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American River looking good for steelhead opener

BY JIM JONES/WON Staff WriterPublished: Dec 19, 2011

RANCHO CORDORA — Perhaps a bit lost in the holiday season and the first full salmon season on the Sacramento and its major tributaries is the upcoming steelhead season on the American River starting Jan. 1. 


The opener in the stretch know as the salmon spawning closure area upstream of the power lines crossing the river at Ancil Hoffman Park to the USGS cable crossing the river at Nimbus Hatchery should be a pretty good one, based on the number of adult steelhead that  have been climbing the ladder at the Hatchery. Flows are very fishable, too, at 2,000 cfs.


J. D. Richey of J. D. Richey Sportfishing has been making drift boat trips in the open section of the river, and while he hasn’t tangled with any of those 8-pound plus brutes seen in the hatchery, he has been putting his clients onto several smaller steelies from 2 to 4 pounds a day side-drifting roe and a Fish Pill.


There continues to be lots of fishing pressure in Nimbus Basin, and It’s clear that quite a few salmon are continuing to make it through the fish screens meant to divert fish into the fish ladder and into the holding ponds.   

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