Northern CA Freshwater

Red Bluff: Salmon fishing improves near Red Bluff, Corning

BY ANDY MARTIN/WON Staff WriterPublished: Aug 22, 2019

RED BLUFF – Guides fishing for king salmon on the Sacramento River between Red Bluff and Corning are reporting the best action so far this season, with a consistent fish-per-rod average as fresh kings move upriver.

Warm water on the lower end of the Sacramento River has salmon quickly bursting through the metro area toward the cooler water beginning around Corning. Guide Robert Weese of Northern California Guide Service said the 58-degree water near Red Bluff is ideal for salmon fishing.

featherfunFEATHER FUN — Elijah Shadden of Ridgecrest caught a king that weighed 30 pounds and was almost 36 inches long while backtrolling an “old school” T55 FlatFish with a sardine fillet while fishing with guide Robert Weese of Northern California Salmon Guide Service.

“We are seeing quite a few fish moving through,” Weese said. “Fishing is a little bit better than it was last week. I am fishing from Red Bluff to Woodson Bridge. I am running plugs and hanging bait and getting them all on plugs. They are moving upriver.”

Weese said good catches in the ocean out of San Francisco indicate big numbers of salmon are about to enter the Sacramento River. “As soon as this full moon cycle gets over it will probably be on full bore,” Weese said.

Ernest Tovinossoin of Sacramento caught a 15-pound king with Weese last week below Red Buff on a T55 FlatFish.

Portocarrero said with slow fishing at the Barge Hole, he is drifting bait in the Corning area. Good numbers of salmon are moving through, he said, yielding four to six kings a day for his boat. “We’ve landing 12 fish in three days. It is getting better,” Portocarrero said.

Portocarrero said he is adding a variety of scents to his bait, and drifting with light weight, mainly 2- to 3-inch slinkies with seven to eight shot. They key has been covering lots of water to intercept a few moving fish, he said. Most of the fish are holding in 12 to 14 feet of water, he said.

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