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Guide David Mierkey

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California River Flows and Weather


Date: Monday, October 4, 2010
Current Report:
Hi and I have now moved my fishing efforts to the upper Klamath where the fishing has been good. The rains from last month that we received in mid-sept moved the salmon up the river faster than normal and we are seeing fish that are in very good shape with most of the fish still orange and nice. I believe they will stay this way for at least 2 more weeks. So if you want 10 to 20 fish days, now is the time. Dave


Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Current Report:
Fishing is about the same from the last report, but the subsistence nets are out of the water again and the ratio's went up today. If we fish and take our time, we are getting our fair share or even more than the rest of the boats. Patience and getting our bait in the water is the key to success. Dave


Date: Friday, September 10, 2010
Current Report:
Fishing has improved a great deal since the labor day weekend. The average fish count per boat has climbed from 1-2 per day to 5-7 salmon, mixed adult and jacks. The river is getting new runs of fish each a day and will continue to improve in my opinion. Still a couple of days open.


Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Current Report:
Fishing improved today with the nets out of the water. Most boats hooked 4 to 6 salmon to the mid teens. It is going to continue to improve throughout the month, even if they put the nets back in higher in the river for the people who didn't get as many as the few down lower in the river. The Terwer group really did well over the last weekend. Got a couple of dates still open.


Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Current Report:
As of last night, all the nets were pulled because the quota was met or close to it it a 48 hour period. The Yurok's are re-evaluating the situation. Great fishing now. Dave


Date: Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Current Report:
Klamath over labor day w/e Today at 8:45am Mark & Quote Quote Modify Remove It was brutal for just about everyone over this past weekend on the Klamath from the people on the bank to the guide boats. The fish were few and very far between. I fished from the glen hole all the way up to tectaw creek hooking 3-4 fish a day. My best day was Monday with 3 fish to the boat. Lots of blanks. BUT THE GOOD NEWS is the commercial nets came out on Sunday morning and the fishing started to improve almost immediately. I know the people in the camp at terwer bend and their nets were full both Sunday night and Monday morning and fish were rolling and jumping in the flats below the Glen, so the river will now start to fill up and I expect tho have 3 to 4 good weeks of fishing. Staying at Klamath River RV park until Oct. 2 and still have a couple of days open. Dave


Date: Monday, August 30, 2010
Current Report:
The king salmon run is building everyday with more fish entering the mouth on the out going tides. Surprisingly larger fish are being caught with mostly jacks coming to the boat as is usual for this time of year. Beautiful steelhead are also being landed each day weighting in the 4 to 9 pound class. We are expecting a good run this year so jump on board. Dave


Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Current Report:
The fishing for salmon has been picking up with fresh fish running from several jacks to great looking fish in the mid teens being caught everyday along with summer run steelhead ranging between half pounder's to beautiful 8lb fish. The fish are mostly being caught in the faster water at this time but will start holding in the deeper holes real soon. Give me a call and lets go. Dave


Date: Thursday, August 19, 2010
Current Report:
Klamath river salmon fishing is just around the corner and my month of sept is filling up fast. If you want to jump on board and get into this fast action, give me a call. Dave


Date: Thursday, August 12, 2010
Current Report:
Early Run of Steelhead There is a very nice run of 5-10lb steelhead in the lower Klamath. The fish as holding in the faster moving water and are hot when hooked. There is also a few chinook salmon in the mix, mostly jacks but some are running up to 10 pounds. Give me a call and let's get into this fun action. 209-483-1725 Dave


Date: Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Current Report:
OK guys, I fished both days with three clients and here is the report. On Sat. I fished the early morning just above the first lower rapid and we hooked and lost one there. 10-12lber. Moved up river just above the osprey hole and hooked two on kwik fish and lost both, one leader broke under the boat and the other got wrapped around a branch in the water which we couldn't get back and around fast enough so the fish pulled free. I spoke to the F&G fish counters and they told me out of all the boats, close to 75 or more, 7 fish were landed by 11 am. My boat would have increased that number by 30% if we would have landed them. Crap. Lot's of people fished from the bank in several different places with zero luck is what I heard. We cruised up to the outlet and saw a few still breaking the law, under the lie that they were fishing for stripers and steelhead. The warden's gave them a one time warning, not sure about what went on Sunday there but I would bet some citations were written. Just not enough fish. Dave


Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Current Report:
I will be fishing the Feather River for the first two days of the salmon season on July 31 and Aug. 1st. I will fill you in on what is happening. The Klamath season opens for fall chinook on Aug. 15th so give me a call and let's work something out. Watch for the new video of last years Carl and Jerry show coming soon


Date: Monday, May 24, 2010
Current Report:
As most of you know by now, it is a limited salmon season of the following on these rivers. We usually catch a lot of fish during these times, especially on the American and the upper Sacramento. Book now for these dates. The American River season will run from October 30 to November 28 from Ancil Hoffman Park to the mouth. The Lower Sacramento season will run from September 4 to October 3 from the Highway 113 Bridge to Carquinez Bridge. The Upper Sacramento River season will run from October 9 to October 31 from the Deschutes Rod Bridge to 500 feet above the Red Bluff Diversion Dam.


Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Current Report:
The shad are starting to show on the Feather river from Shanghi Bend down to the mouth. I am looking forward to a good season with this many fish this early in the system. They are also showing in the lower American. Should be fun for the next two months.


Date: Monday, October 19, 2009
Current Report:
I fished Sat and Sun on the upper Klamath with decent success. On Sat we hooked 11 getting 4 in the net and Sun was a touch better with 14 hooked. These fish are in the spawning mood and in my opinion people should start to leave them alone to do their thing. Yes you can find a keeper or two but most of the fish are starting to squirt eggs and milt. With all the netting that was on the lower section this year, all that can spawn should spawn.


Date: Sunday, October 11, 2009
Current Report:
Salmon fishing is spectacular on the upper Klamath right now!! My boat with two guys up front hooked 29 fish with 21 to the boat today. This is mostly a catch and release fishery but these fish are still pretty in pink inside. I believe this will last for a least ten days because the majority of the fish zoomed thru the lower river because of the water temp. So if you want to get into the action, let me know. Worth the trip. Dave


Date: Monday, October 5, 2009
Current Report:
The salmon fishing on the upper Klamath is now wide open and should continue that way for all of October. Boats are hooking between 10-25 fish a day with limits easy if you so desire to keep the fish. Most of the fish are still in good shape, but please know that some have had a hard time making it up the river. The flows have increased so colder water will keep them in better shape. Give me a call and jump on board.


Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Current Report:
Yea, why aren't you here catching this chinook's? Today was a very good a day, I didn't have to leave the first hole I fished for limits of nice size adults for four people. The larger fish are finally starting to show, with a 43lb'er hooked right in front of us. Great show to watch. Better get here soon as you can.


Date: Monday, September 14, 2009
Current Report:
Salmon fishing for the last couple of days has been good but a little hit or miss. Sunday I had the great pleasure of have Carl and Jerry of the Carl and Jerry Fishing and Hunting Show on board. We had a blast catching limits of fresh run chinooks up to 18lbs. They were full of fight on the 12 pound main line and 10 pound leader. The filmed some super footage and I can hardly wait until the show aires. They have a fun show and extremely informative for the viewer. Fishing is good and will improve over the next two weeks so come on up and jumped on the boat.


Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Current Report:
Fishing has been very good in my opinion on the Klamath the last few days. We have been averaging limits or close to limits every day for fish up to 28 lbs. Today one of my clients, Kris, landed a beautiful 18 lb steelhead which was wild and full of fight. When we took it out of the net it was as long as her leg. Her not being very tall of stature, it was a wonderful picture, and then we released it to go on it's way. I expect fishing to only improve as the Indian nets are all out, please call and book your trip!!!


Date: Friday, September 4, 2009
Current Report:
Salmon are everywhere, I fished two gentlemen this morning and we they wanted to go back to the launch this morning at 9am with three salmon apiece. I didn't goes a 1/2 from the boat ramp. Fish are rolling all over and I expect this to continue thru the month. Call now, just a few days open. Dave


Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Current Report:
Just got off the phone with the person in the know and the the tribal commercial fishery has one more day on the river which will be Friday. Fishing up river has dramatically improved and will continue to improve! This morning I had early limits for my three quests, the fish running from 10 to 14lbs. Call now a few days available.


Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Current Report:
We a catching a mixture of jacks, steelhead and adult salmon up to 12 currently. The water temp is still a good average and the moss so far in not bad a all. The tribal nets have been hammering the fish the last two days and I believe now have over a 1/3 of their quota. If the fish continue to surge into the mouth on Wed and Thur like the last two days, we will have two to four very good days of fishing for this weekend.


Date: Monday, August 24, 2009
Current Report:
I am now up here on the Klamath for the duration of the run on the lower section of the river. Fishing continues to be decent with a lot of fish coming from the mouth, depending on the tides, and the holes from the glen to blue creek. We are hooking both steelhead and salmon with sea lice and full of fight. It will only get better throughout the next 8 weeks. Give me a call and come on up. Dave


Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Current Report:
We are catching fish every trip out with combinations of Salmon going to 20 lbs and Steelhead to around 8 to 10. They all are fresh healthy fish straight from the ocean with sea lice still attached. This river will only improve with Sept and Oct the prime months. I have had some children on the boat recently and it is great to see their excitement and smiling faces. Hope to see yours soon. 209-483-1725


Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Current Report:
Fishing on the Klamath the last few days has been slow to spotty. Most of the fish are being taken in the estuary and up river to the glen. There is a rumor of some rain coming and I hope that it shows up soon to help cool down the river. August, September and October are great months on the Klamath, so book now for and reserve your dates. Dave 209-483-1725


Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Current Report:
Klamath river salmon are starting to move in and out of the esturary at the mouth. Fish have been seen jumping and chasing small bait fish on top of the water. Troller's are just catching an occasional fish with spinners behind a slow moving boat. A few steelhead are hooked up river at starwein with natural bait. Now is the time to make sure you have a spot reserved on the boat so that you can get your chance a the huge 30,000+ quota of the fall season. Give me a call, 209-483-1725


Date: Monday, July 6, 2009
Current Report:
The spring salmon season is just about over and we will be moving into the summer steelhead and fall salmon season at the end of July. The summer steelhead run is usually plentiful with several fish being taken on each trip. From about mid-August we will start catching both steelhead and fall chinook and will only improve from that point on. We are looking at a huge run this year so now it the time to book a trip and get into the action. Dave 209-483-1725 Klamath River Fishing Forecast: 30,800 sportsman's quota this year for the fall salmon run!


Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Current Report:
Shad fishing has been slow this week because of the cooler weather and the wind. There are still plenty of fish around but until it heats up a bit, the shad "catching" will remain slower than normal. Make sure you are thinking about making your reservations for the Klamath early. The only river in California that will be fishable for salmon this year. Give me a call, 209-483-1725.


Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Current Report:
American - Solid American shad run is found from Watt Avenue to Nimbus Basin. Waders hook them early and late with bead-eyed flies, jigs and darts. Driftboats anchor and allow jigs such as Teeny Rounders to waffle in the current behind the boat. Guides claim 30 to 50 shad during a three-hour evening session. Some schools of big striped bass in the 20-pound class are chasing the shad. Be ready to switch gear and cast minnow imitations for the feeding bass. Flows were lowered this week. Larger females are moving up. Feather - Shad are kegging up below Shanghai Bend, where the lower flows have prevented the migrating fish from passing the falls. Shanghai Bend is a public area, reachable by taking Highway 99 north of Sacramento International Airport and the Garden Highway. Shad also are found below the dam on the Yuba River. Sacramento - Striped bass are found in fewer numbers at Chico, but dense schools of American shad have invaded the stretch from Chico to Red Bluff. Good access at the county park at Los Molinos or the public ramps at Hamilton City and Red Bluff. The shad run is early this year and appears to be the strongest in many years. Angling for wild trout is good from Redding to Anderson, with lures and flies doing the number on 1- to 4-pound rainbows.


Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Current Report:
The shad fishing on the American River in Sacramento has been nothing but great for the last two weeks. The bankies and boaties alike are connecting with several fish every evening from around 6:30 until dark. The fish are throughout the system and are a mixture of males and females. My boat has been averaging 25 - 40 each evening, you can catch fish until your arms get to tired to crank the reel. Hope on board, it has been a blast.


Date: Friday, May 22, 2009
Current Report:
Shad fishing has been very consistent over the last two weeks and we have been averaging 20-30 in the evenings. I have been bouncing around from Rossmore to upper Sunrise and there seems to be more fish still in the lower river section. This run is continuing to build, so jump on board some evening and lets get several to the net.


Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Current Report:
The Council's adopted ocean salmon season allow for an allocation of 30,800 to the Klamath River Recreational fishery and 30,900 to the Klamath Tribal fisheries. The California Fish and Game commission actually sets the river recreational quotas and regulations, and I don't know what they or the Department are considering as far as bag limits. It is unlikely the recreational fishery would approach such an allocation; the largest harvest in recent history was about 22,300 adults in 1988.


Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Current Report:
Incredible Fall Run Expected in 2009 The Pacific Fisheries Management Council is expected to give the largest sport quota in history to in-river salmon anglers. While the final numbers have not been released it is expected that sport anglers could have a quota in excess of 30,000 fish. Now considering it is rare for a quota of half that number to be filled limits of adult fish will at at least two possibely as high as three (adult) fish per day. Book now for the Klamath!!


Date: Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Current Report:
Here are the final counts at Iron Gate from last year. Looks to me like they met the expections, but gave the commerical fishermen (gill netters)too many again. Good news is there was a very good jack run, but the bad news is that with the good jack run they probably will give the commerical fishermen another large quota this year. We can hope they will come to their collective senses. We can hope.


Date: Sunday, December 21, 2008
Current Report:
The steelhead are starting to show in the lower river with the rain we have been having over the past week. Yesterday we hooked and landed several 1/2 lber's and three nice adults up to about 6 pounds. This next week we are going to see more rain which should improve the upper river flows and more fish will move up into that area for the Jan.1 opener.


