Sacramento River guides April 25, 2018.

This Sacramento River guides April 25, 2018 fishing report is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.

Sacramento River fishing report.

There are a few great choices to choose from right now for those looking to get out on the Sacramnto River and do some fishing.  The trout fishing up in downtown Redding continues to be solid for anglers fishing from Redding to Anderson on both fly and conventional spin gear.  The trout fishing has been best from the 44 bridge in downtown Redding downriver as the upper 5.5 miles of Sacramento River to the base of Keswick Dam is closed until August 1st.  Best bets are side drifting hand tied glo bugs in various egg catching colors as well as back trolling small hot shot lures.  Anglers looking to get a early start on this springs American shad run can find shad moving through Verona to Chico now with May/June being a solid month to target these plentiful gamefish.  Side casting small brightly colored jigs tipped with one inch chartreuse or champagne curly tailed grubs is all it takes.  The spring striper spawn is in full swing now as thousands of striped bass have moved up the Sacramento River from Verona to Chico to spawn.  The Sacramento River is now very low keeping the majority of action down low from Verona to Colusa.  Most of the fishing pressure has spread out through this section and anglers fishing live minnows and casting various plastics are doing best now. Most stripers are 18 to 22 inches with the larger 25 to 30 inch bass mixed in.  River temperatures are rising this week and stripers spawns are happening daily.

Feather River fishing report.

Over on the Feather River striper fishing has been very good with the high flows in April near Yuba City.  However, flows out of Oroville have dropped and river temperatures have risen, dropping most of the stripped bass downriver towards the mouth at Verona.  Best bets here are fishing live minnows, trolling rebel style plugs or casting various plastics.  Many striper spawns are happening now and anglers working through the smaller 17 inch striped bass are catching limits of keeper sized bass daily.  Cooler weather is forecasted for the weekend that could cool river temperatures and improve the bite on both the Sacramento and Feather Rivers.

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, call guide Dave Jacobs direct at 1 (530)646-9110 or visit

Pictured this week is Shawna Hunter from Shasta Lake California who joined her dad Jack Towne from Vancouver Washington on a “father daughter” fishing trip with Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.  Guide Dave Jacobs holds one of Shawna’s “keeper” sized striped bass caught on the Sacramento River recently near Colusa California.


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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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