Sacramento River late Fall salmon fishing.

Todays Sacramento River late Fall salmon fishing update is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.

There has been mixed results up and down the Sacramento River by salmon anglers this past week.  With most of this years Fall run arriving in the upper river, most have entered Battle Creek and are awaiting entering the Coleman fish hatchery.  There were a few good salmon fishing days in and around the Barge Hole but that had slowed down by the weeks end.  There have been a few very fresh king salmon caught downriver below Red Bluff along with a few hatchery steelhead.  The Late Fall run king salmon are arriving daily now as we move towards November.  The top times to target the new Late Fall king salmon run is all of November and the first half of December.  Any moderate rains or river rises will bring good groups of fresh salmon up to the Barge Hole area.  Steelhead anglers are doing best from Anderson downriver through Jellys Ferry Bridge.

Trinity River salmon fishing.  

The mix of older dark salmon and new fresh king salmon has continued this week on the Trinity River.  Drift boaters are reporting solid action for king salmon 6 to 12 pounds mostly while back bouncing roe through the holding waters. There are decent reports of both wild and hatchery steelhead being caught daily as well from both bank and drift boat anglers.  Best drifts are from Lewiston, Steel Bridge, Douglas City, Junction City, Big Bar and Del Loma.  Flows are still at the lowest of the season making for great bank access and shallow drift boating conditions.  Steelhead fishing should really improve with any significant rains through November and December.

Smith River salmon fishing. 

Anglers looking for something completely different from the valley rivers should give the Smith River near Crescent City a try.  With any significant rainfall on the Smith River, small to moderate river rises in late October and November will bring in the complete Fall run.  These king salmon are dime bright and right out of the ocean as they head upriver to spawn.  The Smith River offers drift boaters a shot at California’s biggest king salmon of the year.  Flows are very low at the time of this report but king salmon are entering the lower Smith River sand hole at tidewater daily.  Both bank and drift boat fishing is happening now in the lower Smith River near the mouth of the Smith River.

Todays Sacramento, Trinity and Smith River salmon and steelhead fishing report is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.  For more salmon fishing information, or to book a salmon fishing trip with Dave Jacobs, call 1 (530)646-9110 or visit

pictured this week is a excellent example of a huge 43 pound chrome bright Sacramento River late Fall king salmon.  Guide Dave Jacobs holds this Sacramento River late Fall monster caught during a past November Sacramento River king salmon fishing trip.  These quality king salmon are moving up the Sacramento River daily and November and December are the top two months to fish for these kings.

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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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