Steelhead Fishing on the American River in Fair Oaks, CA

Real Estate Agent with Lyon Real Estate, Fair Oaks CA (Sacramento Area) DRE# 00809499

fishing along the American River, Fair Oaks, CA, two boatsI walk.  I don’t fish.  But even I was impressed by the beauties this fellow in the video below pulled out of the American River in Fair Oaks, just downstream of the Sunrise Bridge, in early March.

 Turns out, out best steelhead fishing is traditionally upstream– between the Sunrise Bridge and Nimbus Dam, where the fish hatchery is.  But lately, efforts at habitat management has smooshed around the gravel beds in the river and fiddled with water flows so the fish are happier and lay more eggs.  Lots of fishy shenanigans going on I guess. As a result, we have been having record fish runs.

I caught the fellow in this video as he pulled out these two steelhead at the bicycle bridge just below the Sunrise Bridge. Turns out Sunrise has become a great place to catch fish along the 23 miles of steelhead territory from the confluence of the Sacramento River to the Nimbus Dam.  While the river actually winds through congested suburbia, it is bordered by the American River Parkway - meaning you feel like you are out in nature as you fish, canoe kayak or float on a raft along the river.  I found out the riffles, flats and rapids of the river make the steelhead quite happy – and they will munch away on your bait. Who knew!



In fact area fishing guides proclaim this stretch of the river as one of the best steelhead rivers in the West.  Again… who knew?


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Katerina Gasset
The Gasset Group & Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Provo, UT
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Hello Sally, Informative article about Steelhead Fishing on the American River in Fair Oaks, CA. Thank you for sharing and keep up the good work!

Apr 10, 2013 02:33 AM
Petra Norris
Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc. - Lakeland, FL
Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
American River in Fair Oaks CA sure sounds like an angler's paradise. Great photo and liked the video. All the best.
Apr 15, 2013 11:03 PM
Melissa Muse Wiggans
Real Estate Muses - San Antonio, TX
CRS, GRI, ABR - Real Estate Muses
Great localism report Sally. A good way of promoting the beauty of Fair Oaks CA. Wishing you all the best and keep it up.
Apr 15, 2013 11:10 PM
Erika Rogers
Red Rock Real Estate ~ Southern Utah's Largest Independent Brokerage - Saint George, UT
St George Utah Real Estate & Relocation Specialist
Hi Sally, now we know that the best way to caught a steelhead is traditionally upstream, between the Sunrise Bridge and Nimbus Dam, where the fish hatchery is. Very informative.
Apr 15, 2013 11:33 PM
Waynette Hoover Araj
Keller Williams Realty - Asheboro, NC
Connecting your Dreams with the Right Real Estate
Like this post Sally. Clear, precise and easy to understand. A great way to promote fishing and localism. Wish you all the best and keep them coming.
Apr 16, 2013 10:10 PM
Pat and Ed Okenica
DRAKE REALTY Lake Oconee Ga - Greensboro, GA
Lake Oconee Ga Real Estate
Hi Sally, now we know how to caught a steelhead. Very informative indeed. Thank you for sharing and keep up the excellent post. 
Apr 20, 2013 10:22 PM