SACRAMENTO – Bright and shiny Late fall Chinook salmon are being caught on the Sacramento River in the Capital City region — and more are on their way. Fishing has been up and down lately, with good fishing one day followed by tough fishing the next.
Big fish honors go to Taylor Ladd, who caught a 29-pound buck Chinook while trolling with a Brad’s Cut Plug in a Seahawk pattern behind a chartreuse dodger below Garcia Bend, according to Uncle Larry Barnes at Sacramento Pro Tackle.
Trollers are experiencing the top action while using plugs and Silvertron spinners from Miller Park to below Garcia Bend. Shore anglers are picking up a few salmon while tossing out Blue Fox and Mepps Flying C spinners at Garcia Bend and Freeport.
On his latest trip on the Sacramento, 3 people fishing with James Netzel of Tight Lines Guide Service caught three salmon weighing 15, 15, and 8 pounds at Miller Park and the Brickyard. They trolled with Brad’s size 14 Killer Fish and the Double Take Brad’s Cut Plug behind a Pro-Troll Inc. Chrome ProChip 11-inch flasher.
Rob Reimers of Rustic Rob’s Guide Service reported superb fishing on his latest trip in the Garcia Bend area on November 11.
“The four anglers fishing with me landed four chrome-bright salmon weighing 8, 16, 18 and 28 pounds while trolling with the Brad’s Cut Plugs in the Jackpot color,” said Reimers.
Information: (916) 925-0529, 888-975-0990, (530) 632-0051.
J.D. Richey of Richey’s Sportfishing also has been finding salmon success in the metropolitan area while trolling with Brad’s Cut Plugs. His trip on Thursday yielded five salmon to 17 pounds and his trip Friday produced four kings, although Saturday’s trip resulted in only one bite.
Besides guiding, Richey, fellow fishing guide Bob Sparre and others have been organizing 2 to 3 truck deliveries of needed items each day to the Woodson Bridge area to help people displaced by the devastating Camp Fire that has taken 42 lives to date.
“Thousands of people are sleeping in their cars/trucks if they still have cars/trucks. Many folks are in campgrounds staying in tents,” Richey said.
Needed items include food, clothes, umbrellas, rain gear, tents, tarps, camping equipment, toiletries, toys and much more. For more information, contact Woodson Bridge RV Park, (530) 839-2151. Donations can be dropped off at 5024 V St., Sacramento, CA. 95817.
West Delta stripers/sturgeon: The water is still clear and boaters are picking up limits of stripers while trolling Yo-Zuri lures. Four anglers fishing with Dave Hammond of Delta Pro Fishing on November 12 landed 21 stripers to 6 pounds by noon, each keeping their two fish limits. He is fishing both the San Joaquin River from Eddos to Antioch and the Sacramento from the West Bank to Colllinsville.
Sturgeon are also hitting lamprey eel off Pittsburg. “My last sturgeon trip produced four undersized sturgeon, while the previous trip yielded one 81 pound sturgeon and a limit of stripers for one angler,” Hammond noted. Information: (916) 479-3492.
Crab-rockfish combos: Combo trips out of Fisherman’s Wharf are delivering limits of rockfish, limits of Dungeness crabs and some lingcod.
Sunday’s trip on the Bass Tub yielded superb fishing at the Farallon Islands, reported Captain Erik Anfinson. “We were blessed with flat, glassy weather and ended the day with 30 limits of rockfish (300) of a nice variety and size,10 lingcod to 16 pounds and 300 crab,” said Anfinson.
James Smith, Captain of the California Dawn in Berkeley, checked in with 34 limits of crab and 34 limits of rockfish (340) on November 12.
Information: (415) 456-9055, (510) 417-5557.