The 2016 Sacramento River salmon season has turned out like that old cliche "better late then never." We as Sacramento River salmon anglers endured the toughest start to a salmon season here on there Sacramento River in recent history, maybe ever. But like diehards we picked through the early season waiting and hoping for the big arrival. Well I think at this point it's safe to say that didn't happen and probably isn't going to happen on the level we are accustom to here on the Sacramento River. As we settled into September the usually big salmon fishing fleet that congregates on Woodson Bridge in Corning, Ca and Hamilton City, Ca spread out throughout the over half dozen boat ramps from Butte City, Ca all the way up to Roosters Landing in Anderson, Ca above the famous "Barge Hole". Some other Northern California salmon fishing guides went to the Feather River near Yuba City, Ca where easy limits were reached on most occasions. For the previous two weeks the Northern California fleet of salmon fishing guides was completely spread out and the Sacramento River got much more peaceful and more importantly quiet. "There were plenty of fish around, I mean not like previous years but more then I had seen all season, and there was only one maybe two other Sacramento River salmon fishing guides around in a eight mile stretch of the river and we didn't see each other very much. Explains Mike Rasmussen while holding back a smile. The Sacramento River salmon fishing guide with SalmonSacRiver.com reported having limits for the majority of the previous week salmon fishing in Corning, Ca at Woodson Bridge. It came to an end on Monday and Tuesday as Northern California's first storm of the year rolled into town sending the chinooks up river toward the spewing grounds. Sacramento River salmon fishing guide John Pearl also a guide for SalmonSacRiver.com reported joining Rasmussen in a double dip (relaunch) to the Theremlito Outlet were they hooked over a dozen salmon during the afternoon adventure to the combat capitol of California rivers. "It was like the good old days. 2001, 2002 now those were some good years on the Feather. There were a ton of salmon in the hole, thats for sure. It saved our asses today." Explained Pearl, and then added, "but there is no place like home and a lot of large three and four year old dime bright fish came through Woodson this week. And there is only one place they are headed to." John continued to say himself and Rasmussen would likely chase the big bright kings up river to the "canyon" below the Barge Hole or more then likely then not the Barge Hole itself this coming week. "I've been continually surprised at the quality of fish that continue to trickle through the Sacramento River in small waves and not stop to stage for the spawn. They just keep showing up randomly and are gone as fast as they came." Reports Rasmussen. "And these fish are worth chasing." Added the veteran guide.
With full moon event coming into full swing in ten days (October 16, 2016) the river should be primarily sucked clean of the residing Sacramento River king salmon remaining in the river. SalmonSacRiver.com fishing guides are going to focus on the Barge Hole down to Jelly's Ferry boat launch this coming week, while waiting for one last big push of Fall Run Chinook Salmon reported held up from Clarksburg, Ca to Rio Vista, Ca staging for their migration that will likely start this coming week with the full moon cycle and another much larger complex of Pacific storms set to start rolling in next Wednesday October, 12. Making the 2016 Fall Run Chinook the latest returning run historically on the Sacramento River. Rasmussen was also quick to point out that this Full Moon cycle is the one the first of the Late Fall Chinook Salmon use to gain entrance into the Sacramento River. "If the Sacramento River water conditions hold through this next set of storms we could be catching quality kings all the way through Halloween at the end of the month. And typically we have started catching the Late Fall Chinook Salmon by then, as far up river as Woodson Bridge in Corning, Ca." Rasmussen explains. When asked about availabilities for the remainder of the season, Rasmussen reported having a full calendar for the remainder of the month of October but has two other veteran Sacramento River salmon fishing guides with dates still open and willing to put salmon in the fish box for groups of two persons or more with a maximum of five guest in any one vessel. SalmonSacRiver.com is also now booking trips for the Late Fall King Salmon run that will run to the end of the season half way into December. Mike urges potential customers or anyone on the fence about booking a salmon fishing trip, not to hesitate, as the quality of the salmon in the Sacramento River system is still outstanding and unheard of at this point in the Sacramento River salmon season. Contact Mike Rasmussen about reservations for your salmon fishing adventure at (530) 722-8876 or for booking online visit SalmonSacRiver.com and go to the Book Now page on the website, and don't forget to visit the photo gallery page full of current up to date photos from our daily fishing trips. For those of you who would like to make contact my email, Mike can be reached at email@example.com. We look forward to making the remainder of your 2016 salmon season here on the Sacramento River in Northern California a positive and productive one, with most trips extended from the standard eight hours to a all day outing, or until boat limits are reached.
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