Sacramento River salmon.

This Sacramento River salmon update is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.

Just good old fashioned salmon fishing techniques get the bigger salmon on the Sacramento River.

Pictured today is guide Dave Jacobs and the Warner brothers Cliff and Randy holding one beautiful king salmon in remembrance for their brother Mike Warner.

Salmon fishing on the Sacramento River is as good as it gets now.  The salmon continue to show daily in the mid teens to high twenty pound class.  Anglers are catching limits of kings salmon drifting cured roe/puffball combos on light spinning gear.  The flows and water temperatures on the Sacramento River are perfect this month for catching many king salmon as reported by Sacramento River salmon fishing guide Dave Jacobs.  The upper Sacramento River near the Barge Hole is heating up this week with lists of king salmon being caught there as well.  Launching out of Anderson Balls Ferry or out of Jellys Ferry are your best bets for excellent king salmon fishing in the canyon of the Sacramento River near Bend Bridge.  Salmon have been migrating upriver for weeks now and catchable numbers of king salmon are here for everyone to easily catch salmon.

Call guide Dave Jacobs at 1 (530)646-9110 to book your own Sacramento River salmon fishing vacation for all sized groups.  Below is more information you may have missed this season.

Salmon fishing on the Sacramento River is now open and salmon fishing is getting better everyday.  With the upper Sacramento River now open through the Barge Hole towards Redding California, salmon fishing is happening  throughout the Sacramento River.  Salmon have come in this week in Hamilton City, Red Bluff and Anderson Balls Ferry as reported by Sacramento River salmon fishing guide Dave Jacobs.  The salmon season will only improve now through mid August al the way through mid October as more and more king salmon move upriver.  Best bets this week has been back bouncing sardine wrapped kwikfish in k-15 and k-16 sizes or back bouncing roe/puffball combos through the king salmon holding waters.  Many salmon have been averaging 15 to 22 pounds with very few small salmon mixed in.  These early season salmon are hard fighting and very fresh making them a great choice to fillet and take home.

The Sacramento River 2018 king salmon fishing season continues to build as the salmon bite heats up daily.  The size and numbers of king salmon moving up the Sacramento River now have not been seen in many years as reported by Sacramento River salmon fishing guide Dave Jacobs.  Large king salmon, some up to 30 pounds, have come in this week on sardine wrapped plugs and back bouncing roe/puffball combos.  Most of the salmon are moving steadily upriver and are chrome bright and very hard fighters this week.  Several double hook ups have been happening as well with most of the kings being seen from Colusa California upriver through the Barge Hole located just below the hatchery.  August always consistently builds with more and more salmon arriving everyday with September being a very good month to come catch limits of Sacramento River king salmon, most averaging 15 to 22 pounds so far and larger salmon 30 to even 40 pounds a real possibility.  This year anglers visiting the Sacramento River in Northern California can enjoy a full salmon fishing season through December 16, 2018.  Each angler is allowed a two salmon in possession limit which is different from the Sacramento River daily bag limit.  See California Department of Fish and Wildlife website for 2018 Sacramento River daily salmon bag limits on the Sacramento River.

The peak of the Fall run of king salmon are beginning to show in big numbers now as this months full moon cycles.  The best salmon fishing of the season is happening now as the Sacramento River is loading up with chrome bright king salmon and salmon fishing looks to be fantastic  in September.  There was a small group of mostly small king salmon moving through this week but at the time of this report larger 18 to 22 pound kings are moving upriver.  Best bets are drifting roe/puffball combos or back bouncing roe.  Back trolling sardine wrapped lures has been slow this week but as the kings are in the river longer the lure bite will certainly take off again. August has definitely not disappointed this year as large hard fighting king salmon have been caught daily from Red Bluff all the way downriver through Verona.  This next big wave of salmon moving upriver will provide anglers with salmon the the Sacramento River is known for.  There has been a few larger salmon caught this week over the 30 pound class as the one pictured here today.  The Barge Hole near Anderson Balls Ferry is fishing better everyday now as reported by Sacramento River salmon fishing guide Dave Jacobs.  Anglers looking to get away from the crowds have been able todo so this month as many boaters have spread out throughout the Sacramento River from Colusa, Los Molinos and Jellys Ferry just to name a few.

If you are looking to escape the Sacramento Valley heat and cool off take a look at the Klamath River of Highway 101 on the coast.  The Klamath River at its mouth has been fishing very good this past week as king salmon and steelhead leave its mouth and head upriver for the Fall spawn.  Drifting roe/puffball combos through the productive riffles as salmon move upriver works best.  Bank anglers are scoring on king salmon at the mouth of the Klamath River and at the Klamath Glen riffle in the mornings.  Boaters are scoring good salmon drifting in popular riffles like Cleveland, Brooks, Blakes and Starwin just to name a few.  The best water this past week has been mostly located below Blue Creek as it provides the lower Klamath with cooler water for salmon making their way upriver.  Most salmon have averaged 8 to 15 pounds this week with a few larger salmon 16 to 20 pounds mixed in.

Here is some Sacramento River information by salmon fishing guide Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service.

The Sacramento River located in Northern California host some of the West’s coast most impressive anadromous fish runs. Sacramento River salmon fishing guide Dave Jacobs guides his clients to them all. The Sacramento River is one of the only rivers in the world that hosts four recognizable runs of king salmon, the Winter run Chinook, the Spring run Chinook, the Fall run Chinook and the Late Fall run Chinook salmon. There is literally a king salmon returning to the Sacramento River all 12 months of the year. Only two runs, the Fall run and the Late Fall run king salmon can be fished for from mid July through mid December. The Sacramento River is the second largest Chinook salmon producer on the West Coast, second only to the Columbia River. The Sacramento River offers anglers opportunities to hook and land king salmon that average 18 to 24 pounds with countless salmon weighed in over 30 pounds and even king salmon 40 and 50 pounds every year. One of the Sacramento Rivers claim to fame is that the current California State Record Chinook salmon was caught here, a 88 pound king salmon!

You and your guests will fish the very waters and very salmon fishing techniques that were used to catch the 88 pound king salmon with Sacramento River salmon fishing guide Dave Jacobs. Some of the most productive techniques will be experienced on your trip with us including back bouncing roe, drifting roe,and the famed back bouncing of sardine wrapped kwikfish or flatfish style plugs.

King salmon can be found on the Sacramento River near many towns or cities along the way. Locations like Redding, Anderson, Anderson Balls Ferry, Cottonwood, Jellys Ferry, Bend, Red Bluff, Los Molinos, Woodson Bridge, Corning, Hamilton City, Chico, Ord Bend, Ord Ferry, Butte City, Princeton, Colusa, Meridian, Grimes, Tisdale, Knights Landing, Verona and Sacramento California.

King or Chinook salmon are also found on a variety of other rivers that we fish in Southern Oregon and Northern California. We guide clients onto king salmon not only on the Sacramento River, but also the Feather River, Trinity River, Klamath River, Smith River, Chetco River, Elk River, Sixes River and the Rogue River.





About The Author

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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