Upper Section Yields Bright Kings
Fishing pressure on the American River continues to be very light, but some hard-working fishermen reported bagging bright king salmon while shore fishing and wading in the upper river.
“Some anglers fishing below the Hazel Avenue Bridge are hooking salmon while tossing out spinners,” said Tim Boggs at Elkhorn Bait and Tackle. “For example, Jim Daley of Sacramento landed two salmon weighing 12 and 17 pounds while tossing out a Mepps Flying C spinner below the Hazel Avenue Bridge on two separate trips. One fish was a male and the other was a female.”
Anglers have caught a few salmon at the mouth of the American River while fishing K14 Kwikfish without rattles or spinners, reported Alan Fong at Fisherman’s Warehouse in Sacramento.
Striped bass fishing is worth a shot in the pools and runs of the lower river from Watt Avenue to the mouth. Anglers should toss out top water lures including Zara Spooks and Pencil Poppers in the early morning and late evening hours and switch to fishing jumbo minnows and cut sardines during the day.
Releases to the American River below Nimbus Dam are now 2750 cfs.Back To Reports