American River Fishing Report

Report Updated Feb.6, 2014

Upper River to Close to fishing

With flows down to a trickle-like 500 cfs and perhaps soon going to 250 cfs, the State Fish & Game Commission on Feb. 5 voted unanimously to close the river from Nimbus Dam down to the power lines at Ancil Hoffman Park to all fishing until the end of April. The closures should go into effect soon.

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About the American River

The American winds its way 23 miles through the heart of California’s Capitol City from Nimbus dam to its confluence with the Sacramento River. Though it bisects a major metropolitan area, you’d never know it when you’re on the water. There’s a ton of wildlife in the scenic green belt along the river and surprisingly good fishing to be had as well.

The American’s once epic salmon runs have recently fallen on hard times but anglers still see some nice winter steelhead action from November through March on mostly hatchery fish that can sometimes reach 16 or even 18 pounds. In May, a huge run of shad hits the river and they are followed by striped bass that can occasionally top the 50-pound mark. Both species are present until mid summer and then things settle down here from mid July until the fall.

Photos from the American by JD
Spring steelhead on the American River


Species of the American River

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Fall Chinook



Striped Bass


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American Shad


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Steelhead


Photos from the American:

Riffle below Ancil Hoffman Park
Riffle below Ancil Hoffman Park
The Lower American, just up from Watt Ave.
The Lower American, just up from Watt Ave.
Deer crossing near Goethe (River Bend) Park
Deer crossing near Goethe (River Bend) Park