Northern CA Freshwater

Red Bluff: Barge Hole hit-and-miss for salmon

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

RED BLUFF — Salmon fishing is fair from Corning to the Red Bluff area, and in the Barge Hole, but the action has been hit-and-miss. Anglers hope this week’s rain and cooler weather will give the action a boost.

flatfishkngFLATFISH KING — Kim Greene of Fernley, Nevada, fished with guide Robert Weese of Northern California Guide Service and caught this 32-pound king on a secret sauce marinated sardine-wrapped T55 FlatFish at the Barge Hole above Red Bluff.

“The Sacramento has been spotty,” said guide Robert Weese of Northern California Guide Service. “They are catching them, but it hasn’t been consistent.”

The Barge Hole is hot one day, then slow, Weese said. “At the Barge Hole one day is good and another day is slow,” he said. “On Saturday they caught 50 fish among 20 boats. On Sunday, 20 boats caught maybe 10 fish. There are a ton of fish, but they just don’t want to bite.”

Dragging roe has been effective in the Corning area as salmon blast through on their way upstream. Fish also are being caught at Woodson Bridge and near Red Bluff.

Guides said the next four weeks should be the peak of the season on the Sacramento River, and new fish should continue to move in from the ocean. After a lull in late October and early November, the bigger late-fall kings will arrive from mid-November through mid-December.

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