Steelheading Picking UP After the Rain

The change in the weather brought some steelhead into the region and fishing was pretty decent last time out. We caught plenty of half pounders and 3 smallish adults in the 3-pound class. The interesting thing was the adult fish were colored up, like maybe they were hung up downriver waiting for the rain...

Speaking of steelhead, don't forget to come by the Sacramento International Sportsmen's Expo next week (Thurs-Sun). I'll be giving winter steelhead seminars on Thursday and again on Saturday in the California Sportsmen's Theater in the main fishing hall. Stop by and say hi!

 

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American Opener Slow

The much anticipated American River steelhead opener was very tough… There were lots and lots of boats and lots and lots of people. And — several sea lions all the way up to Sailor Bar as well!

I only heard of one Steelhead caught — luckily it was on my boat: this little hatchery hen that we released...

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Prior to the opener, I had been seeing quite a bit of action from small adults and halfpiunders so the upper opener was a bit of a shocker. So, I’ll go back down into the stretch below Ancil Hoffman and work that until the top starts to fish better.  

 

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We’re back...and fishing!

After our South American adventure, I snuck in a trip to Berryessa on Christmas Eve and the fishing was very very good. We caught a mess of rainbows in the 2-3 pound range then spooned for bass and crappie as well. Nice mixed bag.  

With Striper fishing slow due to the cold, I’ll be fishing the lake more in the upcoming couple weeks — and don’t forget the American opens to Steelhead in Jan. 1

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It’s Striper Time!!

I did my final salmon trip of the year just before Thanksgiving and we ended up with one so I switched to Delta stripers and we hare been seeing some really nice fish on topwater, swimbaits and jigs so far this early season!  

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A nice big hen caught & released. 

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C&R topwater fun! 

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Another nice popper bass that will live to fight another day! 

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Solid one! 

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Double header spoon bite! If you are gonna eat some, these are the right size. Let the big ladies go... 

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A few stripers on the meter... 

That’s a wrap on the 2017 North American king season! 

That’s a wrap on the 2017 North American king season! 

Best Salmon Action of the Season...& some bigger ones too!

It's been a really, reality good week of salmon fishing on the Sac, where trolling has been the hot ticket. This has been the best action, day-to-day, of the season so far!

I keep hearing about party boats out in the Salt still catching kings too so we look to be poised to get some more fish soon! 

While this has mostly been a small fish year, we started seeing much larger kings this week, with several in the mid to high 20-pound range. 

For the first time in months, my schedule opens up next week, so now's a great time to hop aboard !

 

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Nice, Bright Kings!

Today was one of those days that makes me lay awake and stare at the ceiling fan in the middle of the night.  


We caught two beautiful kings on the Sac...but it was the "what could have been" that's haunting me a bit. We had 8-10 other Bites that snapped the rod down and just didn't stick. Deep down I know that's just how the ball bounces sometimes. We'll land everything that bites one day and then we'll miss some on others. But still, I'm always analyzing, always thinking of ways to improve my game. 

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Sac chromers taking over as Feather salmon bite mysteriously dies

Wow, what a difference a few days makes! After limiting early on Salmon on the Feather on Friday, I headed back to the Sacramento for some chrome. It was a good thing, too, as my guide buddies who stayed up there said the bite dropped off dramatically. The water levels are coming down quickly on the Feather and it seems as if no new fish are coming through. 

Luckily, there are some absolutely gorgeous kings pushing up the Sac now and we have been picking off some dandies. Looks like I may be sticking to that from now on...and, of course, the American, when it kicks on. Here are some Sac beauties from Sunday. Monday I headed for a little fun fishing at the Pyramid opener and then cancelled Tuesday due to wind....

 

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