The Fish Sniffer - Salmon Action Remains Tough
Salmon Action Remains Tough

Written By: Dan Bacher, August 3, 2014
Species: River Salmon Stripers
Location: Sacramento River- Middle,

(Chico) King salmon fishing on the Sacramento River has been very slow since opening day, July 16, and many guides have rescheduled trips until more fish arrive in the system.

“The Fish and Wildlife fish counter reported 9 salmon for 62 boats on the opener and the salmon fishing continues to be slow,” said James Stone of Elite Sportsmen Guide Service. “We caught one 13 lb. striped bass while fishing at Flatfish with sardine wrapper in the Chico area on opening day, but no salmon.”

“Yesterday we hooked and lost one salmon while fishing roe and caught and released two steelhead in the 2 lb. range,” said Stone.

He noted that the water temperature is 62 degrees at Woodson Bridge and 66 degrees downriver at Ord Bend.

“There aren’t many salmon being caught on the Sacramento from Colusa to Tisdale,” confirmed Bob Boucke at Johnson’s Bait and Tackle. “A few anglers are hooking some legal stripers in the stretch from Chico to the Red Sea while using minnows, black plastic worms and cut baits.”

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