Northern California Salmon Fishing Report, Sacramento River Salmon Fishing November 20, 2016

     Sacramento River salmon fishing for Late Fall Run Chinook Salmon came to a screeching halt today, November 20, 2016.  Sacramento River water levels are on a steep rise currently and expected by the National Weather Service to crest at 18,000 cubic feet per second Monday November 21, around noon. The recent storm that passed through Northern California had considerable precipitation and run off was inevitable. This is a natural occurring event that happens most years during the Late Fall Run of Chinook Salmon and before the end of the salmon fishing season on the Sacramento River on December 16, 2016. 

This is a screenshot by Mike Rasmussen of SalmonSacRiver.com showing the hydrography for the Sacramento River in Corning, Ca at Woodson Bridge. 

This is a screenshot by Mike Rasmussen of SalmonSacRiver.com showing the hydrography for the Sacramento River in Corning, Ca at Woodson Bridge. 

     "As a salmon fishing guide on the Sacramento River here in Northern California we are accustom to the realization that at anytime after the middle of October we could have a rain event that shuts us down temporarily as the river drops and clears up." Salmon fishing guide Mike Rasmussen with SalmonSacRiver.com explains. Rasmussen also explained the importance of this river rise that shut his daily Late Fall Salmon fishing down on the Sacramento River.  The very endangered and depleted spring run salmon smolts born to the Sacramento River naturally are starting their outgoing migration as little fingerlings. A very long and dangerous journey to the Pacific Ocean. "Striper predation was as obvious as it gets yesterday afternoon as we wrapped up our salmon fishing trip on the Sacramento River. I showed my guest Adam Benoit from Vacaville, Ca the massacre that takes place on the endangered baby salmon as they flush out of native tributaries into the Sacramento River." Says Rasmussen with obvious disgust. He explained how himself and guest Adam watched stripers sucking helpless babies right off the surface repeatedly on a shallow gravel bar below a tributary of the Sacramento River. The veteran salmon fishing guide thought he believed a hundred baby salmon had been consumed by striped bass in the less then one hour it took him to make his last pass of the day back bouncing Flatfish down that particular salmon fishing hole. So as Rasmussen pointed out, although having to stop running salmon fishing trips on the Sacramento River for a few days, SalmonSacRiver.com salmon fishing guide Mike Rasmussen says it's well worth the trade to have a few days off, while the much safer and more rapid migration during higher dirty water ensures a better percentage of endangered Spring Run Chinook make it back to spawn three years from now. The Sacramento River water flows without run off trickle down the Sacramento Valley at a sustained reduced flow of around 4,000 cfs.  At this sustained rate of hydrological release from Keswick Dam in Redding, Ca at this legaly bottom line release flow, very few if any naturally born spring run baby salmon would survive the migration. And at this point every surviving fingerling helps. Fun Fact!! The Spring Run Salmon was the most abundant salmon of the Sacramento Rivers four runs of Chinook Salmon that migrate up the river. Now it is depleted almost to a science experiment level to keep its existence. 

Photo taken by Northern California salmon fishing guide Mike Rasmussen of SalmonSacRiver.com. Photo was taken around 1:00pm in Red Bluff, Ca as the Sacramento River is rising and "blowing out". This wave of water will ensure more safe passage for endangered baby Chinook Salmon.  

Photo taken by Northern California salmon fishing guide Mike Rasmussen of SalmonSacRiver.com. Photo was taken around 1:00pm in Red Bluff, Ca as the Sacramento River is rising and "blowing out". This wave of water will ensure more safe passage for endangered baby Chinook Salmon.

 

     The Late Fall Run Chinook Salmon fishing report, as reported by Northern California salmon fishing guide Mike Rasmussen of SalmonSacRiver.com remained about the same for the second consecutive week since their (Late Fall Run Salmon) arrival into the Sacramento River system above Knights Landing, Ca. Mike Rasmussen report the action as "So, So". "I have been anchored in the morning hours from daylight until around 11:00am. Targeting moving salmon as these fish are quick to migrate up the Sacramento River. Then switching to a slow troll or back bouncing  in the deeper holding holes of the Sacramento River when the sun is high and the salmon are feeling vulnerable. We have been averaging between one and three opportunities at these Late Fall Run King Salmon every day. I say opportunities because they are just that (a chance at catching a king salmon)." Reports Rasmussen.  The seasoned guide also mentioned that days do end this time of year with a empty fish box occasionally. The power and strength of this particular run of Sacramento River Salmon makes them sometimes difficult to get to the net. These salmon fight hard and try their hardest two twist, jump and roll their way free tearing your hooks free from their mouths. SalmonSacRiver.com salmon fishing guide Mike Rasmussen ensures all efforts are made to provide a full day of salmon fishing on the Sacramento River for his guests. And in the event a day ends with very limited or no opportunities on your trip, Rasmussen makes all efforts to put you back in a boat at a time in the future that accommodates himself and his clients. Seldom but occasionally this occurs this time of year with these quickly migrating fish and customer satisfaction is important to the SalmonSacRiver.com crew.

     Late Fall Run Chinook Salmon have worked their way all the way to the end of their run at the famous "Barge Hole" in Cottonwood, Ca. Before the recent storms Rasmussen had spent the majority of his time guiding salmon near Colusa, Ca as the salmon had not made it up the Sacramento River far enough to catch at his home water near Corning, Ca at Woodson Bridge. On November 19, 2016 SalmonSacRiver.com salmon fishing guide Mike Rasmussen made his move up river and fished out of Woodson Bridge for a Salmon/Striped Bass combo trip with guest Adam Benoit from Vacaville, Ca. Rasmussen reported guest Adam Benoit landed a 18 pound chrome male Late Fall Run Chinook Salmon. The condition were poor for casting for striped bass and none were reported caught by the duo. One other king was lost on the last pass of the day after the pair moved to Red Bluff, Ca to try their luck up river. Rasmussen also reported he will be finishing up the remainder of the Sacramento River salmon season at Woodson Bridge near Corning, Ca. To book a trip for these trophy king salmon call Mike at 530-722-8876 or visit the "Book Now" page of the SalmonSacRiver.com website. Gift Certificates are available through the holidays for families or friends who would like to purchase a fishing trip as a gift. Good for one year from the date of purchase. 

 

 

 

Adam Benoit from Vacaville, Ca hold a 18 pound Late Fall Run buck Chinook Salmon he caught with SalmonSacRiver.com salmon fishing guide Mike Rasmussen on November 19, 2016 on the first pass of the morning on the Sacramento River at Woodson Bridge near Corning, Ca.  

Adam Benoit from Vacaville, Ca hold a 18 pound Late Fall Run buck Chinook Salmon he caught with SalmonSacRiver.com salmon fishing guide Mike Rasmussen on November 19, 2016 on the first pass of the morning on the Sacramento River at Woodson Bridge near Corning, Ca.

 

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