Sacramento River salmon fishing is in a league by itself. Known for the famous Barge Hole, the river attracts fishermen from all over to fish for its sometimes-huge king salmon. The 88 pound state record king salmon was caught in this river, and larger salmon have been found. Steelhead are often found below the spawning salmon later in the season, and fishing for steelhead can be very productive.
The Sacramento River is the largest river in California. Stretching over 400 miles from the eastern slopes of the Klamath Mountains to Suisun Bay, it drains an area of about 27,000 square miles, including many major fishing tributaries such as the Feather River, American River, and the Yuba River.
The Sacramento River is well-known for its salmon runs, migrating from the Pacific Ocean to their upstream spawning grounds near Redding, California. Home to several distinct salmon runs at different times of year, only the fall and late fall runs are open to fishing.
The Sacramento River salmon and steelhead spawning areas once reached far above Redding, but the construction of Shasta Dam across the Sacramento River not only created the largest reservoir in California, Lake Oroville, but also blocked salmon and steelhead migrations to further areas upstream. The Coleman National Fish Hatchery was built on the north bank of Battle Creek near Anderson, California, to help mitigate the habitat loss.
Every year, anglers come from all over the world for Sacramento River salmon fishing, and very large fish are caught regularly. The California state king salmon record of 88 pounds was caught in the Sacramento River, and larger fish have been found. The fall run typically builds from smaller numbers in early July to a massive invasion of salmon by September and October. 20 to 30 pound salmon are common, and 40 pound salmon are caught with some regularity. Guided California fishing trips with Sacramento River fishing guide Kevin Brock can be very productive.
The late fall run of king salmon in the Sacramento River is known for its huge king salmon, typically 40, 50, or 60 pounds and more. 70 pounds and up is entirely possible with the late fall run. While the late fall run does not have as many fish as the earlier fall run, what it loses in quantity, it makes up for in quality. This is when the true trophy king salmon are most often caught.
Throughout its length, the Sacramento River is home to many fish species, including king (chinook) salmon, steelhead, trout, sturgeon, striped bass, shad, and bass, to name a few. The section starting below Shasta Dam has excellent Sacramento River trout fishing, a robust world-class catch and release fishery for large wild rainbow trout. Catches of over 50 trout per day are not uncommon!
Your Sacramento River salmon fishing guide Kevin Brock is an expert at fishing for Sacramento River salmon, and he knows where all the best fish-holding runs and fishing holes are. Depending on the conditions and time of day, techiques used can include backtrolling flatfish, bouncing or boondoggling roe, using spin-glows, or some combination. And anglers need to be prepared - when Sacramento River salmon fishing, the solid jolting strike of a trophy king salmon could happen at any time, and then it's Fish On!
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Call your Sacramento River salmon guide Kevin Brock today at 800-995-5543, and book your trip for Sacramento River salmon fishing!
Water levels in the Sacramento River can make a difference in fishing success. While the Sacramento River is not as sensitive as the Feather River to flow fluctuations owing to its size, when the flows are low or dropping, the fish can "hole up" and not travel. When the water levels are increasing or high, the fish move freely and new salmon come up the river quickly.
Call Northern California fishing guide Kevin Brock today at 800-995-5543, and book your trip for Sacramento River salmon fishing!
Cost: All guided fishing trips are full day trips and cost $225 per person. This includes all rods, tackle, safety equipment, fish cleaning and a knowledgeable professional fishing guide.
- A current CA fishing license
- Layers of clothing - it's cool in the morning and warm in the afternoon
- Snacks & beverages
- Ice chest for your lunch, drinks and fish
- PFA - Positive Fishing Attitude
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