Sacramento River salmon fishing guides.

Today’s Northern California fishing report is courtesy of Sacramento River salmon fishing guides Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service.

Sacramento River fishing report.

The Sacramento River salmon fishing season will tentatively re-open in mid July.  The Sacramento River striped bass fishing season is just weeks away and with all of this water in the Sacramento and Feather River’s, striper fishing should be spectacular.  Late March, all of April and early May is the prime time to target Sacramento River striped bass.

Smith River fishing report.

The Smith River is in great fishing shape and steelhead fishing has been going well for both bank and drift boat anglers.  The Smith River above the confluence of the forks Smith River have provided plenty of bank access and fishing success this past week.  The steelhead fishing on the main river has also been strong for drift boaters from the forks Smith River to the lower river at the Ruby take out.  Steelhead, both upriver brights and down runners are now what rounds out most catches.

Chetco River steelhead fishing.

To the North of the Smith River, Oregon’s Chetco River has many fresh steelhead still moving upriver.  The flows are great and the river color for fishing has been great the last few days.   The Chetco River might get some more rain and a small river rise later this week.  There are some slides on the Chetco muddying up the river if too much rain comes.  Anglers should always call ahead for current river conditions as they can change quickly here on the North coast.  Most steelhead have averaged 6 to 10 pounds with a few steelhead in the low to mid teens.  Drifting roe/puffball combos with a bait button added is what has worked best lately with back trolling small maglip plugs coming in a close second.

This weeks Sacramento, Smith and Chetco River fishing report is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.  To book a steelhead or striper fishing trip, call guide Dave Jacobs direct at 1 (530) 646-9110 or visit the website at

Pictured is Alex Fulks from Sacramento, California with guide Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service with a South Fork Smith River steelhead.  Smith River fishing conditions are very good right now but more rain is forecasted this weekend.

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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