Sacramento River fishing guide May 14, 2019.

This Sacramento River fishing guide May 14, 2019 report is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service in Redding, California.

Sacramento River striped bass fishing.

The great striped bass fishing has continued down on the Sacramento River below Colusa California.  River flows have risen a bit and are surely to cool off delaying most of the remaining striped bass spawn as cooler, wetter weather returns to the Sacramento Valley.  Striped bass limits are still coming in daily off the Sacramento River with mostly schoolie sized bass filling the fish boxes.  Average hook ups are 19 to 21 inch striped bass with larger 25 plus inch stripers being landed daily.  Casting small white swimsuits or black plastic worms are still producing nice bass.  Anglers trolling broken back rebel style plugs or Yozuri deep diving plugs are scoring as well.  Drifting live jumbo minnows is still,however the top “go to” technique to ensure you a nice limit of striped bass.  Over on the Feather River the striped bass fishing has also been very strong this past week with a better sized grade of stripers 20 to 22 inches on average daily.

Sacramento River trout and American shad fishing.

The tremendous spring trout fishing in downtown Redding on the Sacramento River has continued with double digit wild trout caught and released daily.  Both conventional spin and fly anglers are scoring on trout 14 to 20 plus inches or one to three pounds.  These are hard fighting trout in the coldest water the Sacramento River offers near Redding California.  Farther down river the American shad bite is beginning to take off with many shad being hooked below Chico California on small, brightly colored curly tailed  chartreuse grubs.  Shad fishing down below Red Bluff California will continue to build well into late June on the Sacramento River.

Sacramento River salmon fishing update.

Excitement is building as anglers anxiously await the official opening of this years Sacramento River salmon opener.  The Sacramento River will officially open below the Red Bluff Diversion Dam on Tuesday July 16, 2019.  The upper Sacramento River opener will be on Thursday August 1st above the Red Bluff Diversion Dam up through the Barge Hole to the Deschutes Bridge in Anderson California.  The Sacramento River is famous for its large 18 to 22 pounds king salmon with 30 to 40 pound salmon hooked weekly.  The Sacramento River is home of the California State record king salmon, a whopping 88 pound king salmon! The Sacramento River will remain open through December 16, 2019. Great salmon fishing off the Northern California coast has already been happening this spring.

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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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