2017 SACRAMENTO RIVER SALMON FISHING REPORT AND FISHING MAP
For the map above, the red bubbles are the best Salmon holes, and the arrows pointing to riffles are the best steelhead areas!!!!!
Fishing closure on Sacramento River North of Redding announcement
Salmon season opens on July 16 until Dec. 16 2016.
11-26-16 Fall Update:
Late year fishing on the Sacramento River between Anderson and Chico is decent for the fresh looking silver King Salmon reports local sources. Flatfish plugs with sardine wraps seem to be working but alternate to roe if things get slow. The Bend to the Barge Hole is the best choice right now. Read the rest of our blog about how to fish the Sacramento River for Salmon an d reference out fishing map for more information.
Sacramento River offers world-class in the Red Bluff area some of the ﬁnest river salmon angling in the West.
Chinook salmon in the Sacramento River starts July and peaks in August in the beautiful, bountiful stream, while the fall run peaks October, logic would dictate even September is a excellent mid way time for the great Chinook ﬁshery on the Sacramento. The winter run peaks in December.
Best spots are in our fishing map, a good thing, since the Sacramento is a huge and intimidating
Generally salmon fishing from the Delta up to Sacramento, fishing is okay on American River, Knights Landing, Grimes, Colusa and even all the way up to Chico.. But ﬁshing is spotty as the fish are in a hurry to get to the spawning grounds upstream.
CHINOOK SALMON are fished using roe and back trolling Kwikﬁsh or flatfish wrapped in sardines. The Sacramento River produces, an average salmon 16-22 pounds, but 30 pounders are common and sometimes 40!.
The best salmon ﬁshing in the Sacramento River can be found upriver from Los Molinos to Anderson. Fishing is fair at best above Anderson, mainly because of a lack of good Chinook holes and the fact that Kes wick Dam is the end of the line. Access starts at Los Molinos, off Tehama-Vina road, east of Highway 99 East.
Upstream, try the Salmon Hole, Car Body Hole and Salt Creek Hole. Action is good from Dairyville north to Bend, especially in the Pigeon Hole and Soapies Hole. Salmon pile up below the Red Bluff Diversion Dam, at least during high ﬂows. when it‘s often difficult for them to get to the ﬁsh ladder and continue their migration upstream.
Flow at Keswick Dam to be at 8,000 cfs is ideal because there's simply less water to cover and to hold the boat against the current. In the Bend area, try the Seven-Mile Hole and Paynes Creek Hole for best results
After launching at one of the resorts, head downstream about 2 1/2 miles down- stream to the Lower California Hole, it's worth a shot, as most head to the Barge Hole where it’s heavily ﬁshed but just downstream from the Barge Hole is the Old Mouth of Battle Creek this hole is a close second to the Barge Hole.
And the best salmon fishing below the Old Mouth of Battle Creek ? Under the Jelly’s Ferry Bridge. Then move downstream just 75 yards and ﬁsh the Jelly’s Hole. T-55 and M-2 Flat- ﬁsh and sardine wrappers
Barge Hole typical outing is described here:
Launch at Ball’s Ferry Resort, on downstream to the Barge Hole. 6-foot rods equipped with wind reels, 25pound test line with 8-ounce weights, No. 2 treble hooks, salmon roe. Keep the boat bow pointed upstream and back troll against current, just fast to keep the boat in place to back bounce our along the bottom. You must be able to get your weight hitting the rocks down deep.
Anglers can also launch at Rooster’s Landing, depending on which side of river you come from.
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