Sacramento River fishing report 10-9-2014.

The time of year is here when you have many choices for fishing on our Northern California River’s like the Sacramento and Trinity River’s.  From non stop rainbow trout action to combat style king salmon fishing, you have it all happening here now in early October.  Even though the Barge Hole located just below the Coleman fish Hatchery is very crowded with anglers, and the salmon being caught are older and darker, many choose to fish here every October as the action can be unreal.  There are literally hundreds and hundreds of king salmon in a two hundred yard stretch of river to fish for!  Those looking for quieter experience can try the canyon below Jellys Ferry or even below Red Bluff for fresher, but fewer king salmon.  There are also many rainbow trout and steelhead to go after now as the salmon spawn kicks into high gear from Redding down through Red Bluff. And don’t forget, the biggest and freshest king salmon are on the way as the Sacramento River Late Fall salmon run starts near the end of this month and will only get better through November and December.  This is all happening right in our backyard here in Northern California, stay tuned as I will have plenty of pictures and stories to share in the coming weeks.   Here is this weeks fishing report….enjoy!

Sacramento River salmon fishing report

Anglers looking to catch large king salmon should give the Sacramento River near Anderson Balls Ferry a look.  There are hundreds of king salmon holding below Battle Creek at the Barge Hole waiting to enter the Coleman hatchery. These are older and darker salmon that have been in the river for awhile.  There is also a large push of new arriving king salmon that have moved through Red Bluff, Ca. after the rains.  These salmon are much newer and fresher. There has been very good fishing downriver for 5 to 8 high quality kings hooked a day.  The best bite has been on drifted roe above the Barge Hole and back bounced Brad’s Killerfish lures with a sardine wrap downriver.

Sacramento River trout and steelhead report

There are also hundreds of rainbow trout with the occasional steelhead mixed in with the salmon run near Anderson Balls Ferry.  Side drifting small hand tied glo bugs in any of the salmon egg colors are working for trout and  steelhead.   Hooking 50 to 70 rainbows on hand tied egg colored glo bugs this week below Redding.  The new Sacramento River Late Fall salmon run will arrive around the end of October and continue to show in better numbers everyday through mid December.  These are traditionally the largest and freshest king salmon of the year with trophy king salmon tipping the scales at 40 to 60 pounds every year. The California state record was caught here, a whopping 88 pounds!

Trinity River salmon and steelhead fishing  report

The Trinity river near Lewiston, Ca. has seen a very strong return of king salmon and the start of this years steelhead return.  Salmon are a mix of older salmon that have been in the river a while and better fresh salmon that pushed up with the higher river releases.  The best bets have been back trolled sardine wrapped plugs like the brad’s killifish or Wordens flatfish.  Roe has been working but the hatchery has recently released many small salmon smolts into the river and they are making roe fishing very difficult right now.  The best salmon and steelhead fishing is from Lewiston, Ca. downriver through Del Loma, Ca.   Steelhead average 3 to 6 pounds with the occasional big steelie to 10 pounds. The current river releases are 450 cfs and will be dropping to 300 cfs on October 15th.

The Northern California fishing report of the Sacramento and Trinity River’s are courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.  For more local fishing information, call guide Dave Jacobs at 1 (530) 646-9110 or visit the website at

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Professional Guide Dave Jacobs is licensed to operate in both California and Oregon. Dave Jacobs is a licensed guide with The California Department of Fish and Wildlife as well as a current licensed Oregon guide registered with The Oregon State Marine Board. Guide Dave Jacobs is also licensed to operate in the Rogue/Siskiyou National Forest on the upper Chetco River in Oregon, licensed to operate in the Six Rivers National Forest on The Smith River, Klamath River, Trinity River and South Fork Trinity River. Guide Dave Jacobs is also licensed with the Bureau of Land Management to operate on the upper Trinity River from Lewiston California downriver to Grays Falls on the Trinity River. Guide Dave Jacobs also holds a Merchant Mariner Credential with The U.S. Coast Guard and is certified in both CPR and First Aid. We are an equal opportunity provider.

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