Todays Sacramento River fishing report January 1, 2019 is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service in Redding California.

Sacramento River trout fishing.

Low clear river conditions in downtown Redding are providing anglers with some of the best rainbow trout fishing in Northern California. With the high numbers of rainbow trout per mile in the downtown Redding area anglers are having no problem picking up rainbow trout 12 to 20 inches and catching and releasing double digit bows’ daily. Drifting small egg patterns through the best riffles and holding waters has worked best.

Smith River steelhead fishing.

Over the holiday week the steelhead fishing on the Smith River has been slow for most off the bank and out of the drift boats. There are some very large steelhead in the river now but are very spooky to catch in the low “gin” clear river conditions. Rains have been minimal but are forecasted to return later this week. New rain and river rises will get this run going strong for steelhead 7 to 15 pounds. January and February are two of the top months to fish on the Smith River near Crescent City.

Chetco River steelhead fishing.

Steelhead fishing has been very slow this past week on the Chetco River near Brookings Oregon. River levels have been great but there just haven’t been any large groups of steelhead moving in over the holiday week. Most boats came in empty handed this week with just a few lucky anglers scoring a steelhead 8 to 10 pounds. Rains are forecasted through the weekend so new steelhead could be on their way as January is one of the best months on the Chetco River.

Trinity River steelhead fishing.

With the Trinity River just a short drive to the west of Redding, anglers are taking advantage of the better steelhead fishing this past week closer to home. The Trinity River has a good run of steelhead scattered throughout the river from Lewiston, California downriver through Del Loma. Both bank and boat fishermen are doing well with conventional spin and fly gear. There is very good bank fishing access on the Trinity River for anglers to get out and try their hand at one of the hardest fishing freshwater sport fish. Steelhead fishing here on the Trinity River should last into March.

This weeks Sacramento, Smith, Chetco and Trinity River trout and steelhead fishing report is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Servce. For more local river fishing information or to book your own steelhead fishing trip with Dave Jacobs, Call 1 (530) 646-9110 or visit

Pictured this week is guide Dave Jacobs and Patrick Payton from Novato California with a large Chetco River steelhead caught on a past January guided steelhead fishing trip with Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service. Look for steelhead fishing to really get going here in Northern California and Southern Oregon in January.

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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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