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