SACRAMENTO — The sketchy reports we had in by 11 a.m. on Monday morning, opening day for salmon fishing on the Sacramento and Feather rivers, among other areas, was that fishing was mostly slow, with at least one excellent result.
Guide Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service had an excellent report from out of Hamilton City where he started at first legal fishing light, and when we talked to him at 7:45 he had just boxed his 5th bright chrome king for three anglers. He used Brad's KillerFish for all of them with sardine wraps, and they were all 18 to 24 pounds. He said he hadn't seen wide-open fishing like that in years and years.
WON Staffer Jim Jones fished with guide John Enos of Big John's Guide Service on the Feather River, and they had two bright kings of 18 pounds, caught by Jones, and 21 pounds, caught by Marty Beaver of Grass Valley for the morning, using "Klingons," a homemade lure using two attached Kwikfish with wraps.
Jones said the Feather River wasn't crowded, and there were maybe 2 dozen boats and 50 shore anglers from Gridley to below Thermalito Outflow. He said he only heard of a few more fish on the whole river. The high flows of 7,000 cfs last week undoubtedly pushed the fish upriver into the low flow.
Elkhorn Bait & Tackle reported 57 boats fishing the mouth of the American River at the Sacramento River Monday morning, and only 3 fish had been landed by about 8 a.m.
Western Outdoor News will have a more comprehensive report on overall results throughout the north state in next week's issue.
THE SACRAMENTO RIVER salmon opener was red hot for guide Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service out of Hamilton City, and he had 5 kings 18 to 24 pounds boxed by 7:45 a.m. for Conner Ortiz, 6 years old, and dad Cos. Here Mike Rasmussen of Red Bluff helps out with the second of his 2-fish limit. All five salmon landed were on sardine wrapped Brads KF-16 killerfish plugs. Fishing in the Feather River was reported as "slow" by staffer Jim Jones who fished with guide John Enos of Big John's Guide Service. They had one 18-pound king by 7:30 a.m., but were still fishing.