The Fish Sniffer - Upper River Opens January 1
Upper River Opens January 1

Written By: Dan Bacher, December 29, 2013
Species: Steelhead
Location: American River - Lower,

The upper section of the American River that closed to fishing on October 31 will reopen to steelhead fishing on January 1, 2014. Expect to find a big crowd and tough fishing conditions, due to low, cold and clear water conditions.

“Shore anglers have been catching some small steelhead in the 1 to 2 pound range, along with an occasional larger 5 to 6 lb. fish,” reported Yee Vang at Broadway Bait Rod & Gun. “They’ve been drifting nightcrawlers and salmon roe in the Howe Avenue and Paradise Beach areas.”

Dennis Pfanner at Sacramento Pro Tackle confirmed the challenging conditions. “Anglers are hooking a few fish in the lower river while using nightcrawlers, roe, spinners and spoons,” he noted.

Nimbus Fish Hatchery saw another good return of fall Chinook salmon last year. The facility trapped a total of 9,040 fish this year, compared to 9,257 fish in 2012, according to Gary Novak, hatchery manager.

The steelhead numbers to date are down from last year -103 versus 322 fish.

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