I have made a couple sturgeon trips this past week and the bite seems to be solid. The water has warmed up a little bit and all the water from Northern California’s recent rain storms have made its way down the river. This has caused increased flows with muddy water conditions.
We had many bites on Monday 1/18/16 out of the Rio Vista Area, landing several striped bass and two sturgeon. 1 sturgeon was broke off one sturgeon on a hook set.
The fist sturgeon hooked and landed was 1/2 inch short of being a keeper.
Shortly after the first sturgeon, we hooked into and landed a large Oversize at 65″ to the fork.
After Mondays trip Northern California received a lot of heavy rains. This caused the rivers to muddy up due to all the rain run off. I went out to check on the conditions for a couple of hours before Sundays playoff football game. We instantly hooked fish and the Lowrance Electronics showed a lot of sturgeon hugging onto the bottom. I fished for 1.5 hours resulting in 2 keeper sized stripers and 1 keeper sturgeon measured at 45 inches to the fork in the tail.
All my fish are coming on eel with a 10oz pyramid weight. Im fishing in 22-24 foot of water on both the incoming and outgoing tide. I use a 60lb leader tied to a Gamakatsu 7/0 Big River Hook with the barb pinched and grinded down.