This holdover rainbow, bolted from the depths of Deer Creek and slammed a No. 12 Humpy drifted along an undercut bank.

Haunted Canyons, Beautiful Trout…

Indian massacres, settlers butchered, grizzly attacks and bloodthirsty highwaymen… Growing up I’d heard the stories from the old timers that ...
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Sergey Voznyuk of Sacramento displays a hefty shad that he landed at Harrington’s Access on the American River this May.

Unveiling The Mysteries of American River Shad

One of the most popular – and least understood fish – that anglers pursue on California’s Central Valley rivers in ...
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Richard Cummings tempted this husky Feather River female striper with a minnow, while fishing with Captain Manny of MSJ Guide Service and Cal Kellogg of The Fish Sniffer on May 5. The fish was released after the photo.

Fish Sniffer Readers Smack Feather River Stripers!

The Minn Kota was keeping the boat almost stationary below the falls on the Feather River. Using the term “falls” ...
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The heavily eroded Oroville Dam spillway after flows over the spillway stopped. Photo courtesy of DWR.

The Feather below Oroville Dam: A Tale of Two Rivers

There couldn’t be more of a contrast between the Feather River last fall during the salmon season and the same ...
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Greg Ferguson, CDFW Fish & Wildlife Technician, displays a big, beautiful Eel River-strain steelhead at Nimbus Fish Hatchery

CDFW Conducts American River Steelhead Study

Three separate strains of fish – the Eel River strain of American River steelhead, the Coleman Hatchery steelhead strain and ...
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Fish Sniffer Field Editor Mike McNeilly used a spoon to tempt this big male steelhead while fishing the Eel River.

Hardware For Steelhead

Here we are in the midst of one of the wettest winters in recent years, and I am writing about ...
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Roland Aspiras caught and released this hard-fighting steelhead on the American River below Nimbus Fish Hatchery in the winter of 2016.

High Flows Draw Some Steelhead Into American River

In the biggest release of water since 2006, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on December 16 increased releases to the ...
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This angler scored big time while trolling the Sacramento River near the California capital with Captain James Netzel on September 30.

California River Reports

American River Bureau Drops Flows To 1,000 Cfs by Dan Bacher (Sacramento) The Bureau of Reclamation has dropped releases into ...
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Jeff Bosshard and his daughter, Vivica, pose proudly with the huge king salmon that she landed while fishing the Feather River below the Thermalito Afterbay Outlet with Robert Weese of Northern California Guide Service.

Salmon Fishing Is A Family Affair On The Feather River

The area of the Feather River below the Thermalito Afterbay Outlet is legendary for the great steelhead and salmon fishing ...
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Yes, big king salmon do swim the Sacramento River. This happy angler scored during an August trip with Captain Kirk Portocarrero. Unfortunately, when the Fish Sniffer crew hit the river with Kirk the bite shut down and no salmon were harmed!

Late Summer Slump: The Fishing Gods Hate Me!

If you’re a long time Fish Sniffer reader, you know that when it comes to fishing success I lean toward ...
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This angler was all smiles after landing and releasing this huge Sacramento River brown trout during a spring trout fishing adventure. The fish couldn’t lay off a Dick Nite Spoon.

Wild Rainbows Offer Top Sport Until July 16 Salmon Opener

Temperatures are soaring in the upper reaches of the Sacramento Valley and that means it’s time the hit the Sacramento ...
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Miller Park Produces 27 Inch Shad!

An angler brought in a 27 inch shad to Broadway Bait Rod & Gun that he just caught on a ...
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