The king salmon fishing in the Sacramento River has been steady lately...and some larger fish started showing this week too. Here are some pix from the past couple days...
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.
Fished the Sac & American the past couple days. The fish on the Sac were brighter but the American's kings were a little more numerous though darker.
I was really pumped to get these two super nice ladies into their first ever salmon today. The bite was slow though we actually would have had limits if all the grabs stuck. Wind coming up for the weekend....
On Thursday, we had a nice day of catching bright kings on the Sac but the bite was a little off on Friday though we still managed to hook 4 and land 2.
I have been bouncing back and forth between the American and Sacramento rivers lately and have been finding some pretty nice action. Seems like the American's kings are finally in-bound and the fishing is getting better daily!
Weds was a good Day!
Some nice Americano action!
The Feather is about done...
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....
Drifting eggs on light spinning gear today resulted in a great bite! This has been a major jack year but they have been on the chew so I'm not complaining!
I jumped to the Sacramento River today and we hooked 4 gorgeous chrome kings....
The past few days have been producing some very good salmon action. We have been catching everything on light spinning gear away from the crowds!
I do have some room here and there next month if you'd like to get in on the fun.
The past couple of days the salmon bite has gotten really good! We are hooking fish on light tackle, using roe and it's a blast! Not many people fishing in this area either!
While we had a couple slower days in the Valley last week, fishing has improved. We are seeing beautiful bright kings everyday and the action is just going to continue to improve as more fish leave the ocean and start upriver.
Look for Excellent fishing over the next several weeks!
I got some really good reports from my buddies today with limits or near limits of bright shiny kings to 24 pounds! Some good thick shouldered bucks in the mix! And this was all either bobber fishing with eggs or plug fishing...and NOT at the outlet hole!
Looks like it;s time to go fishing!
It was an amazing summer in Alaska, with fantastic king fishing in June and July and off-the-charts silver fishing into September. I'm back now and ready to chase kings through Thanksgiving.
We are seeing scattered schools moving through the Sacramento, Feather and American rivers and while the fishing isn't red hot yet, the fish are of very nice quality! I'm starting up on Sept 10 and will be fishing daily from then on.
See you all soon!
I just finished up an amazing king season in Alaska and and getting some time in with the family before I go full-tilt on kings in the Sacramento River system.
I'm starting Sept 1 for kings and will run through at least Thanksgiving. With lots of water and all the kings the ocean guy's are seeing, I think it's gonna be really good this fall!
Now, for some Alaska pix...feel free to get in touch if you'd like to fish Alaska next summer with me!
The king fishing on the Togiak is en fuego! 🔥🔥🔥
Just hit the river and the first two days have been awesome...
Did an evening striper-shad combo mission yesterday and caught decent numbers of both. The stripers were mostly small but there are some decent ones in the mix if you can wade through the dinks. The shad bite, like usual, is best late on the evening.
I can't believe it...here we are mid June almost and the striper fishing in the Valley rivers is still rediculous. The past several trips have yielded crazy numbers of stripers and I even had a couple banned trips on the Delta too this week.
We have super hot weather in-bound so that will probably speed up the exodus of stripers from the system but man, oh man what a year!!!
I'll be shifting over more to shad fishing in the upcoming weeks and then let's start thinking salmon in August!
Striper fishing in the Valley rivers was scalding hot again most of the last week but it appears to be petering out pretty quickly as the water is warming up and the fish are finishing up their spawning activities.
That means the upper sections of the system are clearing out now but there will be some good pushes of stripers this week and next down low in the rivers and out into the Delta. In fact, I started fishing the Delta on Monday and we caught probably 30-40 fish without a ton of trouble. Nothing big, but there were plenty of fish around.
Shad fishing is also going very well now in the American River and I started doing 1/2 day trips over the weekend, There are piles of shad in the system and I'll have morning or evening trips available later this week.