Clear Water Conditions Challenge Salmon Enthusiasts

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(Sacramento) After a flurry of solid salmon action two weeks ago, fishing in the metropolitan area has died down, at least until more late fall-run Chinooks show on the Sacramento River.

“The water temperature has cooled down to 55 degrees, but fishing yesterday was tough for us, on the river from Miller Park to Garcia Bend,” said James Netzel of Tight Lines Guide Service. “We couldn’t get them to bite. The water was clear and when fishing was good two weeks ago, the water was colored from dredging at Miller Park.”

“We did have a great trip on last Friday when the four anglers fishing with me hooked three salmon in 20 minutes,” said Netzel. “The fish were bright kings ranging from 13 to 18 pounds. We trolled with glow nose Brad’s Killer Fish and Kwikfish for our fish. After the sun came out, we didn’t hook any more salmon.”

Tim Boggs of Elkhorn Outdoor Sports also reported slow fishing. “We went out for a couple of hours on the river from Garcia Bend to the Sacramento Yacht Club and then down to Freeport,” he said. “We only saw 3 salmon caught by anglers in 30 boats up and down the river.”

“Anglers are catching a few salmon here and there from shore and boat in the Sacramento area,” said Jimmy Perez of Broadway Bait Rod & Gun. “However, we haven’t weighed in any fish in the shop over the past couple of weeks.”