turned around and started up and got another, about 17 inches. Then it died. Made a few more passes and decided to start up stream to go home. Got just below Marker 79 and hooked a nice fish about 5 pounds. Continued up just past 79 and got his brother, about 5 pounds. Then got 3 more but a little smaller. My mind was working so I thought I would change to the Commodore since there were fish in the area. Not a bite. Changed back to the Trout and NOT A BITE. At that point it was time to go home. Jiggin Gene and Hap were on the water and they got 4, Tom McKinsey also did well, he left with 2. It seemed that everybody got fish. Guess it was a good decision to get on the water today. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

December 22 - Got up this morning and thought I would take a ride down to the Port and get a few fish. When I went outside it was very windy so I decided not to go. About 11:00 I was talking to John Cullen on my regular phone and Gene called on my cell phone. Gene asked me to get a rod and meet him at the Port. He wanted to get a few hours of fishing in. I reminded him about the wind but he "wanted to go fishing". I jumped in my truck and went off to the Port. When I got there Gene gave me a new lure from Mann's called the Commodore, naturally designed by Gene. Anyway, we jumped in his boat and went down the Channel. I used my S11 Mann's, doctored to look like a Rainbow Trout (it also has an E Chip) and Gene used a doctored up Mann's Pearl. As I thought, it was WINDY!!! We started to troll at the Palm Tree and went all the way down to the pumps before anything happened. I landed one about 10 pounds, on Gene's scale, about 4 on mine and shortly after lost one. Finally, Gene hooked up and landed one about 2 pounds, on my scale. We finished out the day by landing one more fish, loosing one more and getting one additional bite. This is the second time in a row where the E Chip lure out did it's competitor. I landed 2 and lost two with the E Chip and Gene landed 1 and had one other hit on the non E Chip lure. Two trips doesn't make the E Chip a true success but, it looks like that might be a good a good bet for future fishing trips. Will keep you posted. Water temperature was 49 degrees and as I said, it was WINDY!
December 19 - Went to the Port with Freddie Thomason. Started fishing about 7:45am, COLD! Water temperature was 49 degrees and the water was just a little bit off color. Trolled all the way down to marker 73 without a hit so we turned around and started back. Got just below the palm tree and landed one about 4 pounds. Had one other fish on at marker 77 but lost it. Went home about 11:00. Did get a call from Jiggin Gene and he and Hap got 4 fish and Ron had 3. Guess the bite got hot just about the time we left.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND HAVE A GREAT NEW YEAR

December 11 - Went to the Port this morning and even if I say so myself, "it was cold".  Fished the Port area with no luck, so I went down the Channel.  Got below Marker 75 before I got a bite.  For the day, I landed 3 fish, all about 4 pounds.  Got one on a Mann's, one on a Shallow Running Bomber and one on a Thunder Stick.  Not a great day but much better than the Salmon Season!!!!!  Most everyone had a fish or two.  Looks like it might be a good Striper Season or am I talking too early?

December 8 - Went down the Deep Water Channel again today.  Fished for about 3 hours and landed 6 Stripers.  The largest being about 10 pounds.  Started trolling a  Mann's 15 in Rainbow Trout coloration.  Got one fish about 5 pounds.  Changed to a shallow running Bomber, also in Rainbow Trout.  Trolled in about 7 feet of water and landed 3 fish all around 7 pounds.  Then pulled out into the deeper water and changed to a Mann's Wonder Bread and landed the 10 pounder.  Not a bad morning.

December 8 - Received this email from Jim Wright and thought I would share it with you.

john- havent wrote in a while; salmon fishing was a bust for me this year so i started
after stripers and sturgeon in late october. average results i guess. then last tuesday
we fished down around pittsburg and got into the biggest bunch of sturgeon ive
ever ever seen or imagined. absolutely huge fish jumping all around us. 1 fish jumped
no more than 6 feet behind the boat. it was like fishing the barge hole for salmon and
seeing all the salmon jump; except alot of these fish were surely over 72 in.
did manage to get this one- nice keeper of about 5 feet and 50lbs; ill keep fishing
for them but no more keeping for another year or so. unbelievable day.
jim

December 4 - Went to the Deep Water Channel this morning.  Put in at about 7:45am and by 9:00am I had landed 5 Stripers between 22 and 25 inches and lost one.  I trolled from the Fertilizer plant down past Marker 73.  At that point I turned around and started up the channel.  Went all the way back past Marker 77 with out a touch.  I did try something new this morning.  When I was fishing with John Cullen on Friday, he used a Mann's Tide Water 20+ with a green back and a scale side and bottom.  I was using a Mann's 15+ in a Trout Pattern and we both caught fish.  I had a Mann's Tide Water S11+ in the same color as the lure John was using.  When looking at the two lures, the 15 Trout and the S11 or the 20+, they were almost the same coloration with the exception of the dots on the Trout pattern.  I took a red and a black magic marker and put spots on the S11.  It made it look like a beautiful Rainbow Trout.  That is the lure that worked this morning.  In addition, it already had heavier hooks so I didn't have to change the hooks on it.  By the way, the S11 was diving 14 feet with 100 feet of line out and trolling at 2.5 mph.

December 1 - I went to the Deep Water Channel with John Cullen today.  We got there about 7:30am and left after 2:00pm.  We fished for about 3 hours with only one hit, John landed a striper about 4 pounds.  Then Cajun Bill came up the channel and told us there were lots of fish farther down the channel.  He had two nice fish and he said he had released 5 more.  We went down the channel and ran into the Marco family.  They had a fish on when we came by and said that was their 13th fish for the day.  We put our lines in the water and started trolling.  We went about 200 yards and John got a nice fish about 8 pounds.  After landing that fish we started trolling back up the channel.  John got another hit and as I was pulling my line in, I got a fish as well, a DOUBLE!  After landing both fish we started to troll again.  We landed a total of 8 fish for the day.  Two 8 pounder's, one 7 pounder, three 5 pounder, one about 4 pounder and one just a keeper.  As we started up the Channel, we talked to the Marco's and at that point, they had landed 18 fish.  Had a great day, finally got into some fish and I've got to thank John for being a great Guide.

November 21 - Got up this morning about 3:30am.......Did you ever have the feeling that "today is my lucky day"?  Well, that is the way I felt when I got up.  I went down stairs, put on the coffee, changed my gear around to fish for Salmon, got some sardines, hooked up the boat and off I went, SURE I WAS GOING TO GET A SALMON TODAY!  Got to the gate at Discovery Park and it was opened, another good omen.  Put the boat in the water and was fishing by about 4:15.  Fished the Lower Dredger, the Upper Dredger and was fishing the Island when the sun came up.  At that point, I knew I was in for trouble.  Just above me were the 5 best fishermen on the river.  I kept watching and they didn't get a fish so I knew it was time to go.  When 5 Sea Lions can't get a fish, you know you have no chance.  As I went down stream, two of the Sea Lions followed me to the Upper Dredger and then stayed at the upper end of the river.  I put on a Striper lure, trolled to the Jiboom Street Bridge, packed up and went home.  I did not mark a fish.  I did not see a fish and I did not see the Sea Lions get a fish either.  I am almost at the point that I think the Salmon have forgotten where they were born and will NOT return this year!!!

November 20 - Jack and I went to the Deep Water Channel this morning and tried to catch a Striper.  We trolled from about 7:15am until 10:30am and landed three fish, two of which were keepers about 22 or 23 inches and one about 8 inches.  We hit the water in between tides and the barometer was dropping.  Guess either one could have contributed to our lack luster day.  The important thing is, we got a fish or two and had a good time.  Talked to a few other people on the water and their luck was about the same.  Nothing real exciting but they all had fish.

November 18 - Today was the Washington Outboard Club Striper Derby.  As usual, I did not fish.  Didn't want to be unfair to the other members. Ninety-One members participated and the winning fish was a 36.1 pounder caught drifting minnows.  Congratulations Ted Colfescu for the winning catch.  Guess I should have joined the group, Ted caught my fish!!!


November 16 - Jack Bishop and I went to the Port this morning.  We trolled from about 7:15am until about 11:00am.  Landed 5 Stripers.  Three were cookie cutters, about 6 pounds, one was about 3 pounds and the last was about 3 ounces, no about 14 inches.  We used both Mann's 15's and Broken Back Rebels.  Water temperature was 57 degrees and the weather man made a mistake, no real rain, just a few sprinkles.

November 15 - I didn't go fishing today but I had to relay this story.
A number of people were fishing the Port of Sacramento today.  Cajun Bill, who was fishing alone and who had NO fish, came into the dock to leave and looked back to see Herbie and Ed coming in just behind him.  Herbie, feeling sorry for Bill with no fish and having to take the boat out by himself, offered to go get Cajun's truck and trailer.  He backed the unit down to the dock, got the trailer positioned to receive the boat, applied the parking brake opened the door, got out and walked to the back of the truck to help Cajun load the boat.  Unfortunately, the parking brake doesn't work and when Herbie got to the back of the truck, the truck started to roll back into the water.  Herbie jumped to try to get back to the door but fell into the water.  Cajun seeing that Herbie was not going to be able to get into the truck and stop it's backward slide down the ramp, jumped off the dock, into the water and stopped the truck from rolling farther backward.  At that point, the cab of the truck had 6" or more of water in it, the transmission was under water and the oil pan was also under water.  Finally they got their whit's together, got the boat out of the water and proceeded to discuss the merits of a working parking brake and communication between the owner of the vehicle and the poor guy trying to help.  Guess it was just not Cajun Bill's day.  NO fish, water in the trannie and water in the engine oil!  Hopefully Bill will let the next guy know the BRAKE doesn't work or get the truck himself!!!!

By the way, others did get fish.  Herbie and Ed had at least 3 nice fish, Gene limited out and most others had at least a fish.  Looks like Bill is the only one who needs a lesson.  Maybe he will call Gene to show him a method that works.

November 12 - Jim Marco sent me an email with this information and the picture to the right.  

"23 lb 41inch Sunday at the port"

This is all he said!  Do you think he was trying to tell me something?  Smart Ass!!!!!!


November 9 - I haven't been fishing due to some work I am having done on my home.  I did receive this email from a friend who received it from John Cullen.  Guess John didn't send it to me because he didn't want me to laugh.  I laughed anyway!!!!  John was fishing in the Deep Water Channel and here is his email.

"Got four fish, all just keepers on the Mann's lure, three on the tiger dot and one on the wonderbread. Too much wind, got into a jig bite when I first got there but the school kept moving so fast you couldn't keep up with them. I did get one of the four on the silver hopkins hammered spoon. I almost got run over by one of the Manson Barges, I had my motor shut off and my head down and tying on a leader. I heard some water wooshing but thought a boat was passing. The barge honked, I looked up at this humongus barge bearing down on my and almost shit my pants. Got the motor started and got out of his way. I waved at him to thank him for honking or I would have been run over. Later, got to go bowl. j."


November 6 - As Salmon Season comes to an end, I find myself looking back at the worst year I have had in over 20 years of fishing this area.  Today I went to the American River to try to turn the tide, change my luck, enhance my catch and all that other stuff.  Fished from about 4:30am until about 9:00 and I didn't get a bite.  The good news was I saw 4 fish caught, even though I didn't get one.  The bad news was they were all caught by a Sea Lion.  Didn't mark but a handful of fish and only saw one jump that could have been a Salmon.  Water conditions are good, weather has finally cooperated but still the river only has a handful of Salmon in it.  I am still hoping for a change of luck but I am beginning to think the change will be from fishing for Salmon to fishing for Stripers/Sturgeon.  I have not quit but I am starting to wind down and will be fishing for Stripers tomorrow.  Will be back in the American or Sacramento by the end of the week.

