|The American river is a short stretch of river flowing from
nimbus dam to where it meets the sac. There are several
species of fish that inhabit the American river. The most
popular game fish on the American river would be king
salmon which start showing in the river in may and the
peak season would run from September through December.
The most popular method is pulling plugs or drifting roe.
Steelhead, shad and stripers also make their migratory runs
into the American river making this a beautiful fishing destination.
Capt Brandon Beachum
AMERICAN RIVER SALMON FACTS
Chinook salmon (also called king salmon) are anadromous ﬁsh that live in the cold water of the Paciﬁc Ocean north from California and the streams ﬂowing
into it. When American river salmon are in the ocean, American river chinook salmon are silvery in color with a bluish or gray back and large, blotchy, black
spots. Commercial salmon ﬁshing provides jobs for many people, from catching ﬁsh to processing it for retail sales. The salmon from the American River
watershed swim to the ocean through San Francisco Bay and stay within 70 miles of the coast of California. After two to six years in the ocean, adult
American river salmon return to their home streams to spawn (the process of reproduction). In California, most are three years old. Returning Chinook turn
dark in color after several months in the American River. The males often become red and develop a hooked jaw. They spawn in river gravel bars
containing rocks up to 6 inches across. All chinook salmon die after spawning. Most young Chinook start migrating to the ocean shortly after hatching.
Salmon migrate to the ocean unless they are landlocked; that is, trapped in water that does not ﬂow to the ocean. The largest Chinook salmon caught on
record weighed 135 pounds. In California, the average ﬁsh weigh from 12 to 17 pounds and are 2 to 2.5 years old.
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