Salmon season on the Sacramento opens July 16

The Rooster Tails Fishing Club is proud to host Capt. Joe Aksamit, owner of Joefish Guide Service, as the guest speaker at the July 17 breakfast meeting. Joe will be sharing his trolling techniques for salmon on the Delta’s lower San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers. Many salmon anglers don’t realize that the lower Sacramento is fished much different than the upper stretches of the river. Joe will describe special lure set-ups and a strategy for targeting early season salmon entering the tidal waters of the Delta.

The breakfast meeting will be held at the Auburn Elks Lodge, 195 Pine St. at Lincoln Way, Auburn. The doors open at 7 a.m. with a $13 buffet breakfast served at 8 a.m. Joe’s presentation begins at 9 a.m. sharp with his strategy for catching early season Delta salmon. The breakfast meeting is open to the general public, no reservations are necessary to attend. Interested men and women anglers are encouraged to arrive early to secure a good seat.

Pacific salmon belong to a group called anadromous fish that hatch and live the first part of their lives in fresh water, then migrate to the ocean to spend their adult lives, which may be as short as 6 months or as long as 7 years. When they reach sexual maturity, they return to the freshwater river of their origin to lay their eggs.

The Sacramento River is well-known for its salmon runs, migrating from the Pacific Ocean to their upstream spawning grounds near Redding. There are several distinct salmon runs at different times of year, only the fall and late fall runs are open to fishing.

The Sacramento River is the largest river in California. Stretching over 400 miles from the eastern slopes of the Klamath Mountains to Suisun Bay, it drains an area of about 27,000 square miles, including many major fishing tributaries such as the Feather River, American River and the Yuba River.

Water levels in the Sacramento River can make a difference in fishing success. While the Sacramento River is not as sensitive as its tributaries to flow fluctuations owing to its size, when the flows are low or dropping the fish can hole up and not travel. When the water levels are increasing or high, the fish move freely and fresh salmon move up the river quickly.

This year’s salmon season opener down-stream from Red Bluff is on July 16. However more than 620,000 king salmon are expected to migrate from the ocean this summer must pass through the California Delta. Despite a worst-case scenario of a temporary shut-down to river fishing by Department of Fish and Wildlife due to exceeding warm de-oxygenated water, the season opener should be strong.

Rooster Tails Fishing Club provides a balanced mix of fishing techniques presented by fishing experts targeting a variety of fish species on multiple types of waters. For more information contact Jim, Club Chairman, at 530 887-0479 or