October 30 - Went back to the American River again this morning with David Eyster, boy it was cold.  Fished the Lower Dredger then went up to the Upper Dredger, then came back to the Lower Dredger but had no luck.  We didn't even get a bite.  Did see a few Sea Lions working the area.  There was one fish caught at the Upper Dredger and that was it.  Talked to a few guys while we were cleaning the boat up at the dock and they said 4 or 5 fish were caught at the mouth of the American but not by fisherman.  The Sea Lions were having a field day.  About 4 or 5 were working the mouth of the River and doing quite well.

October 27 - Went back to the American this morning.  Fished the Dredger holes and finally got another Salmon.  Small but never the less a Salmon.  It was about 10 pounds and Brother Ron did a great job of getting it in.  The were a number of fish caught and we saw a number of fish jumping for a change.  I sure hope this is a sign that a run is starting no matter how small it may be.  I understand the Fish and Game has changed their prediction to 90,000 fish in the run instead of 630,000 fish.  Water temperature was 57 degrees.  To the right is a picture of Ron with the catch of the day.

Got a call from Jiggin Gene.  He and Cajun Bill went to the Port and had 3 nice Stripers.  When they called, they were trolling their way back to the dock so they could get the 4th and final fish.

October 26 - Ron and I went to the Port this morning.  Marked lots of fish, just couldn't get them to bite.  We fished until about noon and didn't get a bit.  Really didn't feel too bad because no one else was getting any either.  That is until we talked to John Cullen.  He had landed 3 keepers, the largest 9 pounds.  It is truly a bad story when John Cullen is the top fisherman of the day!!!

October 25 - My Brother Ron came in from Florida and we went to the American this morning.  Not a drop of calm but lots of wind.  We fished the Lower Dredger with no luck then went to the Upper Dredger and make a few passed.  The longer we were there the more wind.  We finally hooked a fish just before the sun came up and it was a nice buck about 13 pounds.  We fished for about another hour and a half and decided the wind had gotten the best of us.  White Caps on the American say, "go home"!, so we did.  To the left is a picture of Ron with the first Salmon that has been put into my boat for over two months.  Thank You Ron providing the opportunity to get the SKUNK off the boat!!!!

October 23 - Went to the New Hope and fished the Mokelumne.  We had heard that they were catching Salmon and Stripers.  Why not?  Two nice Salmon and Two nice Stripers make a nice limit.  Jack and I got there at Dark O'clock and fished until about noon and only got one Striper about 6 pounds.  No other strikes and we saw no other fish.  LOTS of boats.  Bet there were 30 or more boats on the river.  Guess the odds were not good.  Maybe next time.

October 20 - Went to the Deep Water Channel this morning.  Fished for Stripers from about 6:30 until about 9:00 and only got one fish about 14".  The other guys on the river did very well.  John Cullen had one about 8 pounds, Spinner had at least two over 10  pounds, the guy in the MonToc boat had two one about 10 pounds and the other about 15 pounds.  The only guys that didn't have a fish when I  left, were Rick and I and Rick was still fishing.  I'll bet he did not go home skunked.  I'll also bet the other guys got a few more fish as well.   Looks like Stripers are picking up and we just might have a good winter of Striper Fishing.

October 19 - Went back to the American River this morning.  Got SKUNKED again.  There were 6 boats at the Island and only 1 small jack.  At the Dock, there were 3 boats and no fish.  At the Lower Dredger there were 4 boats and no fish.  Finally at the Sacramento, there were 8 boats and no fish.  Interestingly enough, the fishing pressure was light.  Normally there would be 30 or 40 boats in the Sacramento this time of year but not today.  On the other hand, usually there are no Game Wardens in the area but today there were at least 5 of them.  Some on foot, some in two trucks and one getting ready to launch a boat.  For what purpose, I don't know.  Only one person was jigging at the mouth and as I said, NO Fish were caught.  I talked to one of them and he said they were increasing enforcement.  That is the story for the day.  I hope you have better luck than I am having.  Guess I have to change species.

October 16 - Went to the American this morning and fished it from about 4:45 until about 6:15 with no luck at all.  After beating my head against the boat for the last 2 months at the American I thought I would try a different tactic.  Went to the Sacramento and down to the Sacramento Yacht Club.  I have been told some fish were being caught there every day.  Not today, at lease not when I was there.  I fish it until about 10:00 then decided to go home.  I didn't see one fish caught on the American nor did I see on  the Sacramento.  Finally when I got to the dock I saw my first fish of the day.  One of the guys was leaving and had a small Jack.  That is the Story for the day.  Now, I understand, from the F&G that the fish are two weeks away.  I sure hope they are right!!!!

October 13 - Decided to go to the Port this morning.  Did I tell you it was Friday the 13th?  Well, it was!  We got to the Port and the wind was just starting.  We arrived about 6:30am and as we pulled up a big Ship was leaving to go down the channel.  We fished until the white caps started about 8:45, the we went for the dock.  We got one fish about 19" and another about 14" and that was it.  I did hear that a few, very few Salmon had been caught below the Sacramento Yacht Club but I don't know what happened after 9:15.  Hope they had a better day than we had.  Don't mind the rain, nor the snow, nor the hail, not even the fog, but I hate the wind!!!!  Can you tell?

October 12 - Had to publish the email I received from Danny Hayes of Fish-N-Trip Guides,  916-425-3117.  He and his lovely wife Jan went out this morning and she got her first Salmon in Downtown Sactamento.  

Hi,
Finally, we hooked into one on today. My wife Jan & I went out today which is a rare moment in time, because she doesn't much care for fishing. I wanted to show her what a day of salmon fishing was like in downtown Sac. She loved it, with the great views, numerous wildlife and..... after the big fish, she started asking more questions about how to hold her pole & such, it was cute.
It has been slow lately with a few more fish being caught each day. Today though, we only saw 3 other fish caught besides ours, but there weren't many people fishing today either. We hooked the 30 pound buck at l0am on a red double bladed Silvertron at the yacht club. With Jan's broken ribs she recently suffered attending the net and a trip back and forth across the river, we got the sucker in the boat. Just in time too as a seal was heading right for our boat about 30 yards off our port quarter.
Take Care
Danny

PS. To Gary & Denise. This is what we want next Wednesday! See you then.


October 11 - HELP!!!  Has anyone got a TUTORIAL on Salmon identification?  It has been so long since I've seen one, that I'm not sure if I would recognize one if it jumped into the boat.  Anyway, went back to the American River this morning and as usual, NADA.  I am starting to think someone poisoned the river.  I haven seen Carp jumping or anything else for that matter.  Water conditions are OK, 61 degrees and clear.  Guess I just have to wait for the run.  I hope it gets here soon.  I am getting tired of getting skunked.  Won't fish tomorrow but will fish Friday, not for Salmon but for Stripers.  I have got to catch something!!!!!!

October 9 - I'll bet you thought I would go back out for Stripers today but I didn't.  I just have an itch for Salmon.  Went to the American River this morning along with a number of other dummies.  Got there at dark o'clock and immediately felt lucky.  Unfortunately, the fish did not cooperate.  I fished from about 5:00am until about 9:00am without a bite.  The water temperature was 61 degrees, the water was clear and low.  We had company, two mating Sea Lions were running from the Lower Dredger to the Upper Dredger and making lots of noise, making lots of love, splashing and barking all over the place.  Even the Sea Lions could not get a Salmon!!! The moral to this story is, "Stay home, have an intimate moment and forget about the Salmon".

October 6 - Haven't been able to find the Salmon so Jack, Dick and I went Striper fishing this morning.  We went to Hog Back and fished both up the slough and down the slough.  We trolled up and bait fished down.  What a great day.  No matter what we did, it was RIGHT!  We ended the day with 31 keeper Stripers up to about 18 pounds and hooked another 10 to 15 that we either lost or they were not keeper size.  This was the best day fishing I have had in about 10 years.  What a ball!!!!  To the right is a picture of Jack and Dick holding the 5 fish we kept.  Nice stringer isn't it?

September 29 - Took Dick to the Port this morning.  Heard yesterday that there were fish being caught and thought it would be nice to go to the Port for a change.  Guess this was not my lucky day.  Not only did we not get a hit, I lost 3 lures.  I have never lost a lure at the Port so I guess there is a first time for everything.  Just as we were going up the channel to go home, one of the other guys said a boat had burned and sunk just about Marker 75 and that is where I lost the lures.  It appeared that it was covering an area from about 12 feet of water to about 23 feet deep.  Next time I know and I hope you know as well.

September 28 - Lost one yesterday, just had to go back today.  Got to the gate about 4:00 and it was locked.  The only difference today was the other cars with boats waiting ahead of me.  Normally I am the only one there, today, three ahead of me and before the gate was opened, one behind me.  Got on the water about 4:30.  Ran up to the Upper Dredger and made a few passes with no luck.  Then went up to the Island and fished there until sunup.  Then went back down to the Dock.  Made a few passes and finally got a hit.  I set the hook and started a slow retrieve.  Didn't want another long line release.  Got the fish up to the boat and into the net, with a sigh of relief.  A small Jack about 5 pounds.  That was the action for the day.  Water temperature was still 62 degrees.  To the best of my knowledge, no other fish were caught in the American and I was told only one fish was caught in the Sacramento.  There was a very large Sea Lion sitting on the Dock at Old Sacramento.  Guess he couldn't find the fish either.

September 27 - Went to the American River this morning.  The water temperature was 62 degrees and the water was very clear.  I made one pass at the Lower Dredger but didn't mark a thing, nor did I get a hit.  Went up river and made a few passes at the dock with no luck but I did mark a few fish.  Then I went up to the Island and didn't mark anything there either.  As the sun came up , my rod loaded up and I had a fish on .  He made two runs then we, he and I, decided it was time for a Long Line Release.  The popped off and my Flatfish came flying back towards my boat.  Interestingly enough, about that time I saw a good number of fish jumping.  Most of them were from the bottom of the Island to the top of the Upper Dredger.  I made a few more passes with no luck then went back to the Dock.  Marked a good number of fish but couldn't entice a bite.  I know that ONE DAY DOES NOT A RUN MAKE but this was the first time fish were showing and there was one other good sign.  There was one other boat fishing the area and he landed a 32 pounder!!!  Stay tuned, more good news to come.

September 25 - Went to Verona with Jack Bishop thinking we were going to kill the Salmon.  Saturday the fish count was somewhere around 59, so Monday had to be a great day as well.  RIGHT!  WRONG!  We fished from about 5:30 until about 10:00 and didn't get a bite and only heard of one fish out of the 20+ boats on the water.  Water Temperature was 61 Degrees.

September 20 - Didn't go to Woodson Bridge this morning.  My fishing partner's better half had a medical problem and we had to cancel at the last minute.  Did go to the American and did get SKUNKED again!  Didn't see a fish caught and didn't hear of a fish caught.  Water temperature is dropping but still needs to get down another 5 or so degrees.  Need cooler weather.  The Salmon know I am here, they just need an incentive to come up the river.

September 19 - Went to the Port this morning.  It was WINDY!! again.  There were lots of fish in the Port itself.  I could not believe we could not get a bite.  There was not a time when the fish finder did not have fish showing on it.  Fish were in deeper water but seemed to be congregated at the 12 foot to 20 foot level.  Water temperature was 70 degrees.  We banged our heads against the wall for about an hour and a half and then decided to go down the channel.  We started trolling just below the Fertilizer Plant and trolled to the Palm Tree and back.  Again, we marked fish almost all the way down and back.  We tried deep divers, shallow divers and even tried 2 oz of weight in line.  We did manage to land 3 small fish but nothing large enough to keep.  Lots of bait, lots of fish but no takers for out offering.  It is off the Woodson Bridge tomorrow.  Hope it will be better than today.

