“The salmon bite out of the Golden Gate has continued to be red hot this past week with complete boats limits on large, hard fighting kings”reports Sacramento River fishing guide Dave Jacobs.  Jacobs goes on, “We are just three weeks away from the opener on the Sacramento and Feather River’s and anglers and guides alike are very excited about the looming salmon opener on July 16th.” Salmon season will open on July 16th below the Red Bluff Diversion Dam.  The upper Sacramento River above Red Bluff will open on August 1st. Here are a few other great fishing trips to choose from here in Northern California.

Trinity River king salmon.

Anglers ready to get out and try their hand at catching a king salmon now can give the Trinity River a try.  Salmon have moved into the upper reaches of the Trinity River now that flows have dropped down to 450 cfs.  The larger concentrations of king salmon can be found in the upper river around Douglas City and below Lewiston towards Indian Creek and Steel Bridge.  Back trolling sardine wrapped plugs like the Brad’s Killerfish in KF-15 and KF-14 sizes are scoring in the mornings.  Another go to for success is back bouncing roe through the holding water for fresh king salmon 8 to 12 pounds and larger kings 14 to 17 pounds.  Flows are very low here for late June and anglers in drift boats should exercise extreme caution if drift boating here for the first time.

Sacramento River trout fishing.

The Sacramento River trout fishing has remained very good this week despite the hot daytime temps.  Anglers opting to head out for the evening bite were rewarded with good trout fishing with trout averaging 14 to 18 inches.  These hard fighting trout are taking small hand tied glo bugs in various egg colors side drifted from the drift boats or jet sleds.  Back trolling small hot shot style plugs are also producing larger trout in small hot shot #50 and #60 sizes. Trout fishing has been best from the Highway 44 bridge downriver through Anderson California.

Sacramento River shad fishing.

The better fishing downriver on the Sacramento River has been from Red Bluff downriver through Chico California for the American shad run. The shad have moved upriver for their annual spawn in large schools above Chico and into Red Bluff.  Best bets have been side casting small brightly colored jigs tipped with a one inch chartreuse curly tailed grub.  Most shad have averaged one to three pounds with larger female shad three pounds and better happening daily.  Best shad bite on the Sacramento River has been earlier in the mornings and late in the evenings.  Shad fishing will continue through June and well into mid July on the Sacramento River as reported by Sacramento River fishing guide Dave Jacobs.

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

Pictured this week is Trinity River salmon fishing guide Dave Jacobs holding a average Trinity River king salmon. Client Dave Silva from Vallejo Ca. joined California fishing guide Dave Jacobs on the Trinity River below Douglas City California for fresh king salmon.  

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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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