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Sacramento: Trollers pick away at metro area kings

BY ANDY MARTIN/WON Staff WriterPublished: Oct 18, 2019

SACRAMENTO — Salmon fishing isn’t wide open on the Sacramento River in the metro area, but there are plenty of fish around, with trollers picking away at kings between Miller Park and Garcia Bend, and anglers using jigs finding nice fish around Freeport.

brightchromeBRIGHT, CHROME KINGS are coming from the Sac. Metro area, and Ross Macleod of San Rafaelo caught this on Friday, Oct. 11, while fishing with Capt. Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing in the Metro area of the Sacramento River using a Brad’s cut plug behind a Pro Troll Flasher on a Phenix rod.

Guide Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing got into salmon on each of his trips last week, trolling downstream from Miller Park. He averaged three to four kings a day, all on Pro Troll flashers and Brad’s plug-cut herring lures. “There is an early morning bite that may last two to three hours,” Smith said. “Then from 11 to 1:30 it seems like it is dead for some reason.”


Smith said instead of trolling for miles at a time, he is concentrating on smaller areas and making multiple passes. Most of the salmon he is catching are coming on Pro Troll flashers and Brad’s super bait lures. “There are still a lot of fish to come,” Smith said. “There are a couple of slow days and then it picks back up.” Dan Schuster of Marin County caught a 21 pounder with Smith, while Brian Nebitt of Modesto caught a 20 pounder.


James Netzel of Tight Lines Guide Service caught several larger salmon last week, trolling in the metro area. He said the American River kings should show soon, providing more consistent action.


Tim Boggs of Elkhorn Outdoor Sports said trolling was good at times last week, but was inconsistent. The river also was crowded, especially near Garcia Bend. Fishing has slowed near Verona, but could improve as new fish move in from the ocean. Near Freeport, fishing has been consistent for anglers using PLine Lazer Minnows and other jigs.


Dennis Phanner of Sacramento Pro Tackle said he expects another shot of fish in the Sacramento. “They are getting salmon, but I wouldn’t say it is red hot,” he said. “There are some fish here and there. As well as they did out in the ocean, I would expect a lot more fish. I have a gut feeling it is a late run.”


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