Different Species Caught at the Sutter Bypass
Catching Catfish with Ease at the Sutter Bypass
On one of the most unbelievable fishing trips I've ever had, Ron Dobyns showed me how catching Catfish in the Sutter Bypass was "easy". In 7-hours, he and I caught 13 Cats totaling 41-lbs. We would anchor the boat just upstream from shoreline snags, then drift an unweighted hook baited with fish-guts or cow-brains down into the snag with the bale open. Time after time, good-sized Cats would take the free line and swallow the bait. Our 2 Best Fish were 6-lbs each and we also caught 4 3-lbs fish. I may never catch Cats that "easy" again.
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Fishing the Sutter Bypass
When the flow of water permits, certain areas around the Sacramento/San Joaquin River Delta are flooded with water that would otherwise remain in the Sacramento and Feather rivers. When this flooding occurs, unique fishing areas are created.
This page contains information - including pictures - regarding what types of fish were caught in the Bypass. Although not every picture contains all of these elements, many contain the location where the fish is caught, the size of the fish, the bait used, and the time of year that the fish was caught.
These catches and records were created and maintained by Robert H. Morris (Bob), who spent close to 45 years living in Sacramento and fishing the waters around the "River City". He was careful to document many of the fish that he caught and information about other areas fished can be found here.
Bob also documented his work while he was a landscape architect for the state of California and his work photographing many of the intertidal invertebrates found along the California coast.
The memoirs mentioned above, along with others, can be accessed below.
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Brown Bullheads - Caught May 1994
Top - 10" (4-lbs) and 10" (3.5-lbs)
Top caught on a minnow under a bobber and bottom one caught on a worm resting on the bottom - each ran like a 2-lbs Bass. They are a cousin of the Channel Cat.
Channel Catfish caught June 1995
Caught on a minnow under a bobber at the O'Banion Road site on the East Canal. It was my biggest Catfish to date at the Bypass.
Channel Catfish caught March 1996
25" (6-lbs) left and 24" (4-lbs) right
Caught in a flooded rice field in the Bypass in late Winter.
Channel Catfish caught May 1996 (left and above)
Caught on a live minnow, this lunker was my biggest Catfish to date at the Bypass.
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An extraordinary collection of photographs
Channel Catfish caught June 1999
Caught at Subaco Road (Site#6) It was my best solo (without a guide) Cat of the year at the Bypass.
Largemouth Bass caught July 1996 (above and right)
Caught using a live minnow
Largemouth Bass caught April 1994
Caught on a live minnow under a bobber. It was my largest Bass to date at the Bypass.
My "Monster Crappie" Day at the Sutter Bypass
Location: Tule Finger Site in the West Canal
Bait: Live Minnows under a bobber
Season: Spring - April 1996
Comments: These were some of my best Crappie ever, and I caught them when I was about to give-up trying to catch a big one around Sacramento
White Crappie caught April 1996
Caught on a live minnow under a bobber at the Tule-finger site. It had 6 dorsal spines.
Black Crappie caught September 1995
Caught on a live minnow under a bobber at the O'Banion Road site.
White Crappie caught September 1993
Caught on a #8 Corkhook with a minnow tied on. Caught at the Sacramento Avenue access.
Bluegill/Redear Hybrid caught September 1995
Caught on a worm on a #4 hook. These two species commonly hybridize.