Sacramento River fishing report July 11, 2018.

Today’s Sacramento River fishing report July 11, 2018 is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.

This years Sacramento River salmon fishing season opener is just days away with this coming Monday marking the official start to salmon fishing in Northern California.  Beginning July 16th anglers can head out and try their hand at the prized Sacramento River king salmon below the Red Bluff Diversion Dam.  “There has been incredible salmon fishing happening for weeks now out of the Golden Gate” reports guide Dave Jacobs. “Red hot limit style fishing has been the norm daily for both charter and private boaters for weeks now.” With the hot salmon fishing happening out of the Golden Gate anglers can expect good numbers of king salmon to enter both the Sacramento and Feather Rivers this season.  Flows are up on both the Feather and Sacramento River which will attract fresh king salmon to the upper river.

Here are a few other fishing options for anglers to choose from until the salmon season opens after this weekend.

Trinity River salmon fishing.

The Trinity River has continued to produce some very nice king salmon this week as flows here have dropped to 450 cfs and salmon have moved up from the Klamath River.  King salmon 8 to 10 pounds have been showing from Del Loma upriver to Lewiston on the upper Trinity River.   Larger salmon 10 to 15 pounds have taken back trolled sardine wrapped plugs or roe this week.  With the limited numbers of deep holes to fish anglers need to get out early and take advantage of the good early bite.

Sacramento River trout fishing.

There is another hot fishing opener looming on the Sacramento River and that is the upper Sacramento River trout opener on August 1st.  The upper Sacramento River in downtown Redding will re open to rainbow trout fishing from the Highway 44 bridge upriver to Keswick Dam.  “This section has been closed to all fishing since April 1st and there should be plenty of willing trout ready to bite on August 1st” reports Jacobs.  The trout fishing has been good below the 44 bridge in Redding and trout 12 to 18 inches have come in for both fly and conventional anglers.  Side drifting small hand tied glo bugs in various egg color combos have been working best from Redding downriver through Anderson, California. Back trolling small hot shot style plugs have also produced some larger trout 16 to 20 inches in gold and silver colors and small #50 and #60 sizes.  American shad continue to be plentiful with larger schools in Corning and Red Bluff this past week and is a good option this time of year on the Sacramento River.

This weeks Sacramento and Trinity River fishing report is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.  For more local river fishing information or to book your own Sacramento River salmon fishing trip, call guide Dave Jacobs direct at 1 (530)646-9110 or visit


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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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