We started our salmon season in late August and have been pleased with what we've experienced so for this season. We're seeing more salmon overall and the number of fish in the 18-22 pound range are far more abundant than the past few years. We are also seeing quite a few jack salmon (1-2 year olds) in the river and that makes a great predictor for our 2019 season. Lots of jacks means a good run the following season.
I've been fishing out of Corning, Ca. most days and thats where we're seeing the brighter salmon. They are cutting very well and their table fare is excellent! Its a bit of a drive for me in the morning, but catching bright salmon with clients makes it worthwhile for sure. I will continue to fish down river until the numbers up around Anderson are too many to ignore. They are typically on the darker side, but they are big rod benders! Screaming lines and big head shakes are what the upper Sacramento River salmon fishery is all about.
Our season should provide consistent action into late October and thats how long we will continue to offer these King salmon trips. We're still seeing reports from the saltwater areas and the salmon fishing is still really good. This means we are really just seeing the beginning of what we are expecting to be a great salmon season. Fishing from our 24' Willie Jet Boat makes for a comfortable day on the water and we're drifting roe with spin rods so the fishing is easy to manage as well. We welcome all age groups and skill levels and do our best to get our clients on fish every day!
One last point of interest is the early presence of a good number of hatchery steelhead. If catching steelhead sounds like your kind of fishing, please come prepared with a steelhead report card so we can target these fish as well during our day of fishing. By November, we will be running dedicated steelhead fishing trips and this is already shaping up to be a great season for them as well.