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Steelhead fishing secret near Sacramento.

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.'

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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Title Annotation:American River, California
Publication:Sunset
Date:Jan 1, 1985
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