Sacramento River salmon fishing report November 15, 2107.

Sacramento River salmon fishing.

The Late Fall Sacramento River salmon fishing season is here.  The peak of the run is still on its way as a few chrome bright king salmon move up towards the spawning grounds.  This run of king salmon are the biggest and brightest king salmon of the year on the Sacramento River.  Best bets up high near the Barge Hole would be back bouncing or mooching roe/puffball combos.  Another top producing technique is back trolling sardine wrapped Brads Killerfish KF-16 sized plugs.  This is the number one go to technique as you move downriver.  These kings average 15 to 20 pounds with more 30 to 40 plus pound salmon hooked and landed every November/December than any other time of year on the Sacramento River.  Angler’s drifting roe/puffballs in the lower Sacramento River are finding more steelhead in the 2 to 4 pound class.  The Sacramento River salmon fishing season will remain open through December 16th. Today’s Sacramento River salmon fishing report November 15, 2017 is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.

Trinity River steelhead fishing report.

The steelhead fishing has been very good on the Trinity River from Lewiston downriver through Helena, California.  Both drift boat and bank anglers are scoring on nice steelhead 3 to 6 pounds daily.  Best bets are both conventional spin fishing or fly fishing recently.  Back trolling small hot shot plugs, drifting roe/puffball’s or small hand tied glo bugs in various egg patterns are top producers.  Look for Trinity River steelhead to stick around through the holiday season.

Sacramento River trout fishing.

The trout fishing in the Redding area has remained solid this week.  Best drifts have been from Redding to Anderson with multiple wild rainbow trout 12 to 20 inches being caught and released.  Both drift boats and jet boats are catching rainbow trout on both conventional spin and fly gear.  The top producer here has been indicator fishing from a driftboat or drifting small glo bug patterns in various egg combos from the jetbiats.  Back trolling small hot shot 50 or 60 sized lures are also scoring nice trout one to three pounds.

Today’s Sacramento and Trinity River salmon, trout and steelhead fishing report is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.  For more local river fishing information in Northern California or to book a fishing trip, call guide Dave Jacobs direct at 1 (530) 646-9110 or visit

Pictured this week is former top Northern California guide Hank Mautz from Anderson California with a nice Smith River king salmon he caught this past week with guide Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service. Taking advantage of the recent rains in Northern California is all it takes to get your shot at one of these Smith River beauties.  


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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.

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