The much anticipated 2012 Sacramento Valley salmon season opened today, July 16 and reports have been filing into FishwithJD HQ all day long. I sat the opener out and won’t start fishing until early August when the fish will be much more stacked up and I can give clients a really good shot at catching their limits of kings.
That being said, there was some nice fishing here and there in the Valley. The best report I got was from the Woodson Bridge area of the Sacramento, where Vance Staplin hook a bunch of fish to end up with 8 nice kings, the smallest of which was a 14-pound buck. The rest were chrome 18-pound hens. Vance got his fish all on K16′s and admitted that he got lucky and found a nice pod of fish. He noted that most boats fared worse and ended up with 0-3 each.
Over on the Feather, a crowd of boats (75-80) landed an estimated 25 fish below the Outlet, so the action wasn’t exactly red hot there either. The buoy that marks the upper end of the fishing in the Outlet was underwater due to the high flows, so DFG wardens let anglers fish higher up than they will be able to when the water drops and there were some kings caught there as well. There were some nice chrome fish and some darker springers in the mix. The Boyd’s Pump area was dead…
At the mouth of the American, a good crowd gathered and I heard of reports of a half dozen or so kings being caught by the trollers working Silvertron Spinners outside the lineup of anchored vessels.
Overall, the opener wasn’t a bomb but it wasn’t super hot, either. And that’s pretty much why I’m holding off for a bit longer. We always get salmon fever this time of year, but the real action is yet to come. And based on how crazy-stupid-good the ocean salmon bite has been pretty much all summer, we are in for a barn-burner of a season in the rivers!!
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