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May 2017 Stripers and Sturgeon on fire!!  

A late spring has arrived, hopefully Northern Cal is done with heavy rains and cool temps. We’ve been left with high rivers and cooler then normal water temperatures causing this late spring bite to erupt.


Stripers: the bite is on fire many fish are stacked up in the Feather River and Sacramento River out of Yuba City and Colusa. The water temps are still cool and many fish have delayed their spawn waiting for the water to warm. So they are stacked up and chewing everything. Including but not limited to live Minnows, trolling plugs and swimbaits.

The delta area near Rio Vista on the Sac side and San Joaquin have been kicking out solid size fish for trollers not huge numbers but definitely some better then average quality.



Sturgeon is also Hot hot hot!!


I’ve been targeting Susuin bay/Grizzly Bay in 22-26′ of water. Using both eel and roe for bait. We had one afternoon where a friend and I landed 9 with 10 hooked. The only issue lately is battling the wind. We’ve had more windy days the past two weeks then calm days.


I use 50lb Xtreme-Braid with 60 or 80lb leader and Gamakatsu 7/0 Big River Hooks. 8- 10 oz weights which is my standard sturgeon weight. I’m loving my new C4 Custom sturgeon rods, which are built on Rainshadow blanks.


Using Penn Fathom 15 and 25N lever drag reels.


I’ve got limited Availablity because everyone wants in on this fantastic catching.


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Thanks for reading,

Captain RJ Bennett

Xtreme-Angling Guide Service

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