The Rivers I Fish
In its long journey between Mt. Shasta and the San Francisco Bay, the Sacramento River flows through a low range of oak studded hills in the northern Sacramento Valley. Here, the river has cut a scenic 25 mile-long canyon capped with lava rim-rock just upstream of the small town of Red Bluff. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages extensive public lands for recreation and wildlife habitat along this segment of river and along its two tributaries -- lower Battle Creek and Paynes Creek.
The Sacramento River and Battle Creek support threatened and endangered runs of Chinook salmon and steelhead, as well as a healthy population of trophy-sized rainbow trout. The area's exceptional riparian habitat is home for bald eagle, osprey, wild turkey, and river otter. The surrounding uplands are clothed in blue oak, foothill pine, and seasonal grasses. Vernal pools provide habitat for rare plant species, as well as important wetlands for Canada geese and the Greater Sandhill Crane.
We typically fish the Irving Finch, Chico flats area to the City of Redding for the fall run of King Salmon, but will also catch large numbers right in downtown Sacramento.
I am asked all the time if you actually catch 20 to 40 pound salmon in downtown Sacramento? Well the answer is an astounding YES!! The American, the jewel of the valley, runs right through some of the prettiest scenery of the city. You can't really believe your eyes when you see, deer, turkeys, otter's and even bald eagles, which catching huge King Salmon. A drift boat trip through this waterway is definitely a Kodak moment. Believe me, it is fun to have a salmon pull around the boat in this exciting river.
The American gets kegged with salmon in the month's of October, November and as late as December. The river typically receives runs of 25,000 to 80,000 salmon a year. And since the river is only about 23 miles long, we can usually find a lot of them during a day of fishing.
In May, there are giant Shad runs, and then they are followed by Stripers that can run up to 40 pounds.
So if you want to have some fun and experience nature in an urban setting, the Jewel of the Valley is the place to be during one or all of the above mentioned months.
Take a look at this page I found, American Rivers Blog.
The Klamath River, which begins east of the Cascade Mountains in Eastern Oregon and flows more than 260 miles to the Pacific Ocean south of Crescent City, California, is one of the most fertile, productive salmon rivers in the West. Hundreds of thousands of hard-fighting, great-biting Chinook or king salmon enter the river late each summer. One of the best areas to catch them is the stretch of river between Iron Gate Dam and Interstate 5 in far Northern California, just half an hour south of Medford, Oregon.
No other river in Oregon or California offers the fish-after-fish action like the upper section of the Klamath River below Iron Gate Dam. When the fish arrive in late September and early October, multiple-fish days are common. In fact, there are days every season when anglers catch 20 fish in a day. Sometimes 30 or more hookups per boat are enjoyed. The fishing is as close to the kind of action that draws people to Alaska.
Home to perhaps the best fall Chinook and winter steelhead fishing in Oregon, the Chetco River flows 55 miles from its headwaters deep in the Siskiyou National Forest to the Pacific Ocean at Brookings. One of Oregon's longest undammed rivers, the Chetco flows through rugged mountain canyons with towering fir and redwood trees. It is one of Oregon's top-producing rivers in terms of trophy salmon and steelhead and angler catch rates. Each year a number of salmon in the 50-pound range are caught, as well as several steelhead over 20 pounds.
One of the best rivers to fish for king salmon in Northern California is the Feather River. The Feather River is the little sister river to the Sacramento River, but don't be fooled by its size, it has lots of monster king salmon in it. The Feather River is a tributary to the Sacramento River. Famous for the 1800's gold rushes in the upper reaches, the 1968 final completion of Oroville Dam, the tallest earthen dam in the United States, blocked migratory fish in Oroville, approximately 50 miles from the river's confluence near Verona, California.
The Feather River Salmon and Steelhead Hatchery was opened in 1967 to offset the loss of upstream spawning habitat, and has provided a consistent salmon and steelhead fishery ever since. Even during decling times, the Feather River hatchery has obtained its quota of salmon and eggs every year, and what that means is great fishing in a smaller area. The Feather River produces excellent California salmon fishing and steelhead fishing, as well as striped bass and shad, and has produced some of the most consistent numbers of salmon in Northern California. Every season, the area around Oroville, California is teeming with anglers of all types trying to catch these magnificent fish.
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