We spent most of this week on the Sacramento River below Scotty’s. We had pretty consistent action each landing an average of 3 fish per day, they were all nice bright big fish. For us, plugs were the top producer this week, we did boat a couple on Pautzke Cured Roe. Our best plug was a Yakama Bait T-60 Flat Fish in the double trouble color. Bigger seemed to be better. We have been using the Berkley IM8 Air (Buzz Ramsey series) Rods and have quickly fallen in love with them. Great value and a great rod, they have been flawless so far. On Friday 8/30 we took one of our good clients Dan Wolfe out for his 75th birthday. Dan landed a nice salmon and his buddy Walt Hodnett, 87 nailed his two fish limit on this trip. After fishing we found some shade and pulled out a birthday cake for Dan. John Enos of Big John’s Guide Service and his clients joined us for birthday cake on the river.
Dan Wolfe of Folsom with his Birthday Fish!
Walt Hodnett of Sacramento with the two Salmon he caught on the Sacramento River.
Today we fish out of Clarksburg on the Sacramento River with Eric and Matthew Snyder. Our mission today was for Matthew to catch his first salmon. Shortly into our first pass we hooked up. Matthew brought this fish about half way in and off it went. We got the lines back out and within 200 yards we hooked up again. This time Matthew landed his first salmon that weighed in around 9 or 10 pounds. After that we went into a two hour dry spell. Finally we hooked up again and Matthew’s dad Eric landed a nice bright salmon that went around 15 pounds. Half way through our last pass the sea lions started showing up so we finished that pass and called it a day. Both fish were caught on plugs with sardine wrap.
We launched at 6:00 AM and headed up the river a few miles. We dropped our lines in at 6:35 and it wasn’t long before we had our first Salmon. We picked up our second fish on the next pass. From that point we had 2 or 3 grabs but they didn’t stick. Both the fish we got today were right at 15 pounds and in great shape. Both fish were caught on plugs with a sardine wrap.
We fished the Feather River today with a friend. We started back bouncing plugs. After about an hour with no results we switched over to roe. It wasn’t long before we started hooking fish. The first fish of the day was a nice hen that Mike landed. We fished several different spots above Gridley. We ended up keeping two, releasing four and losing another four or five. I was using Pautzke Fire Cured eggs on Gamakatsu 1/0 hooks on P-Line 15-pound Fluorocarbon leader.