Northern CA Freshwater

Salmon heats up in Sacramento metro area

BY ANDY MARTIN/WON Staff WriterPublished: Sep 20, 2018

VERONA — Limits are salmon are being caught in the Verona area, while action also has picked up from the mouth of the American down to Freeport and guides are beginning to work the Sacramento Metro part of the river for bright kings.

“This week has been pretty steady. It has been pretty good,” said Tim Boggs of Elkhorn Outdoor Sports in Rio Linda. “I head of 18 at Verona yesterday. The fish are spread out from Freeport to Red Bluff and Redding.” Boggs said anglers are anchoring near Verona and running spinners with good results, especially early in the morning.

upriverkingUPRIVER KING — Dominick Onaate, 16 years old, caught his nice king while fishing the Sacramento River between Los Molinos and Woodson Bridge with Capt. Robert Weese of Northern Cal. Guide Service last week.

Larry Barnes of Sacramento Pro Tackle said fishing also picked up last week at the mouth of the American, where cooler water has salmon slowing down and holding. “They kicked the flows up on the American and it has cooled the water off at the mouth,” Barnes said. “There were eight fish caught from shore this morning and more from the boats. It improved greatly with the cooler water.”

Bank anglers are using Mepps Flying C spinners, Barnes said and lots of jacks also have shown up at Discovery Park.

Guide Monte Smith ran his first salmon trip of the season last week, trolling between Garcia Bend and Freeport. Don Smith of Oakdale caught a bright salmon while fishing with Smith. He was using a Brad’s pug cut lure and a Pro Troll flasher.

With good salmon fishing out of the Golden Gate again last week, anglers expect big numbers of salmon to continue to move through the Metro area.

THE SAC METRO area is now kicking out bright king salmon, and Don Smith of Oakdale caught this bright Sacramento River salmon on Monday, Sept. 10 while fishing with his son and pro-guide Monte Smith of Gold Country Sportfishing. They were using Brad’s cut plugs and ProTroll flashers.

woodsonbridgeonWOODSON BRIDGE ON the Sacramento River was the spot for success for Gracie Maddox, Ali Maddox, John Maddox and Joe Maddox, who caught limits of king salmon from 12 to 28 pounds on T55 FlatFish with fresh sardine wrap while fishing with guide Robert Weese of Northern California Guide Service last week.

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