From the Klamath this year-Mattie and I with a pair of 30lbersDate: Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Current Report:
Well I finished my salmon fishing on the upper Klamath for another season this past weekend on quite a funny note. Jim F. who fished on the lower river and the upper river in the past hooked the last salmon of the year and almost knocked his brother in law right out of the boat. We had just dropped down into the R Ranch hole when Jim set the hook so hard while yelling, "Holy sh..t I got one!" that he fell out of his chair and against Manuel while the 20+lb'er was jumping and ripping out line at an amazing rate. Believe me I had to use some considerable rowing skills to keep the boat uprite while trying to keep my breath from laughing so hard. Now Manuel having revived himself from the elbow to the chest started laughing himself while both of us were giving poor Jim some instructions and some tongue trashing at the same time. The fight was a lively one to say the least with the large male salmon finally coming to the net and then being released to do his thing to support the salmon population in the coming years. Way to go Jim for doing your part and the comedic show, I can truly say I have never ended a season in quite that fashion. It definitely was better than any T.V. show I have ever seen.


From the Klamath this year-Jack Clarke with his 48lber with guide Mike Mierkey of Rip Their Lips Off Guide Service. Date: Friday, October 17, 2008
Current Report:
The fishing on the upper Klamath has been good with most days averaging 10 to 15 adult salmon. The fish are of varying color stages from dark to just starting to change color. They have been eager biters and are still full of fight. If you are looking to hook several fish in a day and have a good time, this is the place to be and the weather has been great also. If you are looking to catch "chromers" well don't let anyone fool you in believing that is the case because they have been in the fresh water for over 140 miles and will be turning color. Hope to see you on the river.


Date: Friday, October 3, 2008
Current Report:
I just returned from my month long guiding trip on the Klamath and would have to agree that the number may have been wrong. The Yurok's were the only big winners for the large fish that were captured in the net, but there were plenty of fish around for everyone who traveled up the river. This last week was my best for large fish, we boated some amazingly large fish, 2-30's, 1-43, 1-48, and several in the 15 to 25 pound class, but of course that is when the nets were not allowed at the mouth for two days. I am expecting the upper to produce some large fish this month and I will be fishing there until Oct. 31. If anyone needs help or advise please feel free to contact me.


From the Klamath this year-Paul Gibbons with his limit of adults. The two ugly guys are me and my brother MikeDate: Sunday, September 21, 2008
Current Report:
The Indian "subsistence" gill and drift netters are just ripping the run. The drift netters are getting tremendous amounts of large salmon. After all these years this still amazes me. But with all this happening our up river fishery is going strong. I have been getting limits most days of healthy fish to 18 lbs. The weather has been perfect and it is worth the trip.


Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Current Report:
Today on the Lower Klamath River we had full limits of adult kings from 9 to 17 pounds plus one jack each. We were 9 for 11 hookups. I still have a couple of days in September open!! Call me on my cell at 209-483-1725. I would like to take this time to talk about all the B.S. fishing reports on the internet about the Klamath River. If someone is telling you he gets 20 or 30 fish a day he's probably lying. We usually never end up with even numbers. There seems to be a compition for who can B.S. the most from the newer guides. Buyer beware!!! The fish are big and silver bright full of sea lice. NOW is the time for the lower section and then we will be all over them in October on the upper side. That is great fishing also so give me a call. Dave


Date: Friday, September 12, 2008
Current Report:
The Indian commercial net have been out of the water for a few days and the fishing has been good to very good for jacks and adult salmon to 15lbs. The water temp is still on the warm side but should be coming down shortly, which will make the fishing even better.


From the Klamath this year-Mattie Mierkey with a 9lbDate: Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Current Report:
I have arrived at the Klamath for my one month stay on the lower river. Conditions seem to be good and will have an up to date report for you on Saturday. Stay in touch and I'll keep you informed.


Date: Sunday, August 17, 2008
Current Report:
Ok, as of August 15 the fall salmon quota is now in effect, meaning that the count is on for the 22,500 fish that the sports anglers have been given for the Klamath river this year. The river is giving up some very nice steelhead along with several jack salmon, under 22 inches, and a few adult fish, but with the amount of nets a the mouth, it is difficult for the adults to get pass the blockage. I talked with the counting station and they told me that as of last night almost 3,000 fish have been caught by the natives with approx. 24,000 fish remaining on that quota. I know, but lets not go there. If this is any indication we are looking for a great September and October. Hope to you soon.


