check this post, might help https://www.stripers247.com/phpBB2/showthread.php?t=10992
also, i fish the sacramento river in northern california for fish that are comming up from the saltwater to spawn. fish current breaks, back water, sand bars, flats and rock banks. If you have boat access, take a boat ride on the river and find some areas with a lot of structure and just drift down fishing all your key areas. easy way to cover a lot of water and save some gas! keep track of them on there travel to there spawning grounds. find a tackle shop that has info on the run. typically they can give you a good idea of when they will be in your area that way your not fishin for them way early.
some lures that i have to have are super spooks for topwater, rat-l-traps, jerk baits, swimbaits and also rubber worms. fishing is best early morning and 2-3 hours before dark. a lot of guys swear by black rubber worms at night. Personally, nothing beats gettin into them on topwater. if you get a 10 lber on a spook thats all you'll look forward to every year.
A lot of guys will drift minnows down the banks. they have success doing that, very productive. also, sardiens or anchovies work. if your fishing off the bank, try and find public access to some of the above named areas to fish. if not available, try fishing the break under a bridge. i fish them quite often with some success.
i hope some of this info will help get you started. tight lines! and welcome!