Sacramento River fishing report 5-14-2015.

Currently the Sacramento River flows are up over 7000 cfs, giving anglers some better fishing opportunities for wild rainbow trout and American shad from Redding through Colusa.  The best available trout fishing water has been from the Highway 44 bridge in Redding downriver through Red Bluff.  There are several put in and take out locations in this area for either a drift boat or jet boat.  The best bet has been side drifting small hand tied glo bugs in various egg colored patterns.  Another good choice has been back trolled small hot shot style lures in size 50 or size 70.  Most rainbows are averaging 14 to 16 inches with some larger bows’ 18 to 20 plus inches occasionally mixed in as reported by Sacramento River trout fishing guide Dave Jacobs.

Downriver from Red Bluff to Colusa, anglers can try their luck at catching the leading edge of this Springs American shad run. There seem to be small schools of early arriving shad scattered throughout this stretch of river.  Shad are hard fighting and averaging one to two pounds with the larger female shad weighing three to four pounds.  Side drifting from anchor small, brightly colored weighted jigs with small curly tailed grubs are working best.  Shad fishing should only improve through May and well into June on the Sacramento River.

Sacramento River 2015 salmon season update.

This year the Sacramento River will open once again to another full season of Fall king salmon fishing. The Sacramento River will first open 150 feet below the Sycamore boat launch at Red Bluff on July 16, 2015.  The salmon season will remain open through December 16, 2015.  The second opener will open on August 1, 2015.  This will officially open the upper section from the Deschutes bridge in Anderson down to the Red Bluff Diversion Dam.  This season anglers are allowed two salmon per day and a total of four salmon in possession.  The daily bag limit is still only two salmon per day but anglers can have in their possession a total of four salmon.  This years Sacramento River ocean abundance estimates are up 25% from last season with an estimate set at 652,000 Sacramento River kings.

About The Author

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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