Date: Monday, August 4, 2008
Current Report:
New Salmon and Steelhead Regulations on Klamath and Trinity Rivers July 31, 2008. -- New fishing regulations to increase the possession limit of returning adult fall-run Chinook salmon from four to six along the Klamath River system become effective Aug. 15. The California Fish and Game Commission adopted regulations increasing the possession limit at their June 28, 2008 meeting in Upland to reflect an expected increase in harvest opportunities that will be available to sport anglers. “Based on predictions of a strong return of adult fall-run Chinook salmon, fishing on the Klamath River system is expected to improve this year,” said Neil Manji, DFG Fisheries Branch Chief. “This is good news following the closure of the California ocean salmon season and restrictions in the Sacramento River system earlier this year to protect diminished stocks of Central Valley fall-run Chinook.” The anticipated strong return of salmon to the Klamath will provide an in-river harvest allocation of 22,500 adult fall-run Chinook salmon for sport anglers - up from 10,600 last year. It is the second largest harvest allocation in 30 years. Run size projections for 2008 are based on the number of fish that returned to the river by age class in 2007 and the expected number of fish harvested at sea during the course of the 2008 offshore fishing season. Offshore closures enacted this season combined with an expected strong return of 4-year-old fall-run Chinook salmon are responsible for the large 2008 in-river sport harvest allocation. The tribal harvest allocation is 27,000 fish.


Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Current Report:
Chinook salmon fishing on the Klamath River will be open as usual, with a larger than normal quota (22,500 fish) allocated for the 2008 season. Two factors contributed to the quota, Biologists already were expecting a big return to the Klamath; and, severe offshore restrictions will lead to drastically increased ocean survival for the Klamath fall salmon. I will arrive for the lower river fishing on Sept. 6th and stay until Sept. 28th Upper river fishing starts on Oct. 4th 2 Jet Boats Available! 2 Drift Boats Available!


Date: Monday, July 21, 2008
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Date: Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Current Report:
Shad article from last week. Outdoors - Show time for shad http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080625/A_SPORTS03/806250311&emailAFriend=1 Dave


Date: Friday, June 20, 2008
Current Report:
Shad fishing continues to be very good like it was last night Thursday. Things started off real slow and we didn't hook a fish until almost 7:30pm but when we did it was non stop action for the next 90 minutes. Last night we hooked some very large females and I looked at the maturity of the eggs and they seem to me to be about a week away from the spawn. With the quality of the fish we hooked last night, things should continue at least another week. Remember to book with me early for the up coming Klamath.


Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Current Report:
Shad fishing on the American has really turned on since they raised the water last week. They seem to be everywhere with the evening bite the best. Last night we were surrounded by boiling fish at sundown and the bite was fast and furious. I personally believe that the bite will continue for the next week at least because the fish have not gone on the spawn as of yet. So if you want to get into the action, I have considerably reduced rates for the evening bite. Lets go!!


Date: Thursday, May 29, 2008
Current Report:
Shad fishing on the American has been hit and miss since they raised the flows last week for the three day weekend. I fished on both Tuesday and Wednesday with mixed results. On Tuesday, for my boat an on other that was next to me, we had a grand total of four bites for six fisherman. On Wednesday, my boat hooked 26 shad for three people and one 9 pound striper. In my opinion some warmer weather and warmer water will help the bite now that there is more in the river. I look forward to a good june with plenty of fish.


Date: Monday, May 19, 2008
Current Report:
Shad fishing is improving everyday with this hot weather and should continue to get better as the month go one. I have been hitting the river in the evenings and hooking 15 to 25 fish a night.


Date: Thursday, May 15, 2008
Current Report:
The shad are starting to show in growing numbers in the American from Sunrise down. The evenings have been a better bite for the 2 to 4 lb silver bullets. I have been using pink and chartruese grubs and very little weight. This hotter weather should ignite the the bite and we should experience good fishing throughout next week.


Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Current Report:
Shad are starting to show up in the Freeport area and I have heard of some even as far as the mouth of the Feather. I will be all over these hard fighting fish this week and will continue to fill you in.


Date: Monday, April 21, 2008
Current Report:
Since I moved most of my salmon fishing to the Klamath last year this is good news for us and if you are thinking of going this year, please call me ASAP. While ocean salmon fishermen are still reeling from the total closure of offshore Chinook fishing this summer in Crescent City, Klamath River salmon anglers have reason to celebrate. During meetings last week in Seattle, the Pacific Fishery Management Council set a 22,500-Chinook quota for Klamath River sport anglers. The tribes will get another 27,000 salmon for their net fishery. Two factors contributed to this year's generous Klamath fall Chinook quota, which still has to be approved by the California Department of Fish and Game. Biologists were already expecting a big return to the Klamath. Two years ago, the hottest fishing on the West Coast occurred in the lower Klamath, when guides and other anglers were hooking 20 to 30 jacks a day. Now the adult salmon from that same run component will be returning to the river this fall. Severe offshore salmon fishing restrictions, meanwhile, will lead to drastically increased ocean survival for the Klamath fall salmon, which are expected to return in large numbers.


Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Current Report:
The steelhead fishing on the American River has hugely improved since the rains of last week. The river has a nice off green color to it and we have been catching some very nice fish. It is not unusual for us to get fish in the 10 to 14 pound class once in awhile, but the last two times out, we have boated several in that class along with the usual 1 to 5 pounders. It seems when get one bite, we get several in the same place making things a lot of fun. I believe for the next three weeks we should have very good fishing here on the American. Hop on board!


Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Current Report:
The Yuba is the place to be if you want to catch a combination of steelhead and trout. My two trips last week yielded at least 30 fish both days with steelhead running up to 5 pounds but most in the 1 to 3 pound range. The rainbows are extremely hungry this time of the year and are responding very well with what we are offering. Remember this is a catch and release river with a barbless hook restriction in effect. But if you want to have a fun day fishing and also catch a fish in every spot we try, this is the place to be right now.


Date: Monday, November 5, 2007
Current Report:
Back again from the Klamath where the fishing was still very good on the upper section of the river. We have been having a special year on the whole Klamath river system. I have been fishing from the mouth to Iron Gate and slamming them for over 2 straight months. This weekend we hooked 16 on Friday, 15 on Saturday and then with one person on the boat on Sunday with the a hard bite happening, we were hot boat with 7 hooked, 5 more than any other boat we spoke to. It seems to me that we had a good run of jack's this year also which means we can expect another good run of chinooks next year. Speaking of next year, my book is filling up fast for the Klamath so please make your reservations early to guarantee getting into these hard fighting fish. Give me a call and I'll fill you in.


Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Current Report:
What a great four days we just had on the upper Klamath. The last rain really pushed up some great fish. From Friday until Monday when I left the river, my drift boat has been averaging 12 to 14 salmon a day, but on Monday we netted 17 for 22 hooked. The fish are in very good shape for this time of the year, but since the run is late again this year like last, we are seeing some really good looking chinooks. Most of the fish are running between 10 to 15 pounds, but some are going as large as 25. I fully believe that this run could run until mid November, but we will have to wait and see. I am positive it will be good this next weekend for sure. I have two days open this week, Friday and Monday. So if you want to get into some very good fishing give me a call and I'll hook you up!


Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Current Report:
The fishing on the upper Klamath continues to be very good for salmon and steelhead. We are averaging in the range of 12-14 chinook's a day with some 4-8 lb steelhead in addition to that count. There are still more fish arriving each and every day so I expect this type of fishing to continue until at least the first of November and maybe beyond. With the slow run on the Sacramento and what should be a run on the American not happening yet, I will continue to fish where the fish are. If you want to catch several hard fighting fish in a day, give me a call. Rip Their Lips Off


Date: Saturday, October 20, 2007
Current Report:
Sorry for the delayed report, but I have been fishing the upper Klamath with great success. I am currently averaging 12 to 14 salmon a day with a few larger steelhead a day. I completely believe that this run will last into the first 2 weeks of November with this type of fishing. Here is a recent article written about the fishing and me. Please enjoy. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071017/A_SPORTS03/710170326&emailAFriend=1


Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Current Report:
I am now fishing the upper Klamath with some very good success. Yesterday my boat landed 13 of 17 salmon hooked and I didn't even count the steelhead we landed in the faster water. The salmon are averaging 10 to 14 pounds and the steelhead are very aggressive and running 4 to 9 pounds. We had some rain last night but it really didn't do anything to the river. All the boats are having a blast and the fishing should continue to improve throughout the month. I have a couple of days open this month, so if you want to jump on board give me a call.


Date: Thursday, October 4, 2007
Current Report:
Well the salmon fishing on the Sacramento is still slow at best. Reports from down the river all the way to Woodson Bridge is that three fish days are huge with most guide boats landing one or two a day. The fish that we are landing have been coming from backed bounced roe or boondogging. I wish I could report something better but... On the other hand, the fish could still be running late because they are just starting in mass on the Rogue and are still pouring into the Klamath. More on the Klamath in that section. The mouth of the Klamath opened again with huge amounts of king's pouring into the lower part of the river and have been charging up so they can reach cooler water all week. I will be establishing my fish camp there early next week and am confident that my salmon and steelhead combo trips will yeald 20 to 30 fish days. Give me a call to get into this great fishery this year. It is only a 3 hour drive from Sacramento for terrific fishing. Dave


Date: Thursday, September 27, 2007
Current Report:
ALERT ALERT, additional report. I just got off the phone with two different guides on the Klamath and they both told me it is 30-40 fish days right now. If you want to go, I am willing to travel back next week to get into these fresh from the ocean kings. 209-483-1725


