As chinook salmon surge upstream on their annual spawning run, anglers are catching their one fish limits on both the Sacramento and Feather rivers.
â€śSalmon fishing is really good at different areas on the Sacramento River, including Los Molinos, Woodson Bridge and the Barge Hole below the mouth of Battle Creek,â€ť Robert Weese of Northern California Guide Service said. â€śEach area is featuring top-notch fishing, but each spot is best approached with different techniques.
â€śFor example, at Woodson Bridge, after we hook two or three fish on plugs, then we switch over to side drifting roe on spinning gear. The salmon are averaging 15 to 30 pounds each. About 30 percent of the fish are bright.â€ť
Weese said anglers are also catching and releasing some rainbow trout and an occasional steelhead while fishing roe in the Red Bluff and Barge Hole areas.
â€śThe Feather River is producing limits of salmon also,â€ť Weese added. â€śOn Monday, two kids and their father and grandfather landed easy limits of salmon by 9 a.m. while fishing with me below the Thermalito Afterbay Outlet.â€ť
They caught the kings while both back trolling T-55 Flatfish with sardine wrappers and fishing roe. The fish were a mixture of bright and darker fish in the 10 to 20 lb. range. Information: (530) 755-7196.
Rob Reimers of Rustic Robâ€™s Guide Service also reported top-notch salmon action on the Feather River below the outlet while fishing Bradâ€™s Killer Fish lures in dragonfly and glow patterns.
His customers are catching their one fish limits most trips. The fish hooked lately in his boat have gone up to 25 pounds and have averaged in the high teens. â€śWeâ€™re seeing really bright fish, along with some darker ones,â€ť Reimers said. Information: (530) 632-0051.
Further downriver, salmon fishing is also heating up on the Sacramento River out of Vieiraâ€™s Resort. Anglers are hooking fish up to 27 pounds while trolling with Silvertron spinners from the mouth of the Sacramento Deepwater Channel to Walnut Grove.
Shore fishermen are also picking up increasing numbers of kings while tossing out Mepps Flying C and Blue Fox spinners from Discovery Park to Freeport. Boaters are trolling with Flatfish, Kwikfish, Bradâ€™s Cut Plugs and Silverton spinners.
Delta striped bass: Dave Hammond of Delta Pro Fishing reported â€świde-open limit-style fishingâ€ť on both the San Joaquin and Sacramento River sides of the Delta. On one recent trip, anglers fishing with him experienced multiple double hook-ups and even a trIple hook-up while trolling with deep-diving Yo-Zuri lures in shallow and deep water.
The stripers continue to show on the lower San Joaquin from Eddos Harbor to the Antioch Bridge and the Sacramento in the Sherman Island, West Bank and Collinsville areas, according to Hammond. Information: (916) 479-3492.
Farallon lingcod/rockfish: If you want to catch lingcod and rockfish, September and October are two of the best months to do it.
â€śWe had another spectacular day of fishing,â€ť James Smith, captain of the California Dawn in Berkeley, reported on Sunday. â€śOur group ended up with full limits of both lingcod and rockfish. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, with maybe 5 knots of wind all day. It made for good drifting and catching conditions.â€ť
The final count was 27 limits of lingcod (54) to 22 pounds and 27 limits of rockfish (270). Information: (510) 417-5557.