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Barge Hole on fire for Chinook

By Francisco Garcia

9/23/11—If you want to catch a limit of salmon and you don’t mind the crowds, the Barge Hole, on the Sacramento River is the place to be. The salmon bite is hot in the upper section of the river near Coleman National Fish Hatchery. 

On Wednesday I went out with my brother and limited out by 1 p.m. We could have limited out sooner if not for some small dark jacks we turned back. On our previous trip we had limited out by 11:30 a.m. 

The bite seems to be best early in the morning and later in the evening.  The middle of the day, when the boat traffic slows to a crawl, is also not a bad time to seek some willing biters. As usual roe is the ticket.It’s been my experience that home cured roe works best, so if you can get it from a friend, it could be worth its weight in gold.  The preferred method is to back bounce it through the deep holes. Use just enough weight to keep it on the bottom but not so much that it hangs up on you.

The Barge is not a big hole and can get congested quickly. I didn’t keep count of how many times I saw two boats get several lines tangled with each other. 
If you prefer solitude and still have a good chance of catching a fish you can go below to Old Mouth or down to Jellys Ferry. I have seen some of the bigger fish come out of this stretch. 

On Thursday, I worked between Red Bluff and the Balls Ferry boat launch. There was a ridiculous amount of fish being caught in the Barge Hole. Almost everyone was limiting out. The average fish is still a small jack but they are fighters and still have good meat for the grill or smoker.  Out of the boats that I talked to, which was only 20, I counted 62 fish caught. Now that sounds like some catching not just fishing. Good Luck!


Fishing Reports

September starts and ends with catfish
Both with large catfish, Collins Lake, kathy Hess, myoutdoor buddy
Article and photo by Kathy Hess, Lake Reporter
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Wild coho season closes on the Umpqua 09/30/14 -- The wild coho season on the Umpqua River will close at the end of the day Wednesday, Oct. 1. ODFW fish biologist are projecting the wild coho quota of 2,000 will have been met by the end of Wednesday...Full Story
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Keith Kerrigan submitted this photo of Mike Ruth holding a beautiful Sacramento River Steelhead caught and released near the Barge Hole on September 12. Photo by author
By Keith Kerrigan
09/29/14 -- I am the one who uploaded the picture of Mike Ruth with that nice native steelhead (see ‘Steelhead on the Sacramento River” under the Share Your Photo button). I am like a second Dad to Mike...Full Story
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09/28/14 -- With the arrival of much needed rain to Northern California, the Sacramento River salmon fishing has slowed with many older salmon moving up the river and even up into Battle Creek. The fast and furious fishing at...Full Story
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09/26/14 -- News agencies have reported a portion of a glacier on Mt Shasta has broken loose causing mud and debris flows along with melting water to flow down into the Ash, Pilgrim and Mud Creek drainages...Full Story
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09/24/14 -- If I were a betting man, I’d probably lay down a few bucks on the Trinity River being the salmon hotspot this weekend as all signs point towards this coastal gem busting wide-open. The second water release of the...Full Story
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baby salmon, FISHBIO
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marian, trout fishing Hat Creek, Shasta County
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salmon spawning in Battle Creek, Tributary to Sacramento River, Anderson California, Mike Mogler
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3 species of fish displayed in containers, FISHBIO, groundfish
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picture of man holding large $6,000 check to Chadwick Poole of Crescent City, Lorissa Soriano
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german brown trout in Modoc creek. MyOutdoorBuddy.com
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Fish Sniffer, Vince Harris
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09/03/14 -- It's September everyone, and that means that we are just about a month away from the biggest trout championship event in the west - the 2014 Norcal Trout Angler's Challenge - Tournament of Champions...Full Story
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Sturgeon tagging requirements changed
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Lake Oroville; 'tis the season By Chuck Giles
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