AMERICAN RIVER – The “Greatest show in Sacramento” is at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery these days with hundreds of salmon at a time crowding the base of the fish screen, climbing the ladder and filling the holding pond. The parking lot is as crowded as the fish ladder, and parking spots have been hard to find, especially on weekends. Guards are now on duty at night to curtail the vandalism of the fish screens, which have been tampered with to allow salmon to get upstream into Nimbus Basin. The Basin has been crowded as a result, and lots of dark salmon were being caught, mostly by “lining” or “flossing.” Steelheading was pretty good again around River Bend Park, Watt Avenue, and Howe Avenue on a mix of halfpounders and the occasional adult. Drift nightcrawlers, swing spinners and small spoons, or dead drift nymphs and egg patterns under indicators. Some salmon were still being caught in the Dredger holes at night.
Tahoe National Forest officials have reopened parts of two popular trails damaged in August by the American fire and are seeking volunteers to help rehabilitate the remaining trail segments.
Two federal agencies are seeking 11 volunteers to serve on a committee that helps set policies concerning recreation on federal lands in California.
Salmon fishing is only so-so in some locations, but stripers are a good bet and sturgeon is beginning to appear.
Both salmon and striper fishing were good during the week, but heavy boat pressure on the weekend slowed things down. The sloughs had the better bite by the weekend.
The U.S. Forest Service has told 115 Sacramento sixth-graders who were excited about spending next week at the Sly Park Environmental Education Center, tucked into the Eldorado National Forest outside Pollock Pines, to stay home instead.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento - Salmon fishing broke wide open last week, with many anglers picking up at least one fresh king salmon, and quite a few catching limits from Garcia Bend, through Freeport, Miller Park, the Minnow Hole, Discovery Park and Verona. Backtrolled plugs, big spinners, and jigs were all accounting for fish.
Salmon is the big catch this week on the Sacramento, San Joaquin and Feather rivers.
People celebrating the Labor Day weekend on the American River or the adjoining parkway are reminded that an alcohol ban will be in effect today through Monday.
If you've seen a river otter recently, Alana Chin wants to know.
The U.S. Forest Service will resurface the road and parking areas Tuesday through Thursday at the Echo Chalet resort near Echo Lakes.