Today’s Sacramento River fishing March 6, 2018 is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.

Smith River steelhead fishing.

Recent rains and snow have brought some much needed flow and color back to many of the rivers in Northern California and Southern Oregon.  After a month of little or no rain, the low clear coastal rivers are now running strong as well as the steelhead runs.  Anglers are experiencing some great fishing here in early March on both the Smith and  Chetco Rivers.  The Smith has been fishing excellent for the last five days with a mix of fresh upriver bright steelhead and some early spawn steelhead on their way back to sea.  Most steelhead are 6 to 16 pounds and are being hooked on all sections including the main, middle and south forks Smith River.  The Chetco River has finally dropped back into shape early this week and is also fishing well for a mix of fresh and runback steelhead.  March is a great month to target steelhead on the north coast.

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. There have been some new steelhead move upriver with recent rains and snow.  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.

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.


This weeks Smith, Chetco, Trinity and Sacramento River 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 today is Stacia Jacobs from Redding California with a Smith River steelhead caught and quickly released this week while out with Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.



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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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