Sacramento and Trinity River fishing report 10-18-2014.

pictured is guide Dave Jacobs and angler Howard Bowles of Brentwood, Ca. with this weeks top salmon, a massive 35 pound Sacramento River king salmon caught below the Red Bluff Diversion Dam on Wednesday. 

The Sacramento river continues to be one of Northern California’s premiere fishing destinations for king salmon, wild bows and the occasional steelhead.  With the river loading up with king salmon for the past 90 plus days, there are literally hundreds of huge salmon from the mid teens to the mid thirty pound class stacked below the entrance of Coleman Hatchery.  These fishing are providing anglers with limit style fishing but for lower quality fish that have been in the river for some time.  The angler looking for non stop catching action should look no further than the unbelievable wild rainbow trout fishing happening right now.  My trout fishing trip with two anglers on Friday October 17th netted 68 wild bows to 20 inches with most 14 to 16 inches all caught and released from 7am to 2pm.  These trips will just flat out have you shaking your head in disbelief of the sheer quantity and quality, all in a river setting with plentiful deer, bald eagles, ospreys and other wildlife to view most of the trip! Here is this weeks fishing report to help guide you to your next fishing trip on the rivers. Enjoy!

Sacramento River fishing report.

The Sacramento River is fishing very well for both Fall king salmon and wild rainbow trout with the occasional steelhead mixed in right now. The wild rainbow and steelhead fishing is excellent right now drifting egg colored glo bugs from Redding to Los Molinos.  With the salmon spawn in full swing, locating quality rainbows 14 to 20 inches is not a problem.  The Sacramento River Fall king salmon run is still going strong for kings on average 16 to 22 pounds with the larger kings tipping the scales at over 35 pounds!  The best fishing has been near the Barge Hole located just downstream of Coleman Fish Hatchery.  The limit style fishing has been happening this week with heavy boat pressure in and around the Barge Hole with many dark salmon that have been in the river for a long time being caught.  Best bet has been boondoggling roe above and through the Barge Hole.  The better quality king salmon have been being caught much further downriver to Chico on back trolled sardine wrapped Brad’s KF-16 Killerfish lures.  Even though the fishing has been good downriver, the numbers of Fall king salmon in the lower river are much less than a month ago.  The new late Fall salmon run should arrive near the end of this month and will only get better in November and December as reported by Late Fall Sacramento River salmon fishing guide Dave Jacobs.  These are the biggest and freshest king salmon that the Sacramento River has to offer.

Sacramento River trout fly fishing report

As of this morning 9/11/14, releases from Keswick Dam to the Sacramento River are 5,000 CFS. Recently, CDFW released a statement asking all anglers and river-goers to be careful not to disturb temperature sensors placed in the river to monitor water temperatures. The devices are marked by wires tied to tree roots in shallow water or near salmon redds. Please do not disturb!! The fishing on the overall has been good with some salmon beginning to spawn in the upper river; warmer than normal water temps may be delaying the spawn. Egg patterns are producing fish as are rubber leggs, PT’s and various mayfly nymphs.

Trinity River steelhead fly fishing report

The Trinity is also seeing good numbers of both steelhead, brown trout and Fall king salmon spread out through the river system. Flows will be decreasing to 300 CFS out of Lewiston Dam this Friday the 17th. Stealth is required at these low flows, at times. Now is the time to swing flies on this gorgeous river. Indicator fishermen should pick up fish on rubber legs, eggs, copper johns, and psycho princes.

Trinity River salmon fishing report

The salmon fishing on the Trinity River from Lewiston downriver through Junction City has been good with daily counts dropping to about four salmon a day being landed from the drift boaters.  Backtrolling sardine wrapped plugs are working best for king salmon 8 to 15 pounds with the occasional large king to 25 pounds as reported by Trinity River salmon and steelhead fishing guide Dave Jacobs.  Guide Todd Lebouff has reported many salmon smolts are in the area making fishing salmon roe very tough now.

About The Author

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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