Sacramento River striper fishing.

Today’s Sacramento River striper fishing report is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.

Sacramento River striper fishing guides.

Sacramento River striper fishing guides like Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service reports that the flows on the Sacramento River are on the drop heading towards safer, fishable levels.  With better weather forecasted in Northern California and lower releases from Keswick Dam, the Sacramento River striper fishing season is right around the corner.  The best times to target Sacramento River striped bass are late March, April and May in and around Colusa California.

Sacramento River fishing report.

The flows on the Sacramento River are beginning to drop, heading towards safer, fishable levels. With better weather forecasted in Northern California and lower releases from Keswick Dam, the Sacramento River striper fishing season is right around the corner. The best times to target Sacramento River striped bass are late March, April and May in and around Colusa California.

The trout fishing in the downtown Redding area will be fishing too as the river levels subside.  The water color should remain muddy as much of the water coming from Shasta Lake is off color.  The trout fishing in the upper 5.5 miles of Sacramento River will remain open for the rest of March and will officially close on April 1st through August 1st.  This section of Sacramento River will be closed again to protect returning winter run salmon to the area.

Smith River steelhead fishing.

The steelhead fishing on the Smith River has continued to remain strong right into the month of March. There will be another smaller river rise from recent rains bringing with it more fresh steelhead as well as some returning steelhead downriver from the earlier spawn.  Anglers must return any non fin clipped wild steelhead to the river unharmed and use barbless hooks on the Smith River.  Drifting roe/puffball combos tipped with a bait button or yarn/puffball combos are what’s working best at this time.

Chetco River steelhead fishing.

Just like the Smith River, anglers on the Chetco River just north of the border is also fishing well for both wild and hatchery steelhead 5 to 10 pounds.  The Chetco River is now seeing its fair share of returning downriver steelhead along with fresh arriving steelhead.  Here too, drifting roe/puffball combos tipped with a bait button or yarn/puffball combos are what’s working best at this time.

Todays Sacramento, Smith and Chetco River fishing report is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.  For more local river fishing information on Northern California rivers, give guide Dave Jacobs a call at 1 (530) 646-9110 or visit www.sacramentofishing.com

Pictured this week is guide Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service with a large Sacramento River striped bass caught last spring on the Sacramento River near Colusa California.

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.