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Fishing with Jim: Salmon bite hot on the Sacramento

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Posted: Thursday, October 15, 2015 12:03 am

Sacramento River: The salmon bite continues on the Sacramento from Vieira’s up the Old Sac to Sacramento. Some of the more popular locations along the way are: Vieira’s, Ko-Kets, Walnut Grove, Clarksburg, Freeport and Garcia Bend.

Most anglers are trolling Silvertrons, Kwikfish and Blue Foxes. Jigging for Salmon becomes more popular the farther up the river you fish. Shore anglers continue to have success with Flying “C”s and Blue Foxes in the Walnut Grove area.

The striped bass topwater bite has been improving for the past couple weeks. The best time is before the sun hits and sends them back into the deep water. Anglers that troll deep and shallow for the striped bass still have some good success in Broad Slough up to the Dairy on the Sacramento and from Eddo’s up to the mouth of the Mokelumne on the San Joaquin.

San Joaquin River : The largemouth bite continues to be solid on the San Joaquin side. Usually at this time of the year the bass would be in transition to deeper water, but with the warm water and air temperatures, they’re still hanging in the 4- to 6-foot depths. Senkos and jerkbaits rule the day, but an occasional Spook topwater will get one to boil.

Mokelumne River: Big news for the Mokelumne is the pulse flows will begin today. The flows will start out at 105 cubic feet per second and will reach 480 CFS by Friday. Wooodbridge Irrigation district will add to the pulse flow from Camanche Lake. This will bring the Salmon up the Mokelumne in big numbers.

There will be three more pulse flow release this year, but the dates have yet to be released. The Cross Delta Channel Gate will remain open and I have no information on when or if it will close. This helps anglers get to the Old Sac, but we lose Mokelumne River Salmon to the Sacramento River.