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    Re: help for salmon fishing on foot

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    Thanks again. Hit Miller this morning. Was the first guy out. Didn't catch anything but saw 3 fish caught a big one get away after a 10 minute battle. Learned a lot from those on the shore. My 11 year old even got to cast about a 1,000 times so all in all a great day.
    That's good that you got out to Miller early and saw a few caught, so it looks like it's picking up. Yea..you have to cast a lot and fish a few hours to get one sometimes but sometimes you can hook up on the first few casts...It's good to see how to fight a salmon for 10 minutes in person and how you have to the drag set a little loose to tire the fish instead of trying to horse him in, to bad it got away!!. I'm sure your boy enjoyed it and has probably caught the salmon fever, just wait until he hooks into one. Just being at the river early in the morning with the geese flying and scenery is nice too.

    The guys there or some of them are willing to show you a few tips and you get to learn a lot from watching. I'm sure the fisherman on each side of the fish hooked up pulled out and someone with a net was ready to net it. I always bring mine. Miller is easy to get to off the freeway and parking and walking to shore is easy except for the river rocks but you can sometimes clear some or find a flat spot. The Minnow hole is deeper and steeper and maybe you can try Freeport a little farther away one day. You and your boy will catch one soon. Glad you enjoyed it and maybe I'll see you at Miller soon.

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    Re: help for salmon fishing on foot

    Thanks again. Hit Miller this morning. Was the first guy out. Didn't catch anything but saw 3 fish caught a big one get away after a 10 minute battle. Learned a lot from those on the shore. My 11 year old even got to cast about a 1,000 times so all in all a great day.

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    Mark, Your the man! I'm heading out to Discovery tomorrow to check it out.

    Thanks again!
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    Mark, Your the man! I'm heading out to Discovery tomorrow to check it out.

    Thanks again!

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    I don't fish the American for salmon. I don't do Nimbus, long leaders, beads, ect. I might try floating roe or using little cleos maybe this year for salmon and steelhead. On the American, Flying C's aren't really used and that's what I mainly use off shore but on the Sac side. On the Sac fisherman are usually 10-20 feet apart except for maybe a couple weeks in Oct. when the main push is here. They also will help you net your fish if you want. The only deep spot that comes to mind is the Minnow hole and the fish really aren't holed up on the Sac but moving. Here are some spots.

    Right now the water is still too warm for the salmon to really hit and schools are slowly coming in, it's been really slow but it's a good time to start and get lucky. Late Sept to late Oct is best even Nov. I used to have a pass to park and fish the south part of Discovery park on the Sac but lots of boats sometimes made it hard along with the few sea lions. Recently I walked up to that spot from the south parking at the Matsui parking area on Jiboom street but the river is higher and has blown out the old fishing area. Also now there are some bum camps, bad smell and some teenage heroin addicts sometimes out when you park early mornings there, it made me go elsewhere.

    Another spot is Miller park at the end of Broadway. Just pull in and park couple hundred yards in. Lots of round river rock to stand on but clear a space. It's not too deep there but the Flying C's will be in their face because the salmon are swimming up at the bottom. Just cast pretty far out and as you reel in and your lure is getting close to shore, lift your pole tip level with the water, not pointing down or you may get snagged.

    The Minnow hole is right off 43rd ave/I-5 on Riverside. You said you were near there. Park and walk over the levee. You will see the big cement platform or drain pipes, fish a 100 to 300 yards south of that along the curve. Be careful because it is very steep to walk down to the water. It's deep...the outgoing current is bad because your lure will be pulled way sideways along the shoreline and lots debris like sticks, weed and leafs flows then. You may want to add a 1/2 ounce egg weight then on the main line above the barrel swivel for the 30 inch leader to the flying C so you can get deeper. Or fish it during incoming tide when the current isn't as bad and without the debris.