September 18 - Went to the American River this morning and had another one of those days.  Fished from 5:00 until about 9:30 and couldn't get a bite.  Fished the Lower Dredger, the Upper Dredger, the Island and the area from the Interstate 5 bridge to the Lower Dredger.  Didn't mark but 4 or 5 fish and when I asked the other guys on the river what they were doing, they provided a duplicate of my poor experience.  I do understand the 1 fish was caught in the Sacramento but that was it.

September 14 - Went back to the same spot I fished yesterday.  Dennis and Allen followed me up river.  Trolled the Lower Dredger for about an hour and a half and didn't get a thing.  Dennis and Allen had one nice fish.  Then went up to the Upper Dredger.  Trolled it for about an hour and nothing so went up to the Island.  Have to tell you, IT WAS WINDY!!!!!  Finally I went into the tackle box and found a Pink and Silver Flat Fish that I hadn't used in years.  In fact, so long that it still had single hooks on it from about 5 years ago when the Fish and Game changed the rules and we had to use single hooks with no more that a 3/4 inch gap.  Anyway, I did not change the hooks.  I just put a sardine wrap on it and put it in the water.  Got about half way up the Island and the rod loaded up.  I picked it up, set the hook and the fish took off.  I started to get some line back when he took off again and the line went slack.  Fish Gone!!!  Long Line Release.  Guess I should have changed to treble hooks. No other action.  Fish 1....John 0

September 13 - Guess I am just a die hard.  Went back to the River this morning.  This time I went up the American to the Lower Dredger and started fishing about 5:00 am.  Trolled for about 45 minutes when my rod loaded up.  I set the hook and the fish seemed very lethargic.  I turned the boat to the center of the river and proceeded to pull the fish in.  Got him to the boat when he finally found out he was hooked.  He took off, ran about 40 yards and jumped a total of 5 times.  At one point I thought I was going to loose him.  Finally I got him into the net, a nice 9 pound buck.  Finally I went out and didn't get SKUNKED!!!  I hope that takes the smell off but I didn't mark but 5 fish all morning and only had the one hit.  In addition to my fish, Dennis and Allen landed one about the same size.  I understand one fish was caught in the Sacramento and that was it.  Hope this is the beginning of the run in the American.  Will keep you posted.

September 11 - Went to discovery Park this morning but didn't go up the American River.  Went up the Sacramento and back trolled from the Core of Engineers hole down to Craw Dads.  Then trolled down stream to the I Street Bridge.  No run, no hits, no errors, no fish.  I didn't mark a fish all morning.  Talked to a number of other fishermen and they said the same, no fish.  The water temperature dropped from 72 the other day to 65 degrees today.  That by itself is a good sign.  Fish should start arriving within the next week or so.  I sure am looking forward to a good run!!!!

September 8 - Since I could not find anyone getting any Salmon in the area, I decided to go to the Port and try for Stripers.  Bad decision to try fishing anywhere today.  When I got up at about 5:00 it was beautiful outside.  Now wind, and a full moon.  In addition, the tide at the Port was high and would have a big swing.  Hooked up the boat and went to the Port.  By the time I got to the Port, the wind was blowing.  Thought it might stop because there was no wind at home but I was mistaken.  I got on the water and the water temperature was 72 degrees and the wind was just starting to develop white caps.  After about an hour of fighting the wind, the swells were about 3 feet high and coming over the bow of my boat as I went into them.  Still thinking it would get better, I went down the channel and trolled up the channel with the wind.  It was easier but I didn't get a fish and about 8:00 decided to go home.  One of the worst days on the water all year.  Still nice to get out and commune with nature.

September 5 - Went to the American River this morning.  When I got into the Sacramento River, the water temperature was 71 degrees.  When I got to the Lower Dredger, the temperature was 62 degrees.  Conditions were great but I didn't mark a fish all morning.  I did hear of one fish caught at the mouth on a jig.  Not a good report but believe me the reports will get better.

August 30 - Sorry for the long period between reports but Toni and I went on vacation and have been in Florida and Georgia for the last two weeks.  this morning I got up about 2:30am, still on east coast time, tossed and turned until about 3:00 and finally got up, made the coffee, hooked up the boat and off to the river.  I was fishing the American River by about 4:00am.  When I left the dock at Discovery Park, the water temperature in the Sacramento was 69 degrees.  When I got up the American, it was 62 degrees.  The water conditions were beautiful but I fished from about 4:15am until abut 9:00 and didn't get a bite and didn't see a fish on the finder.  I was beginning to wonder if my finder was working.  Anyway, no fish today.  This is not uncommon for this time of the year.  Fish don't seem to get into the river in numbers until after September 15, then watch out!  If I were a betting person, I would say the fish should be here sometime between September 15 and October 1.  Won't be out until next Tuesday.  Won't fight the crowds over the Holiday Weekend.  

August 11 - I didn't go out this morning but Jack Bishop and his buddy Gary did.  Reveived the email below and picture to the right.

John ---We started at the top dredger and trolled up to dock picked up and went to the island. We did see a couple of fish roll and marked a couple by the dock but no hits. We trolled the area back down to through the lower dredger and I had one good hit at the bamboo. We picked up(8:00AM) and went down to the mouth. We dropped anchor just below the mouth and fished until 11:00AM. I got the one shown a 15 lb, bright hen. Gary had 2 more solid strikes but they didn't stick. Thats it for the day....
Jackson

Great job, Jackson!!!!

August 9 - Went to the river again this morning.  Got there just as the ranger was opening the gate.  Put the boat in the water and was fishing by 4:30.  Trolled the Lower Dredger, the Upper Dredger, the Island, the Upper Dredger, the Lower Dredger and then went home.  I marked about 3 fish and didn't see a fish caught.  I did talk to Dennis on the way out.  He was fishing the Sacramento and his fishing partner got one about 25 pounds.  He told me one other fish was caught in the Sac and that was it.  Guess you just have to catch a School moving through.  It is very sporadic this time of year and if you get a fish or two, consider yourself lucky.  I do!!

August 7 - Boy, when I have a bad day, I really have a bad day.  Got up this morning at about 2:45am with the fragrant aroma of freshly brewed coffee.  I got dressed and went down stairs to fill my thermos when I saw the biggest mess I have seen in a long time.  When the coffee was prepared, last night, forgot to put in the filter basket.  I had about 1/2 pot of coffee and the other half was all over the counter.  When I tried to take the used coffee out of the maker the filter broke and I had grinds all over the kitchen.  Sat there looking at the mess and thought for a minute about staying home.  No chance, I went out to the garage, backed the truck out, hooked up the boat and off I went.  Got to Discovery Park at about 3:20am.  The gate was in a funny position.  It was half way open with the chain draging on the ground, not they way it usually is.  I went through the gate and as I went down the far side of the bridge, a light reflected off the boat windshield and it appeared to be cracked.  Got to the staging area and sure enough, I guess someone kicked up a rock on the interstate and cracked the center section of the boat windshield.  By the way, also as I got to the other side of the bridge, I saw a lot of lights in the dock area.  The entire dock area was full of people, police, media, and a few fisherman.  Apparently 4 guys were anchored up fishing about 100 yards above the I Street Bridge when a Ski Boat came flying up river, ran right up the stern of the anchored boat and over the bow and didn't stop.  In the process, one of the fisherman was seriously hurt.  The police thought he was either caught by the skag on the bottom of the boat or the prop got him.  They said it was serious enough that he might not make it.  The Police said they were waiting for their boat and would appreciate my help in going up stream and looking for the other boat.  I went up river to the Crawdad's Marina and went through the boats there.  As I came out of the marina, I got my 1,000,000 candle power light so I could see the shore, only to find that the battery was dead and I had no way to charge it.  I went through the Virgin Sturgeon and then returned to the dock to report to the Police.  With that, I went up the American to see if I could get a Salmon.  In addition to everything else, the wind was terrible, probably about 20 miles and hour and that really screws up a trolling pattern when you are trying to troll at about 1/2 mph.  I trolled through the Lower Dredger.  Pulled up and trolled through the Upper Dredger.  Then went up to the Island.  On my second pass at the Island, another boat came up behind me and guess what, RIGHT, he caught a nice fish that appeared to be about 15 pounds.  I couldn't get a bite.  I trolled all the way back down to the bottom of the Lower Dredger without a touch and pulled things up to go home.  Got to the dock and couldn't even get my boat on the trailer the first try.  I guess I should have stayed home as I considered as I was cleaning up the coffee.  That was my morning.  It was now about 9:30 and my day was already a disaster.  Got home without any other problems and NO FISH.  Just not my day.

August 4 - Well I guess you can't have your cake and eat it!!!  Today I met Freddy at Discovery Park at 4:00am.  The gate was open and I went flying through, met Freddy and we were up the American fishing at abut 4:30.  We fished the Lower Dredger, the Upper Dredger, the Island and the Sacramento without a bite.  That just goes to show you, you can fish with the best and still get skunked.  Fish with Freddy, the gate is open and no fish.  Fish with Jack and you need to wait for the gate to open but, NO SKUNK.

August 2 - Went back to the American River this morning.  This time I had company, Jack Bishop.  We went up the  Dredger and started fishing about 4:30am.  Jack was trolling a Glow in the Dark Spinner and I was using my lighted Kwik Fish.  We made a few passes and marked a few fish but not like it was yesterday.  Finally we moved farther up stream and on our first pass just below the Island, Jack hooked a fish.  He played with it for a while, while I got the net ready and we landed a nice 9 pound hen.  Small but lovely!!!!  We continued to fish until about 9:30am and didn't get another fish.  We did see another boat in the Lower Dredger that had one fish and we talked to Big Al in the Sac and he had one.  There were also a few fish caught by the jiggers at the mouth of the American.  Don't know the water temp in the Sac but in the American it was 60 degrees.

August 1 - Went back to the American River this morning.  Slept in, didn't arrive at the gate until 4:40am.  Put the boat in and went up to the Dredger.  Put a lighted Kwik Fish with a sardine wrap in the water and started to troll up stream. Didn't get more than 100 yards and I felt a tap-tap, like I was hitting the bottom but I knew I was about 3 feet higher than the bottom.  Then, my rod loaded up and I had a fish on.  He lead me on up, down and around.  He went under my kicker motor and under the boat and finally he started to get tired.  I lifted the motor to get the line free and he fish took off.  I got him up to the boat and he decided to give me a bath, then took off again.  Finally after about 15 minutes I got him back up to the boat and into the net.  A nice 16 pound buck.  I marked lots of fish and saw a good number jumping.  Finally about 8:30 I decided it was time to go home. I put on a spinner, started at the Trailer Park and went down stream.  Just below the Clay Banks, my rod loaded up again.  This time I got out into the center of the river and played with her for about 10 minutes.  She finally laid on her side and I slipped the net under her.  A nice hen about 14 pounds.  I had one other hit but it did not stick.  Not a bad morning for the 1st of August if I say so myself.  Hope this is an indication that the run might be longer than normal and last from now until December.  Will keep you posted.

July 27 - Jack Bishop and I went to Discovery Park this morning.  We got there about 4:15am and expected the gate to be opened.  No such luck.  We waited until 4:45am before the Ranger got there to open the gate.  It seems that I don't have this problem except when Jack is with me.  He got in yesterday about 4:15 and I was not with him.  Anyway, we went directly to the American River, went up to the Lower Dredger and started my normal troll.  We trolled up the  Trailer Park and back without as much as a nibble.  Then we pulled up our lines and went to the Sacramento River.  When we got to the mouth of the American, there was a little kid, trying his best to land a nice fish.  Apparently he was jigging and hook a nice one.  We continued down to the bottom of the color line from the American River and dropped our anchor in an area where there were 4 other boats.  After about two hours and not seeing another fish caught, we moved down to the I Street Bridge.  Finally about 9:45 and no bites we decided to go home.  On the way back to the dock, we saw one guy with a fish.  Total for the day, 2 Salmon and none of them in my boat.  I guess I am going to have to stop using my detractors.

