Northern California salmon fishing Dave Jacobs March 3, 2017 Recent Catches Northern California salmon fishing. The Northern California salmon fishing report is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service. The 2017 Northern California salmon fishing season on the Sacramento River will be announced officially this spring. The ocean abundance reports for the 2017 season have been released and are now being considered to draft this years seasons and bag limits. As soon as the salmon fishing season dates are announced for the Sacramento River we will post them here on this site. Smith River steelhead fishing guide. Smith River steelhead fishing guide Dave Jacobs reports strong fishing on the Smith River this past week. More rain is on the way and the Smith River is forecasted to rise again this weekend. Anglers form both the banks and from the drift boats are enjoying great success on mostly wild steelhead 7 to 12 pounds with the occasional big steelhead 15 to 20 plus pounds being landed this week. There are a few hatchery steelhead here on the Smith River and they are very rare in the upper river. With all of the high flows on most rivers in Northern California, the Smith and Chetco River’s have been providing many good steelhead fishing opportunities as the Smith River is the fastest clearing river in the state. Smith River steelhead fishing. Pictured is Jared Burr and guide Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service with another Smith River steelhead caught during the last big river rise near Crescent City California in late February.