Northern California fishing report 12-1-2014.

Rain has returned here in Northern California and salmon and steelhead fishing has come to a screeching halt. There was some very good salmon and steelhead fishing happening until these rains and from the looks of this weeks weather reports it may be some time before the Sacramento River comes back into shape. The good news is that there are some very good alternatives for anglers in Northern California and Southern Oregon. The Trinity River is in fishable shape with the clearest water near Lewiston, California. There is also some late salmon fishing happening right now on the Smith River with very good fishing conditions there early this week. Look for steelhead fishing to pick up in late December on the Smith River as the salmon run slows and the Winter steelhead fishing winds up. The Southern Oregon Coasts also is a very good choice for late season salmon fishing as there are some small rivers that if hit just right can produce some very good December salmon fishing.

Pictured is Joe Shackleford who landed this 31 pound Sacramento River Late Fall king salmon while fishing with Northern California fishing guide Dave Jacobs on Friday. 

Sacramento River salmon fishing report 12-1-2014.

The Sacramento River quickly came back into shape after last weekends rains and has given anglers another great week of salmon and steelhead fishing. The Anderson Balls Ferry section of river fished first with Late Fall king salmon being landed near the Barge Hole at and around the mouth of Battle Creek. Steelhead fishing below Red Bluff remained great for both wild and hatchery steelhead 2 to 5 pounds with the occasional large steelhead to 8 pounds. There were a few new king salmon landed over 30 pounds towards the end of last week below Red Bluff as well. Unfortunately, Saturday was the last full day of good fishing on the Sacramento River. Much needed rain in Northern California has returned and has dirtied and brought the river levels up. There is more rain expected and river conditions will remain poor for Late Fall salmon fishing and steelhead fishing for this week.

Sacramento River fly fishing report.

As of this morning 12-1-2014, releases from Keswick Dam to the Sacramento River are 3800 CFS. The river remains off color and fishing on the overall was decent before the recent rains . Have to work harder out there right now, but fish can still be caught. There is much more color in the river now since the recent rains. In the dirty water, stick with dark flies (rubber legs, dark lords) and big egg patterns.

Trinity River 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 has been great this past week for steelhead and a few big browns!  The Trinity River did get some water from these storms, and we expect fishing to perk up in-between the storm systems. Rain will wake up fish already in the river, and bring fresh fish into the system. Depending on the severity of the storms, the river could become dirty, it all depends on what the tributaries do. The Trinity has risen a bit but is still fishable at the time of this report. 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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