Sacramento River fishing report March 14, 2018.

This Sacramento River fishing report March 14, 2018 is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.

Sacramento River fishing report

Moderate rains have returned to Northern California giving the Sacramento River a much needed bump in flows.  These increased flows offer plenty of fishing options 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 including striped bass.  Up in Redding California, anglers are still able to get out and drift for the wild rainbow trout. Best action will be experienced from downtown Redding downriver through Anderson California.  Both conventional spin or fly fishermen are able to catch a handful of these bows’ drifting or back trolling small hot shot style lures.  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.  Increased flows from rain runoff will really improve the sturgeon bite during their annual spawn as reported by Sacramento River fishing guide Dave Jacobs.  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.

Smith River steelhead fishing

The Smith River steelhead run has been slowing down this past week.  Heavy rains have swelled the Smith and Chetco Rivers flushing out any of the early arriving steelhead that have come and spawned back out to sea.  There are some small groups of fresh chrome bright steelhead still moving upriver to spawn but high flows have made it much tougher to fish for these steelhead.  There were a couple of good fishing days recently as flows allowed to get on the river as you can see from the recent photos.  There are still some time left this month to get out and target steelhead on both the Smith and Chetco River’s with very light fishing pressure.  A few other options for good steelhead fishing in March can be found in southern Oregon on the Rogue, Coquille and Umpqua rivers.

This weeks Sacramento, Smith and Chetco 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 another chrome bright Smith River steelhead caught and released this week by guide Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service.  Steelhead continue to be caught as river conditions allow.  March still offers anglers a shot at late season steelhead in Northern California and Southern Oregon.





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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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