Sacramento River salmon fishing report 5-13-2016.

The Sacramento River salmon fishing is set to re open very soon.  This years Sacramento River salmon fishing trips are booking now with Sacramento River salmon fishing guide Dave Jacobs.

2016 Sacramento River salmon season announced!

We have some tremendous salmon fishing news to report about this years Sacramento River salmon season. It is now official as the California Department of Fish and Wildlife commission has approved and announced this years 2016 Sacramento River salmon season. This year the Sacramento River will receive a full salmon fishing season with a two king salmon per person daily bag limit as reported by Sacramento River salmon fishing guide Dave Jacobs. This year salmon fishing will officially open one hour before sunrise on July 16th, 150 feet below the Sycamore Boat Launch in Red Bluff, downriver. The upper reaches of the Sacramento River will officially open on August 1st from the Deschutes Bridge near Anderson California downriver to the Carquinez Bridge. This year the salmon season will remain open through December 16th, 2016. This is welcomed news for some of the greatest and most prized salmon fishing on the west coast. The Sacramento River is home of the California State Record king salmon… incredible 88 pound king salmon!

Sacramento River striped bass fishing report 5-13-2016.

This seasons Sacramento River striped bass run has slowed a bit with many striped bass returning this season to the Sacramento River to spawn.  With the higher water and much warmer river temps, many have spawned and returned towards the Delta.  There are small groups of very large and school sized stripers from Colusa downriver through Grimes this week.  Some very large stripers 20 to 40 plus pounds have been caught this past week.  The average striped bass this week has been 16 to 20 inches with 18 inch stripers or better filling the fish boxes as reported by Sacramento River striper fishing guide Dave Jacobs.  Best bets have been live bait (jumbo minnows) or casting paddle tailed white swim baits in the early mornings and evenings working as well.  Casting black plastic worms have also been working as the small hatchery salmon smolt migrate towards the Bay Delta.  This years American shad have also moved up recently and are in catchable numbers in both the Sacramento and Feather Rivers.

Sacramento River rainbow trout fishing report.

The wild rainbow trout fishing in downtown Redding has still been very consistent with many wild bows’ 14 to 18 inches coming in daily.  The average trout has been 1 to 3 pounds but the larger 4 to 5 pound trout are caught and released daily.  Side drifting small hand tied glo bugs in various egg color combos are working now from both the drift boats and power boats.  The upper 5.5 mile stretch of Sacramento River from the highway 44 bridge upriver to Keswick Dam is now closed until July 31st.  This section of the Sacramento River will re open on August 1st.  Crowds have been highest just below the highway 44 bridge in downtown Redding due to the closure.  Flows at the time of this report are 6500 cfs out of Keswick Dam.

This weeks Sacramento River salmon, trout and striped bass fishing report is courtesy of guide Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service in Redding.  For more local Northern California river fishing information or to book your own Sacramento River fishing vacation, call guide Dave Jacobs direct at (530) 646-9110 or visit his website at

Pictured this week is guide Dave Jacobs with another large Sacramento River striped bass caught in May 2016.

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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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