Sacramento River striper fishing report 2-19-2015.

The flows into the upper Sacramento River near Redding continue to be off color and making for more difficult trout fishing through Red Bluff.  The Sacramento River sturgeon and stripped bass runs are beginning to show with a few stripers and white sturgeon above Knights Landing and as high as Colusa.  The prime white sturgeon fishing is in March with the prime striped bass fishing in April and May.  The off colored river conditions from the recent storms will not be a problem for good fishing down river during the season. Flows at Bend bridge are 5,500 cfs and flows at the Colusa Bridge are at 8,850 cfs and very fishable.  Anchor fishing with cut baits are best bets now as the white sturgeon are starting to show now.

Smith River steelhead fishing report.

Currently the Smith River has dropped to low and clear conditions with flows at Jed Smith Park at 8.19 feet and dropping.  With no rain in the forecast, anglers can expect to find a mix of both fresh and down runner steelhead here in late February.  Best bets are stealthy side drifting techniques with various egg/ yarns or roe/puffball combos from both the bank and the drift boats.  Very nice steelhead have come in here to 17 pounds this past week with fresh steelhead making up the bulk of the catches. Expect a crowded river this weekend here as the steelhead derby season begins this weekend on both the Smith and Chetco Rivers.

Chetco River steelhead fishing report.

The flows on the Chetco have been perfect for almost a week now and steelhead fishing has been very good for both fresh and down runner steelhead to 14 pounds.  Here too flows are getting low but the Chetco still has great color late this week and the fishing continues to be very good.  Side drifting yarn/ puffball or roe/puffball’s in various color combos have worked best from both the drift boats and the bank. Current flows on the Chetco at the time of this report are 1,450 cfs and dropping.  Steelhead season closes here on March 31, 2015.



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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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