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Any one been out and have success? I got quite a few on the American River our of Sacramento, CA. Its been fun. Now they increased the flows from about and average of 940 for a long time to 1500.......

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Nice fish! Been a banner year for them on the Delaware! Gotta love the fight!!!
Haven't had a bad trip for them this year but it's unfortunately it is winding down here until next year!
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They do fight good

I have had hens this year that were super jumpers. The shad run in Sacramento, CA started early but because of the super low water the American river has had in it actually messed with the run this year. Last year was a killer year and could not complain at all.
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Wow, nice fish, I was just up in the area last weekend watching my daughter graduate from college... Had fly rod with me, but time was too short to fish...
Must plan a trip up there for salmon season

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Wow, nice fish, I was just up in the area last weekend watching my daughter graduate from college... Had fly rod with me, but time was too short to fish...
Must plan a trip up there for salmon season

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Ya salmon season is a must


Here is a 4-5 lbs hen. She was spawned out though. Nice fight in her.

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Wow, nice fish, I was just up in the area last weekend watching my daughter graduate from college... Had fly rod with me, but time was too short to fish...
Must plan a trip up there for salmon season

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Forgive me for responding so long after the original post, but when it comes to salmon. The VAST majority of fish by the time the reach the American River are shot they are ready to spawn and die. They are not bright and they are definately not good eating and have no fight.

If you want to catch salmon fish the Trinity, Smith, or any other of the coastal rivers. If you catch fish in those river sytems you will never want to waste time one Salmon in the American River. There is nothing like catching a hard fighting fish fresh out of the salt. Plus you will have less chance of having to deal with all the idiots on the American during salmon fishing.

Perhaps I'm just spoiled, but growing up my father was a hobbiest commercial salmon fishing and we also fished most of the california Coastal Rivers. I'd have to be starving to fish for salmon in the American.
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Forgive me for responding so long after the original post, but when it comes to salmon. The VAST majority of fish by the time the reach the American River are shot they are ready to spawn and die. They are not bright and they are definately not good eating and have no fight.

If you want to catch salmon fish the Trinity, Smith, or any other of the coastal rivers. If you catch fish in those river sytems you will never want to waste time one Salmon in the American River. There is nothing like catching a hard fighting fish fresh out of the salt. Plus you will have less chance of having to deal with all the idiots on the American during salmon fishing.

Perhaps I'm just spoiled, but growing up my father was a hobbiest commercial salmon fishing and we also fished most of the california Coastal Rivers. I'd have to be starving to fish for salmon in the American.
I will have to say that I disagree with this. I can even post pictures of fish I caught in late october that at still bright fish. I have been fishing the American and Feather rivers since I was a very young kid. I started at the age of 13 and now I'm 28. Plenty of years to say I have caught fish. But to say they do not have fight in them or not worth eating I will have to disagree.

The secret is simple go early in the season. Last year I caught my first bright fish July 16. It was #14 buck. I will tell you this you better have a good reel with a good drag because they will fight.

Here is a fish of July and the next is of late October.


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Again not trying to start things on this forum but these pics prove that there are plenty of good fish. You just need a good guide or friend that knows the area and put you into nice fish. Not saying that the fish here are like fish from the Trin or the Klam right from the ocean but they are not bad fish like most make them out to be, and plenty to look for in salmon fishing the Amercian or the Feather

Here is a late July or August fish.(cant remember the time)

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Again not trying to start things on this forum but these pics prove that there are plenty of good fish. You just need a good guide or friend that knows the area and put you into nice fish. Not saying that the fish here are like fish from the Trin or the Klam right from the ocean but they are not bad fish like most make them out to be, and plenty to look for in salmon fishing the Amercian or the Feather

Here is a late July or August fish.(cant remember the time)

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I don't believe you are trying to start anything, you are just defending a Salmon fishery that you are passionate about. No one can fault a man for that.

The real reason I'm against it is I personally beleive it is better for the fishery to leave them alone once they reach the American, feather, etc. to spawn. CA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife already had to close the salmon season for a couple years. To avoid that in the future wouldn't it make sense to just leave the fish alone once they enter these water ways so that doesn't happen again. Dams have already done enough damage to the salmon fishery.
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Any one been out and have success? I got quite a few on the American River our of Sacramento, CA. Its been fun. Now they increased the flows from about and average of 940 for a long time to 1500.......

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Thanks for the report and photos sorry to say I missed the shad run this year. Next year I hope to get up there with you.
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Thanks for the report and photos sorry to say I missed the shad run this year. Next year I hope to get up there with you.

I really hope they dont stop river flow again! If they do we will get another crappy year. Not saying we had a bad one but not one you can say WOW about. Folsom Lake had the hydro races going on and the river was down at 900 cfs for a long time. Then they let water out but way to late.
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