Sacramento River fishing report 11-27-2018.

This Sacramento River fishing report 11-27-2018 is courtesy of Sacramento River fishing guide Dave Jacobs.

Sacramento River late Fall salmon fishing.

With just a couple of weeks of salmon season remaining, the Sacramento River late Fall king salmon have shown and are being caught daily.  These bright king salmon have not lived up to their monstrous sizes of past seasons but have been very fresh and hard fighting.  Sizes have varied from small jack salmon to larger 24 to 27 pound kings.  The bulk of the run has been running up to the Barge Hole section of Sacramento River where the new kings await to enter Battle Creek, the entrance to Coleman National Fish Hatchery.  The moderate rains that have returned to Northern California has put the kings of the lower Sacramento River on the move this past week.  Salmon season will remain open through December 16th.

Trinity River steelhead fishing.

The recent rains have attracted many new adult steelhead upriver this past week.  Steelhead 4 to 8 pounds have been showing in good catchable numbers from Del Loma upriver through Douglas City. The recent rains have added a bit of color to the Trinity River and this most recent rain could add enough color to nearly blow the Trinity River out for awhile.  Anglers should call ahead for current conditions before making the drive over to the Trinity River as this summers Carr fire could contribute to heavy runoff into the Trinity system.  At the time of this report river color and conditions were very good for steelhead fishing for both boat and bank anglers.

Smith River salmon fishing.

The only river rise since late September/early October came during the Thanksgiving Holiday.  The beginning of the rise moved the bulk of the Fall Smith river salmon run up past the forks of the Smith.  The salmon fishing over the holiday weekend was fair at best with a few kings hooked and landed from the Outfitters upriver to the forks.  There was a mixed bag of fresh and older kings landed to 30 pounds.  Flows rose and fell very fast this weekend and this most recent round of rains will re open the Smith River and certainly move more kings upriver.  Steelhead season is just around the corner and a few fresh small steelhead were landed fishing roe for salmon this past weekend.

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

Pictured today is a great example of just how fresh these late Fall king salmon are this month.  Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service caught this salmon below Red Bluff on a sardine wrapped k-16 kwikfish recently.  With just two weeks left i the season now is the time to get out and salmon fish.


About The Author

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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