Date: Thursday, September 27, 2007
Current Report:
Hi, Well the salmon fishing on the Klamath was good to this guy and his boats. We hooked fish everyday even when the fishing was slow for most. I did use a lot of gas fishing these fish, but that is what I believe I should do to find the fish for anyone on my boat. The fishing did finally explode last week and we were getting the usual 15 - 20 fish days. I will be fishing the Sacramento for the next 2 - 3 weeks and then will get into the awesome fishing on the upper Klamath. Just to let you know how good that is, last year the two anglers I had on the drift boat for the last fishing day there, we netted 97 adult king salmon in two days. Give me a call and we can get into this great fishery. I did fish the Sacramento on Wednesday landing three fish and loosing three. Not a bad day overall, the fish are large and still very bright. We caught all the fish on roe in different holes for Hamilton City up river. 209-483-1725


Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Current Report:
Fishing for King Salmon on the Sacramento River has remained about the same as last week. We are catching some very nice size fish as most of the salmon are running in the high teens to higher twenties. My boat is averaging just under a fish a rod while boondogging a new product from Pro-Cure. I am so far very happy with not only the cure but their little secret Slam-Ola! Get it a try for better results. Heading to the Klamath on Thursday and will fill you in from there. If you want to come up and get into these feisty kings, my cell number is 209-483-1725. I will have three boats running up there for everyone to enjoy. Rip Their Lips Off.


Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Current Report:
Last weekend on the Sacramento really pick up for salmon out of the Hamilton City area. My clients landed 4 of 5 that they hooked the largest going 31 pounds. We hooked all the fish on a special new cure that I received from Pro-Cure. It sure seems to be working so far. On Sunday I only fished two people and we landed three fish in the mid 20 range. I will be heading for the Klamath on Sept. 6th and have just a couple of open days, so if you want in on this huge run, give me a call. 209-483-1725.


Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Current Report:
Hey Guys, fishing improved BIG TIME this week on the Sacramento. My boat on Saturday was extremely happy with fish of 31, 24, 22, 19 and sadly losing one in the twenty pound range. We boondoggled for all these bright freisty Kings. The water level is holding nicely and the temp is very good also. Most boats I saw had fish and smiles all around. The counts over the diversion dam also increased this last week, proving that the fish are finally moving through the system. Word also has it that there was a good bite in the grimes area so more are on the way. So pick up the phone and lets get fishing!! I move to the Klamath on Sept. 6th to the 23rd and then back on the Sacramento to catch the slugs.


Date: Thursday, August 16, 2007
Current Report:
The steelhead bite on the lower Klamath is still very good with the fish running large from 5-10 pounds. People are hooking them from the estuary up the river to Blue Creek. Cast masters is the key in the tidal water and then roe is the ticket in the faster running sections. Salmon a starting to stage at the mouth and could break open within a week or two. It is going to be a very good salmon year on the Klamath and I will be arriving on Sept 6th staying at the Klamath RV Park. Give me a call and get on the boat. 209-483-1725


Date: Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Current Report:
Aug. 8 The Sacramento river salmon fishing has slowed down a bit on the upper section above the Red Bluff diversion dam. Last weekend saw a one to two fish norm per boat norm while some boats scored zero's. This is normal for this time of year and will continue to improve until the main run arrives in Sept and Oct. The lower section of the river from Hamilton City to Woodson Bridge has been producing between one to three salmon per boat per day this last week. I am expecting this trend to continue throughout month and break open in mid-September. All indications are that the fish are running larger this year like last year, so the average fish will be in the twenty pound class and we always get some 40 to 60 pound fish in the fall. Please get me a call and we will set a date to go fishing. Remember I will be arriving at the Klamath on September 6th and we are expecting a great run. Book early. Rip Their Lips Off. Dave


Date: Thursday, August 2, 2007
Current Report:
August 1. The Sacramento river above the Red Bluff diversion dam opened yesterday to Salmon fishing and Rip Their Lips Off Guide Service had a pretty good day. I had three anglers on board for this annual event for which the "guys" Brad Kernahan, Steve Mizes and Ken Kopkosky, say that name three times, went four for four all on backed bounced Pro-Cured bait. (with a little secret additive) The fished weighted in at 14, 15, 15, and 27lb's. We had a hole all to ourselves for around two hours before two other boats came in and set up camp with their kiwk fish. I certainly wish that if people are going to fish a hole with either bait or a lure, that they learn to move though the hole and not just sit in one place to try and hog what they believe to be the prime spot. It just doesn't do any one any good, especially them, to sit in one spot. Fish move! All in all, we had a good day and was off the river at noon. Remember, book early for the Klamath, Sacramento and American rivers.


Date: Thursday, July 19, 2007
Current Report:
The salmon opener on the Sacramento was a good one for our boat. Phil hooked the first fish of the day at 6:45 am and we had three beautiful fish in the box by 9 am when the bite stopped dead. Most boats we spoke to had between 1 to 2 fish and the most I heard was 5. A good opener this year vs. last year. Remember to please book early.


