Sacramento River fishing reports.

This Weeks Sacramento River fishing reports are courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.

Sacramento River fishing.

Fishing opportunities have been very limited on the upper Sacramento River near Redding California due to muddy conditions.  With muddy water being released from Shasta Lake and the fact that Shasta Lake is mostly muddy on the main lake except very high up some of the lake’s arms, fishing has been tough.  The farther downriver you go it remains muddy but not a big factor on catching some of the early arriving striped bass or the white sturgeon.  The sturgeon bite has been good around Colusa and the stripers are in small schools moving up from Knights Landing. April is shaping up to be the best month to target Sacramento and Feather River striped bass.  White sturgeon both over sized and keeper sized have come in this week while anchored up bait fishing.  Pile worms, ghost shrimp and eel have been top baits.

Smith River steelhead fishing.

River conditions have been good this week with a couple of small river rises giving the river great color.  There have been many steelhead that have been able to make it upriver to spawn.  The recent rains will undoubtedly begin the mass migration of down river steelhead heading back to sea.  The fishing has been much better the last few days from the bank upriver above the forks of the Smith.  The best bets have been side drifting small egg/puffball combos tipped with a bait button.  Side drifting egg colored yarn balls have also produced many steelhead 6 to 12 pounds.  There have been a few fresh steelhead also being caught this week but not as frequently as in February and January.The boat and bank fishing pressure has been quite light this past week with just several drift boats per day this past weekend.Steelhead fishing on the Chetco River to the north has been slow this past week due to high flows.

Pictured today is guide Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service with a nice average Smith River steelhead caught this week on the middle fork Smith River.

This weeks Sacramento and Smith River fishing report is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.  For more local Northern California river fishing information or to book your own fishing vacation call guide Dave Jacobs direct at 1 (530) 646-9110 or visit

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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.