The salmon run is under way and we are catching fish in the Red Bluff area of the Sacramento River. The average day right now is about one fish per rod. Some days are better with full limits being caught. As you can see by the recent photos, the fish are in great shape and will give you one heckuva' fight on our light tackle. The majority of our fish have been caught while back-trolling a variety of 'plugs' such as Kwikfish and Flatfish. We have been catching fish while 'side-drifting' or 'boondogging' salmon roe later in the day.
Although we are in the middle of a well publicized drought, the salmon are still coming. One of the most common questions I have been asked recently is "will the drought affect the salmon returning?" The answer in essence is, "no", they will still migrate regardless of the lower water. What the low water really affects is the salmon's behavior, such as where in the river they will start to hold and at what point in the river they reach the ideal water temperature for them to become good 'biters'. The low water has the potential to adversely affect the spawning success which could endanger future salmon runs.
The lower than usual river flows have also changed some of our tactics and has changed some of the traditional 'holding water', however, we have adapted are catching fish every day. Look for the season to really peak from mid September to about mid October, with the run gaining strength with each passing day. Please contact us to discuss available dates or details. We also may still have reservations available for lodging at Salmon King Lodge of Red Bluff, but dates are booking quick.
Remember: if you are a Law Enforcement employee/PORAC member (active or retired), we offer some excellent, exclusive discounts up to $200 off. Email or call for further info. -JT
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