Salmon fishing guides Sacramento River 7-24-2018.

Todays Salmon fishing guides Sacramento River 7-24-2018 fishing report for Northern California is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.

Sacramento River salmon fishing report.

With week one of the 2018 Sacramento and Feather Rivers behind us, this season has started out stronger than we have seen in many years.  With fresh king salmon being caught all week outside the Golden Gate, in downtown Sacramento near the mouth of the American River, Verona, the Feather River outlet hole and throughout the Sacramento River from Chico to Red Bluff, California, it is undeniably a strong start to this years king salmon run.  The upper Sacramento River will be opening soon above the Red Bluff Diversion Dam on August 1st, but until then anglers are enjoying the daily bite of hard fighting salmon up and down the Sacramento and Feather Rivers.  Drifting roe tipped with a bright colored puffball through salmon holding water has been working well.  Also, back trolling sardine wrapped lures like the Brads KillerFish plugs in the KF-14, 15 and 16 sizes are producing large king salmon to 25 pounds. Anglers over on the Feather River are getting large king salmon on #6 Blue Fox spinners and sardine wrapped flatfish early in the mornings in and around the Outlet Hole.  This salmon season will remain open through December 16th and anglers are reminded of the one salmon per day daily limit this year.  Here are a few other fishing trips anglers can get out and try here in Northern California.

Trinity River king salmon fishing.

The salmon bite on the upper Trinity River has remained good with one to three salmon per day coming into the boats.  The better stretch of Trinity River with the most king salmon in it right now has been from Junction City upriver towards Lewiston California.  King salmon here are averaging 8 to 12 pounds with a  few larger salmon in the low to mid teens coming in weekly.  Back bouncing roe tipped with a brightly colored puffball or back trolling small Kwikfish style plugs in the K-14 and K-15 sizes are working best.  Steelhead are still mixed throughout this Summer’s king salmon run and back trolling small hot shot style plugs will produce steelhead strikes throughout the Trinity River.  Summer river levels have dropped and maintained a 450 cfs flow now and will for several more weeks.

Sacramento River wild rainbow trout.

The wild rainbow trout fishing in downtown Redding has remained consistent for both fly and conventional anglers who get on the river and brave the valleys very hot daytime temperatures.  Rainbow trout 12 to 16 inches are still plentiful below the highway 44 bridge in Redding with several trout 16 to 20 inches coming in daily.  Side drifting small hand tied glo bugs in various egg patterns have produced best with back trolling small hot shot lures in the hot shot 50,60 and 70 sizes working best.  Redding from the Highway 44 bridge downriver through Anderson California has been most productive stretch of river. The upper 5.5 miles of prime trout fishing water from the Highway 44 bridge upriver through Keswick dam will re open to fishing on August 1st.  This section has been closed since April 1st to protect returning winter king salmon and is sure to be very good as it re opens on August 1st.

Todays Sacramento, Trinity and Feather Rivers fishing report is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.  To book your own salmon fishing adventure or to find out more Northern California fishing information cal guide Dave Jacobs direct at 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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