Trinity River salmon fishing report 6-1-2015.

Currently the releases have been high on the Trinity River, but good news for traveling Spring run king salmon as they make their way upriver from the Klamath River.  Good groups of king salmon have passed through the Klamath River and made their way up the Trinity in May.  Pictured is Matt Rizzo from Vacaville, Ca. with a nice Klamath River king caught recently with guide Mike Rasmussen.  The flows are dropping on the Trinity now as reported by Trinity River salmon fishing guide Dave Jacobs.  June and July look to be the best times to target Trinity River king salmon this Spring as flows will be at their lowest later this month.

Sacramento River trout fishing.

We are currently seeing fair to good wild rainbow trout fishing from Redding down to Red Bluff.  The current 5.5 river closure in downtown Redding has really put a lot of fishing pressure on the river from the Highway 44 bridge downriver through Anderson.  The trout fishing has been fair, as many trout in this section have been small and you really have to work hard for the trout you do get. Both conventional and fly fishing working best from either a drift boat or jet boat now that river flows are up.  Best bets have been side drifting small hand tied glo bugs in various egg catching colors.  The closed 5.5 section of river in downtown Redding will re open on August 1st.

Sacramento River shad fishing.

The American shad run has been very good in May and the good shad fishing should continue well into June.  The shad schools have been spread out from Red bluff down through Chico recently.  There is also a tremendous number of undersized small stripers in this section.  Best bets for shad have been small, brightly colored jigs in chartreuse, flame orange, hot pink and red.  Jigs should be tipped with small one or two inch curly tailed grubs in chartreuse, red/white, bubble gum pink or champagne colors.  Side drifting from the bank or boat is best and good fishing should carry throughout June as reported by Sac River shad fishing guide Dave Jacobs.

Northern California salmon fishing update.

Sacramento River. The current ocean abundance estimates are in and are 25% higher than last seasons abundance numbers. The Sacramento River is estimated at 652,000 king salmon and the Klamath River system is estimated at 423,000 king salmon. This year there are a couple of new changes on both the Sacramento and Klamath Rivers. On the Sacramento River, the salmon season will open on July 16th and remain open for a full season until closing on December 16th. The new Sacramento River salmon possession limits are four king salmon in possession and a daily bag limit of two salmon per angler.

Klamath River. Over on the Klamath River there is a new closure at the mouth of Blue Creek, the most popular fishing spot on the Klamath River in the Summer and early Fall.  This will undoubtedly make the July steelhead fishing season very tough but August on should see a good group of salmon and steelhead spread throughout the open section of the Klamath River.  Starting June 14, there will be no fishing allowed 500 feet above and one half mile below Blue Creek through September 14. The mouth of Blue Creek will remain closed 500 feet above and 500 feet below the mouth of the creek from September 15 through December 31. There is also a catch and keep regulation at the spit of the Klamath River this season. Anglers are to keep all legally caught king salmon and are to cease fishing the Klamath spit area after the angler legally lands his or hers two adult king salmon.

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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.

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