Northern CA Freshwater

Salmon fishing heats up near Verona

BY ANDY MARTIN/WON Staff WriterPublished: Sep 13, 2018

VERONA — Schools of salmon have been biting well as they move through the Verona area on the Sacramento River, where anglers anchoring and running FlatFish as well as those trolling spinners are catching fish.

“The salmon fishing has picked up pretty well, at least around Verona,” said Tim Boggs of Elkhorn Outdoor Sports in Rio Linda. “Every day it seems like it is getting a little better. From Verona north to Beer Can Beach they are getting quite a few salmon. The average is probably 18 pounds. There have been some smaller ones come in around 15 pounds and some coming in from 25 to 28 pounds. This week around here it has been pretty decent.”

salmonkeepSALMON KEEP POURING into the Feather and Sacramento river systems, and guide Cameron Tucker of Tucker’s Guide Service is staying on top of them. On Sept. 7, his clients “James, Aiden, Josh, and Kc” got their limit of kings on the Feather while fishing with him.

Boggs said anchoring with plugs is the top producer, in part because that’s what most anglers are doing. “They are either trolling with Silvertrons or on anchor with plugs,” Boggs said. “I think it is probably a little bit better anchor fishing, because more people are on anchor than trolling.”

One of the fish Boggs saw was a 22.5-pound king caught by Leon Stepp of Rio Linda. He was using a K14 Kwikfish. His grandson, Jarrod Abraca caught an 18.5-pound salmon.

Boggs also said a few salmon are being caught on the Sacramento River from Freeport to Garcia Bend on jigs, and a bunch of salmon from Corning to Red Bluff. “These fish are from Freeport all the way to Red Bluff,” Boggs said. “There is a long string of fish and they are coming up in spurts. You pretty much have to be there when a group comes through but they seem to be coming up consistently.”

The cooler water temperatures compared to last year has the fish biting better around Verona and elsewhere, Boggs said. “The water temperature is a little bit cooler,” Boggs said. “The fish seem to be holding a whole lot better than last year. At the mouth of the Feather it is 68 degrees. That is a little warm but a whole lot better than the 73 and 75 degrees like we had last year. They are tending to hold a little better and are a little more aggressive.”

Larry Barnes of Sacramento Pro Tackle confirmed the best reports in the metro area are coming from the Verona area. Elsewhere, the salmon fishing has been a little slower the past week, Barnes said, but fish are moving through.

SAC. RIVER KING — Ben Smith of Yuba City shows off a nice king salmon he caught on the Sacramento River north of Chico while fishing with Cameron Tucker of Tucker’s Guide Service.

riverhenRIVER HEN — Marc Reinoso of Los Angeles caught this hen king salmon while on a guided trip with Cameron Tucker of Tucker’s Guide Service on the Sacramento River.

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