Sacramento River salmon fishing report 11-7-2014.

The Sacramento River has been a bit of a puzzle this week with some fluctuating water flows and color in the last several days. The Sacramento River has some chalky colored water from Downtown Redding down through Anderson. The River color has improved in the lower Sacramento River from Anderson Balls Ferry down through Chico giving some anglers a shot at some new Late Fall king salmon, trout and steelhead. The trout fishing from Redding down through Jellys ferry is still producing nice trout and a few steelhead as reported by Sacramento River trout fishing guide Dave Jacobs. Side drifting small hand tied glo bugs in various egg colored patterns are working with the brighter colors doing well in the dirtier water. Anglers can still expect double digit hook ups on wild trout 14 to 16 inches with some larger bows’ 17 to 22 inches mixed in. The salmon fishing has been very slow this week with a few old Fall salmon coming in as well as a couple of fresh Late Fall salmon downriver being reported. 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 as you can see in the photo above. Pictured is Don Benson with a bright Sacramento River Late Fall king salmon caught on a past November fishing trip with Dave Jacobs.

Sacramento River fly fishing report.

As of this morning 11/5/14, releases from Keswick Dam to the Sacramento River are 4,700 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 spawning salmon or their redd’s!! This morning the river blew out! There is roughly 6 inches of visibility at this time thanks to the muddy water coming in from Shasta lake. Fish were still caught on the river today, but the bite is much tougher. Egg patterns are producing fish, as are rubber legs. Also try larger, dark colored flies in the muddy water.

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. Fishing was good on the Trinity this past week. Some days are better than others, thus is steelhead fishing, but on the overall the river is fishing fair. Low water levels are making things slightly tougher.Good flies have been rubber legs, egg patterns, Copper Johns, PT’s, and mayfly nymphs. Conventional steelhead fishing reports have been the same with just fair action happening this past week from both the bank and from the drift boats. Average steelhead catches have been one to three a day this past week on steelhead three to six pounds.

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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