Salmon And Steelhead Cooperate With Late Fall Anglers

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(Redding) The salmon bite isn’t red hot for Sacramento River anglers, but the fishing is productive for anglers that put in their time. In addition to the salmon, there are good numbers of steelhead in the system.

“We’ve been getting 1 to 3 salmon per trip,” said Robert Weese of Northern California Guide Service. “Most of those fish run 15 to 30 pounds and are a mix of chromers and dark fish. There have been some much larger fish around. For example, we brought a 42 pounder in last week.”

“My anglers have been hooking quite a few steelhead in recent days. The steelhead average 3 to 6 pounds, but fish up to and beyond 10 are showing,” added Weese.

Kirk Portocarrero of SacRiverGuide.Com also reported fair to good salmon action.

“We’ve had some decent rain and we were hoping that would pull fish upstream in a major way, but that hasn’t happened,” said Portocarrero. “We are averaging 2 to 3 salmon per trip. Some of them are chromers, but we are seeing our share of dark fish too. Whether or not we’ll see a solid push of fresh fish prior to the end of the season is anyone’s guess. I hope it happens. I’d love to end the season with a bang.”