Sacramento river fishing guide.

Today’s Sacramento river fishing guide report is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.

Sacramento river salmon fishing report.

With the current heavy rains barring down on the Sacramento River at the time of this report, high muddy flows are prohibiting anymore salmon fishing for the rest of the week.  There were a couple of very good salmon fishing days this week with some guides hooking double digit king salmon to 30 pounds a day! The good salmon fishing near the Barge Hole was brought to a screeching halt with the arrival of heavy rain and the looming salmon fishing closure date of December 16th.  Look for the salmon fishing season to reopen on July 16th 2017.  The local wild rainbow trout fishing has also been going strong for most anglers from Redding downriver through Red Bluff.  Best trout fishing will be up high near Redding as this weeks storm passes.

Trinity River steelhead fishing report.

With many top guides and anglers reporting slow steelhead fishing in October and November, recent rains have attracted some good schools of new steelhead into the Trinity River.  Most of the steelhead fishing is happening from Lewiston downriver through Junction City this week.  Here too, heavy rains are slowing down the steelhead fishing chances for a few days.  Angler pulling small hot shot style plugs are doing well on steelhead four to six pounds with a few steelhead tipping the scales over ten pounds.  Back trolling these small plugs are a top choice in the colored river with drifting bait coming in second.  The Trinity River is very popular this time of year so anglers can expect some steelhead fishing pressure on most days.

Smith River steelhead fishing report.

With another very big river rise this week and the consistent rain patterns of the last two months, steelhead anglers can seriously consider giving the Smith River near Crescent City California a try.  The biggest and brightest steelhead of the run traditionally enter the Smith River in mid to late December and early to mid January.  Anglers should definitely begin to see some more steelhead scattered throughout the Smith River forks after this current storm passes and flows recede.

This weeks Sacramento, Trinity and Smith River salmon, trout and steelhead fishing report is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.  For the most current Northern California river fishing conditions call guide Dave Jacobs direct at 1 (530) 646-9110 or visit the website at

Pictured this week is typical fresh North coast steelhead caught by guide Dave Jacobs on the Chetco river during the steelhead season a few years back.  Photo courtesy of Sal Aliamo.


About The Author

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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