Sacramento River fishing report 10-30-2014.

It is that time of year to finally say goodbye to the Sacramento River Fall run of king salmon and hello to the new late Fall run king salmon.  Many anglers may not know this, and I would say the name of this run opens itself up to some confusion, but the Sacramento River is known for four identifiable runs of king salmon. The Fall, Late Fall, Winter and Spring runs of king salmon.  Sure, there are many river’s with different runs of salmon like Kings, Coho’s,Sockeye’s etc,etc…but we are one of the rare rivers that have four king salmon runs!  So here is the good news,  now that the Fall run is in full spawn, its time to switch to Sacramento River Late Fall king salmon!  These king salmon are the biggest and brightest kings that the Sacramento River has to offer.  This run is considerably smaller as far as total numbers of returning fish, but that is due to the number of hatchery produced fish compared to the number of Fall run hatchery produced salmon. Coleman Hatchery produces many more Fall run kings than Late Fall run kings.  What this run lacks in run size is made up for ten fold in the quality of salmon (chrome bright) and the genetic size of these kings.  To give you an idea of the size and quality (the attached photo should sum it up) I have personally weighed in several 40 to 50 pound king salmon in my years on the Sacramento River, and the two 48 pound kings both were caught in November and December.  If your looking to catch a real Sacramento River king salmon trophy, give the Sacramento River a try this November and December, now is the time! Here is this weeks fishing report for you to enjoy!

Sacramento River fishing report

Here on Thursday October 28, 2014 the Sacramento River is starting to see some very fishable water in the upper reaches from Redding downriver to just above the mouth of Battle Creek.  The river is colored up and starting to clear a bit from the Barge Hole down through Hamilton City.  Earlier this week the lower river from Battle Creek downriver to Chico was quite high and muddy from last Saturdays heavy rains.  The Sacramento River rose to 8000 cfs quickly Saturday evening giving the river some much needed rain.  The Fall king salmon run was winding down by every passing day this past week and now after this last rain fishing for Fall kings has slowed to a crawl. There has been some very nice late arriving king salmon picked up along with some older and darker fish in the Sacramento River near the Barge Hole. Now is the time to go out for the new Late Fall king salmon.  These are the biggest and brightest king salmon that the Sacramento River has to offer every November and December. (see photo above from a past November king salmon trip)  The wild trout fishing from Redding to Anderson Balls Ferry has remained very good with double digit hook ups on bows’ 14 to 16 inches happening daily.  Anglers drifting egg colored glo bugs can even expect to pick up larger wild bows’ in the 16 to 20 plus inch class.  There are also some very nice hatchery steelhead coming to the nets in and around the mouth of Battle Creek.   Steelhead will continue to build through December in this stretch of river.

Sacramento River fly fishing report

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 sensors are marked by wires tied to tree roots in shallow water or near salmon redds. Please do not disturb spawning salmon or their redd’s!! The fishing on the overall has been good with salmon spawning throughout the upper river. Trout are positioned behind the salmon picking off loose eggs and bugs upturned by the spawning fish. Egg patterns are producing fish as are rubber leggs, PT’s and various mayfly nymphs.

Trinity River steelhead fishing report

Current releases to the Trinity River from Lewiston Dam are now at the base winter rate of 300 cubic feet per second. Last week’s rains shook things up a bit and moved some fish around throughout the system. There are good numbers of fish spread out from Willow Creek all the way up to the hatchery. Rains forecasted for this Friday (10/31) could blow out the lower parts of the river, so keep an eye on the flows if you plan on fishing the Trinity this weekend. Good flies have been rubber legs, egg patterns, Copper Johns, PT’s, and mayfly nymphs.

The Northern California fishing report of the Sacramento and Trinity River’s are courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service. The fly fishing report is courtesy of The Fly Shop in Redding (530)222-3555. 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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