Shad fishing on the Sacramento River has been very good from Red Bluff California downriver through Chico this week.  The shad have been large and plentiful when you find a school to fish on the Sacramento River.  All of the runs of fish this year on the Sacramento River have been very good with all of the water available from last winter’s rains. The best bets for big numbers of shad have been side drifting small brightly colored weighted jigs tipped with a small one inch curly tailed grub. You can use the one inch or two inch grub this season with the good river color from Red Bluff downriver.  Best weighted jig colors are chartreuse, hot pink, red or flame.  Best grub colors have been chartreuse or bubble gum pink.  Anglers are still picking up striped bass as well mostly early in the mornings or late in the evenings on swim baits or topwater plugs.

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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.