Sacramento River fishing report Feb 18, 2016.

Fishing on the Sacramento River has been going well for anglers fishing for wild rainbow trout near downtown Redding and sturgeon fishing further downriver.  The wild rainbow trout fishing has been best for conventional spin and fly fishermen from a drift boat.  Drift fishing small hand tied egg patterns in various colors or back trolling small hot shot style plugs working now.  Anglers can expect a moderate river rise this weekend with this current wet weather pattern.

Further South, the sturgeon fishing has also been going well for anglers anchor fishing a variety of cut baits and scents as the Sacramento River sturgeon spawn builds.  The Sacramento River sturgeon spawn will continue to build through April from Verona upriver through Princeton.

Smith and Chetco River steelhead fishing report.

The steelhead fishing on both the Smith and Chetco Rivers has been slow this past week due to low clear river conditions.  This is now changing with the arrival of current wet weather giving both the Smith and Chetco Rivers a much needed boost in flows.  Anglers can expect higher flows this weekend and good steelhead fishing conditions for next week as flows begin to drop and slowly clear.  Steelhead fishing peak season will continue through February and into early March.  Anglers should call ahead as river conditions can change quickly on the north coast.

Pictured this week is Hank Mautz with a Smith River steelhead caught from the bank earlier this month.  Photo courtesy of  guide Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service.

This weeks Sacramento, Smith and Chetco Rivers steelhead fishing report is courtesy of Dave Jacobs professional guide service.  To book your fishing trip or for local river fishing information call guide Dave Jacobs direct at (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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