Summer Doldrums Hit The River
Very few anglers are hitting the Lower American River – and those who have been out haven’t reported catching many stripers or salmon.
Fortunately, the fishing should pick up as the water cools off this September and the fall run of kings begins to move into the river. The main fall run normally doesn’t move into the American until late September.
“Only a handful of salmon have been caught at the mouth of the American at Discovery Park so far this season and I haven’t heard of any landed in the lower river below the 80 Bridge,” said Uncle Larry Barnes at Sacramento Pro Tackle.
“The anglers who reported catching salmon below the Hazel Avenue Bridge earlier this season haven’t reported back lately,” noted Tim Boggs at Elkhorn Outdoor Sports in Rio Linda.
Anglers can expect to hook a few stripers while tossing out Zara Spooks and other top water lures early and late in the day into the holes on the river. Drifting live jumbo minnows and crayfish is also worth a shot.
The Bureau of Reclamation reduced releases into the American below Nimbus Dam from 2,750 cfs to 2,250 cfs on August 26.
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