Sacramento River striper fishing report April 16, 2018.

This Sacramento River striper fishing report April 16, 2018 is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.

Sacramento River striper fishing report.

The striper bite on the Sacramento River has been very good this past week with many limits of striped bass being landed from 18 to 23 inches.  The striped bass bite started out a bit tougher earlier last week with high muddy water from recent rains, but flows now have dropped and cleared improving the bite for most.  There are now many launches to pick from with the Knights Landing and Tisdale launches now open as reported by Sacramento River fishing guide Dave Jacobs. The striper fishing over on the Feather River near Yuba City has been good as well with the increase in river releases, attracting up fresh runs of striped bass daily.  The Feather River has also been producing solid limits of stripers 18 inches and greater.  Trolling Rebel style plugs like the deep diving Yozuri crystal Minnow have worked great here on the Feather River near Yuba City down past Boyds Pump.  April and May are two of the top months to target these fish during their spring spawn migration. Best bets have been drifting live minnows, bait fishing from anchor with sardines, pile worms or minnows, trolling rebel style plugs and/or casting small white swimsuits on both the Sacramento and Feather Rivers.

Sacramento River trout fishing report.

Higher upriver on the Sacramento River near Redding California the wild rainbow trout fishing continues with wild trout one to three pounds on average coming into the nets.  The best trout fishing is now downriver of the Highway 44 bridge in Redding downriver through Anderson.  Best bets are side drifting small hand tied glo bugs in various egg color patterns or the new small “soft beads” pegged above a #6 or #8 barbless hook.  Back trolling small hot shot style lures like the size 50 or 60’s has also worked well with silver or gold color combos always being a safe choice to get some of the larger trout to bite. The best trout fishing water, the upper 5.5 miles of river above the Highway 44 bridge in Redding to Keswick Dam, is now closed to all fishing to protect the returning winter and spring salmon that have come to spawn.  These salmon are currently federally protected and thus have triggered this unfortunate upriver closure of prime trout fishing grounds that will re open on August 1st.  The official Sacramento River salmon fishing season will soon be announced with a proposed full season from July 16th to December 16th and reduced salmon limit likely for 2018 as reported by Sacramento River salmon fishing guide Dave Jacobs.

This weeks Sacramento and Feather river fishing report is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service. For more local river fishing information or to book a guided fishing trip with Dave Jacobs, call 1 (530)646-9110 or visit www,

Pictured this week from left to right is Trisca and Gary Dovenberg, Jerie and Alan Semion all from Granite Bay California with a full limit of Sacramento River striped bass caught while out with Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service recently.  Striper fishing has been red hot as of late and will continue through May and early June.


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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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