July 20 - Went to the Port this morning with John Cullen.  Thought there might be some Stripers way down the Channel.  We left the Port at about 6:10am and went 15 miles down the Channel before we put our lines in the water.  We trolled for about 5 miles and didn't get a hit, didn't see a fish roll and didn't see a boil.  Finally we pulled up our line and started up the Channel.  About half way back, I saw a boil.  I pulled back on the throttle, put the shifter in reverse and gave it some gas.  We stopped about 40 feet from the boil and then the boil disappeared.  We jigged for a while and threw swim baits but no luck.  Then we pulled up and went to marker 73 and started trolling.  I got one fish on about 6 inches and John has two relatively good hits but that was it.  Down the Channel the water was really dirty, we could only see about 6" under the water.  Temperature was about 79 degrees both down the Channel and at the Port itself.  The water was much cleaner from marker 73 up.  Guess it just was not our day!!

July 17 - Well, the Sacramento River opened for Salmon fishing yesterday and I thought better of going down to fight the crowds.  Did go down this morning.  In the past, we would fish the American until dawn then go to the Sacramento for the rest of the morning.  This was a successful method so I thought that is what I would do today.  I got to the Lower Dredger about 4:15am and fished it until about 6:00.  Water temperature was 64 and I didn't get a bite.  Then went down to the mouth of the American.  About 9 boats all bunched together jigging.  I was told they had 4 fish.  I went out in the Sacramento and trolled until about 8:15 and again didn't get a bit.  Water Temperature 68.  I did talk to a guy who said he did well on Sunday.  He said he and two other guys anchored and hooked 8 fish but only landed one.  In addition I understand on other fish was caught trolling on Sunday.  Not a good report but it will do nothing but get better.  Has no place to go but up!!!!!

July 14 - Went back to the American River this morning.  Was on the water just a little after 4:00am.  Went straight to the Lower Dredger and started trolling.  It was a beautiful morning with water temperature about 62 degrees and a slight breeze.  Trolled until about 6:00 and Jack called, he was at the dock and ready to come up river.  Told him it was SLOW!  He came up and we trolled for another hour or so and he left and went to the Sacramento River to try for some Stripers.  I stayed and trolled until about 9:00 without a hit.  I only saw one nice fish jump but did see Beavers all over the place.  Too bad they were not fish, I could have had a field day.  Anyway, left with another SKUNK.  Hopefully next week will bring big schools to the Sacramento River.  Remember Sunday, July 16 is opening day on the Sac.

July 11 - Sorry for the long absence but we had a death in the family and were out of the state for the last 10 days.  Did get a chance to get on the water this morning.  Jack Bishop and I went to the American River to try for some Salmon.  We got to Discovery Park at about 4:15am and waited until long after 5:00 for the Ranger to open the gate.  No such luck.  At 5:15 there were 5 vehicles waiting to get into the Park.  Finally the trash man, who was waiting to empty the trash in the park tried all his keys and finally found one that opened the gate.  We went directly to the dock an put the boat in.  Went up to the Lower Dredger put out one double bladed glow in the dark spinner and one Bob Spare Radical Glow spinner.  Went from the bottom of the Lower Dredger to the Clay Banks without a touch.  Turned around and started back.  Went past the Clay Banks and started down  the long flat when my rod loaded up.  At first I didn't think it was a fish, then the rod began to pump slowly.  Finally I set the hook and sure enough I had a fish.  The fish was rather lathargic at first but when I got it to the boat he finally realized he was hooked.  He made a few runs and splashed water on both Jack and I and finally we got him into the net.  A nice 19.2 pound Buck thanks to the Radical Glow Spinner.  We made another pass and Jacks rod loaded up.  First we thought maybe a fish, then maybe a snag, then something else.  As Jack's lure got closed to the boat, we could see a lot of foreign line and a rod tip.  When we got it to the boat, he had hooked some line with a rod and reel attached to it.  We made another pass and Jack got one light hit and that was it.  About 8:30 we went to the Sacramento River to fish for some Stripers.  By about 10:00 we had gone through 2 pounds of bait, landed an enormous number of fish but had no keepers.  We pulled our anchor and went home.  To the right is my first Salmon of the year.

June 27 - Went to New Hogan Reservoir this morning to fish for some Stripers.  We had reports that the Stripers were starting to hit so we packed things up and went south.  We started fishing about 6:00am and fished until abut 10:00.  No sooner did we put our lines in the water and one of the down riggers unloaded.  By the time we figured out what was going on, the fish was gone.  We fished the area around the Dam and with no other luck then went on to the narrows.  There, one of our top water lines went off and by the time Fred handed me the rod, the fish was gone.  Score, Fish 2, us 0.  Then about 30 minutes later, one of the outriggers went off.  This one did not get away.  We landed an nice fish about 6 pounds and that was the action for the day.  Water temperature was 81.8 degrees.  Better than bath water and the lake as in beautiful shape.  

June 26 - Went to the Port of Sacramento this morning.  Hot day so I got there about 5:00am and as I was putting the boat in the water there were several bait boils in the turning basin.  Some of the boils were very large.  I was really impressed and excited because usually boils mean big fish are chasing the bait to the surface so that they can go on a feeding frenzy.  Well I got my gear ready and got on the water as quickly as I could and immediately made my way to one of the bigger boils.  I followed the boils for about three hours.  I casted swim baits, crank baits, eels, jigs and everything else I had in my arsenal.  I trolled deep diving lures, shallow running lures and even pulled Fish Traps.  Nothing worked.  At the end of the day, the fish had outsmarted my everything.  I could not get a bite.  Finally about 9:30am I packed it in and went home.  The water conditions were good, temperature 77 degrees and viability about 3 feet.  Another SKUNK for the RiverRat.

June 21 - Went to Verona with David Eyster.  Initially we went up river to the mouth of the Feather River.  We fished for about two hours, used 2 pounds of bait and got one keeper.  Then we moved down river to the Wing Dams.  There we used another 2 pounds of bait and got 2 more keepers.  In both places, little fish were killing us.  No telling how many little guys we landed but as stated above, we did get 3 nice fish.  The smallest was about 4 pounds and the largest about 9 pounds.  Had a great day and we were grateful for the northern breeze.  Without it we would have left about 9:00 am.  The stomach of the largest fish was very interesting.  He had 3 crawdads in his belly.  All three had only one claw and were very freshly eaten.  The were not decomposed at all.  Maybe next time will use crawdads.

June 20 - Went to the American River this morning.  Trolled from the mouth of the American all the wayt past the Business 80 Bridge.  Even fished under the Black Bridge for a while but in no case did i get a bite.  I saw three other boats trying the same thing I did and they didn't get anything either.  I tried for Shad but didn't get anything.  The water temperature was 56 degrees and the water conditions were great.  Will try Verona tomorrow.  Maybe that will change my luck.

June 15 - Went to Discovery Park this morning and went to my favorite spot just down river and on the Yolo side.  Fished for about 3 hours and no keepers.  Got a lot of fish about 8" to 14" but nothing anywhere close to a keeper.  I even fished for Shad for a while but couldn't get a Shad either.  I did move farther down stream and to the Sacramento side of the river and it was not any better.  I saw on Striper caught about 8 pounds and even the Shad guys didn't get anything.  Water temperature was 64 degrees and the water seemed a little muddy.  I don't know why it was dirty but it was.  That is the report for the day, SKUNKED again!!

June 8 - Went to the Sacramento River this morning.  Went down river to the three  pilings on the Yolo side of the river, about half way to the pumps and anchored out about 30 feet from shore in about 13 feet of water.  I got a lot of bait stealers but not keeper and went through 3 pounds of bait.  On the other hand, some of the locals pulled up along side of me to the outside and started casting for Shad.  They got there about 8:00 and when I left, they had landed about 40 Shad.  They seemed to be the spotters because as soon as they started to get fish another 4 boats pulled up and got in line just up river from them and directly in line of them.  Each of the other boats had the same luck.  I would estimate they each had about 20 to 30 fish.  Guess I should have been fishing for Shad.

June 5 - Went to the Sacramento River this morning.  Anchored and caught a few small fish and then was joined by Nick Garcia and his buddy Fred.  We fished across from the boar ramp at Discovery for about 2 hours and then I moved down river.  After about 45 minutes, Nick parked next to me again.  I got a few small fish and Nick got one about 4 pounds.  He would not let Fred get a fish.  Finally about 10:00 I packed it in and went back to the dock.  Didn't see but one fish caught and it was caught by Nick in my secret hole.

June 1 - Went to the river this morning.  Got there about 5:15am and got right on the water.  Water temp was 62 degrees.  Went below the Noah's Arc and fished for about an hour, got 4 fish but didn't get any keepers.  Then moved up to the other side of the river just below the sandy beach.  Landed about 15 fish, of which 5 were in the 3 to 5 pound range and the others were below 18".  Then Herbie and Cajun pulled up and Herbie got one about 19".  Finally about 10:30 I packed up and went home.

May 30 - Had a good time this morning even though I did not get a lot of fish. I
got up early and went up the American River. The river is in beautiful shape, clear, 53 degrees (a little cool) and running just a little higher than a normal year. I trolled from Discovery Park up to the black bridge and didn't get a hit. Then I anchored and tried throwing shad darts, nothing. Came back to the Sacramento River and fished the Yolo side with bait and got 5 small fish, three were keepers but just barely and the 14 pounder to the left. There were a lot of Sacramento Pike and the water had dropped about 4 feet from where it was on Friday. I was fishing in 7.5 feet of water and the temp was 59 degrees. Still a little color to the water but it was very fishable.

May 26 - Jack, Dick and I went to the Sacramento River this morning. We fished from about 6:45 until about 11:00am. had a few little fish but not keepers. At one point, there were 12 boats in our immediate area and we only saw 2 keepers caught. Not a very good day but it was just great being on the river.
May 25 - Went back to my same spot at Discovery Park. I was there for about an hour and had landed two small fish when Ed came motoring up and immediately after Herbie pulled up. Herb pulled to the inside of me and Ed pulled to the outside of me. Right after they got there, I landed another fish about 18 1/2". That was the action for the day. As soon as they arrived, the fish stopped biting. I don't know if it was Herbie or Ed but someone had the jinks on them. If it were not for the people fishing the bank, we would not have seen anyone get a fish at all. There were one or two Shad caught at the pilings across from the launch ramp but other than that, no action at all. Dennis DeVega did get one fish 21 inches but I don't know where he got it. He seemed to want to keep the location a secret. If you see Dennis try to find out where he was fishing and let me know. I will post it on the site.
May 24 - Went to Discovery Park this morning. Anchored in 12 feet of water, about 30 feet from the bank with a very slow current. Took out my sardines and

