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Dec 29 2012 06:01 PM | Capt. Garry in Salmon Fishing and Steelhead Fishing
Fishing for salmon on the Sacramento River in northern California is a fishing hobby that is popular among many of the state’s fishermen. Catching salmon in the Sacramento River, or it tributaries such as the Feather River, is a fall activity with the season running usually from the middle of August until the middle of December. How to catch salmon in the Sacramento River depends on whether you have a boat or not, for the most part, as well as what type of salmon fishing you enjoy. For instance, my brother likes casting a Mepps lure and letting it “roll” on the gravel on the bottom, my dad was old and he liked sitting behind a flatfish in a boat or off the bank, and I like back trolling flat fish, jigging, and I really enjoy casting a Glo-bug off of the shore using a method my friends and I call “long-lining”. Any of the below is a good way to catch salmon in the Sacramento River.
Dec 15 2012 05:03 AM | Capt. Garry in Salmon Fishing and Steelhead Fishing
Back trolling for salmon is one of the most popular ways to salmon fish from a boat. Backtrolling for salmon in rivers from a boat allows you to move from hole to hole and take the lure to the salmon, rather than sitting in one spot and waiting for the salmon to swim by your lure. The best lure for back trolling for salmon is a silver Kwikfish or Flatfish, which are also good for fishing salmon from the shore. They are pretty much the same lure and have the same action. Many fishermen swear by using a sardine wrap on the lure when back trolling for salmon. Some recommend spraying your lure with WD40 lubricant and lately, some folks are adamant about putting a crawfish scent on a salmon lure. Regardless, learning how to back troll for salmon is important if you plan to fish rivers for salmon and this article will give you some good tips on back trolling, the tackle for back trolling and how to rig for back trolling. And don’t miss these other articles on how to catch salmon here either as you may find those will be invaluable at times.
Dec 10 2012 05:31 PM | Capt. Garry in Salmon Fishing and Steelhead Fishing
This technique for casting for salmon from the bank is one of the most popular ways of fishing for salmon from the shores of rivers. It is much more common than using a flatfish to fish salmon from shore or casting with Mepps lures on gravel bars for salmon, which are explained fully in those articles, which also have their time and place. My friends and I have the nick name for this type of fishing as “long lining” and you will see why when this type of fishing is explained fully further in this article. Only a tuft of yarn-type material, known as a glow bug, is used for the lure for this type of salmon fishing. This salmon fishing method is done in swift water, usually just above where the water slows as it falls into a deeper hole so that at the end of your drift your salmon fishing setup is just entering the head of this slow water. This is a casting for salmon type of fishing so when your tackle enters this slower pool, you will immediately reel in and re-cast. Again, this is a very effective salmon angling method and my buddy and I have gone out and caught 3 or four in a morning, which is pretty good action for any day of salmon fishing.
Mar 29 2012 06:12 PM | Capt. Garry in Salmon Fishing and Steelhead Fishing
Catching salmon from the shore of the river with lures is a fun way to catch salmon for a lot of reasons! Catching salmon with lures from the shore of rivers the way we fish with them lets you know just what kind of fisherman you are! Shore fishing salmon this way is one of the best ways to catch salmon from shore, but this next article explains another more popular way it is done and this article is perhaps the most popular way of fishing for salmon form shore.
The tackle for fishing for salmon on gravel bars this way is just a swivel and a Mepps #5 gold lure with red beads and no weight. When you hook up with that salmon with just this tackle on the shore, it is all you and the fish! When you catch salmon in the river from the shore, they must be landed in shallow water at the shore and any fish, especially salmon, do not like being drug in to shallow water at the shore as they know they are then one step away from a barbeque grill! I have accidentally even caught a couple striped bass fishing this way!
Mar 29 2012 06:06 PM | Capt. Garry in Salmon Fishing and Steelhead Fishing
Fishing for salmon from shore in the rivers can be tough due to the swift water where this type of salmon fishing is usually done. The swift water washes your tackle too close to the shore where the salmon are less apt to run. Not to say that you have to be far from the river banks to catch salmon, but you still need to be in the slightly deeper and swifter main flow for success. For instance, where you typically fish for salmon in the upper stretches of the rivers, the rivers are winding and have gravel or rock bottoms. The river, as it meanders over the year, carves channels in its bottom that carry much of the water. On a long straight stretch of the river, that channel may be anywhere within the channel, and you can use this method there or one of the others I lay out in my other salmon fishing articles, including fishing with glow bugs which is perhaps the most common way to fish salmon from shore, but as the river meanders and bends, that main channel is usually on the side opposite the direction of the turn. This makes sense if you think about it as the main river flow is pushed to that side, as it really wants to just go straight in the direction that it is traveling. This is the side that the shore fisherman should fish, as the salmon typically swim in these channels no matter where they are in the river, and these channels are only 20 or 30 feet from the shore which are accessible to the shore fisherman. I will teach you a trick for salmon fishing from the bank in swift water here in this article that I doubt you have ever heard of.
May 28 2012 06:01 PM | Capt. Garry in Salmon Fishing and Steelhead Fishing
Steelhead fishing in rivers during the first fall storms is the best time to catch steelhead in California, Oregon and Washington. Catching steelhead from the bank of the rivers is dangerous as the best water flow for catching steelhead is just after a storm that “blows out” the river into an unfishable rage and when the water falls between storms and just begins to clear of the mud but before it calms and clears so the steelhead can see you on the shore. Falling in could cost you your life so a life jacket is not a bad idea, but even this may not save you in this situation. Drift boat fishing in a flatter and gentler area of the river would be a lot safer if you can find a guide that isn't booked when the river gets right. You are close to the ocean, so sometimes I head right to there and fish rock fish from the bank or perch on the beaches when the water turns too clear, which happens fast. Here is how to catch steelhead in coastal rivers in fast flowing water so enjoy this article and check out the many other fishing articles here in Capt. Garry's Blog!