Sacramento River fishing report 7-22-2016.

The highly anticipated opening day of salmon fishing on the Sacramento River below the Red Bluff Diversion Dam came and went very quietly Saturday July 16th.  As many private and charter boats hit the Sacramento and Feather Rivers Saturday morning in hopes of great salmon fishing, many returned to the docks with no king salmon.  There were less than a half dozen king salmon checked in from Red Bluff downriver through Chico.  The Feather River near Oroville didn’t fair very well either as there too less than a half dozen kings were checked in as well.  The poor salmon fishing has continued this past week but salmon fishing looks to improve soon as the charters out of the Golden Gate have been doing very well this past week.  Salmon fishing should pick up after the August 1st Barge Hole opener above the Red Bluff Diversion Dam. This Sacramento River fishing report 7-22-2016 is courtesy of guide Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service.

Sacramento River trout fishing report.

Further upriver on the Sacramento River, the wild rainbow trout fishing has been going well for most fly anglers from the drift boats.  The average wild rainbow trout have been 14 to 16 inches with the best bite early in the mornings and late in the evenings.  Best bets have been nymphs, birds nest, foxes poopah size 14 or 16.  Other good bets have been small yellowstone patterns, egg patterns, mayflies, both PMD and blue wing olive pheasant tails.  The Summer months on the Sacramento River near Redding is a very good time to pick your favorite guide and get on the water.  Downtown Redding through Red Bluff has been best for trout fly fishing.

This weeks Sacramento River fishing report is courtesy of Dave Jacobs  Professional Guide Service.  This weeks Sacramento River fly fishing report is courtesy of fly fishing guide Greg Hector.  For more Northern California river fishing information, give guide Dave Jacobs a call direct at 1 (530) 646-9110 or visit his website at

Pictured this week is guide Dave Jacobs with a large Kenai River king salmon he caught on a sardine wrapped plug.  Salmon fishing this July has been very good early on the Kenai River in Alaska.




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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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