    Freeport is another spot off Freeport blvd. It's off I-5 and Cosumnes Blvd. Just park a couple hundred yards south of the green bridge, walk over the levee. It is like Miller park a bit shallow so fish it like it was Miller, cast and lift the pole a little as the Flying C gets close to the shore. Get to any of these spots while it is kinda dark like 30-45 minutes before sunrise to get a decent spot. The Salmon will hit then and as the sun hits the water. I think most fish caught off shore is from 7am to 10am. Afternoons are slow but some fish are caught a couple hours before sunset. I like to fish to 10am for a few hours of fishing and talking with the guys plus I help net some fish and others help me net mine if I'm not alone. I'll fish to 11am during the main push in mid Oct trying to get my limit. Most of the fisherman about 60 feet each side of you will pull their lines out so you won't get tangled up fighting your fish, but set your hook good and yell out FISH ON.....Good Luck!
    BigFishKez

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    Re: help for salmon fishing on foot

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    I've been out a few times this year (first time salmon fisherman). I live closer to American River but would travel. Went to Howe access point. Nothing but a few bum camps as I walked to that building that sticks out over the water down stream from Howe Access. I did catch a fat Striper on my pink flying C, but wasn't able to fish the salmon deep enough past the snags on the overhang from that building.

    Went out to find the minnow hole, but turns out I was too far up river and again ended up next to a few bum camps. A closer review of Google maps and I was about 200 yards upstream, around the bend from the sweet spot.

    Also tried Paradise beach, but never found any water deep enough to fish my flying C and didn't see any fish anywhere.

    Can you help a newbie out with a bit more specific locations? All three areas you mentioned are pretty big, and I would try them all, but where is the deep water where the fish might be holed up?
    I don't fish the American for salmon. I don't do Nimbus, long leaders, beads, ect. I might try floating roe or using little cleos maybe this year for salmon and steelhead. On the American, Flying C's aren't really used and that's what I mainly use off shore but on the Sac side. On the Sac fisherman are usually 10-20 feet apart except for maybe a couple weeks in Oct. when the main push is here. They also will help you net your fish if you want. The only deep spot that comes to mind is the Minnow hole and the fish really aren't holed up on the Sac but moving. Here are some spots.

    Right now the water is still too warm for the salmon to really hit and schools are slowly coming in, it's been really slow but it's a good time to start and get lucky. Late Sept to late Oct is best even Nov. I used to have a pass to park and fish the south part of Discovery park on the Sac but lots of boats sometimes made it hard along with the few sea lions. Recently I walked up to that spot from the south parking at the Matsui parking area on Jiboom street but the river is higher and has blown out the old fishing area. Also now there are some bum camps, bad smell and some teenage heroin addicts sometimes out when you park early mornings there, it made me go elsewhere.

    Another spot is Miller park at the end of Broadway. Just pull in and park couple hundred yards in. Lots of round river rock to stand on but clear a space. It's not too deep there but the Flying C's will be in their face because the salmon are swimming up at the bottom. Just cast pretty far out and as you reel in and your lure is getting close to shore, lift your pole tip level with the water, not pointing down or you may get snagged.

    The Minnow hole is right off 43rd ave/I-5 on Riverside. You said you were near there. Park and walk over the levee. You will see the big cement platform or drain pipes, fish a 100 to 300 yards south of that along the curve. Be careful because it is very steep to walk down to the water. It's deep...the outgoing current is bad because your lure will be pulled way sideways along the shoreline and lots debris like sticks, weed and leafs flows then. You may want to add a 1/2 ounce egg weight then on the main line above the barrel swivel for the 30 inch leader to the flying C so you can get deeper. Or fish it during incoming tide when the current isn't as bad and without the debris.

    Freeport is another spot off Freeport blvd. It's off I-5 and Cosumnes Blvd. Just park a couple hundred yards south of the green bridge, walk over the levee. It is like Miller park a bit shallow so fish it like it was Miller, cast and lift the pole a little as the Flying C gets close to the shore. Get to any of these spots while it is kinda dark like 30-45 minutes before sunrise to get a decent spot. The Salmon will hit then and as the sun hits the water. I think most fish caught off shore is from 7am to 10am. Afternoons are slow but some fish are caught a couple hours before sunset. I like to fish to 10am for a few hours of fishing and talking with the guys plus I help net some fish and others help me net mine if I'm not alone. I'll fish to 11am during the main push in mid Oct trying to get my limit. Most of the fisherman about 60 feet each side of you will pull their lines out so you won't get tangled up fighting your fish, but set your hook good and yell out FISH ON.....Good Luck!
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    Re: help for salmon fishing on foot

    I've been out a few times this year (first time salmon fisherman). I live closer to American River but would travel. Went to Howe access point. Nothing but a few bum camps as I walked to that building that sticks out over the water down stream from Howe Access. I did catch a fat Striper on my pink flying C, but wasn't able to fish the salmon deep enough past the snags on the overhang from that building.

