Sac River guide.

This Sacramento, Trinity and Smith River fishing report is courtesy of Sac River guide Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service.

Sacramento River fishing report.

With river releases scheduled to drop to 8,500 cfs on March 15th,  the Sacramento River trout fishing will resume to safer fishing levels.  The trout fishing below Keswick Dam will remain open through the end of March.  The upper 5.5 mile stretch of Sacramento River from the Highway 44 bridge upriver to Keswick Dam will close to all fishing on April 1st.  This section will not re open until August 1, 2017.  The trout bite should be outstanding from Redding to Anderson with the lower flows for both conventional spin and fly fishermen.

Further downriver, the white sturgeon have filled many of the traditional holding holes as the sturgeon have arrived into the Sacramento River to spawn.   The best bets at this time with the lower flows is to safely anchor and fish various baits like eel, pile worms and ghost shrimp.  The sturgeon bite has been good this past week from Butte City down past Colusa.  Boaters should exercise extreme caution as there are large “sweeper” sized trees coming down the river still from the high flows.  There are also new submerged gravel bars and trees to be aware of from the high winter releases earlier this year.

Trinity River steelhead fishing.

The steelhead fishing on the Trinity River from Lewiston downriver through Junction City has picked back up.  Steelhead 4 to 8 pounds have come in with a few larger steelhead to 11 pounds reported.  Best results have been for both the boat and bank anglers especially the fly fishing anglers.

Smith River steelhead fishing.

The flows on the Smith River have been very good for steelhead fishing this week.  There have been a couple of bumps in flow from rains but fresh steelhead along with returning downriver steelhead have made up most of the daily catches.  The Smith River steelhead have averaged 7 to 10 pounds with several large steelhead 17 to 21 pounds coming into the nets.  The steelhead fishing on the Smith should remain strong through March.

Pictured today is Ryan Tripp from Oroville California with a nice 50 inch keeper sized white sturgeon caught on the Sacramento River this week with guide Mike Rasmussen.

Today’s Sacramento, Trinity and Smith River fishing report is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.  For more Northern California river fishing information, or to book your own  trout, steelhead or sturgeon fishing trip, call guide Dave Jacobs direct at 1 (530) 646-9110 or visit

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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