started fishing. Caught a few little guys while the boat next to me landed 2 nice fish about 6 pounds each. Then I looked behind me and another boat had landed two fish, also about about 6 pounds each. Finally it came to be my turn and I got my nice fish. It was a typical Striper bite. The rod lifted up then went directly down. I set the hook and I had a real fight on my hands. Finally I landed a nice 12 pounder. I got a few more little guys then it was 10:00am and time to go home. Water temperature was 59 degrees and the water had a little color. Guess the rain muddied it up.
May 18 - Went back to the same spot but this time I anchored where Jack Bishop anchored yesterday. Today was not as nice as yesterday. A little windy and a little cooler. I fished from 4:30am until about 10:00 and landed a number of small fish and one about 5 pounds. Frank didn't get any keepers today but one of the boats just up river about 200 yards knocked the snot out of them. By 9:00 two guys landed 9 fish all between 5 and 7 pounds. I go out the fish are in. I go in the fish are out. I go up the fish are down. I go down the fish are up. Boy, I just can't win. Guess I will have to wait until next week. Got things to do tomorrow and have some remodeling going on out Monday and Tuesday, so Wednesday will be my next outing.
May 17 - Started today as I did yesterday, on the water by 4:45am and fished until about 10:00am. I got on the water while it was dark and fished until about 6:00 before getting my first bite. It as about 13" but it was a fish. Soon after Jack Bishop pulled up, anchored on the inside of me and immediately started to catch fish. He landed about 7 nice keepers, all between 6 and 8 pounds. All the while, I landed a bunch of little guys. None over 16 inches. In addition, Frank Brazil landed two nice fish, one about 5 pounds and the other about 9 pounds. At lease I got to watch.
May 16 - Woke up this morning at about 4:00am and just tossed and turned. Finally about 4:30 I got out of bed, put the coffee on and got the boat ready to go to Discovery Park. Have you ever had that lucky feeling? Well, I did this morning and I took advantage of it by going to the river. Unfortunately, my luck was bad. I fished from about 5:30am until about 10:00am and only got three fish, none more than 14 inches. There were lots of boats and the water was not in bad shape. It was high but relatively clear and 56 degrees. I only saw one boat with fish and they had FISH!!! Three guys in a Trophy and 6 nice fish, the largest about 10 pounds. They were soaking bait on the Yolo side of the river, right across from the launch ramp. Won't be fishing the rest of the week. Got many things to get done. Will post any reports I get via email.
May 15 - Finally got a chance go to the Feather River. Put in at Marysville and first went down stream. What a load of boats. From the mouth of the Yuba River to the Shanghai Rapids there were more than 30 boats. Unfortunately, we did not see a fish landed all morning. We trolled for about 15 miles but could not entice a good strike. We did see 4 fish on stringers but the action was SLOW! Finally we went up stream to the Mile Hole and had the same luck. We only got one bite and that one did not stick. The water temperature was 54 degrees and the water was relatively clear but fast, about 3.5 miles per hour. Hope to do better on the next outing.
May 11 - Got this email from Chris. Looks like Stripers are all over the Feather.
Hey, John have you tried the Feather. I've been launching at the launch ramp near Marysville and have been doing excellent trolling Red Fin Cotton Cordell's and DJ30 Rebel's. Yesterday we fished for 3 hrs and landed three keepers we let go and had one break the split ring on the lure. Lot's of people were catching fish. I fished there last Saturday too, we landed 6 fish up to 9.5 lbs. The ramp can get crowded so get there early.
May 9 - Went to Verona this morning with Jack and Dick. We put the boat in and went up to the mouth of the Feather River. Fished there for about 2 hours. Got one 14" Striper and one 17.5" Striper and that was it. Pulled anchor and went up the Sacramento River to Sacramento Slough. The water was really in pretty good shape considering the flows. We anchored in two places and didn' t get another bite. The day was beautiful but the fish just were not cooperating. We left around noon, SKUNKED.
May 8 - Went to the Port early this morning. Was on the water before 6:00am and fished until almost noon. The water conditions were OK but there were some areas of concern. First, there was a thermocline at about 20 feet. Second, the weeds were terrible. There was a blanket of weeds from the bottom up about 4 to 6 feet. In addition, around the banks the weeds were in about 6 to 7 feet of water, eliminating trolling in the real shallow water. Last, the water was green..green. I would assume we are going to have a major algae bloom very soon. If we do have a bloom, it will absorb the oxygen and the fish will leave for water that is breathable. All this just to say, I did not get a fish, nor did I get a bite.
May 1 - Boy, I would not have thought that I would pick up where I left off but I did. I went to the Port this morning and fished from about 5:15am until about 11:30am. As I did in my last outing in Georgia, I did not get a bite. I marked a lot of fish in the turning basin and marked a lot of bait as well. I just could not get them to bite. Water temperature was 65 and the weather was just beautiful. I talked to 5 other fishermen and no one had a fish. Can't wait for the Sacramento River to slow down and clear so we can get some real action.
April 23-24-25 - Went on my annual trip to Lake Lanier Georgia. This year, my younger Brother could not make it due to a medical problem but my Brother Andy and I went back to the lake to fish with Line Sides Outfitters, Dale Sheets. We were really pumped up because the weather was just beautiful and we both had that lucky feeling. We met Dale at the ramp at 6:30am on Monday the 23rd and

were on our way to the area where Dale had been getting fish for the last week. The first thing he said was, "the water has really warmed up and we might have problems finding fish". Well, he was right. The water temperature was in the low 70's and was warming. They had been fishing the shallows but due to temperature, Dale was concerned that they had moved to deeper cooler water. In addition, they have a lot of Alligator Gars in the Lake and when the water gets warm the Gars get active. They will grab your bait with their sword and try to kill it and eat it. Interestingly enough, there was a guy called the Alligator Gar man who developed a lure to catch the damn things. He uses a piece of nylon rope that he frays and adds a lead head to it. Primarily he sight fishes and when he see a Gar, the casts to it. No I did not forget the hook, he doesn't use one. when the gar hits the rope he teeth bet tangled in the threads and he can't get out. It was interesting and some day I will go back and try Gar fishing. Now back to our fishing. We were trolling Gizzard Shad about 8" long. Fishing was slow. A number of times, we could see fish chasing our bait but for some reason they just would hot hit it like the meant it. They seemed to be playing with it. Finally Andy got one who seemed to be serious and he took the bait. After about 5 minutes, he landed this nice 15.5 pound buck. Now it was my turn. Andy got the fish around noon and we didn't get another bite all day. We marked a lot of fish and had a few chase our bait but not takers.
Tuesday - was also a beautiful day and we again had that lucky feeling. We fished for about 3 hours before finally I got something to be a little aggressive

and he took my Shad and I had a great fight on my hands. After a few minutes, I landed this nice 13 pounder. Boy, it was a long time between bites. Dale was working his tail off but we just could not get the fish to cooperate. Both fish we had landed were full of sperm so we decided to go up the lake to the Chesiti River, where we thought there might be some big fish going up river thinking they could spawn. Unfortunately, the rivers that feed Lake Lanier are not long enough or deep enough to have a successful

spawn but the fish still try. The migrate up river each spring. Anyway, Dale opened the throttle and wer ran for abut 30 minutes at full speed. Finally the water started to shallow and he slowed down and continuted up the river. It was a beautiful area, much like the upper parts of the Feather River. We were running in about 3 feet of water for about 3 or more mile and finally we put out some bait. We trolled against the current for some time. At times, the prop would hit the bottom and twice we bottomed out. We rocked the boat and finally got it loose, only to do it again. Got nothing going up stream so Dale decided to start back. We trolled some nice areas that I would nave bet held fish but nothing. Finally, one of the baits started to go crazy. A Striper was following it and he was hungry. The fish hit and Andy was fighting a nice 14 pounder. Now we thought our luck had changed and we were going to start getting more fish. No such luck, at least not in the river. We trolled the river for a little while longer and decided to get back to the lake. When we got back to the lake we were marking a lot of fish but strangely enough, they were all in water between 20 and 30 feet deep and would move up to no more than 15 feet before the went back down. Usually at this time of year, we fish the top 3 feet of water but that depth was devoid of life. Dale decided to do some down rodding. We put 2 oz of weight at the end of the line then used a 4

foot leader to the hood and put on a live Shad. We dropped the line down to about 18 feet and put the rod in the holder. Now, using the electric moter, Dale would move over the fish. On the fish finder, you could watch the fish on the bottom in 25 feet of water. Then they would start up towards the top and return to the bottom after moving up 10 to 15 feet. We could see our bait on the finder and would try to keep the bait at or near the area where the fish were turning around to

return to the bottom. This was a new experience for me. I had not fished bait or minnows, while watching the fish come up to my bait and then just shrug it off. Dale was getting excited and finally we got a hit. The rod tip went into the water and the fish started to strip line. My turn, I landed a nice 12 pounder. The action was not hot and heave but Dale was giving us a show. He was getting so excited watching the fish finder that you could not help but get involved in his enthusiasm. We fished this area until it was time to quit for the day and landed one more fish. Andy got a nice 14.5 pounder. It really was a kick fishing that way. You could actually watch the fish come up for the bait and snub it. I am going to try that in the Sacramento River.
Wednesday - Dale was really disappointed with our success so he decided to try another area. We must have fished 10 different spots and could not buy a bite. We went East, West, North and South. Then to make our luck worse, the weather started to change and we got some HEAVY rain. We got off the lake about 2:30pm and didn't get a bite. Never the less, we had a great time and look forward to our next trip to Lake Lanier.
April 27 - Jack, Dick and Fred went to Miner Slough to soak some bait for

Stripers. Apparently the had a decent day, they kept 6 fish. Not big but fish never the less. They were fishing just about Cache Slough and had a good time landing a good number of fish. Jack said they used 3 pounds of bait and had a great time. To the right is a picture of their catch.
April 29 - Fred took Jack and Dick to New Hogan. They trolled

the narrows and only got 3 bites. Guess that is the bad news. The good news is they landed all three fish. New Hogan is just starting and it will do nothing but get better. Fred Thomason, Last Cast Guides knows the lake better than anyone I know and he seems to always get a few fish even if the fishing is tough. To the left is their New Hogan catch.
April 20 - Went back to the Deep Water Channel again this morning. Got there about 6:15am and got right down to business. I guess it was Monkey Business because between 6:15 and 11:30, I didn't get a bite. I talked to 5 other guys and their luck was the same. The water conditions were great and the temperature was 59 degrees. Bright sun and no wind. It was smooth as silk. Maybe the fish are finally getting into their spawning routine. They may be moving down the channel and then up the Sacramento River to spawn. Now if the others would cooperate, lower the water levels and open the ramps on the Sacramento, we may be able to get some Spring Fishing done. I am off to Lake Lanier for my annual trip so no reports until I get back.
April 18 - Went back to the Deep Water Channel this morning with Jack and Dick. We fished from about 7:00 am until just about 12:30 pm and didn't do a thing. Jack landed two small fish and lost one. The one he lost straightened the hook!!!! We only heard of 1 fish caught but it was suppose to be 46 pounds. On of the other guys saw the fish and took a picture of it but I did not see it. Keven told me they got 26 Stripers yesterday, right where we were fishing but today he didn't have any luck either. It was cool, windy and the water temp fell to 55 degrees. Guess you can't win them all. Maybe next time!
April 14 - Had another great day today. Jack and I went back to the Port this

morning and went down the Channel about 15 miles. We fished a couple of spots on the way down with no luck but when we reached the 15 mile point our luck changed. When

we put our lures in the water, the fish seemed to believe it was a great feast. We didn't go 100 yards and we had a fish on. The first one was a Squaw Fish that was bigger than any I have ever seen. Take a look at the left! Then the Stripers started to hit. We were trolling in shallow water, I with a Bomber and Jack with a lure that looked something like a Broken Back Rebel but had a rattle that was twice as loud. We

fished that area from about 9;00am until about 12:30 and landed over 25 nice Stripers, the largest about 7

