Sacramento River Fishing Charter

Sacramento River fishing charter Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service with a January 2020 Chetco River steelhead.

Sacramento River fishing report.

Todays Sacramento River Fishing Charter Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service provides current river fishing reports for many rivers in Northern California and Southern Oregon.

Flows on the Sacramento River have remained low and very fishable lately but as wet weather returns to the Sacramento Valley river conditions are certain to be on the rise.  Both trout and striper fishing on the Sacramento River has been good with solid action this week.  Anglers trout fishing the downtown Redding section of river have found consistent success catching wild rainbows 12 to 16 inches with multiple hook ups happening daily.  Side drifting small hand tied glo bugs in various egg color combinations have been all it takes to get these hard fighting trout on the hook.  Both conventional spin and fly anglers are finding equal success from both the drift boats and jet boats.  Further downriver below Red Bluff California striper fishermen are targeting large stripped bass 10 to 30 pounds with medium to large jointed glide baits or umbrella style A rigs equiped with three wire paddle tailed white plastics.  Anglers that find small groups of out migrating juvenile fish will find the hottest action from Red Bluff to Princeton California.

Chetco and Smith River fishing report.

Conditions up on the Smith and Chetco have been spotty this past week with off and on rain and snow.  The Smith River has been fishing well for most boaters with steelhead 8 to 10 pounds being caught daily.  The Chetco River has also been fishing well mostly for the bank fishermen “plunking” in dirty water.  A local Brookings Oregon angler weighed in a 21 pound Chetco River steelhead this past week.  On average the Chetco has had steelhead 6 to 10 pounds being caught daily from Social Security bar upriver to Miller Bar.  Heavy rains have returned and at looks like the Smith River will be the only fishable river to the North this weekend.  Peak steelhead fishing is in January and February.

This weeks Sacramento, Smith and Chetco River fishing report is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.  For more local river fishing conditions and information call guide Dave Jacobs direct at 1 (530) 646-9110 or visit 

Pictured this week is Sacramento fishing guide Dave Jacobs with an average Chetco River steelhead caught recently near Loeb State Park on the Chetco River in Brookings Oregon.


About The Author

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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