American River

While the American River begins its descent high in the Sierra’s, it’s the lower American, from the town of Fair Oaks to Sacramento, where we focus our efforts. The lower American River is a tailwater fishery that can be fished every day of the year. Resident rainbows and "half pounders’ can be found throughout the year on the American River but it’s the adult steelhead, shad and stripers that will put a serious bend in your rod. The big steelies start showing in the American River in early Fall but become most abundant in January and February. The month of May ushers in the beginning of shad and striper season and it usually lasts through July. And in addition to the fish, the American River is home to a vast array of wildlife including: beavers, coyotes, deer, otters, quail, rabbits, turkeys, turtles and a host of waterfowl.

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