The Fish Sniffer - Stripers Still Best Bet Until Fall Salmon Arrive
Stripers Still Best Bet Until Fall Salmon Arrive

Written By: Dan Bacher, September 2, 2014
Species: River Salmon Stripers
Location: American River - Lower,

(Sacramento) Striped bass remain the top prospect for anglers looking to hook up fish on the lower American until the fall salmon run arrives.

“The salmon fishing at the mouth of the river and the dredger holes has been very slow,” said Dennis Pfanner at Sacramento Pro Tackle. “Anglers casting wormtail and bucktail jigs are picking up some stripers, but few are out trying.”

Most of the keeper stripers go 18 to 26 inches, but you always have the opportunity when fishing the American to hook a monster striper weighing up to 50 pounds. Drift minnows or throw Pencil Poppers and Zara Spooks early and late in the day. 

The Bureau of Reclamation recently decreased flows in the lower American River below Nimbus Dam from 1,500 cubic feet per second to 800 cfs to prepare the Nimbus Fish Hatchery weir foundation for picket installation. The releases were then increased back to 1500 cfs, according to Randi Field of Reclamation.

The fish weir structure is installed annually to guide spawning Chinook salmon into the hatchery fish ladder. 


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