Sacramento River fishing report October 8, 2018.

Today’s Sacramento River fishing report October 8, 2018 is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.

The Fall salmon run has begun to clear out of the lower Sacramento River near Chico and load into the Barge Hole below the mouth of Battle Creek.  Many of the Sacramento River king salmon have headed towards the Coleman National Fish Hatchery near Anderson Balls Ferry.  Recent rains in Northern California have dirtied up the river with run off from Clear Creek that has become very dirty due to the Carr Fire in August.  With the small rise in flows and dirtier water most king salmon are not in any good catchable numbers in Chico, Woodson Bridge or the canyon at this time.  Anglers interested in large groups of salmon to catch need to focus their efforts up in the Barge Hole.  Anglers looking for a change from salmon fishing can try for hatchery steelhead that are showing in very good numbers now in the upper Sacramento River.  The next run of king salmon, the Late Fall king salmon, should start to show up in November and December.  These are some of the biggest and brightest king salmon that the Sacramento River has to offer.

Sacramento River steelhead fishing.

With the arrival of many Fall run king salmon to the upper river near Coleman, steelhead are beginning to load up as well as they follow the Fall run Sacramento River king salmon.  The king salmon spawn will ignite the trout and steelhead bite as they engorge themselves with this years egg spawn.  Anglers drifting small egg colored combinations of hand tied glo bugs will do well fishing in and around the Fall salmon spawn.  Steelhead two to five pounds have been being caught from Chico all the way upriver through Roostes Landing above the Barge Hole this past week.  October is a top month to target trout and steelhead during the Fall salmon spawn on the Sacramento River.

Trinity River steelhead fishing.

There are still salmon being caught on the Trinity River this week along with a good push of steelhead.  Anglers drifting from Lewiston through Del Loma are reporting king salmon 6 to 12 pounds along with steelhead 3 to 6 pounds being caught.  There was a very good group of king salmon and steelhead that made their way through the lower Klamath River and are now showing in the Trinity River.  Flows are at the years lowest on the Trinity River giving drift fishermen and bank anglers great access to get on the water and try for both salmon and steelhead.  Back trolling small hot shot style plugs have also produced some larger hard fighting steelhead recently on the Trinity River. Anglers can expect steelhead fishing to improve through October and November.

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

Pictured this week from left to right is Kevin Larson, Matt Blodgett,  Ira Eads and Robert Singleton all holding their Sacramento River king salmon limit and guide Dave Jacobs’ daily limit as well.  The four their limit of salmon while out with Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service recently.


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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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