Striper fishing guides Sacramento River Colusa,Ca.

Striper fishing guides Sacramento River Colusa, Ca. fishing updates are courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.

Sacramento River sturgeon and striper fishing.

The river levels on the Sacramento River are on the decline and are slowly clearing.  The Sacramento River striper fishing season has begun and new striped bass are making their annual spawning migration upriver.  Stripers are moving upriver through popular striper fishing towns like Verona, Knights Landing and Grimes just to name a few.  River conditions will be on the muddy side for quite sometime as the source, Shasta Lake, is very muddy still throughout the main body of the lake.  With the colored flows bait fishing for both sturgeon and stripers will be best.  Some popular cut baits are sardines, anchovies, eel, pile worms and minnows.  Some nice keeper sized stripers are being caught daily and have been for several weeks now.    Sturgeon also continue to be on the bite on many of these same cut baits. The run will really start to build and peak through April and will wind down later in May.  The flows over on the Feather River near Yuba City, Ca. are also dropping and coming into fishable conditions.  Here too, keeper sized striped bass are being caught daily.

Sacramento River trout fishing.

The trout fishing has been very good this past week with many double digit days be reported by Sacramento River trout fishing guide Dave Jacobs.  The river is off color but the wild rainbows are biting well especially in the upper reaches above the Cypress Bridge in Redding, Ca.  Side drifting small brightly colored glo bugs tipped with natural cured roe is working very well.  The trout fish will remain fantastic until the upper 5.5 mile section of river closes on April 1st to protect any returning adult winter run king salmon.  The 5.5 mile section from the highway 44 bridge upriver all the way to the base of Keswick Dam is set to be closed April 1st through July 31st.  This section of Sacramento River will reopen on August 1st to trout fishing.

Smith River steelhead fishing,

The steelhead fishing on the Smith River has continued to be good for both fresh and returning steelhead on all forks of the river.  The number of fresh steelhead are harder to come by but the number of returning spawning steelhead has been growing this week.  Bank fishing upriver in both the middle fork and south fork has been great for anglers sidedrifting yarn/puffball combos in various egg colors.  The Chetco River to the north has started to clear up again and looks to start fishing well again 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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