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Anderson: Bright kings appear at Barge Hole

BY ANDY MARTIN/WON Staff WriterPublished: Nov 29, 2019

ANDERSON — After a week of dismal fishing for salmon, action for late-fall kings perked up on the Sacramento River in the Anderson area, as big, bright fish are arriving at the Barge Hole.

bargeholekingBARGE HOLE KING — Jon Caldron of Sacramento holds a 25-pound king salmon caught Nov. 1 on the Sacramento River at the Barge Hole while fishing with guide Kirk Portocarrero of SacRiverGuide. He was drifting roe.

Guide Kirk Portocarrero of SacRiverGuides said he had been focusing on trout and steelhead, until a few of the late fall kings arrived just before the weekend. He has been back-trolling T55 FlatFish with sardine wraps, or drifting roe. “The last couple of days has produced some great late-fall king salmon,” Portocarrero said.


Rain is expected this week, and could draw more late-fall kings into the river. As long as the river doesn’t blow out, fish will move up through the end of the season, Portocarrero said. Salmon fishing closes after Dec. 16.


Fishing for trout and steelhead has been good from Keswick Dam to Red Bluff, with lots of action. Flows from Keswick Dam have stabilized near 5,000 cfs.


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