Sacramento River shad fishing 5-22-2016.

The best shad fishing on the Sacramento River is still to come as the weather warms into June and July.  The best shad fishing has been lower in the Sacramento River where the river water temps are warmer.  The shad are biting small jigs tipped with a one inch curly tailed grub with chartreuse working best.   Best fishing has been downriver of Chico and will improve up into Woodson Bridge and Red Bluff in June and July.  Anglers can expect to hook 15 to 30 shad at this time with most shad averaging one to two pounds.  The larger female shad are running four pounds with smaller males making up the  majority of the catch.  Look for catch number to drastically increase as larger spawning schools of shad move upriver as river temperatures warm in the coming weeks as reported by Sacramento River shad fishing guide Dave Jacobs.

Pictured is John Rinaldi from Mountain View Ca. holding a couple of the many Sacramento River shad he hooked while out with Sacramento River fishing guide Dave Jacobs this past week.

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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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