Salmon Season Opening Day on the Upper Sacramento River

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After the very slow opening day of the salmon season on the Sacramento River below Red Bluff on July 16, the solid opening on the upper river from the Deschutes Bridge to the Red Bluff Diversion Dam on Monday, July 1 August was greeted with relief by anglers and guides.

“It was a really good opening,” said Robert Weese of the Northern California Guide Service. “I estimate a total of 50 fish were caught from the Barge Hole to the Bend Bridge by the 50 or so boats on the river. Lots of fish were biting due to the cold water temperature of 58 degrees.

The hole is located at the confluence of the Sacramento River and Battle Creek near the town of Cottonwood. The fish stop at the confluence before traveling up Battle Creek, a tributary of the Sacramento River, to spawn at Coleman National Fish Hatchery or in the creek

His two clients, Chuck Harrison of Oroville and John Webb of San Bruno, and Weese landed a total of 5 salmon ranging from 25 to 30 pounds at 9 am.

“We hooked all the salmon backtrolling with Kwikfish and Flatfish lures in the Barge Hole,” he said. “Additionally, we hooked and released 3 quality wild rainbow trout in the 4-5 pound range.” Information: (530) 755-7196.

Jacob Frye of the Jacob Frye Guide Service reported leaving the river at 9:30 a.m. with eight salmon for his four fishermen.

“It was a good morning of fishing,” Frye said. “David Guerra of Buckethead Barbecue in Roseville and three other anglers caught eight fish and lost about six more. We caught four on Flatfish and four on roe. The fish ranged from 12 to 30 pounds. We had one 30 lbs, four 25-30 lbs, one 22 lbs and two around 15 lbs. They were very beautiful shiny fish.

“I used my go-to technique for the opening – starting by raising the plugs just above the hole drop, then moving on to suspending the salmon roe above the bottom as soon as the sun hit. water,” he said.

“For the first half hour of fishing it was a little slow and I was a little worried,” he said. “But we caught the first fish at 6.06am and only took an hour to land the first four salmon.”

“Everyone had opportunities – two more guides were limited before we were done. Boats were getting around 3-5 fish per boat.

“These fish knew where they were going – rather than stopping with the fish congregating at the mouth of the American, they continued to travel by truck upstream,” he said. Information: (530) 410-3174.

Chinooks Discovery Park: Far downstream at the mouth of the American in the city of Sacramento, anglers continue to fish for salmon while returning to trolling and jigging, though biting has slowed since July 16.

“There are tons of salmon in the river rolling near the mouth of the American every day,” noted Alan Fong of Fisherman’s Warehouse in Sacramento. “A lot of fish are going up the American. There’s a big pile of fish in the system now.

Fong went out himself recently in his boat with Bob Prinzo and Denise Loo, hooking three and landing a 20-pound salmon while spooning with 3-ounce P-Line and Blade Runner spoons, fitted with single hooks, from the Interstate 80 bridge to the north. Information: (916) 362-1200.

Outcast Guide Service’s Justin Leonard and fellow guide Pete Franco and ended up catching a 30-pound salmon on Monday as a trolling clogged up the American River just above the mouth. “We had two more bites that didn’t stick,” Leonard said.

“However, it was a slow day. I didn’t see any other fish caught while we were fishing,” he added. Information: (530) 277-6870.

Farallon Island Redfish/Lingcod: The California Dawn 2 and Berkeley’s California Dawn found great rockfish and lingcod action at the Farallon Islands on Sunday, July 31.

“The weather was spectacular and giant rockfish and lingcod were on the alert,” said captain James Smith. The California Dawn 2 checked in with 21 redfish limits (210), 21 lingcod limits (42) at 25 pounds and two cabezons at 9 pounds, while the California Dawn returned with 21 redfish limits (210 ) and 21 lingcod limits to £25. Information: (510) 417-5557.

Contact Stockton Record correspondent Dan Bacher at [email protected]

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