Sacramento River King salmon fishing report

 We're still seeing some quality salmon in the upper reaches of the Sac River near Red Bluff.

We're still seeing some quality salmon in the upper reaches of the Sac River near Red Bluff.

Its been a few weeks since my last salmon fishing report, and although Its been a good season so far, our worst fears for this years salmon season near the Coleman salmon hatchery have proven to be a reality.  Once again the straying of the Coleman Hatchery salmon into the Feather River system down river due to the trucking of these fish as juveniles to Rio Vista has left us with dismal returns of 3 year olds returning to spawn.  The one thing that saved our up river salmon season was the return of 2 year old salmon (Jacks) that have provided some pretty steady action near the Barge Hole near Coleman Hatchery.  These 2 year olds were not trucked to the delta and released so they are the indicator of a strong return of larger 3 year old fish for us next year.  If current conditions and hatchery releases remain back to normal, the coming years should include some great Sacramento River King salmon fishing.  For now, it has just been some good days and some slower days for sure.  Most days we're averaging a fish per rod and you can't beat fishing on this beautiful section of the Sacramento River.  I will be fishing for King salmon near Anderson, Ca. until mid October and then I'll be focusing on Sac River steelhead and Shasta Lake trout.  Keep checking back to stay informed with my reports about fishing in the Redding area throughout the winter!  Thank you, and tight lines to you all!

 These jack salmon were caught on back to back drifts on the Sacramento River this week!

These jack salmon were caught on back to back drifts on the Sacramento River this week!