Sacramento River fishing report May 7, 2018.

Today’s Sacramento River fishing report May 7, 2018 is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.

Sacramento River striper fishing report.

Currently the spring striper spawn s in full swing on the Sacramento River near Colusa California.  The Sacramento River now has schools of striped bass throughout the river from Chico Ca. downriver through Verona, Ca.  The best fishing recently has been in the evenings and very early in the mornings before the heavier boat traffic hits the river.  The daytime bite has slowed but anglers covering lots of river have been able to find willing keeper sized striped bass to bite and fill their limits.  Best bets all around come on a variety of different baits and techniques from black plastics, white swim baits, cut baits from anchor or drifting/back bouncing large live minnows just to name a few.  River levels in Colusa are extremely low with many sand/gravel bars exposed now.  The fair striper fishing should continue through May as reported by Sacramento River fishing guide Dave Jacobs.

Sacramento River shad fishing report.

The American Shad spawn is ramping up with many shad one to four pounds making their annual spring migration up the Sacramento, American and Feather Rivers. The best shad fishing can be found from Verona upriver towards Chico at this time on the Sacramento River.  Large schools of shad are moving through to get up river closer their spawning grounds making for fast action early in the mornings and late in the evenings at dusk. Medium/light sized brightly colored jig heads tipped with a curly tailed grub make for great fishing while targeting American shad on the Sacramento River.  Shad will be in the river in large catchable numbers right up to the official Sacramento River salmon opener of July 16, 2018.  Look for shad fishing to really improve by late May and all of June.

Sacramento River salmon fishing report.

The official Sacramento River salmon fishing season will re open on July 16, 2018 below the Red Bluff Diversion Dam.  Salmon fishing will start 150 feet below the Sycamore boat launch at the Red Bluff Diversion Dam and on the Feather River below Oroville at the Feather River outlet hole downstream.  The Sacramento and Feather Rivers have received a full salmon fishing season from July 16th through December 16th with a one salmon per person daily bag limit and a two salmon per person possession limit as reported by Sacramento fishing guide Dave Jacobs.

Todays Sacramento and Feather River fishing report is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.  For more local river fishing information in Northern California and Southern Oregon or book a fishing vacation, call guide Dave Jacobs direct at 1 (530)646-9110 or visit

Pictured Today is Gary Baker from Modesto California. Here is one of his larger Sacramento River striped bass he caught with large live minnows wile out with Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service earlier this week.  Stripers continue to be fish of choice to fish for this week on the Sacramento River 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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