Sacramento River fishing report December 18, 2018.

Today’s Sacramento River fishing report December 18, 2018 is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.

Sacramento River salmon fishing.

The Sacramento River salmon fishing season has come to a close as of Sunday December 16th.  King salmon season will re open in mid July.  The late Fall salmon fishing was very good towards the last week as river flows dropped and cleared making for some great salmon fishing.  Most salmon last week were fresh and averaged 16 to 22 pounds with a few kings coming in at the 25 pound range.  The very large salmon in the 30 to 45 pounds class just weren’t  around in large numbers this season.  Overall, both 2018  Sacramento River salmon runs were very good from July through December with many more kings in the river to be caught compared to the 2017 Sacramento River salmon returns.  Anglers looking for some other river fishing options for late December and January can find some great suggestions later in this report.

Smith River salmon and steelhead fishing.

Recent rains on the North Coast have been bringing the much needed river rises that attract some late run king salmon and early run steelhead into the Smith River.  The start of this winters steelhead run will be in full swing after the Holidays and well into January on all the forks of the Smith River.  Both drift boat and bank fishermen can enjoy peak steelhead fishing in January and February as rains attract the bulk of this seasons steelhead upriver.  Anglers side drifting roe/puffball combos or BR soft beads will be scoring steelhead 6 to 12 pounds as recent rains attract fresh steelhead upriver later this month and well into January.  Every year anglers catch large steelhead 14 to 20 plus pounds on the Smith River.

Chetco River steelhead fishing.

Here too, like the Smith River to the South, fresh steelhead will be moving upriver with the recent rains.  The Chetco River is the top river for anglers looking for great numbers of hatchery steelhead this winter.  The Chetco River near Brookings Oregon is a top steelhead river as the winter rains swell our rivers on the North Coast. The Chetco River is always a top pick as the Smith drops and clears quickly and is well known for its abundant numbers of hatchery steelhead.  Late December, all of January and early February are peak times to target fresh steelhead on the Chetco River in Southern Oregon.

Trinity River steelhead fishing.

Steelhead fishing on the Trinity River is in full stride now as recent rains have attracted steelhead to the upper river below Lewiston Ca. Both conventional spin and fly anglers are scoring on steelhead 4 to 7 pounds from both the drift boats and the bank.  Bank fishing access is very good from Junction City downriver through Del Loma.  Steelhead are in good catchable numbers now from Lewiston downriver through Del Loma.  

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

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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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