Sacramento River fishing report 1-23-2018.

The Sacramento River fishing report 1-23-2018 is provided by Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Sevice.

Sacramento River fishing report.

The Sacramento River has a few options for anglers this time of year.  With the salmon season closed many anglers can trout fish in downtown Redding for rainbow trout one to three pounds. Or, for those that move downriver above Colusa, can find both large and small striped bass on swim baits.  The white sturgeon are beginning  to show as well in some of the deep holes as this is their spinning season.

Smith River steelhead fishing.

Some of the best steelhead fishing in Northern California can be found on the Smith River at this time of year.  The Smith River has gotten some significant rains recently bringing with it fresh run steelhead daily. “We have been lucky enough to get out and bank fish above the forks and get into some of the fresh steelhead that pushed in on the last rains.” reports guide Dave Jacobs. The steelhead this week have average 8 to 12 pounds with two steelhead brought in over 14 pounds, all wild and released back into the Smith River.  January and February are the two top months on the Smith River.  Flows look to be high this coming weekend but very fishable in certain areas.

Chetco River steelhead fishing.

The Chetco River too has been fishing well before the heavy rains.  The Chetco has been high with these rains but when it drops and cleans up there are some large groups of both wild and hatchery steelhead to be caught.  The season here on the Chetco has been good with the amount of steelhead that run upriver to spawn in January and February. The Steelhead on the Chetco have averaged 6 to 9 pounds with several steelhead 10 to 14 pounds landed recently.  Here too anglers can expect the best steelhead fishing in January and February.

This weeks Sacramento, Smith and Chetco rivers fishing report is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.  For more local river fishing information or to book a fishing trip, give guide Dave Jacobs a call direct at 1 (530) 646-9110 or visit

Pictured today is guide Dave Jacobs and Ryan Tripp from Oroville Ca. holding a typical January Smith River steelhead.  Ryan caught this steelhead recently while out with Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.  

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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