pounds. At one point we had a double and landed them both, at left. Jack was the big winner today. He not only got the largest fish but also got the most fish. What a kick when the fish cooperate. The weather was beautiful, no wind and the water temperature was 58 degrees. What a great two days, especially after all the bad weather we have had to endure. By the way, we were not the only ones with good luck. Kevin and his buddies got more fish than we did. They landed 29 fish, that was the count as we were leaving. Spinner had one nice fish, looked to be about 8 or 10 pounds and he had landed 4 others. Guess it was a good day for all!!
April 13 - Finally got a day that was fishable. In fact, it was just beautiful. Sunny, warm and a little breeze. Just enough breeze to make it difficult to troll but who cares, we were on the water. Went to the Port and started trolling right at the dock and trolled for about 5 miles down the channel until Bob Davies came by and said he got a few small fish farther down the Channel. We ran down about 4 miles and started trolling again. Now for the part I like best!!!! John Cullen was coming up the Channel and I had Jiggin Gene on the Cell Phone when, guess what? Right, my rod loaded up and a fish was taking line out like gang busters. By the time I closed the phone, put it in my pocket and picked up the rod the

fish had taken 100 feet of line, was close to under John's boat and was still running. Now you say, how do you know 100 feet of line. I respond, use a line counter on my reel! Fought the fish and got it up to the boat but could not net it. It made another run of 120 feet and another of 60 feet and finally we got it in the net. Had a hell of a time getting the hooks out and tried to revive the fish so we could put it back. Tried for about 5 minutes and finally let the fish go and it started down then rolled over, went under the boat and came up on the other side. I guess I took too much out of it, so I re-netted it and put it on a stringer. Too bad......the fish was 29.7 pounds and I really wanted to release it. Take a look to the right. What a nice fish. In addition, the Marco's had one about 32 pounds. We landed one other small guy and lost one small guy and that was it for the day. Not a bad day even if I say so myself.
April 6 - Went down to the Port this morning with Jack Bishop. I had a Secret Weapon I wanted to try and I use if from abut 9:00am until about 11:00am before changing to a Bomber. Yes, my Secret Weapon is still a Secret, even to the fish. We could not buy a bite. Anyway, I put on a Bomber and Jack put on a Pucci Pulse-Raiser. He no sooner put it in the water and he had a fish. A good fish at that. After about 5 minutes of fighting, Jack landed a nice 17 pound Striper. The first fish we have got on a Pulse-Raiser. We trolled for about another half hour and I got a major strike. The fish started to pull line and I thought it was going to get into another boats prop so I asked the other boat to pull our and he did. After a great fight, I landed a 22 pound Striper. Shortly after I landed my fish, one of the other boats hooked into a nice one. Actually the nicest fish of the day. When all was said and done, Doris Blound the sister of one of the WOC Members, landed a 25 pound, 40 inch Striper. In addition, Ron Carli landed over 25 Bass and a number of Stripers. Great job Ron. Below are the fish of the day. Jack on the left, Doris in the middle and yours truly on the right. Not a bad day!!

March 26 - Sitting around this morning when Jack called, "get a jacket, we're going to the lake. Fifteen minutes later I was in his truck on my way to Folsom. We put in at Dyke 8 and fished from the ramp to the dam, then across the face of the dam and back. Made a few passes in front of the dam then the wind came up. The longer we were there, the windier it got. After about 3 hours of fighting the wind without a fish, we decided it was time to go home. Skunked again!!!
March 22 - Long time between outings but finally got out today. Jiggin Gene and

I went to the Port and TROLLED the Deep Water Channel. Not a great day but did get a few fish. We landed 6 fish, two were keepers. Now, Gene would like you to believe he got all 6 but in reality he got 4, one keeper and I got 2, 1 keeper. Not many fish caught but I understand Spinner, Gene's Son, got one about 15 pounds at about 5:00pm. In addition, Dick and Jack went down to Miner Slough and they landed two fish, one about 8 pounds and the other about 5 pounds. To the right is a picture of Jiggin Gene with the two fish we kept.
February 24 - Dick and I went back to the Port this morning. We didn't play around, we went down the Channel to the spot where we got the fish on Wednesday. The only problem was, as we rounded the Turning Basin we saw a new ship at the dock at the Fertilizer Plant. In addition, there was lots of debris in the water. I guess the debris was churned up by the ship. The water was off color and the temperature was 50 degrees. Never the less, we went down the Channel and started to troll. I used a Mann's 15 and Dick used the Cotton Cordell. We landed one fish, 22 inches and lost two others. We talked to Gene, Spinner, Cajun and a few others and the score was about the same. One or two keepers and not much action. Appears the ship created a problem for all of us. Anyway, it was a beautiful day to be on the river and we even got one nice fish.
February 22 - FINALLY got a chance to get back on the water. Jack Bishop, Dick Rysavy and I

went to the Port this morning. We started trolling right at the dock but didn't have any luck in the turning basin. Went down past the Fertilizer Plant and Jack landed one but not a lot of action. Then went down to light 73 and started trolling down the channel. Boy!!!!! our luck changed. We caught so many fish, we lost count. Somewhere between 15 and 20 but nothing larger than about 9 pounds. Jack had the lucky rod early, then me, then Dick. Had just a great day. Seems like white was the color for the day. I was using a Wonder Bread and both Dick and Jack were using a Cotton Cordell deep diver, read head and white body. Water temperature was 49 degrees, water was relatively clear and the sun was just beautiful. Jiggin Gene and Fred were also on the water and the last time we talked to them, they had 13 fish but they were still fishing. Spinner, Gene's son went further down the channel and hat a great jig bite. He and his buddy landed over 30 fish. It was a good day all around. To the right is a picture of Dick and Jack with four of the fish we landed.
February 12 - Apparently today was a good day at the Port. I understand John Cullen got a couple nice fish and Spinner got into a great Jig Bite. Seems everyone got something. That always happens when I stay home.
February 10 - Went to the Port this morning with Jiggin Gene. Primarily, we went to check our his new Fish Finder/GPS unit. Mission accomplished. Both functions worked well and frankly I was impressed. For the Price you could not go wrong. I believe it is call the Matrix by Huminbird. Normally I am not impressed with Huminbird products but this one is not bad. We also did some fishing. I hooked up as soon as we started fishing and lost it. That was my bite for the day. Gene hooked one and lost it and landed one about 14 inches. John Cullen got a nice one about 6 pounds and Ron Carli's fishing partner also got one about 6 pounds.
February 8 - Went to the Delta to fish for Sturgeon this morning with an unknown captain. We started by fishing just outside the launch ramp at Sherman Island, then we moved to an area near Collinsville, then just below the mouth of Montezuma Slough and finally back to the Sherman Island area. Now, after covering all this area, you would think we had some great fish stories to tell but NOT!!! Three of use were fishing and we had 4 bites. Each of the other guys landed a fish, a striper that was under sized. That was it. We had the radio on and communicated with a number of other boats. They had the same luck as we had, NOTHING. It was a beautiful day, water temperature was about 50 degrees and we used a complete arsenal of bait. We soaked Ghost Shrimp, Eel, Shad, Sardines and Roe. In addition, we tried a number of cocktails using multiple baits at the same time on the same hook. Fished from about 7:00am until 2:00pm. Maybe next time.
John Cullen did OK at the Port but nothing big and Jiggin Gene went to Hog Slough and he got nothing.
Nice day but no fish all the way around.
February 6 - Went to the Port about mid day. Got there about 11:30am and went down below the Fertilizer Plant. Trolled Mann's Lures, Doctor Death. Landed 10 fish, 4 of which were keepers but none were more than 22 inches. Still a fun afternoon. In addition, Gene and Hap were on the water. When I left, about 2:30pm, they had landed 3 fish. Cajun and Herbie were also trolling the area and had 4 fish. No one had big fish but every boat I saw had fish. Water was relatively clear and about 50 degrees. No fishing tomorrow but hopefully will be going to the Delta for Sturgeon on Wednesday.
February 4 - Got this email from John Cullen. Apparently he and Gene had a great day at the Port.
Hey John, Gene and I knocked them dead at the Port today. We trolled the same area I told you about and Gene boated eight stripers on his Mann's Doctor Death that he marked with red on the belly and I only got one. Then by the powerlines between the trees and the Fertilizer plant we came upon a small school. We began nailing them and finally got into some 8 to 10 pounders. Like one after another for about a half hour, then they moved and came back again for about 15 minutes. What a blast, we had big fish in the bottom of the boat and fish on and fish under the boat big time. It was crazy. Sure been a while since that happened to me and it was just fantastic.

February 3 - Got this email from Joe Perry. Guess the river is running hard and wide. Anyway it is a good report for those of us thinking of launching at Discovery Park.
John FYI ,
Went to Discovery Park yesterday even though dams almost doubled output
this past week , wondered why no empty trailers . One 12 footer on
trailer , fisherman wetting line on dock .
Dock is almost level with parking lot . Tried to launch , no good .
Slope is not steep enough . A 18 wheeler was launching large boats
without difficulty , but I didn't want to submerge rear end of my
Escape . Park dept has really done a great job cleaning it up .
Steve (my son) and I decided to try Miller , but crossing bridge he
remembered a launch at foot of bridge . Not sure if legal or not ,
worked fine . He parked at correct spot and I drove boat around to pick
him up .
Sacramento River full of logs , some just below surface . No wind ,
water nice and flat , shirt sleeve weather . Water temperate 47* , air
felt like 70*
We marked fish in American and East side of Sacramento just below mouth
.
Total for day 3 blood sucking mosquitos and 1 crawdad .
Joe
January 24 - Jack Bishop and I went to the Port this morning and tried for some Stripers. I had a secret weapon from a friend and Jack was using conventional lures. Unfortunately, neither one of us got a bite. We fished from 9:00 am until about 1:00 pm and just burned a lot of gas. The water was a little muddy, temperature was 48 degrees and it was bright and clear. We tried Mann's, Rebels and everything else in our arsenal. Guess it just was not our day. We only saw one boat with fish and they had two little ones. That was it for the day.
January 16 - Just got back from the San Mateo show. It was not bad but in my opinion, not as busy as last year. Will be at the Sacramento Show starting on Thursday and will be at the Shakespeare Booth. Stop by and say hello.
January 10 - Had a few emails wanting to know if I was going to keep the site up for 2006 so I thought I better update the site.
Sorry for not getting to it sooner but had some personal problems and was not available.
Will be at the San Mateo and Sacramento Sports Shows for the next two weeks so will not have any updates.
Jiggin Gene and John Cullen have been doing well in the Port. but that is the only action I have heard of for about two weeks. Should be good in the Port for some time to come. As the water clears, Sturgeon action should pick up in the Sacramento River and the Delta but right now it is slow.


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May 26 - Jack, Dick and I went to the Sacramento River this morning.  We fished from about 6:45 until about 11:00am.  had a few little fish but not keepers.  At one point, there were 12 boats in our immediate area and we only saw 2 keepers caught.  Not a very good day but it was just great being on the river.  

May 25 - Went back to my same spot at Discovery Park.  I was there for about an hour and had landed two small fish when Ed came motoring up and immediately after Herbie pulled up.  Herb pulled to the inside of me and Ed pulled to the outside of me.  Right after they got there, I landed another fish about 18 1/2".  That was the action for the day.  As soon as they arrived, the fish stopped biting.  I don't know if it was Herbie or Ed but someone had the jinks on them.  If it were not for the people fishing the bank, we would not have seen anyone get a fish at all.  There were one or two Shad caught at the pilings across from the launch ramp but other than that, no action at all.  Dennis DeVega did get one fish 21 inches but I don't know where he got it.  He seemed to want to keep the location a secret.  If you see Dennis try to find out where he was fishing and let me know.  I will post it on the site.

