Big October Kings keep coming!

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

Big October Kings keep coming!
Redding local, Troy Bradley holds up his King salmon caught today on his birthday fishing trip!
Photo Credit: JG Fishing Team

by Jeff Goodwin

October can yield some of the fall runs biggest King salmon of the year!  These big salmon start to pile up in some of the deepest holes in the Sacramento River from Anderson to Corning and get very aggressive when when they are concentrated in certain areas of the river.  Some really big salmon are taken on plugs every year, but they will often times be caught on roe as well.  Whatever method you choose to use, big Kings are now available and we're catching a few each day.  These 30 plus pound Kings are 4 year old salmon and they are a bit more weary than their underclassmen so catching them is an accomplishment for any angler.  The Sacramento River is one of the last river systems in California to host abundant runs of large King salmon and October is prime time!  By the end of October, we will see many of these big Kings enter the spawning phase of their lifecycle and catching them won't be an every day option.  Many of these big King salmon will be making their way up Battle Creek to the Coleman National Fish Hatchery.  For individuals or families who can't make it out to fish for these amazing King salmon, Coleman Hatchery in Anderson, Ca. will be opening to the public beginning Octeber 3rd.  This is a great chance to view these majestic fish, and to watch and learn more about how the salmon are spawned in a hatchery environment.  October is the best time to visit Coleman Hatchery and I highly recommend it!  As much time as I get to spend on the Sacramento River fishing for salmon, I always make time to visit the hatchery this time of the year.

Capt. Jeff G.

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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