Sacramento River fishing report.

The Sacramento River fishing report is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.

Sacramento River fishing report.

Thursdays rains are bringing with it another moderate rise on the Sacramento River below Redding California.  The best bet this holiday weekend will undoubtedly be trout fishing in the higher reaches of the Sacramento River near downtown Redding.  The trout fishing has been good lately with excellent color and many wild trout to catch in the one to three pound class.  Drifting small egg colored glo bugs or back trolling small hot shot style lures are working best.  Anglers looking for more steelhead fishing opportunities close to Redding should consider giving the Trinity River.  King salmon fishing has officially closed for the season.  Salmon season on the Sacramento River will tentatively re open in mid July 2017.

Trinity River steelhead fishing.

Trinity River steelhead fishing has been improving in the last few weeks.  The good amount of rain that Northern California has seen has attracted up this years steelhead into Lewiston downriver through Junction City.  The size and numbers of steelhead being caught recently are good with five to seven steelhead hooked on a trip from four to nine pounds being reported.  Todd Lebouff reported good steelhead fishing below Lewiston recently, his largest steelhead weighing in at nine pounds.  Drifting roe/puffball combos or back trolling medium sized hot shot sized lures are working on most drifts on the Trinity River.

Smith and Chetco River steelhead fishing.

Both the Smith and Chetco Rivers are seeing a few steelhead enter the river here in December.  The Smith and Chetco Rivers have received their fair share of rains recently with a few high water blow outs this month already.  Flows on the Smith are rising at the time of this report but are projected to fall into fishable shape quickly near Christmas.  The Smith and Chetco rivers are excellent choices for steelhead anglers with January and February being peak times.  Here too, side drifting small roe/puffball combos or hand tied yarn balls are a top choice for large steelhead seven to 16 pounds.

pictured is a Smith River steelhead caught and released by guide Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service on a past steelhead fishing trip in January 2016.


About The Author

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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