May 24 - Went to Discovery Park this morning.  Anchored in 12 feet of water, about 30 feet from the bank with a very slow current.  Took out my sardines and started fishing.  Caught a few little guys while the boat next to me landed 2 nice fish about 6 pounds each.  Then I looked behind me and another boat had landed two fish, also about about 6 pounds each.  Finally it came to be my turn and I got my nice fish.  It was a typical Striper bite.  The rod lifted up then went directly down.  I set the hook and I had a real fight on my hands.  Finally I landed a nice 12 pounder.  I got a few more little guys then it was 10:00am and time to go home.   Water temperature was 59 degrees and the water had a little color.  Guess the rain muddied it up.

May 18 - Went back to the same spot but this time I anchored where Jack Bishop anchored yesterday.  Today was not as nice as yesterday.  A little windy and a little cooler.  I fished from 4:30am until about 10:00 and landed a number of small fish and one about 5 pounds.  Frank didn't get any keepers today but one of the boats just up river about 200 yards knocked the snot out of them.  By 9:00 two guys landed 9 fish all between 5 and 7 pounds.  I go out the fish are in.  I go in the fish are out.  I go up the fish are down.  I go down the fish are up.  Boy, I just can't win.  Guess I will have to wait until next week.  Got things to do tomorrow and have some remodeling going on out Monday and Tuesday, so Wednesday will be my next outing.

May 17 - Started today as I did yesterday,  on the water by 4:45am and fished until about 10:00am.  I got on the water while it was dark and fished until about 6:00 before getting my first bite.  It as about 13" but it was a fish.  Soon after Jack Bishop pulled up, anchored on the inside of me and immediately started to catch fish.  He landed about 7 nice keepers, all between 6 and 8 pounds.  All the while, I landed a bunch of little guys.  None over 16 inches.  In addition, Frank Brazil landed two nice fish, one about 5 pounds and the other about 9 pounds.  At lease I got to watch.

May 16 - Woke up this morning at about 4:00am and just tossed and turned.  Finally about 4:30 I got out of bed, put the coffee on and got the boat ready to go to Discovery Park.  Have you ever had that lucky feeling?  Well, I did this morning and I took advantage of it by going to the river.  Unfortunately, my luck was bad.  I fished from about 5:30am until about 10:00am and only got three fish, none more than 14 inches.  There were lots of boats and the water was not in bad shape.  It was high but relatively clear and 56 degrees.  I only saw one boat with fish and they had FISH!!!  Three guys in a Trophy and 6 nice fish, the largest about 10 pounds.  They were soaking bait on the Yolo side of the river, right across from the launch ramp.  Won't be fishing the rest of the week.  Got many things to get done.  Will post any reports I get via email.

May 15 - Finally got a chance go to the Feather River.  Put in at Marysville and first went down stream.  What a load of boats.  From the mouth of the Yuba River to the Shanghai Rapids there were more than 30 boats.  Unfortunately, we did not see a fish landed all morning.  We trolled for about 15 miles but could not entice a good strike.  We did see 4 fish on stringers but the action was SLOW!  Finally we went up stream to the Mile Hole and had the same luck.  We only got one bite and that one did not stick.  The water temperature was 54 degrees and the water was relatively clear but fast, about 3.5 miles per hour.  Hope to do better on the next outing.

May 11 - Got this email from Chris.  Looks like Stripers are all over the Feather.

Hey, John have you tried the Feather.  I've been launching at the launch ramp near Marysville and have been doing excellent trolling Red Fin Cotton Cordell's and DJ30 Rebel's. Yesterday we fished for 3 hrs and landed three keepers we let go and had one break the split ring on the lure. Lot's of people were catching fish. I fished there last Saturday too, we landed 6 fish up to 9.5 lbs. The ramp can get crowded so get there early.

May 9 - Went to Verona this morning with Jack and Dick.  We put the boat in and went up to the mouth of the Feather River.  Fished there for about 2 hours.  Got one 14" Striper and one 17.5" Striper and that was it.  Pulled anchor and went up the Sacramento River to Sacramento Slough.  The water was really in pretty good shape considering the flows.  We anchored in two places and didn' t get another bite.  The day was beautiful but the fish just were not cooperating.  We left around noon, SKUNKED.

May 8 - Went to the Port early this morning.  Was on the water before 6:00am and fished until almost noon.  The water conditions were OK but there were some areas of concern.  First, there was a thermocline at about 20 feet.  Second, the weeds were terrible.  There was a blanket of weeds from the bottom up about 4 to 6 feet.  In addition, around the banks the weeds were in about 6 to 7 feet of water, eliminating trolling in the real shallow water.  Last, the water was green..green.  I would assume we are going to have a major algae bloom very soon.  If we do have a bloom, it will absorb the oxygen and the fish will leave for water that is breathable.    All this just to say, I did not get a fish, nor did I get a bite.

May 1 - Boy, I would not have thought that I would pick up where I left off but I did.  I went to the Port this morning and fished from about 5:15am until about 11:30am.  As I did in my last outing in Georgia, I did not get a bite.  I marked a lot of fish in the turning basin and marked a lot of bait as well.  I just could not get them to bite.  Water temperature was 65 and the weather was just beautiful.  I talked to 5 other fishermen and no one had a fish.  Can't wait for the Sacramento River to slow down and clear so we can get some real action.

April 23-24-25  -  Went on my annual trip to Lake Lanier Georgia.  This year, my younger Brother could not make it due to a medical problem but my Brother Andy and I went back to the lake to fish with Line Sides Outfitters, Dale Sheets.  We were really pumped up because the weather was just beautiful and we both had that lucky feeling.  We met Dale at the ramp at 6:30am on Monday the 23rd and were on our way to the area where Dale had been getting fish for the last week.  The first thing he said was, "the water has really warmed up and we might have problems finding fish".  Well, he was right.  The water temperature was in the low 70's and was warming.  They had been fishing the shallows but due to temperature, Dale was concerned that they had moved to deeper cooler water.  In addition, they have a lot of Alligator Gars in the Lake and when the water gets warm the Gars get active.  They will grab your bait with their sword and try to kill it and eat it.  Interestingly enough, there was a guy called the Alligator Gar man who developed a lure to catch the damn things.  He uses a piece of nylon rope that he frays and adds a lead head to it.  Primarily he sight fishes and when he see a Gar, the casts to it.  No I did not forget the hook, he doesn't use one.  when the gar hits the rope he teeth bet tangled in the threads and he can't get out.  It was interesting and some day I will go back and try Gar fishing.  Now back to our fishing.  We were trolling Gizzard Shad about 8" long.  Fishing was slow.  A number of times, we could see fish chasing our bait but for some reason they just would hot hit it like the meant it.  They seemed to be playing with it.  Finally Andy got one who seemed to be serious and he took the bait.  After about 5 minutes, he landed this nice 15.5 pound buck.  Now it was my turn.  Andy got the fish around noon and we didn't get another bite all day.  We marked a lot of fish and had a few chase our bait but not takers.  

Tuesday -  was also a beautiful day and we again had that lucky feeling.  We fished for about 3 hours before finally I got something to be a little aggressive and he took my Shad and I had a great fight on my hands.  After a few minutes, I landed this nice 13 pounder.  Boy, it was a long time between bites.  Dale was working his tail off but we just could not get the fish to cooperate.  Both fish we had landed were full of sperm so we decided to go up the lake to the Chesiti River, where we thought there might be some big fish going up river thinking they could spawn.  Unfortunately, the rivers that feed Lake Lanier are not long enough or deep enough to have a successful spawn but the fish still try.   The migrate up river each spring.  Anyway, Dale opened the throttle and wer ran for abut 30 minutes at full speed.  Finally the water started to shallow and he slowed down and continuted up the river.  It was a beautiful area, much like the upper parts of the Feather River.  We were running in about 3 feet of water for about 3 or more mile and finally we put out some bait.  We trolled against the current for some time.  At times, the prop would hit the bottom and twice we bottomed out.  We rocked the boat and finally got it loose, only to do it again.  Got nothing going up stream so Dale decided to start back.  We trolled some nice areas that I would nave bet held fish but nothing.  Finally, one of the baits started to go crazy.  A Striper was following it and he was hungry.  The fish hit and Andy was fighting a nice 14 pounder.  Now we thought our luck had changed and we were going to start getting more fish.  No such luck, at least not in the river.  We trolled the river for a little while longer and decided to get back to the lake.  When we got back to the lake we were marking a lot of fish but strangely enough, they were all in water between 20 and 30 feet deep and would move up to no more than 15 feet before the went back down.  Usually at this time of year, we fish the top 3 feet of water but that depth was devoid of life.  Dale decided to do some down rodding.  We put 2 oz of weight at the end of the line then used a 4foot leader to the hood and put on a live Shad.  We dropped the line down to about 18 feet and put the rod in the holder.  Now, using the electric moter, Dale would move over the fish.  On the fish finder, you could watch the fish on the bottom in 25 feet of water.  Then they would start up towards the top and return to the bottom after moving up 10 to 15 feet.  We could see our bait on the finder and would try to keep the bait at or near the area where the fish were turning around to return to the bottom.  This was a new experience for me.  I had not fished bait or minnows, while watching the fish come up to my bait and then just shrug it off.  Dale was getting excited and finally we got a hit.  The rod tip went into the water and the fish started to strip line.  My turn, I landed a nice 12 pounder.  The action was not hot and heave but Dale was giving us a show.  He was getting so excited watching the fish finder that you could not help but get involved in his enthusiasm.  We fished this area until it was time to quit for the day and landed one more fish.  Andy  got a nice 14.5 pounder.  It really was a kick fishing that way.  You could actually watch the fish come up for the bait and snub it.  I am going to try that in the Sacramento River.

Wednesday - Dale was really disappointed with our success so he decided to try another area.  We must have fished 10 different spots and could not buy a bite.  We went East, West, North and South.  Then to make our luck worse, the weather started to change and we got some HEAVY rain.  We got off the lake about 2:30pm and didn't get a bite.  Never the less, we had a great time and look forward to our next trip to Lake Lanier.

April 27 - Jack, Dick and Fred went to  Miner Slough to soak some bait for Stripers.  Apparently the had a decent day, they kept 6 fish.  Not big but fish never the less.  They were fishing just about Cache Slough and had a good time landing a good number of fish.  Jack said they used 3 pounds of bait and had a great time.  To the right is a picture of their catch.

April 29 - Fred took Jack and Dick to New Hogan.  They trolled the narrows and only got 3 bites. Guess that is the bad news.  The good news is they landed all three fish.  New Hogan is just starting and it will do nothing but get better.  Fred Thomason, Last Cast Guides knows the lake better than anyone I know and he seems to always get a few fish even if the fishing is tough.  To the left is their New Hogan catch.

April 20 - Went back to the Deep Water Channel again this morning.  Got there about 6:15am and got right down to business.  I guess it was Monkey Business because between 6:15 and 11:30, I didn't get a bite.  I talked to 5 other guys and their luck was the same.  The water conditions were great and the temperature was 59 degrees.  Bright sun and no wind.  It was smooth as silk.  Maybe the fish are finally getting into their spawning routine.  They may be moving down the channel and then up the Sacramento River to spawn.  Now if the others would cooperate, lower the water levels and open the ramps on the Sacramento, we may be able to get some Spring Fishing done.  I am off to Lake Lanier for my annual trip so no reports until I get back.

April 18 - Went back to the Deep Water Channel this morning with Jack and Dick.  We fished from about 7:00 am until just about 12:30 pm and didn't do a thing.  Jack landed two small fish and lost one.  The one he lost straightened the hook!!!!  We only heard of 1 fish caught but it was suppose to be 46 pounds.  On of the other guys saw the fish and took a picture of it but I did not see it.  Keven told me they got 26 Stripers yesterday, right where we were fishing but today he didn't have any luck either.  It was cool, windy and the water temp fell to 55 degrees.  Guess you can't win them all.  Maybe next time!

