Fish Sniffer Magazine Issue 4018 - Page 8


8 October 1 , 2021 VOL . 40 • ISS . 18


Low Flows of 550 Cfs Continue
SACRAMENTO – Fishing pressure for salmon , steelhead and striped bass has been very light on the American River , due to the very low water conditions . The Bureau of Reclamation continues to release only 550 cfs below Nimbus Dam to “ conserve storage ,” according to T . Washburn , Reclamation spokesperson . King salmon fishing is very slow on the Sacramento River in the metropolitan area with warm water temperatures , but a few dedicated anglers who put in the hours are picking up fish . Fishing may pick up with the arrival of a cooling trend that will drop the water temperature down . “ I haven ’ t heard of many salmon caught locally , but one customer fishing from a boat below the Knights Landing Bridge reported catching two salmon weighing 15 and 18 pounds today while anchor fishing with Flatfish ,” said Dennis Pfanner at Sacramento Pro Tackle . Sand Cove continues to produce maybe 1 or 2 salmon for the 20 or so anglers fishing there each day . They ’ re tossing out Flying C spinners for the best success .. Two locals also reported catching a couple of keeper stripers while fishing bloodworms from shore at Bryte Beach , said Pfanner .
Trolling or anchor fishing with Flatfish on 1 ounce weights in the current with no spreaders at the Pioneer Bridge , Sherwood Marina and other areas on the river . is worth a shot also . Catfish are your most consistent local angling prospect at this time . Anglers can head out in the early morning and evening hours to catch channel catfish in the Sutter Bypass and a myriad of Delta sloughs . Toss out chicken livers , sardines , anchovies and prepared baits or live minnows for the catfish . 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
20 Lb . Channel Cat Paces Catches
IONE – Catfish , largemouth bass , bluegill and crappie will offer the top fishing at Lake Amador until the lake management begins weekly trout plants at the end of October . A 20 lb . channel catfish , taken by an angler bait fishing at the end corner of the dam , topped the recent catches . “ Anglers are hooking the catfish while fishing hot dogs and other
baits at the corners of the dam and in the coves ,” said Debbie Grayson at the Lake Amador Resort . “ My husband caught a 7 pound catfish while using a piece of hot dog on his latest trip on the lake . Most of the cats are in the 5 to 8 pound range .” The lake level is 52 feet from full and one lane on the boat ramp is still accessible for launching . There are a few updates on the coming weeks , according to the Lake Amador Resort . 1 . The swim pond will be closed until next year around May . 2 . The Tackle Box Cafe will be closed for six weeks to allow for renovations and deep cleaning . 3 . Due to Extreme Fire Danger , there will be a moratorium on campfires until further notice on property . Charcoal grilling and propane fire pits will be allowed assuming safe disposal and practices . At Pardee Reservoir , fishing remains tough , with very light fishing pressure for trout , kokanee , bass and catfish . Trolling for holdover trout with nightcrawlers behind flashers , Speedy Shiners and other lures is probably your best bet at
Terry Tom nailed this double digit sized fish when he was fishing the California Delta with Soo Hoo Sportfishing . Photo Courtesy of Soo Hoo Sportfishing


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