At press time the Sacramento River from Hamilton City, Ca to Red Bluff, Ca continues to have excellent action. With several species of fish being targeted in the same day. The options for the guests to catch any combination of Rainbow Trout, American Shad, and Striped Bass in the same trip has kept SalmonSacRiver.com salmon fishing guide Mike Rasmussen extremely busy this past week. "Catching fish hasn't been the problem this week. The 100+ degree daytime temperatures have been our worst enemy. It runs us off the Rainbow Trout bite by 1:00pm." Explains Mike. Full days are needed to complete the trifecta. Mike usually suggest a four hour break during the hottest part of the day. He continues his trips around 5:00pm and fishes the American Shad until dusk. While the morning portion of the trip is spent catching Stripers on small top water baits and swim baits. Their primary diet of sacramento river baby salmon smolts is still driving the stripers to show themselves on the surface as they eat the last few straggling salmon smolt from the previous night. Small swim baits such as the Reaction Inovations little dipper in the color of white trash. Also, smaller storm swim baits have been working well . "Match the hatch," says Mike. You are gunna want to use a scaled down versions of all usual size striper lures. Baits that are between three and four inches. The actual size of there primary food source.
While we all wait for the King Salmon season to open here on the a Sacramento River, Mike and John have excellent fishing opportunities to pass the next month and a half. The American Shad fishing remains action packed. Mike sticks with the original green curly tail grub as his bait of choice while casting for the shad in the evenings. The majority of the mornings have been spent catching Rainbow Trout to two pounds, while drifting cricket/meal worm combo with a piece of pencil lead. Mike reports double digit action for about four hours of drifting. And the early summer dayl