April 14 - Had another great day today.  Jack and I went back to the Port this morning and went down the Channel about 15 miles.  We fished a couple of spots on the way down with no luck but when we reached the 15 mile point our luck changed.  When we put our lures in the water, the fish seemed to believe it was a great feast.  We didn't go 100 yards and we had a fish on.  The first one was a Squaw Fish that was bigger than any I have ever seen.  Take a look at the left!  Then the Stripers started to hit.  We were trolling in shallow water, I with a Bomber and Jack with a lure that looked something like a Broken Back Rebel but had a rattle that was twice as loud.  We fished that area from about 9;00am until about 12:30 and landed over 25 nice Stripers, the largest about 7 pounds.  At one point we had a double and landed them both, at left.  Jack was the big winner today.  He not only got the largest fish but also got the most fish.  What a kick when the fish cooperate.  The weather was beautiful, no wind and the water temperature was 58 degrees.  What a great two days, especially after all the bad weather we have had to endure.  By the way, we were not the only ones with good luck.  Kevin and his buddies got more fish than we did.  They landed 29 fish, that was the count as we were leaving.  Spinner had one nice fish, looked to be about 8 or 10 pounds and he had landed 4 others.  Guess it was a good day for all!!

April 13 - Finally got a day that was fishable.  In fact, it was just beautiful.  Sunny, warm and a little breeze.  Just enough breeze to make it difficult to troll but who cares, we were on the water.  Went to the Port and started trolling right at the dock and trolled for about 5 miles down the channel until Bob Davies came by and said he got a few small fish farther down the Channel.  We ran down about 4 miles and started trolling again.  Now for the part I like best!!!!  John Cullen was coming up the Channel and I had Jiggin Gene on the Cell Phone when, guess what?  Right, my rod loaded up and a fish was taking line out like gang busters.  By the time I closed the phone, put it in my pocket and picked up the rod thefish had taken 100 feet of line, was close to under John's boat and was still running.  Now you say, how do you know 100 feet of line.  I respond, use a line counter on my reel!  Fought the fish and got it up to the boat but could not net it.  It made another run of 120 feet and another of 60 feet and finally we got it in the net.  Had a hell of a time getting the hooks out and tried to revive the fish so we could put it back.  Tried for about 5 minutes and finally let the fish go and it started down then rolled over, went under the boat and came up on the other side.  I guess I took too much out of it, so I re-netted it and put it on a stringer.  Too bad......the fish was 29.7 pounds and I really wanted to release it.  Take a look to the right.  What a nice fish.  In addition, the Marco's had one about 32 pounds.  We landed one other small guy and lost one small guy and that was it for the day.  Not a bad day even if I say so myself.

April 6 - Went down to the Port this morning with Jack Bishop.  I had a Secret Weapon I wanted to try and I use if from abut 9:00am until about 11:00am before changing to a Bomber.  Yes, my Secret Weapon is still a Secret, even to the fish.  We could not buy a bite.  Anyway, I put on a Bomber and Jack put on a Pucci Pulse-Raiser.  He no sooner put it in the water and he had a fish.  A good fish at that.  After about 5 minutes of fighting, Jack landed a nice 17 pound Striper.  The first fish we have got on a Pulse-Raiser.  We trolled for about another half hour and I got a major strike.  The fish started to pull line and I thought it was going to get into another boats prop so I asked the other boat to pull our and he did.  After a great fight, I landed a 22 pound Striper.  Shortly after I landed my fish, one of the other boats hooked into a nice one.  Actually the nicest fish of the day.  When all was said and done, Doris Blound the sister of one of the WOC Members, landed a 25 pound, 40 inch Striper.  In addition, Ron Carli landed over 25 Bass and a number of Stripers.  Great job Ron.  Below are the fish of the day. Jack on the left, Doris in the middle and yours truly on the right.  Not a bad day!!

           

March 26 - Sitting around this morning when Jack called, "get a jacket, we're going to the lake.  Fifteen minutes later I was in his truck on my way to Folsom.  We put in at Dyke 8 and fished from the ramp to the dam, then across the face of the dam and back.  Made a few passes in front of the dam then the wind came up.  The longer we were there, the windier it got.  After about 3 hours of fighting the wind without a fish, we decided it was time to go home.  Skunked again!!!

March 22 - Long time between outings but finally got out today.  Jiggin Gene and I went to the Port and TROLLED the Deep Water Channel.  Not a great day but did get a few fish.  We landed 6 fish, two were keepers.  Now, Gene would like you to believe he got all 6 but in reality he got 4, one keeper and I got 2, 1 keeper.  Not many fish caught but I understand Spinner, Gene's Son, got one about 15 pounds at about 5:00pm.  In addition, Dick and Jack went down to Miner Slough and they landed two fish, one about 8 pounds and the other about 5 pounds.  To the right is a picture of Jiggin Gene with the two fish we kept.

February 24 - Dick and I went back to the Port this morning.  We didn't play around, we went down the Channel to the spot where we got the fish on Wednesday.  The only problem was, as we rounded the Turning Basin we saw a new ship at the dock at the Fertilizer Plant.  In addition, there was lots of debris in the water.  I guess the debris was churned up by the ship.  The water was off color and the temperature was 50 degrees.  Never the less, we went down the Channel and started to troll.  I used a Mann's 15 and Dick used the Cotton Cordell.  We landed one fish, 22 inches and lost two others.  We talked to Gene, Spinner, Cajun and a few others and the score was about the same.  One or two keepers and not much action.  Appears the ship created a problem for all of us.  Anyway, it was a beautiful day to be on the river and we even got one nice fish.

February 22 - FINALLY got a chance to get back on the water.  Jack Bishop, Dick Rysavy and I went to the Port this morning.  We started trolling right at the dock but didn't have any luck in the turning basin.  Went down past the Fertilizer Plant and Jack landed one but not a lot  of action.  Then went down to light 73 and started trolling down the channel.  Boy!!!!! our luck changed.  We caught so many fish, we lost count.  Somewhere between 15 and 20 but nothing larger than about 9 pounds.  Jack had the lucky rod early, then me, then Dick.  Had just a great day.  Seems like white was the color for the day.  I was using a Wonder Bread and both Dick and Jack were using a Cotton Cordell deep diver, read head and white body.  Water temperature was 49 degrees, water was relatively clear and the sun was just beautiful.  Jiggin Gene and Fred were also on the water and the last time we talked to them, they had 13 fish but they were still fishing.  Spinner, Gene's son went further down the channel and hat a great jig bite.  He and his buddy landed over 30 fish.  It was a good day all around.  To the right is a picture of Dick and Jack with four of the fish we landed.  

February 12 - Apparently today was a good day at the Port.  I understand John Cullen got a couple nice fish and Spinner got into a great Jig Bite.  Seems everyone got something.  That always happens when I stay home.

February 10 - Went to the Port this morning with Jiggin Gene.  Primarily, we went to check our his new Fish Finder/GPS unit.  Mission accomplished.  Both functions worked well and frankly I was impressed.  For the Price you could not go wrong.  I believe it is call the Matrix by Huminbird.  Normally I am not impressed with Huminbird products but this one is not bad.  We also did some fishing.  I hooked up as soon as we started fishing and lost it.  That was my bite for the day.  Gene hooked one and lost it and landed one about 14 inches.  John Cullen got a nice one about 6 pounds and Ron Carli's fishing partner also got one about 6 pounds.  

February 8 - Went to the Delta to fish for Sturgeon this morning with an unknown captain.  We started by fishing just outside the launch ramp at Sherman Island, then we moved to an area near Collinsville, then just below the mouth of Montezuma Slough and finally back to the Sherman Island area.  Now, after covering all this area, you would think we had some great fish stories to tell but NOT!!!  Three of use were fishing and we had 4 bites.  Each of the other guys landed a fish, a striper that was under sized.  That was it.  We had the radio on and communicated with a number of other boats.  They had the same luck as we had, NOTHING.  It was a beautiful day, water temperature was about 50 degrees and we used a complete arsenal of bait.  We soaked Ghost Shrimp, Eel, Shad, Sardines and Roe.  In addition, we tried a number of cocktails using multiple baits at the same time on the same hook.  Fished from about 7:00am until 2:00pm.  Maybe next time.

John Cullen did OK at the Port but nothing big and Jiggin Gene went to Hog Slough and he got nothing.  

Nice day but no fish all the way around.

February 6 - Went to the Port about mid day.  Got there about 11:30am and went down below the Fertilizer Plant.  Trolled Mann's Lures, Doctor Death.  Landed 10 fish, 4 of which were keepers but none were more than 22 inches.  Still a fun afternoon.  In addition, Gene and Hap were on the water.  When I left, about 2:30pm, they had landed 3 fish.  Cajun and Herbie were also trolling the area and had 4 fish.  No one had big fish but every boat I saw had fish.  Water was relatively clear and about 50 degrees.  No fishing tomorrow but hopefully will be going to the Delta for Sturgeon on Wednesday.

February 4 - Got this email from John Cullen.  Apparently he and Gene had a great day at the Port.

Hey John, Gene and I knocked them dead at the Port today. We trolled the same area I told you about and Gene boated eight stripers on his Mann's Doctor Death that he marked with red on the belly and I only got one. Then by the powerlines between the trees and the Fertilizer plant we came upon a small school. We began nailing them and finally got into some 8 to 10 pounders. Like one after another for about a half hour, then they moved and came back again for about 15 minutes. What a blast, we had big fish in the bottom of the boat and fish on and fish under the boat big time. It was crazy. Sure been a while since that happened to me and it was just fantastic.


February 3 - Got this email from Joe Perry.  Guess the river is running hard and wide.  Anyway it is a good report for those of us thinking of launching at Discovery Park.

John FYI ,
Went to Discovery Park yesterday even though dams almost doubled output
this past week , wondered why no empty trailers . One 12 footer on
trailer , fisherman wetting line on dock .
Dock is almost level with parking lot . Tried to launch , no good .
Slope is not steep enough . A 18 wheeler was launching large boats
without difficulty , but I didn't want to submerge rear end of my
Escape . Park dept has really done a great job cleaning it up .

Steve (my son) and I decided to try Miller , but crossing bridge he
remembered a launch at foot of bridge . Not sure if legal or not ,
worked fine . He parked at correct spot and I drove boat around to pick
him up .
Sacramento River full of logs , some just below surface . No wind ,
water nice and flat , shirt sleeve weather . Water temperate 47* , air
felt like 70*
We marked fish in American and East side of Sacramento just below mouth
.
Total for day 3 blood sucking mosquitos and 1 crawdad .
Joe

January 24 - Jack Bishop and I went to the Port this morning and tried for some Stripers.  I had a secret weapon from a friend and Jack was using conventional lures.  Unfortunately, neither one of us got a bite.  We fished  from 9:00 am until about 1:00 pm and just burned a lot of gas.  The water was a little muddy, temperature was 48 degrees and it was bright and clear.  We tried Mann's, Rebels and everything else in our arsenal.  Guess it just was not our day.  We only saw one boat with fish and they had two little ones.  That was it for the day.

January 16 - Just got back from the San Mateo show.  It was not bad but in my opinion, not as busy as last year.  Will be at the Sacramento Show starting on Thursday and will be at the Shakespeare Booth.  Stop by and say hello.

January 10 - Had a few emails wanting to know if I was going to keep the site up for 2006 so I thought I better update the site.

Sorry for not getting to it sooner but had some personal problems and was not available.  

Will be at the San Mateo and Sacramento Sports Shows for the next two weeks so will not have any updates.

Jiggin Gene and John Cullen have been doing well in the Port.  but that is the only action I have heard of for about two weeks.  Should be good in the Port for some time to come.  As the water clears, Sturgeon action should pick up in the Sacramento River and the Delta but right now it is slow.



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