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Sacramento: Metro area hit and miss for late kings

BY ANDY MARTIN/WON Staff WriterPublished: Nov 07, 2019

SACRAMENTO — King salmon are continuing to trickle through the Sacramento River in the metro area, producing good action at times for anglers who happen to be trolling as the fish move through.

BIG METRO BUCK — Randy Graham of Stockton caught this big buck king salmon on the Sacramento River while fishing with Captain Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing using Pro Troll flashers and Brads cut plugs and a Phenix trifecta rod. He was fishing the Sac Metro area.

Guide Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing got into a school of salmon early last week, getting eight bites and landing six kings by 10 a.m. The biggest was a 24 pounder. He was trolling Pro Troll flashers and Brad’s plug cut lures between Miller Park and Garcia Bend.

He returned Sunday, and got 12-year-old Cody Charon and 14-year-old Logan Charon of Ione into their first-ever kings, this time on K14 Kwikfish with sardine wraps. “They cut the flows on the Sacramento a few days ago, so there is not much flow,” Smith said. “The fish are slowly trickling in. Some days will be really good. The fishing pressure has dropped.”

J.D. Richey of Richey’s Sport Fishing has been bouncing between the metropolitan Sacramento River and the American River before the closure this past week, and he said, “We have been trolling on the Sacramento and averaging between three and seven salmon per day with a mixture of light and dark fish. We have landed some big fish from the low to mid-20’s to a high of 34 pounds this week. There are still some nice bright fish around, but it feels like late November right now and not early November, as the run seems to be winding down. It shouldn’t be ending this early, and hopefully, I’m wrong.”

Tim Boggs of Elkhorn Outdoor Sports said salmon fishing has been slow near Verona, but a few large stripers are being caught. David Chow of Rio Linda caught a 28-pound striper and a 4 pounder on grass shrimp just down from Verona. “We normally don’t see fall-run stripers this high,” Boggs said. “These fish were super brigh and they were fresh out of the ocean.”

doublelimitspaulDOUBLE LIMITS — Paul Bonfiglio and John Kern, both of Modesto, proudly hold up their limits of king salmon that they caught on Monday, Oct. 28, while fishing with Captain Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing. They had six salmon by 10 a.m. that morning.

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