Salmon Fishing Oct 4-12

Salmon fishing oct 4-12 Moved the boat out of the slip at Miller Park to my house to allow me to be more mobile and headed to Verona where I heard the fishing was better.  It was.  I went scouting on Saturday Oct 4th and got on the water about 7:30am.  By 7:45 I had our first fish in the boat.  Within 2 hours we had boated 2 fish and lost a hog.  That was enough for me.  Got on the phone and called my clients that were waiting for a good report.

Sun Oct 5 Took a father/7yr old son trip out and after a slow start, boated our first fish at 9am.  Within 2 hours we had limits and then clients said they wanted to net a fish.  So I got to fight the next one.  By 11am, we had 5 fish!!!!  Great day!!!

Mon Oct 6  Wow!!!  All the fish that were holding the past few days are gone.  We had a hit/no stick and that was all.

Tue Oct 7  Boated a nice 18 pound buck after first light then another fish lost after a short run.

Wed Oct 8  2 fish boated

Thur Oct 9  3 fish boated, 3 lost.

Fri Oct 10  Sacramento Bee reported that the fishing was red hot at Verona and I think all the fisherman in Sacramento heard that.  It was a zoo out there.  Must have been 50-60 boats.  Looked like the Pacific Ocean with very rough water.  Got the big skunk!!!  Had a couple hits/no sticks

Sat Oct 11  5 other guides working the area today.  Got a fish early and that was it.  Heard of only a few caught.

Sun Oct 12 Forcasted to be a very windy day, I got a deck hand to help today.  Boy was it windy.  Probably 20mph sustained with 30mph gusts.  2 fish boated and 4 hit/no sticks

All fish caught on Silvertrons.  Lots of hit/no sticks.  Very unusual for spinners.  Spinners have about an 80% hook up ratio but not this week.  Trolling speed was between 3-3.2 mph down stream.  Hot spinners were glow and blue with silver blades and blue with UV blades

Delta Striped Bass Fishing

Considering the wind, moon and tides we had a pretty good week in the Delta Striped Bass Fishing. We continued to get some nice quality fish, however, the numbers per day were down from the week before. We started on the Sacramento River side but moved to the San Joaquin River before to long looking to get out of the wind. All our fish this week were caught trolling shallow water (less than 10’) using Rapala’s and Yo-Zuri’s. Chartreuse seemed to be color of choice. The one exception was a couple fish we caught on a J-13 Rapala in Brook Trout pattern, based on a report from a friend, we gave this lure a shot.

Left to Right, Keith Zenkler of Truckee, Ernie Collins of Grass Valley and John Murray or Grass Valley



10/20/13 Sacramento River Salmon Fishing (Metro Area)

It was a slow start to the morning, then I figured out why? Bananas on the boat???


Sacramento River Salmon Fishing…some of my best days on the water, when I was cleaning fish I turn around to see everyone eating a banana. I know some take this serious but I have fun with it. We ended the day with one fish per rod (3) which was a good average from what I saw and what I was told by others. The best part of the whole day was the joking about the bananas and the fact that all three of these guys caught their first King Salmon. These guys took the ribbing well and did a great job today. We trolled Flat Fish down river in the Sacramento Metro area.

Pictured below are Tom Heffernan of Shingle Springs, Bill Davis and Robin Sutton from Grass Valley

10/18/13 Sacramento River Salmon Fishing (Metro Area)

Today we had the honor of taking out Mr Dick Patton of Hillsborough and his son Bruce of Folsom. Dick spent several years fishing out of Santa Cruz but said catching a Salmon on the Sacramento River was on his bucket list. At 88 years old he finally was able to spend some time on the Sacramento River Salmon Fishing. It took 45 minutes to get our first fish on and it was on Dicks rod. We landed that one and soon after that Bruce landed one. The bite slowed a little after that so we started working down river to try to get away from the boat traffic. It wasn’t long before Bruce landed a small King then Dick landed the biggest of the day a 24 pound king. I had a great time listening to Dicks stories and as it turns out we know a lot of the same people in the fishing world. Our fish were all caught trolling Flat Fish down river in the Sacramento Metro area.

Note Dick was not able to hold the 24 lb King Salmon for the photo so Bruce has the big one.


10/16/13 Sacramento River Salmon Fishing (Metro)

Today we returned to the Sacramento River Salmon Fishing (Metro area) with our clients Lincoln Okada and his son Calvin. It didn’t take long before we were hooked up and Calvin landed his first Salmon. The bite was good for the first hour or so and then the boat traffic got pretty heavy and things seemed to slow down. Once again, we caught some salmon that were very bright and clean.

We are off to the Delta to chase Stripers for the next couple days before returning to the Sacramento River.

Calvin with his first ever King Salmon


Lincoln and Calvin Okada from Penn Valley with limits this morning


10/16/13 Salmon Fishing Sacramento River (Metro)

We spent the last two days Salmon Fishing Sacramento River in the Sacramento Metro area. It didn’t take long to remind myself how this area can be either on or off. Monday we fished hard for several hours for nothing more than a slight grab. As a guide, days like this keep you up all night thinking what could I have done different and what will I change tomorrow. Well, today we launched at the same time, started in the same place with the same lures and within an hour and a half we had 5 nice salmon up to 35 pounds in the boat. We got our first five fish quickly and needed one more for full limits for our clients. We had that number six fish on four times but couldn’t seem to get him to the boat. All our fish were caught trolling down river on the outgoing tide.

Pictured is Brandon Abril of Vacaville and his brothers Brogon and Brett Abril of Pittsburg.


10/11/13 Sacramento River Salmon Fishing

Tight Lines Guide Service is back up on the Sacramento River Salmon Fishing by Butte City. Our clients were Bruce Cobb from Morgan Hill, Christopher Leu, Steve Beale and Scott Stoller all from Pasadena.

All the King Salmon were caught on Yakima Bait T-55 Flat Fish.


10/8/13 Sacramento River Salmon Fishing (Clarksburg)

Below is a picture of Dan Vasquez from Antioch on Tuesday 10/8. I had a day with just Dan and we decided to try the Clarksburg area. We had 6 hook ups and Dan landed these two chrome King Salmon. They weren’t the biggest but they sure were bright and produced some beautiful filets. The chrome / green head Yakima Bait M2 Flat Fish wrapped with sardine was the what they wanted on this day. I also tried some T50’s but they didn’t seem to like the larger plugs.  We were using our Abu Garcia 5500 line counter reels teamed up with Berkley IM8 Air Rods to get all the lures working the same distance behind the boat while trolling down Sacramento River Salmon Fishing.


10/6/13 Sacramento River Salmon Fishing

Today, we are on the Sacramento River Salmon Fishing with Captain Rick Kennedy . He had onboard Johnathan Olsen and his buddy Preston both from Soulsbyville. The King Salmon today was caught on Yakima Bait T-55 Flat Fish.


10/5/13 Salmon Fishing Sacramento River

Our afternoon trip showed up and we were off to the same hole we finished up our limits earlier. Salmon Fishing Sacramento River was awesome! We had the Raaf Family – Justin from Sacramento, Andrew from Santa Barbara and Rita and Richard from Kansas. We had six King Salmon in no time with the biggest 25 pounds.

Justin, Andrew, Rita and Richard