Sacramento River Fishing Report:Trout Fishing Going Strong In Redding California.

Sacramento River Trout Fishing Report.

The trout fishing in downtown Redding, California remains very good for wild rainbow trout 16 to 24 inches.  Many double hook ups are happening this week even a few triple hook ups while drifting brightly colored puffballs with a small bait button attached.  Drifting many of the riffles and holding pools offer great non stop catching action throughout the mornings.  There are a few spawning trout beds but the non spawning areas of river is where you would find the large beautifully colored wild trout.  The upper 5.5 miles of river remains open for now and can close any day.  This will be the last time that you will ever be able to fish this section of Sacramento River in April, May, June and July.  I have seen these kind of closures in my lifetime be taken away by California Fish and Wildlife to definitely never be given back.  I can name four closures of excellent river fishing that have never been revisited to ever be re opened.  We used to fish for king salmon all the way into downtown Redding yet thirty years ago Fish and Game closed salmon fishing above the Deschutes Bridge in Anderson forever to protect the Sacramento River winter run salmon.  These salmon have not been fished for over thirty years, all year, in the entire Sacramento River and still are at extremely low return numbers. These fish are not doing good at all and there is not much more I can see that is happening to make that run come back.  These are the very run of salmon that are the reason we will never trout fish in the greatest concentration of river for trout in Redding again, in the the best trout fishing months of the year.  This new trout fishing closure is forever, it will close every year now on April 1st.  Mother nature has a funny way of balancing things out. If the trout fishing anglers and guides think that the stretch of river below the 44 bridge will support the incredible trout fishing pressure that spreads out today from Caldwell Park down to the Cypress Bridge they are going to be disappointed.  Last year I noticed a total shutdown of fishing on a stretch below the 44 bridge.  This is a stretch of river that I could catch a dozen, maybe two dozen trout on any given day in April through mid June.  Last year with the closure all boats fished the same stretch of trout water I am speaking of and after counting 16 boats one day doing the same 100 yard drift, you couldn’t even catch one, not even a bite. The best fishing is above that 44 bridge to Keswick Dam and will never be again. So I would advise you to get out there and fish it on more time.  We will never catch trout below the sundial bridge again in the Spring and early Summer so now is your final chance.

Pictured is possibly one of the last trout pictures I will take in May trout fishing the Sacramento River…pitiful.

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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.