This Sacramento River salmon fishing report 7-18-2018 is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.

Sacramento River salmon fishing report.

Both the Sacramento and Feather Rivers opened this Monday July 16th and did not disappoint as anglers saw more salmon in river this year than in many years.  There has been incredible salmon fishing happening outside the Golden Gate for weeks now and the leading edge of the Fall Sacramento River salmon run has begun to move up into the Sacramento and Feather rivers.  Large chrome bright king salmon were being caught from Chico upriver to Red Bluff on the Sacramento River.  The Feather River saw good fishing from Gridley upriver to the Feather River Outlet Hole near Oroville California.  Almost all salmon on the opener were caught on large sardine wrapped lures like the Brad’s Killer Fish in the KF-16 and KF-15 sizes.  Chrome and chartreuse color combos were top picks this week for king salmon 12 to 22 pounds. The season is now open for a full season until December 16, 2018 with a daily limit reduction of one salmon per day per angler.  The California Department of Fish and Wildlife lowered the daily bag limit to one salmon from two salmon in efforts to prepare for low estimated returns this year.  With all of the great ocean fishing and with the strong river opener, the low predictions this year look to possibly be off the mark, in fact, a great average to above average return of two and three year old king salmon may be more of what to expect.  Stay tuned!!

Here are a couple of other Northern California river fishing trips to the a look at.

Trinity River salmon fishing report.

The Trinity River has been fishing for weeks now as river levels have dropped to 450 cfs attracting king salmon upriver from the Klamath River to the upper Trinity River near Lewiston California.  The hot weather and lower flows have raised river temperatures downriver pushing many salmon upriver to Junction City, Douglas City and Lewiston, Ca. section of river.  Best bite has been early in the mornings on small back trolled sardine wrapped lures like the Brads Killer Fish KF-15 and KF-14 sizes.  Switching over to back bouncing roe in the salmon holding water once the sun gets on the water is the top choice later in the mornings.  Both salmon and steelhead are now in the Trinity River and being caught daily.

Sacramento River trout fishing report.

Hot temperatures in Northern California recently has slowed the wild rainbow trout fishing down a bit this week.  Trout 12 to 18 inches are still being caught early in the mornings and late in the evenings.  The evening bite has been productive for fly fishing anglers this past week from the Highway 44 bridge in Redding downriver towards Anderson California.  Anglers back trolling small hot shot style plugs are still scoring on larger trout 16 to 20 inches throughout the section of trout fishing water from Redding to Anderson.  The August 1st trout fishing opener is getting close with the upper 5.5 miles of prime trout fishing water re opening on August 1st after being closed since April 1, 2018.

This weeks Sacramento, Feather and Trinity Rivers salmon, trout and steelhead fishing report is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.  For more local river fishing information or to book a salmon fishing trip with guide Dave Jacobs call 1 (530)646-9110 or visit



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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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