Sacramento River fishing report Feb 20, 2018.

Today’s Sacramento River fishing report  Feb 20, 2018 is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.

Smith and Chetco River steelhead fishing report

The steelhead run on both the Smith and Chetco Rivers are in full swing now.  Both rivers have dropped and become very low and clear making for challenging fishing.  There are fresh steelhead moving through daily.  Stealthy fishing is a must now with mix of side drifting roe, yarn or soft beads and pulling hot shot style plugs working best.  Anglers can get a couple of shots at bright steelhead 6 to 14 pounds.  Farther upriver on the Smith bank access is good above the forks and there are groups of  fresh steelhead moving up, but here too anglers need to be stealthy as well for success.  Side drifting, float fishing with jigs or spoons are best bets.  There has been a little rain and snow here and river flows should level out with any snow melt.

Sacramento River fishing report

There are many different fishing trips anglers can get out and try now.  The Sacramento River is at some of its lowest water releases from Keswick Dam and boaters need to use caution while boating on the various stretches of Sacramento River.  Up in Redding California, drift boaters are still able to target the local wild rainbow trout from Redding to Anderson.  Farther downriver, anglers looking for striped bass can work the river south of Anderson down to Knight Landing.  The sturgeon are making a better showing for the annual spawn from Knights Landing upriver.  The sturgeon bite has been fair from both the bank and anchored boats.  The annual spring striped bass spawn is just around the corner with April and early May being top times to striper fish on the Sacramento and Feather rivers.  Boaters should exercise caution while boating on either of these rivers as both are very low and have many submerged trees, sand and gravel bars.

The Sacramento, Smith and Chetco Rivers fishing report is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.  For more local river fishing information call guide Dave Jacobs direct at 1 (530) 646-9110 or visit

Pictured today is John Rinaldi (left) from Mountain View Ca. and Ryan Tripp (right) from Oroville, Ca. holding one of three fresh steelhead John hooked on the Chetco River with hot shot plugs recently.  Both were out with Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service near Brookings Oregon.

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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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