SMUD stocked 25,000 pounds of trout in Union Valley , Loon and Ice House lakes
SACRAMENTO – SMUD finished its summer trout planting program at 3 Crystal Basin reservoirs during the week of August 9 . SMUD stocked 25,000 pounds of fish at Union Valley , Loon Lake and Ice House reservoirs in El Dorado County during six separate plantings , The reservoirs are part of SMUD ’ s Upper American River Project ( UARP ), which provides about 15-20 percent of SMUD ’ s electricity demand in a typical year . On average , the stocked
Wow ! This group caught these quality salmon while fishing the Sacramento River with RH Guide Service . Photo Courtesy of RH Guide Service
fish weigh almost two pounds and include some larger fish up to five pounds . The largest of the three reservoirs , Union Valley , received 9,400 pounds ; Loon Lake , 8,100 pounds ; and Ice House , 7,500 pounds . Mount Lassen Trout Farms of Payne ’ s Creek delivered the fish . For more information about UARP and associated projects , please visitsmud . org and the Community and Recreational
Areas web pages . The Middle Fork of the American River above its confluence with the North Fork continues to produce wild rainbow and brown trout for anglers fishing Panther Martins and other spinners and nightcrawlers , reported Craig Newton of Willfish Bait and Tackle in Auburn .
AMERICAN RIVER / SACRAMENTO AREA
Reclamation Cuts Nimbus Dam Releases to 800 cfs
– On August 22 , the Bureau of Reclamation decreased water releases to the American River below Nimbus Dam from 900 cfs to 800 cfs to “ conserve storage ,” according to T . Washburn , Reclamation
spokesperson . Fishing pressure remains very light on the lower American River . KIene ’ s Fly Shop reported that “ most of the action is on fishing for steelhead smolts and occasional half-pounder in the riffles ( casting a caddis dry pattern at dusk or at sun up will be productive ). You can also fish for largemouth and smallmouth bass in the back waters .” For striped bass , fish the deep holes on the river from Sailor Bar to Howe Avenue with top water baits and swimbaits early in the morning and just before dark . Fly fishermen will find the top action while swinging Clouser Minnows # 1 in white and turquoise / olive , turquoise / gray and turquoise , and yellow and turquoise . Salmon fishing continues to be very tough on the American and Sacramento rivers in the Sacramento metropolitan area . Many anglers are heading of town to fish saltwater , including halibut and stripers in San Francisco Bay or salmon and rockfish on the ocean . Catfish , either in Northern California lakes or the Sacramento River , are your best local prospect at this time . Anglers can also head out in the early morning and evening hours to catch channel catfish in the Sutter and Yolo Bypass and a myriad of Delta sloughs . Fishing is best at night with chicken livers , sardines , anchovies and prepared baits or live minnows . The CDFW ’ s Fishing in the City program also stocks local ponds with channel catfish ( April - October ) and rainbow trout ( November - March ). No fishing clinics are scheduled at this time . For more information , contact Fishing in the City - Sacramento Metro Area r2fishinginthecity @ wildlife . ca . gov
- Dan Bacher
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Ken Salvi caught this 4 lb , 24 inch German brown near Emigrant Creek .
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