Northern CA Freshwater

Salmon fishing slows in metro area as flows drop

BY ANDY MARTIN/WON Staff WriterPublished: Nov 07, 2018

SACRAMENTO — Salmon fishing was solid on the Sacramento River in the metro area early last week, but slowed over the weekend as low flows slowed the movement of fresh kings from the bay.

LATE RIVER KING — John Hildebrandt of Modesto shows off a bright chrome king salmon that he caught while fishing with captain Monte Smith on the Sacramento River on a recent trip. The fish fell for a Brads Cut plug fished behind a Pro Troll flasher fished off a Phenix rod.

Guide Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing got his customer into limits the first half of the week trolling Brad’s plug-cut lures and Pro Troll flashers. The action slowed as the week went on, however, as few new fish appeared to be moving upstream.

Michael Abourezk and Daniel Vasquez caught bright kings on Halloween with Smith and they lost another fish. Smith also limited out the day before.

With flows cut back from Keswick Dam, as well as on the Feather, salmon fishing has slowed. Guides said fishing should improve as rain pulls fresh kings in from the ocean and jump start the late-fall run.

Mike Searcy of Johnson’s Bait and Tackle in Yuba City said he heard reports of fresh kings arriving this week in the Verona area, possibly the same school Smith encountered earlier in the week. “I have heard of some nice fish moving into the Sacramento in the Verona and Knight’s Landing area,” Searcy said. “They are getting some chrome fish. Some guys are trolling spinners but they are not doing as good as the guys with plugs.”

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