The Fish Sniffer - Anglers Tough It Out For Salmon
Anglers Tough It Out For Salmon

Written By: Dan Bacher, August 3, 2014
Species: River Salmon
Location: American River - Lower,

(Sacramento) Salmon fishing has been slow on the American River since the season started on July 16, with only a few anglers reporting catching chinooks.

“I haven’t heard of anybody hooking salmon yet while trolling in the dredger holes of the lower American,” reported Dennis Pfanner of Sacramento Pro Tackle. “However, a couple of guys reported hooking four salmon in the 12 to 18 pound range while fishing Mepps Flying C spinners in blue/yellow and chartreuse in Nimbus Dam.”

Until the salmon fishing picks up, your top prospect is to fish for striped bass with cut anchovies or sardines or live minnows. Anglers throwing out white/chartreuse swimbaits, Zara Spooks and other top water lures should also be able to hook some striped bass while fishing the holes on the lower American. Areas to try include Sailor Bar, Sunrise, El Manto, Rossmoor Bar, Ancil Hoffman Park, Goethe Park, Gristmill, Watt Avenue, Howe Avenue and below Cal Expo.

The Bureau of Reclamation cut releases from Nimbus Dam into the American River from1750 cfs to 1500 cfs on July 29 for purposes of “storage conservation,” according to Randi Field of the Bureau.  

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