Sacramento River fishing guide Feb 28, 2018.

This Sacramento River fishing guide Feb 28, 2018 fishing report for Northern California is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.

Sacramento River fishing report

There are still plenty of fishing options happening this week up and down the Sacramento River from Redding California to Knights landing.  Wether your into chasing wild rainbow trout or pursuing a huge white sturgeon, the Sacramento River is offering a variety of sport fish to go out for.  Up in Redding California, anglers are still able to get out and drift for the wild rainbow trout.  Both conventional spin or fly fishermen are able to catch a handful of these bows’ drifting or backtrolling.  Farther downriver above Knights Landing California, anglers anchor fishing with various baits like pile worms or eels are finding both legal and oversized white sturgeon during their annual spawn in the Sacramento River.  March is still quiet enough to have success for white sturgeon mostly at night.  The annual spring striper migration is just around the corner and looks like April and early May will be the top times to target this years striped bass spawn.

Trinity River steelhead fishing report

The Trinity River is still kicking out both wild and hatchery steelhead 4 to 9 pounds this week.  Cold weather and low flows have kept the Trinity River very quiet,  yet the few anglers that brave the cold temps each day are scoring two to five hook ups per trip.  Back trolling various hot shot and maglip lures or back tolling crawlers has worked best.  Flows are very low so drift boaters should use caution while boating. Steelhead are scattered throughout the river with the occasional brown trout mixed in from Lewiston through Del Loma California.

Smith and Chetco steelhead fishing report

The steelhead fishing on the north coast rivers like the Smith River and southern Oregon’s Chetco Rivers are getting some much needed rains and snow.  These rains and river rises are attracting new runs of fresh steelhead into the river this week.  There has been very little rain here for at least a month now and these new wet systems are improving the fishing daily.  Drift boaters and bank anglers are scoring one to four chances for chrome bright winter steelhead 6 to 15 pounds.  Some of the early season spawners are making their way downriver to sea and anglers are also picking up the occasional down runner steelhead now. Late February and March are peak months to target coastal steelhead on the Smith River near Crescent City California and the Chetco River near Brookings Oregon.

This weeks Sacramento, trinity, Smith and Chetco River’s fishing reports are courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.  For more local river fishing information or to book a guided fishing trip, call guide Dave Jacobs direct at 1 (530) 646-9110 or visit

Pictured todays is guide Dave Jacobs (left) and client Bob VanBriggle (right) with a nice Chetco River steelhead caught on a hot shot lure near Brookings Oregon recently.  This weeks rains are attracting many new steelhead into the Smith and Chetco rivers.

About The Author

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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