Guided Sacramento River striper fishing 

April 3, 2015

There are many fishing choices now in Northern California, but the Spring stripped bass spawn is taking center stage on the Sacramento River!  April is the peak month to target Sacramento River stripers and this month is looking good with very high grade sized bass landing in our fish boxes.  I really do want to point out that due to the low river flows now, that boaters need to exercise extreme caution while boating the Sacramento River from Butte City all the way to Verona.  I have seen at least six boats run aground on shallow sand/gravel bars in Colusa, Grimes and Knights Landing.  These bars can do significant damage to your boats especially boats with props.  The jet propelled boats seem to fair a bit better when driving on the sand/gravel bars.  Most of the increased river flows from Keswick Dam will be sucked up by irrigation pumping, so most of the lower river is even lower by the end of your fishing day!  Usually, most Aprils there is plenty of water in the river, but stripers attract many, and I can’t say it enough, be careful out there!

Sacramento River striper fishing report.

Currently the Spring striper run has been building in the Lower Sacramento River below Colusa.  The best fishing has moved around access locations like Grimes, Tisdale all the way to Verona as reported by Sacramento River striper fishing guide Dave Jacobs.  The best fishing can be had early in the mornings, late in the evenings or even after dark for very nice sized stripped bass to 15 pounds.  Most keeper sized male stripers have been very large on average this season so far with 20 to 26 inch stripers coming into the fish boxes daily. Back bouncing/drifting large minnows or trolling broken back Rebel style lures has been best.  The Sacramento River striper fishing should only get better as April is traditionally the peak season here.  Due to the low flow conditions on the Sacramento River, boaters need to exercise extreme caution while boating, as there are many shallow sand/gravel bars and submerged trees.

Sacramento River sturgeon fishing report.

The sturgeon fishing has remained strong as there are many white sturgeon in the Sacramento River from Butte City down through Tisdale.  There has been sturgeon rolling in most deep holes along this stretch of the Sacramento River and the bite at night has been good from anchor with baits like pile worms or lamprey eel. The sturgeon fishing has remained good as most of the striper fishing boat traffic has been low in the system in late March and early April.

Sacramento River trout fishing report.

Once again, wild rainbow trout fishing on the Sacramento River near Redding has been good for both conventional and fly fishermen.  Double digit caught and released wild bows’ are being reported from Redding down through Red Bluff as river conditions have cleared considerably. Side drifting small hand tied glo bugs in various egg color combos or back trolling small hot shot size 50 or size 70 lures in various color combos are producing trout 1 to 3 pounds on average for conventional fishermen.  Drift boating has still remained a better choice as river flow are still very low at this time. Current releases from Keswick Dam have risen to 4,280 cfs at his time, up from just 3,800 cfs.  Here too, boaters need to exercise extreme caution as there are exposed shallow sand/gravel bars and submerged trees.

About The Author

Dave Jacobs

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.