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Written By: Dan Bacher, April 28, 2014
Location: American River - Lower,
The Bureau of Reclamation released fish pulse flows, designed to get juvenile salmon downriver, from Nimbus Dam from April 21 through April 25.
The increased flows were made at the request of the state and federal fish agencies, according to Randi Field, Bureau spokesman.
The flows increased from 500 to 1500 cfs on April 21. Then on April 24, the Bureau began ramping down the releases.
The flows went from 1500 to 1300 cfs on April 24 and from 1300 cfs to 800 cfs on April 25
These flows should not help get juvenile salmon and steelhead downriver on their migration to the ocean, but should draw more American shad and striped bass into the river.
Shad are already showing at the mouth of the American at Discovery Park – and these increased flows can only help the fishing. Anglers can target the shad with darts, Teeny Rounders, Fle Flies and shad flies in the lower section of the river below the SMUD powerline at the southwest boundary of Ancil Hoffman Park until the upper section of he river opens on May 1.
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