2017 Sacramento River salmon fishing season update.

The Sacramento River will officially open to king salmon fishing on July 16th 150 below the Sycamore boat launch in Red Bluff.  The salmon fishing season will remain open for a full season closing after December 16th.  Each angler will be allowed two king salmon per day with a four salmon per person possession limit.   Salmon fishing will open above the Red Bluff Diversion Dam on August 1st and will be open to salmon fishing all the way to the Deschutes Bridge.

Sacramento River striper fishing.

There are still good groups of stripped bass scattered throughout the Sacramento River from Chico downriver through Tisdale.  Many stripped bass have spawned and are moving downriver.  Anchor fishing with cut baits like anchovies and sardines work great as well as drifting live jumbo minnows.   The hot bite in the Feather River near Yuba City has slowed down a bit but there are many stripers there as well.  Both rivers have a lot of small 17 inch stripers anglers need to work through to get their limits of 18 inch stripers or better.  Striper fishing still looks to continue on here through June.

Sacramento River trout fishing.

The upper 5.5 miles of prime trout fishing waters have finally closed to all fishing on May 26th.  This section will re open on August 1st.  The river is now closed from the highway 44 bridge in Redding up to the base of Keswick Dam.  The section of river from the highway 44 bridge downriver to Anderson will be your best bet to target wild rainbow trout one to three pounds.  Overall the red hot trout bite of April and May has dropped to fair at best with all of the boat pressure on such a small section of trout fishing water.

Sacramento River shad fishing.

The better shad fishing has begun and shad can be found in large schools from Red Bluff down to Chico.  Casting small brightly colored weighted jigs tipped with a curly tailed grub works best.  Best jig head colors  are chartreuse, hot pink, red or flame orange. Best grub colors are chartreuse, champagne, bubble gum or red and white.  These jigs casted and drifted through the shad holding water is all it takes for some great action.  Best bites are at first light and at dusk.  Anglers over on the Feather River should concentrate on the upper Feather River below Oroville.

Todays Sacramento River trout, salmon, striper and shad fishing report is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.  For more local river fishing information here in Northern California or to book a fishing trip with Dave Jacobs, call him at 1 (530)646-9110 or visit www.sacramentofishing.com

pictured today is Sacramento River fishing guide Dave Jacobs and Ann Marie Hardy from Fallon Nevada with one of her keeper sized striped bass caught on the Feather River recently.

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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.