Sacramento River Salmon Fishing guide Dave Jacobs and Ryan Tripp on the Sacramento River July 27, 2020 catching bright king salmon on “old style” kwik fish plugs.

Sacramento River Salmon Fishing.

 Salmon fishing on the Sacramento River is now open below the Red Bluff Diversion Dam and is definitely building everyday.  We are seeing good groups of salmon rolling in several of the popular salmon hole throughout the Sacramento River.  The upper Sacramento River opener is just shy of a week and a half away from opening.  The August 1st Barge Hole opener is very popular this year as it is every year with hundreds of anglers preparing for the Sacramento River above the Red Bluff Diversion Dam to come into play. The Sacramento River will open from the Deschutes Bridge downriver to the Red Bluff Diversion Dam, this section of river includes the canyon, Barge Hole, Cow Creek and China Rapids.

Sacramento River Salmon Fishing

From the looks of our graphs on the last two runs through the Barge Hole, opening day looks very promising and as the baits hit the river bottom it shouldn’t take long to hear the shouts of “Fish On!”  The Barge Hole looks loaded with king salmon! From years past you can be confident in dropping a sardine wrapped “old style” Kwikfish or flatfish early in the morning. As the sun rises above the the tree line think about making the switch to salmon roe.  Hanging roe in the Barge Hole can be very productive later in the morning.  Many salmon like to stage in the Barge Hole as they wait for their time to enter Battle Creek, the entrance to the Coleman National Fish Hatchery.

As for now, Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service has put into service its second jet sled. Guide Dave Jacobs is very fortunate to have a very talented second guide at its helm this season, Ryan Tripp from Oroville California.  Many of you will notice right away that you are in very capable guide hands with Ryan as he takes you salmon fishing on both the Sacramento and Feather Rivers through December. Jacobs has worked with top Northern California fishing guides for years and years and continues to do so to this day…You won’t be disappointed with the quality fishing trip that US Coast Guard licensed guide Ryan Tripp will deliver!  Both Ryan Tripp and Steve Lowery fished Professional Guide Service’s clients recently on two different stretches of Sacramento River. Fresh king salmon were hooked on both runs for Ryan and Steve.  We have shared a few pics from the last three salmon fishing adventures.

Anglers looking to get on our best Sacramento River guide boats are able to do so by calling guide Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service direct at 1(530)646-9110 or visit  The peak season will be here very soon in mid to late August, all of September and through early to mid October.  Bring a fishing license, a lunch and drinks and your set for your own Sacramento River salmon fishing vacation!


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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