Date: Monday, June 25, 2007
Current Report:
The shad fishing is red hot right now. Since they raised the water levels for the time being, the shad have been coming to the boat by two's and three's. It is not unusual for the boat to have doubles and triples on. The catch is consisting of both males and females with some of the larger fish to 5 pounds. This should last until the end of the month. Give a call and jump on board.


Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Current Report:
Shad fishing on the American continues to be about the same. The water board has increased the flows to over 4000cfs for a short period of time, so the bite has become a later one. We are still averaging 20-30 an evening. On another note. It looks like we've ended up with a great quota this year. The Department of fish & game has estimated that the Klamath River has 600,000 three year old Salmon returning from the ocean. Along with 26,000 four year old fish. If the DFG predictions are accurate most of the run will be three year old fish that average 8 to 15 pounds. The PFMC & fish & game has set the quota at 10,600 fish. A far better scenario then last season. Anglers will be able to keep 2-adults & 1 jack per day with a total of 12 Chinook in 7 days, no more than 4 adults in that 7 day period. Lets not forget about 1 fin clipped Steelhead. I will be at the Klamath the first part of September, so if you want to get in on this good fishing, give me a call.


Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Current Report:
We have a very fun night of fishing on Monday as I had a world famous bartender and a much re-nouned northern California fishing guide on the drift boat for three hours of shad fishing. The about mentioned bartender had a hard time at first landing the fish he hooked on our light tackle, but after around the fifth fish, he got one to the net. As we all know, shad have a very soft mouth and you must play them carefully. Well Jr. sure put that to the test and proved it true. Now the larger of the two Dave, did some great teaching and coaching himself and finally got the bite down to an art. Good times were had by all. Rip Their Lips Off Dave


Date: Monday, June 11, 2007
Current Report:
Hi, we have been fishing for shad in the evenings for anywhere from 20 to 30 fish a trip. I have been to the usual spots with just about the same success rate. The fish are starting to spawn right at dark which is a lot of fun to watch because the really get active and start chasing each other all over the surface. If you want some good action, lets get together for an evening. Remember to book early for Salmon season on the Klamath and Sacramento rivers. Thanks Dave


Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Current Report:
Shad fishing on the American continues to be a challenge with us hooking a few fish each night. But the news is that the water agency will be increasing the flows on American this Memorial Day weekend for all the rafters, so with increased flows the fish will push into the river and we will see the fish numbers increase dramatically. On the Feather River the shad have been stacked up behind the falls above Boyd's Pump and the shore anglers have been doing very well by casting into the fast water behind the snags and current breaks. Both the American and Feather rivers are very low so if you are boating be very careful. Remember, I am currently taking reservations for the upcoming salmon season on the Klamath, Sacramento, Feather and other rivers. Give me a call.


Date: Monday, May 14, 2007
Current Report:
Shad, Shad, Shad. They have arrived in the American and the evenings will become much more enjoyable now. The smaller males have been biting our rigs with a fury. Most of the fish are still down lower in the river, but if you know shad, they travel fast. So I expect the river to be loaded with fish from the mouth to Sunrise by this week. I have evenings available at the SPECIAL rate. Give me a call.


Date: Monday, May 7, 2007
Current Report:
Striper fishing continues to be very good from Verona to Colusa on the Sacramento and terrific in the Mokelumne. Most fish are being caught on live minnows or trolling. Shad have started to show and will only get better over the next three weeks. Remember fishing for these shad in the evenings is very exciting. It is nothing for us to catch 30-50 in a evening. And I run a very special price. Call for details.


Date: Monday, April 30, 2007
Current Report:
Stripers continue to be the fish of the day. Live minnows and trolling different lures is the key. Shad are also showing and I will be running my first combo trip of the year on Friday. Shad in the morning and then we'll go get the pin sides right after that. Remember the salmon fishing is right around the corner and I have been fishing the Klamath for over 44 years straight now. You can guess my age. Book early for Salmon on the Feather, Klamath (lower and upper), Sacramento and American.


Date: Monday, April 23, 2007
Current Report:
The striper fishing on the Sacramento is very good right now. We are landing anywhere from 12-30 fish a day. The larger females have not showed their heads as of Sunday, but any day now. Just about everything is working.


Date: Thursday, April 19, 2007
Current Report:
The striper fishing is picking up in the Colusa area. We are currently picking up between 4 to 10 fish a trip. This run will continue to built until mid May. Remember that Shad fishing is just around the corner. I promise to have your arms burning after an evening catching these hard fighting fish!! Go light for the big bite!


Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Current Report:
It's about that time of year for us to get in on the fun striper and shad combination trips on the Sacramento & Feather rivers. I'm sure the fish are already here...we just need the water to drop down a bit and then things will take off! The high water should really make shad fishing on the American River a hot prospect this May and June as well!

 

 

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