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Upper Sacramento salmon biting, but watch the weather

BY ANDY MARTIN/WON Staff WriterPublished: Nov 09, 2017

ANDERSON — Salmon fishing picked up over the weekend on the Sacramento River between Anderson and Red Bluff, after fishing had been slow much of last week.

A big rainstorm expected to soak Northern California this week could put a damper on salmon fishing for a few days, or could spark a good bite, guides said after looking at the forecast on Sunday.


quickandfinalQUICK AND FINAL — WON reader and subscriber Steve Switzer of Sunnyvale brought his son-in-law out for a day’s fishing on the Sacramento River with guide Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing on Oct. 28. They landed three kings in 45 minutes, and that was it for the day!


“They are saying 1 to 4 inches of rain in the foothills and 1 to 2 inches in the valley,” said guide Robert Weese of Northern California Guide Service. “If we get 2 to 3 inches, the river will blow out. If it doesn’t rain that much, the river will stay fishable.”


Weese said although anglers will be off the water for a few days if the river blows out, the upper end near the Barge Hole could fish really well as it comes back into shape. “The rain will bring in new salmon,” Weese said. If we get a big push of rain and the river comes up pretty good, it will spur those fish to move.”


Over the weekend, new salmon arrived at the Barge Hole. “I would say they are early late-fall fish because of the timing,” Weese said. “They are nice and silver.” FlatFish plugs with sardine wraps are tricking salmon in the mornings, while roe is working the rest of the day.


There have also been new hatchery steelhead in the Anderson area, as well as some wild rainbows. Many guides are catching two or three steelhead a day while salmon fishing. On Saturday, Weese’s customer caught a jack and three small adult kings. “We caught one on a plug and three on roe,” he said.


Pressure at the Barge Hole has been light.


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