    Went out to find the minnow hole, but turns out I was too far up river and again ended up next to a few bum camps. A closer review of Google maps and I was about 200 yards upstream, around the bend from the sweet spot.

    Also tried Paradise beach, but never found any water deep enough to fish my flying C and didn't see any fish anywhere.

    Can you help a newbie out with a bit more specific locations? All three areas you mentioned are pretty big, and I would try them all, but where is the deep water where the fish might be holed up?


    Quote Originally Posted by gdr_11 View Post
    Both of the above are good bets as is casting from the south point at Discovery Park American River Mouth. This early the American River behind CSUS is spotty but, with good flows, I have caught them right around the pumping station in July. I recommend you include a 3/4 oz. chrome Kastmaster in your arsenal since these have been about as equally effective for me as Mepps. I also recommend using scent on the lures, either sardine or tuna.

    Biggest thing is patience; I am not sure about the hours of casting to fish ratio but it is pretty high this time of year. Even during the peak of the run you can plan on spending many hours per fish. Of course, I have hooked up on the first five minutes of my first time out a couple of years so you never know.

    Good luck!
    BigFishKez

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    Re: help for salmon fishing on foot

    Quote Originally Posted by capser42 View Post
    How realistic is it to catch salmon from the shore using the flying c or similar lures. Most of the guys I talk too say lures don't work unless you're trolling...I just invested into a new salmon set up and have never caught one yet.
    At the State Park or First Street the Flying "C" 7/8oz is the main tool for fishing on the foot.
    Other spinners like Ve-Ze also working.
    Just lot of patient because you only one from hundreds casters staying shoulder to shoulder...
    A lot of tangling, mutual help, friendly jokes and good mood.. Remember: fish is just a bonus to fishing!
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    Re: help for salmon fishing on foot

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    Looking to get some hardware to throw I see a lot people mentioning flying c and other spoons/spinners, I was wondering what is the bet size/weight to try out? Thanks!
    The Mepps Flying C heavy body is sold in 2 sizes that I have seen, the 5/8 and 7/8 ounce. The heavier 7/8 ounce in chartreuse w/silver blade is probably the most commonly used along with the dark pink/red w/silver blade. If fishing the Minnow Hole where it's deep with strong current you can add a 1/2 ounce egg weight if you want but it's not necessary. They come in orange also and have a variation of blade colors but silver is good when the sun is hitting the water for flashing effect. The size 5 blue foxes and old Mepps spinners were mostly used back in the 90's and early 2000's but when the Flying C hit the market it took off. I mostly fish off the bank on the Sac locally and that is what I see used now 90% of the time.
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    Re: help for salmon fishing on foot

    I caught one at Minnow Hole a couple of weeks ago using a Flying C. Flying Cs and similar, such as the Blue Fox are the standard out there. It's cast, wait a handful of seconds for the lure to sink, and retrieve. Here's my video of my first catch:

    Quote Originally Posted by cardead View Post
    Yes I am seeking help on catching my first salmon I can take home. I would be fishing around the Freeport area and the sunrise area to nimbus dam. but I will be on foot. Any advice on rigs, bait, or lures I would be most grateful for.

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    Re: help for salmon fishing on foot

    Looking to get some hardware to throw I see a lot people mentioning flying c and other spoons/spinners, I was wondering what is the bet size/weight to try out? Thanks!

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    Re: help for salmon fishing on foot

    Quote Originally Posted by xwhyzi View Post
    100% realistic.
    Every year I catch them with flying Cs.
    Sacramento river and American river. It might be tough now. But wait until september-October and it's fish on almost every day.
    I fish from my boat almost exclusively in the Garcia Bend and Freeport area. In mid September through November there are always a lot of bank fishermen just south of the Freeport Bridge. I have lost count of the times I have seen a bank fisherman there landing a salmon. If I were to fish off the bank that is one area I would try.

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