fluctuating flows on the Sac still a challenge.

Sacramento River - Lower - Redding, CA (Shasta County)

Chinook Salmon, Steelhead
Great job by this young client who fished with Captain Justin today! I'm sure he'll always remember todays trip on the Sacramento River!
Photo Credit: JGGS Team.

by Jeff Goodwin

Captain Justin and I fished clients on the Sacramento River today, and although we hooked several Kings per boat, the bite was definitely off.  Erratic water releases from Keswick Dam continue to harrass the salmon in their environment creating them stress and an unwillingness to bite like they would under normal conditions.  The Barge Hole is loaded with King salmon but getting them to bite can be a challenge with a lot of fluctuation in water levels.  Pulse flows of 2,000 cfs every few days has pulled a lot of salmon up river and we're seeing hundereds of Kings swimming the deep holes in the Redding area, 10 miles above Battle Creek.  There are still enough Kings available to keep our clients fighting fish, but it could certainly be better.  Flow changes are scheduled to remain in fluctuation through the 22nd of October currently.  I guess we'll see what happens with flow schedules after the 22nd.  We're working hard for our clients and will continue to do so until salmon season closed on December 16th.  

Jeff Goodwin is a full time Northern California fishing guide.  He guides year round for salmon, trout, steelhead, Kokanee, and bass on Northern California rivers and lakes. He fishes many bodies of water in the Redding area, but also guides the Sacramento River and Feather River during certain times of the year. Jeff can also be found on the California coast chasing ocean fresh King salmon and steelhead each year. To learn more about the fishing trips Jeff has to offer, please visit Jeff Goodwin's Guide Service.  You can also find him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or please feel free to call him anytime at (707) 616-1905.

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