Sacramento River Fishing Report near Pittsburg, California

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Fishing Tips for Sacramento River Upper and Lower

on February 8th

This report is for the Lower Sacramento: For 25 miles beneath the Keswick dam the lower Sacramento River courses through banks of gravel, making outcroppings here and there, rushing over bars, and raging down straight stretches on its trek to the Pacific Ocean. The flow of water in this river can be very powerful but like natural rivers (ones with no dams) the flows change as the seasons change. However, unlike natural rivers the lower Sacramento’s flow reaches peak in the summer when energy demands and therefore currents used to make hydropower are at their highest. One of the cools things about this river is that it is open year round so you can experience any flow you want. There are people that wade this river but I am one of those people that prefer to float down the river in a boat. If you like looking at lots of different boats you will have a heyday on this river; people use everything from tiny, wooden canoes to huge, twin motor flat bottom skiffs. The best time to fish the river is in fall when the salmon run up from the sea. On top of tangling with 40lbs salmon you can also tussle with the huge steelheads (or rainbows depending on what you call them) that gobble up the spawn just like rich people at a fancy party. Guess which pattern works the best (hint: look at the last sentence). There are other times of the year the resident population of trout shine (during hatches; check your local bait shop to find out what’s hatching when) but the fishing is not as good as the spawning runs in the spring and fall. Good luck fishing! This report is for the Upper Sacramento: From the base of Mount Shasta and its neighbors flows one of our nation0s top 100 trout rivers. For the next 35(ish) miles it tumbles down canyons, around boulder fields, and gat hers strength from it0s various tributaries; all while hosting a killer trout population. That river is called the upper Sacramento River. You can fish the river with good results from April into May but once the snow melt waters hit the river it will be a while before fishing is good again. That usually happens in early July just for the heat of summer to hit. During that time you can find fish near springs such as Mossbrae Falls. The fish here average about 12 inches but a 20 inch rainbow is not unheard of. One of the coolest things, in my option, about the fish here is that they fight really hard. The fact that they fight so hard might have something to do with the fact they are genetically linked to the ocean going steelhead that used to spawn here before man made a bunch of dams downstream. As far as hatches go Green Drakes, Salmon flies, and a few Pink Cahills start hatching in June. Blue Wing-Olives start once the water starts to cool in fall; you can find midges all season long. As far as flies go weighted Stonefly Nymphs, Birds Nest, Hare’s Ear, Prince, Pheasant Tails, Bead Head Caddis Pupae, and larvae work the best in the spring. Once spring turns to summer fishing slows at midday but good fish can still be caught on caddis and terrestrials in the mornings and evenings. Sizes #16 to #22 work the best. Before you go out fishing be sure you know what the regulations are for the section of the river you wish to fish. Some areas have catch and release only, some have special bag limits, and some have artificial only rules. Be sure you know which is which before you go. Good luck fishing!


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