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King Salmon

The King of our rivers.

 With a long Season running from July 16th to December 31st

 we've always got a shot at some beautiful King Salmon!

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The Salmon Are Coming!!

August 3, 2017

There are some numbers of salmon showing up in the northern stretches of the Sacramento river lately. This fish was our first of the season. We are seeing these Bright chrome fish being caught consistently now.

Moving on up!

August 26, 2017

There are large numbers of salmon continuing to be caught on the Sacramento now. Every trip seems to have several missed opportunities at these amazing early season chinooks. 

Another one bites the eggs. 

August 28, 2017

Had another great morning on the water today. We got to put three of these dime bright salmon in the net. As the picture shows these fish are loving our baits right now. When they eat it they EAT IT!!

Good Things Come in Threes!!

September 13, 2017

Lou And Monty put the smackdown on these early September King Salmon. The quality of these fish is amazing! Chrome as a car bumper and they fight like silver Bullets!

SILVER BULLETS! 

September 22, 2017

These last few days have produced an astounding number of chinook salmon. A huge amount of fish moved up the river with the last full moon cycle. Most of the fish we're catching have only been in the freshwater for a few days maybe a week. This big female was Nate Rogers' first salmon ever!

Strong bite is holding on the Sac.

September 23, 2017

Neil got on a hot bite this Friday boating 10 king salmon! Several nice sized and bright chrome salmon were released. we finally ended the day with limits of the 6 best fish we caught. There is more fish being caught right now than the last couple of years combined. 

The Sac is Back! 

August 1, 2018

Our opening day at the barge hole in Cottonwood, CA went extremely well this morning! We hooked a bunch of fish and ended the day with limits around 9AM!!

The bite is good and holding strong!

August 14, 2018

The roe bite has developed well. We have been catching fish daily back bouncing or side drifting Pro-Cure Red Hot cured eggs.  ​Manny and his son Elias Had their limits on nice King Salmon this morning before 10 o'clock, Giving Elias plenty of time to make his flight to Disneyworld!

The New Kenai?

August 17, 2018

Tho Cooley family was in town this week from Kenai, Alaska and decided to fill their day chasing these chrome early fall King salmon. The river did not disappoint as Kristen war rewarded with his beautiful male. The excitement her husband, young son and daughter shared in this moment will not soon leave my memory.

Limits are the rule!

August 18, 2018

Kyler Puckett won this trip in auction at the Shasta College Fall harvest festival in support of the Shasta college Agricultural programs. On a whim he called me and asked if there were any fish to be caught locally. They were each rewarded with their limits of fresh river Kings!

Hot fresh fish!

August 24, 2018

Its been "all you want" style fishing for over the last couple of weeks; getting 6-10 nice king salmon to the boat before 10 or 11 o'clock has been fairly regular. Many fish being released to spawn so we can keep catching!

Yakima T-55=Big Bite!

August 31, 2018

Monte Caught this big Buck on the first drift this morning in the Sacramento river. Once again a Yakima Bait Company T-55 Flatfish wrapped with a Pro-Cure scented sardine fillet paired with a perfect slow water back-bounce were the hot ticket!

Round Two was a Success!

August 31, 2018

Here is the previously mentioned Ridge Peterson with his limit! this fish was also taken with Pro-Cure Cured and scented salmon roe.

Round Two! 

August 31, 2018

After catching limits for my father and his good buddy Mont Penland this morning i got the chance to take my great friend Ridge Peterson, of CSU Chico, out for an afternoon mission. We grabbed a couple delicious burgers from the Woodson Bridge Minimart and Deli and we were on our way. We hadn't been Drifting out Pro-Cure Scented roe for 10 minutes and I had this gorgeous little male to the net!

Pro-Cure Red Hot Double Stuff!

September 1, 2018

As soon as the early fall sun gets over head the salmon tend to settle down into the deeper runs and pockets on the river; "Fish Don't Have Eyelids" my father always said with a grin on his face. This means it is time to break out the cured roe and Send it down! Down the gullet that is!!

From Calling To Catching!

September 1, 2018

Chad Koehn was the lucky winner of a trip donated to the California State Waterfowl calling contest. he cashed in on his winnings and booked a trip chasing Sacramento River Kings. He landed a nice one and his Son brought this beast to the net! This was an absolutely remarkable Salmon and the Joy brought to the father son duo was unforgettable

Red Hot Fishing!

September 2, 2018

Richard Nelson did something I believed to only be an ancient myth in the fishing world. He hooked into this big male King Salmon while we were drifting Pro-Cure cured roe. When the fish realized he was hooked he made one of the longest and fastest runs up river I have ever seen out of a Salmon. About half way through the magnificent run I looked over at Richard's reel and there is a stream of smoke/steam coming out from under the spool! After an epic battle we were very fortunate to come out on top.

Nothing like a plug biter! 

September 4, 2018

This angry female King Salmon hammered a Custom painted Yakima Baits T-55 (painted by Greg Daft) on the very first drift this morning! You can find more of Gregg's awesome work here! https://www.facebook.com/splatterdotcustoms/

Jack Attack!!

September 6, 2018

Lots of these fun sized males kept us entertained throughout the day today! Drifting roe cured with Pro-Cure was a sure way to get bit!

Full coolers!

September 6, 2018

A few limits of fresh salmon meat topped off the cooler today.  these fish are in great shape and make excellent table fare!

Splatter dot Customs Strike again. 

September 8, 2018

This feisty jack King Salmon couldn't resist the wide wobble of a custom painted Yakima T-55 Flatfish. The lure was custom painted in my favorite color by Greg Daft of Splatter Dot Customs https://www.facebook.com/splatterdotcustoms/  I have made several orders through Greg with a variety of different colors and he never fails to amaze me. 

Labor Day Double

September 3, 2018

Early finish today on a beautiful Labor Day morning! the weather was great and the bite was on! We released a small jack on our first drift then carried on the the next hole. As soon as we began the drift Jason hooked up and the fight was on! As we were clearing the extra lines Andre hooked up as well! Double!

Labor Day Celebration!

September 3, 2018

On the very next drift Jason hooked and landed the biggest fish of the day! That was a quick 4 fish and limits all around!

Christmas Came Early

April 1, 2018

Here are some new additions to the 2019 King Salmon lineup. Yakima Baits T-50 and T-55 FlatFish are what I believe to be the best lures on the market. They are by far the most productive lures in my boat!


July 19, 2021 

The 2021 inland Salmon season is off to a slow start but there are certainly fish to be caught! this early season fishing can be frustrating at times and extremely rewarding at others. It is a quality over quantity game right now with every angler having a shot at a beautiful chrome Salmon!