2020 Sacramento River Guide

2020 Sacramento River Guide Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Services Steve Lowery’s boat with a opening day Barge Hole king salmon. Steves king fell for the sardine wrapped “old style” kwikfish on the Sacramento River’s August 1st opener. photo courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.  Andrei Carpetian with a Barge Hole opening day king salmon off the Sacramento River.

Barge Hole opener August 1, 2020.

The famed Barge Hole August 1st opener has come and gone with a decent number of king salmon coming out of the upper Sacramento River opening section.  The Sacramento River from the Red Bluff Diversion Dam upriver to the Deschutes Bridge in Anderson California finally opened on the morning of August 1st.  There were salmon hauled in out holes like the Barge Hole, Two Rocks, Big Rock and The Old Mouth on opening day.  The Department of Fish and Wildlifes salmon counting team check over 60 boats and estimated that almost 100 salmon were caught on this opening day stretch of Sacramnto River.  The Sacramento River will remain open through December 31, 2020 this season.

Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service with the help of guides Ryan Tripp and Steve Lowery helped all three families catch king salmon on opening day, The Laver’s from Sacramento California, The Carapetian’s from Long Beach California and finally the LaPlant’s from Palos Verdes California.  All three families showed up early on August 1st and were not dissappointed taking home fresh Sacramento River king salmon.

Also on August 1st this year, the closed upper 5.5 miles of trout fishing waters on the Sacramento River in Redding California re opened with a bang.   The Sacramento River from Keswick Dam downriver to the Highway 299 bridge in Redding is now open to trout fishing.  Anglers drifting small egg immitations did not take long to catch and release well over 30 wild bows’ over 16 inches in each boat on opening day.  Some rainbows measured in the low 20 inch range near Redding’s Sundial Bridge below the Posse Grounds boat launch facility.  Trout fishing here should remain strong for the rest of the week as it has been closed to all fishing since April 1, 2020.


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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