“Salmon fishing has been red hot this past weekend with quick limits for multiple anglers out of Bodega and Half Moon Bay,” reports Sacramento River salmon fishing guide Dave Jacobs.  “The krill and anchovies are thick attracting many kings to the fishing grounds making for fast work for anglers heading out the last few days.”  With all the excitement leading up to the ocean opener this weekend the hot salmon bite did not disappoint. We are now just under 30 days until the official Sacramento River salmon fishing opener and all of this hot ocean fishing has river anglers excited for what is to come.  King salmon fishing opens on the Sacramento River on July 16th at the Red Bluff Diversion Dam and will extend upriver through the Barge Hole on August 1st.  Sacramento River salmon fishing guide Dave Jacobs reports, “This year anglers will be permitted a one salmon per day daily bag limit and a two salmon in possession limit.” Jacobs goes on to report, “There is also a new leader length regulation in effect now where the maximum leader length allowed is not to exceed six feet or 72 inches in length.”  Here are a few other river species to get out on the water and fish for until king salmon opens in mid July.

Sacramento River American shad.

The hard charging American shad have been making a strong showing this week with large schools reported from Chico California through Red Bluff California.  Anglers side casting and jigging small brightly colored jigs tipped with small one inch curly tailed grubs have done well while out early in the mornings and late in the evenings.  Most hard fighting shad have been running one to three pounds with larger three plus pound female shad mixed in with catches.

Sacramento River rainbow trout.

Anglers taking advantage of the great trout fishing waters near Redding California are catching and releasing beautiful rainbow trout one to three pounds or 16 to 20 inches on average.  It is not uncommon for anglers to hook into larger trout over 20 inches daily while fly or convention fishing below the Highway 44 bridge in Redding.  Anglers back trolling small “hot shot” style plugs like small maglips or pee wee warts have hooked some large trout between Redding and Anderson this past weekend.

This weeks Sacramento River salmon, trout and shad fishing report is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.  For more local river fishing information in Northern California contact guide Dave Jacobs direct at 1 (530)646-9110 or visit www.sacramentofishing.com

Pictured this week is a fat wild Sacramento River rainbow trout caught by happy clients on a past guided Sacramento River trout fishing trip 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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