Steelhead fishing secret near Sacramento Essay

Steelhead fishing secret near Sacramento

Many fishermen think they have to freeze on some North Coast river
for good steelhead fishing. “Not true,’ says Sacramento fish
and game officer Phil Flint. “Fishing is great on the American
River near Sacramento, but less popular because the river isn’t out
in the wilds.’

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October through February, these seagoing rainbow trout run
upstream. To protect the spawning fish, a section of the river from
Ancil Hoffman Park (on the American River Parkway) north to Hazel Avenue
is closed to all fishing December 1 through January 1. But the run for
2- to 10-pound steelhead peaks in January, and then the fishing should
be great.

In a drift boat, you can troll the center channel. From the bank,
you might try upstream riffles. Popular baits are salmon roe and night
crawlers or glowbug or flatfish lures. Limit is three fish; a state
fishing license with inland stamp is required.

Some good spots to try are Discovery Park (from I-5, take the
Garden Highway exit and go east to Discovery Park Road), and Howe Avenue
Bridge and Arden Bar on the American River Parkway.


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