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Northern CA Freshwater Fishing Report

Salmon fishing good on the American as closure looms

BY JIM JONES/WON Staff WriterPublished: Oct 24, 2011

RANCHO CORDOVA — Salmon fishing on the American River continued to be very good, as the season on the salmon spawning area approaches its annual closure — upstream of the power lines crossing the river at Ancil Hoffman Park to the USGS cable at Nimbus Hatchery — on Oct. 31.


This writer visited Nimbus Basin and Sailor Bar Park last weekend and found lots of anglers catching lots of salmon, although very few were bright, recently arrived fish. Wading anglers are drifting roe and beads, while boaters are drifting roe and backtrolling Kwikfish and FlatFish.


Night fishing at the lower end of the river has been very slow, however. Some steelhead are being caught, but they are mostly small, in the 2- to 3-pound class, and fishing for them was slow last week. Spin fishermen were drifting nightcrawlers and roe, or swinging spinners and spoons. Fly fishers were dead-drifting egg and caddis patterns under indicators and swinging steelhead streamers.

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