Salmon fishing on the Sacramento River has continued to remain solid around the Woodson Bridge region of the Sacramento River. Near Corning, Ca. Fishing guides still working this stretch of river have found great success this last week using primarily lures. Kwikfish, and Flatfish wrapped with sardine, tuna bellies, or herring have been producing better then the cured salmon roe. Which salmon fishing guides have primarily relied on for the season thus far. John Pearl of J.P. Guide Service and https://salmonsacriver.com had a exceptional week of salmon fishing. Using tuna bellies wrapped on his Flatfish, for limits of big adult king salmon for his clients. As apposed to the limits of primarily jacks being brought in by anglers and guides drifting cured salmon roe. Occasionally dragging (drifting) has produced some adult salmon, but the much faster jack (smaller 2 year old salmon) salmon seem to get to the eggs much more quickly then the older 3 year old adult salmon. And of course there is the obvious fact that there are certainly an abundance of them. Which by the way, shows great signs of a great return of the larger 3 year old salmon next season. When the majority of the spawned year class of 2016 fall run chinook salmon are scheduled by mother nature to return to the Sacramento River.
Here’s a troubling topic, and question. Will F&W take any action on behalf of salmon anglers world wide who travel to Northern California and the Sacramento River in search of great salmon fishing. Along with the opportunity to retain and posses the highly desired and sought after “wild” Pacific king salmon, for consumption. The changing of the daily bag and possession limit was changed (in river only) by the DFW (Department of Fish and Wildlife) from two fall run chinook salmon, to one single fall run chinook salmon per day and two in possession earlier this spring in April, 2018. This coming as just another blow to the salmon fishing enthusiast and sport fishing guides who rely on these king salmon for the majority of their annual income. The changes made to in river salmon fishing by the DFW came on the heels of the release of the Pacific Marine Fisheries Committee ocean abundance report for Sacramento Valley salmon stocks. Claiming California’s salmon stocks were in jeopardy. The formula used by the PMF to estimate the ocean abundance of chinook salmon is rumored to have changed from the tradition jack count to estimate run size, to a formula which is unknown. I can safely say as a sport fishing guide spending the majority of my life on the Sacramento and Feather Rivers, the estimation of king salmon returning to the Sacramento Valley was missed by a long shot by the powers that be. So again the question will remain as to what the DFW will do to rectify the obvious error in Sacramento Valley salmon stock estimations. That now can be counted with certainty. I wouldn’t hold your breath as a sportsman that any changes will rightfully be made. Sadly it will again be the Northern California sportsman who suffer. And with the abundance of “jacks” in river it’s safe to assume next year will have a solid return of three year older adult king salmon coming back to spawn in the Sacramento Valley.
Regardless of political issues currently facing the Sacramento Valley fall run chinook salmon, there is some good news! The salmon fishing currently, is fun and exciting. As it should be in early October for eager anglers looking to enjoy this annual fall tradition. From Woodson Bridge in Corning, Ca up river over 50 miles to the world famous “Barge Hole” near Coleman National Fish Hatchery in Cottonwood, Ca and everything in between, is loaded up with fall run chinook salmon backed up and waiting for mother natures call to action (spawning). Until the first significant rainfall comes to Northern California and raises the Sacramento River and primarily its tributary Battle Creek (where Coleman National Fish Hatchery resides), calling the salmon to instinctually leave the river and surge into their final destination at the hatchery. The salmon will continue to hold and stack up in the upper Sacramento River. Becoming increasingly closer to sexual maturity these kings start to change in appearance (grow big teeth, change color, ect..) and become extremely aggressive. Currently on the Sacramento River some of the early arriving chinooks are going through these changes of life. As well as newly arriving chinooks that are in much better shape. Still holding a silver appearance and lacking the physical changes like the hooked jaw and large teeth. The older fish who have been growing increasingly cranky and protective went off on sardine wrapped lures like Kwikfish, and Flatfish this week. Bringing more large adult salmon to the chopping block. While using cured salmon roe brought the smaller and more bright (fresh) two year old jack salmon to the fillet table. Success was shared by most salmon fishing guides this past week no matter what the method of catch was. The bottom line is that there are plenty of targets in the river to go after. And salmon fishing should remain excellent throughout the month of October or until Mother Nature rings her bell.
There are plenty of opportunities still remaining on the Sacramento River and Feather Rivers to catch quality Northern California King Salmon. The Feather River near Oroville, Ca will remain open to salmon fishing until October 15, 2018 and continues to stay open below the Live Oak, Ca Rock Dam for a extended period of time. The Sacramento River will remain open to salmon fishing until December 16, 2018. The Fall Run Chinook salmon currently being fished for will remain excellent for the remainder of the month of October or until the first significant Pacific rain storm raises the Sacramento River. Directly coinciding with the ending of the Fall Run Chinook Salmon, will be the beginning of the second run of king salmon on the Sacramento River. The Late Fall Run Chinook Salmon (one of the four different runs of salmon only the Sacramento River possesses) These genetically superior salmon start showing up in catchable numbers around Halloween. Sacramento River salmon fishing guides Mike Rasmussen salmonsacriver.com and Dave Jacobs sacramentofishing.com are currently taking reservations for customers wanting to fish for the biggest and best quality king salmon of the year on the Sacramento River. Guided Late Fall Run King Salmon fishing starts on November 1, 2018 for the pair of fishing guides and continues until the season closes on December 16, 2018. For booking a reservation to catch the big late fall run king salmon on the Sacramento River you may click on the website links above or call Mike Rasmussen by cell phone at 530-722-8876 and Dave Jacobs can be reached by cell phone at 530-646-9110. Don’t hesitate to book a reservation date for the late fall run salmon. Dates will fill up fast.
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