Here’s a sweet video produced by my fishing bud Tom Amberson. Loaded with some epic boil footage, if this doesn’t make you want to go throw poppers for tuna, you may want to check to see if you have a pulse! :)
This has nada to do with fishing…but its a cool short film by my brother and his wife. The concept here reminds me of several fishing trips over the years! Perfect for a little afternoon matinee when the boss isn’t looking! :)
Okay, you’ve seen my list of the 10 of the Biggest King Salmon ever taken so I figured it was time to have some fun and give the little guys a shot at being in the spotlight.
So, here’s my list of the Top 5 Smallest King Salmon Ever Caught. To qualify, the kings had to be of the sea-run variety. Landlocked salmon were ineligible.
Have you ever…er…topped any of these?
#1 He May be small but at least he’s dark!
I had a client catch this ocean-run king in Alaska while we were fishing for trout. I’ve see a lot of small jacks in my days but this one got high marks for being extremely brown too!
#2 Eyes bigger than his stomach
Well, you gotta admire this Klamath River micro chromer’s desire! For scale purposes, that’s a 4.5-inch long plug he latched onto. Could be that he thought it was his mama…
#3 Not much longer than a tube of sunscreen
You know they are small when they can be measured with facial product containers! We caught this brown guppy on California’s Trinity River.
#4 Fly-caught mini record
If they kept records for such things, Tristian Lund may have a plaque on his wall for holding the record for the smallest fly-caught king of all time. A natural born angler, the kid even has the classic fly rodder’s “rod in mouth because my fancy gear should never touch anything but skin or velvet” pose down pat!
#5 Crazy weight to length ratio
The kings on Alaska’s Nushagak River tend to be very heavy for their size, as evidenced by this 15-inch, 31 pounder!
Oroville Dam was crumbling on Feb. 13, 2017 and the word was given to evacuate 180,000 people below the hulking structure. While most fled the scene, a handful stayed back to help the local salmon and steelhead population.
Just below the dam, where the auxiliary spillway was forecasted to fail within the hour, brave souls from the Department of Fish & Wildlife, CalFire, the California Highway Patrol and other volunteers rushed to evacuate juvenile salmon and steelhead from the Feather River Hatchery, where the fish were in eminent danger of suffocating.
Thick sediment washing down the hill from the stricken dam was choking the facility and the fish that lived there. The rescue teams quickly got the fish out of the raceways and into trucks and then were whisked away downstream to the cleaner waters of the Feather River Annex Hatchery.
Without the selfless and heroic actions of these 132 people who worked through the night, approximately 5 million juvenile fish were saved!
Those folks who put their own lives at risk to save nearly an entire year class of Feather River fish got recognized today when they were awarded Certificates of Appreciation by the State of California. Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and Assemblyman Brian Dahle.
Additionally, Hatchery Manager Anna Kastner accepted a plaque on behalf of the CDFW from members of the Nor-Cal Guides and Sportsmen’s Association as a token of appreciation for the huge effort to save the fish. John McManus of the Golden Gate Salmon Association was also on hand and thanked everyone from his organization.
Twenty-five hundred bucks in cash and cool prizes will be up for grabs June 17, 2017 when the first annual Squawfish Derby rolls in Gridley, CA
Hosted by the Nor-Cal Guides and Sportsmen’s Association, the derby promises to be a super fun event designed to help give baby Chinook salmon and steelhead a better chance at safely migrating to the ocean.
Squawfish (also known as “pike minnow”) are a native species but their numbers exploded during the low, warm waters of the great California drought. The derby aims to remove some of these predatory fish from the Sacramento and Feather rivers in an attempt to restore the natural predator-prey balance.
The event will be held June 17 at the Gridley Boat Ramp along the Feather River. There will be 5 categories, including a junior division. Don’t you want to be the one who wears the Squaw Champ Crown??
Entry fees are $40/person and that includes membership to NCGASA and catered lunch.
For more info and to signup online, head to www.ncgasa.org