It’s that time of year again, ducks are flying and salmon are safe for another season. As 2014 comes to an end, I just want to thank all of you for your support this past year and plug you in on the coming year’s events. I was as busy this year as I have ever been, and loved every minute of it. From a wide-open striper bite to some very good king salmon fishing, what a year it was! I would like to tell you about this past year, and also mention the upcoming fishing in 2015.
What a year it was for both striped bass and king salmon! The 2014 striper season was full of excitement and many smiles. It was shorter in general due to lower water, but we sure did put the hurting on them! I started the year off in the Delta around March, and caught quality stripers until the end of May, both on the rivers and delta. From stripers, I ran some summer trout and American shad trips awaiting the July 16 salmon opener. Both of these trips offer lots of action, and some beautiful scenery. I found that all the parents that brought their kids to catch trout and shad, ended up having an equal amount of fun as their kids! After the trout/shad fishing, I focused my energy on getting ready for the king salmon opener. July started off solid, not great, but as the season progressed, so did the fishing. It was a very good season, but not spectacular. I had to fish further north than normal, but the fishing was good; the grade of fish were large like the previous year. Since wrapping up king salmon fishing in late-October, I have been spending some quality time with my family and doing shows gearing up for the 2015 season!
I will start fishing sturgeon from February 1st until the stripers start biting in the Delta around the beginning of March. I will fish Delta stripers until they start invading the Sacramento and Feather Rivers for their yearly migration to spawn. The prime time to fish stripers is between March 1 and March 31 on the Delta, and April 5 through May 10 on the Rivers. If you know you’re going to want to book a striper trip, please reserve your date soon as this is my most popular trip, and space fills fast. From stripers, I will run some river trout/shad fishing trips until salmon reopens in mid-July. Then I’ll start guiding waterfowl in late October and early November 2015.
Here’s to another incredible year with all of you,