Sacramento River Fishing

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Sacramento River Salmon Season Opens July 16, 2021

The 2021 Sacramento and Feather River salmon fishing season has been determined and it's now official. The Sacramento and Feather River’s will open on the morning of July 16, 2021 and remain open for a full salmon fishing season. The Sacramento River will open 150 below the Sycamore Boat launch located just below the Red Bluff Diversion Dam on July 16, 2021.



Well the time has finally run out for this seasons reopening of the Sacramento River salmon fishing. The Sacramento river is poised to open this Friday July 16th. Sardine wrapped “old style” kwikfish will be ready to be deployed to the bottom of the Sacramento Rivers best salmon runs below the Red Bluff Diversion Dam precisely one hour before sunrise at 4:53am to be exact. You can guarantee many anxious anglers will arrive days before the opener scouting the Sacramento rivers many different salmon holes in search of fresh migrating king salmon. This run of salmon begins in mid July and will build peak and wind down through mid to late October. Water conditions will be challenging to say the least and salmon fishing pressure should be high. Low river flows will ultimately expose many in river obstructions like submerged trees and shallow gravel/sand bars extreme concentration and expert boat operations will be imperative to avoid costly accidents.

As I have been sharing with many for a couple of months now, the commercial and sport fishing fleet from Santa Cruz to the Golden Gate have been reporting great daily catches of large, very larg California king salmon. Undoubtedly king salmon preparing to return to the Central Valley river system the mighty Sacramento River and all of its tributaries.

I have been fortunate to have been salmon fishing for more than a month now readying our very best “old style” kwikfish…all finely tuned and proven king salmon catchers over the last month. These old kwikfish may be tarnished, bloodied and scratched up by massive king salmon bites on the world famous Kenai peninsulas rivers this past month… I assure you…these kwikfish are ready for whatever the Sacramento River has to offer us this week and the coming months. Reports of large 40 plus pound king salmon has been rampant in the last two weeks out of the Golden Gate and I have been preparing our gear with new line and heavy 40 pound leaders a must.

Opening day on the Sacramento River is here…join us on California’s home to its king salmon state record…a huge 88 pound king salmon…caught in the very same river with the same salmon fishing techniques we use today. Come experience the great salmon catching experience on the Sacramento River with Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service…”we have been perfecting Sacramento River salmon fishing since 1985!”

Come be a part of Northern California’s most celebrated and historic salmon experience known as the Sacramento River with the regions top guides, Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service. We are available seven days a week, fully guided Sacramento River salmon fishing charters for any sized group, be it large or small. Call guide Dave Jacobs at (530)646-9110 today! All photos are courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service and @chenzos_wayoflife


Salmon Fishing On The Sacramento River


The upper reaches of the Sacramento River above the Red Bluff Diversion Dam will open on August 1, 2021 up through the Barge Hole to the Deschutes Bridge in Anderson California. This years commercial ocean salmon season has been curtailed immensely and will not open until late June in hopes of allowing a larger group of large adult Sacramento River king salmon to travel upriver this year. This years ocean abundance predictions have come in just shy of 300,000 salmon for 2021.

A great example of the sheer size of the Sacramento Rivers Late Fall king salmon..a fresh 43 pound salmon held by Sacramento River fishing guide Dave Jacobs.

Sacramento River Late Fall King Salmon!


With the Fall Sacramento River salmon season set, Sacramento Salmon Fishing Guide Dave Jacobs is now booking our entire season, July, August, September, October, November and December. The salmon season will gradually build in mid July and salmon numbers will steadily increase daily through August.

Mid to late August and all of September will see the largest numbers of king salmon arriver in the Sacramento River in and around Woodson Bridge near Corning California. October will mark the top spawning month with a large amount of king salmon making their way through the famous Barge Hole near Cottonwood California and home of the Coleman National Fish Hatchery. As the Fall salmon season begins to wind down in late October anglers will still fish for king salmon over on the Feather River through the end of October and the late Fall Sacramento River salmon season starts. November and all of December are the peak months for these huge Sacramento River king salmon.

Look at the size of these King Salmon!


Call guide Dave Jacobs direct at 1 (530) 646-9110 to book your Sacramento River salmon fishing vacation!


Sacramento River Fishing Report May 16, 2021


To say we have been fishing for the last six months would be somewhat of an understatement. In fact, we have been on the rivers of Northern California and Southern Oregon exclusively with no breaks in the action! We have been targeting many different species of river fish like Sacramento River late Fall king salmon, coastal steelhead, striped bass, American shad and local wild rainbow trout. Guiding on rivers like The Sacramento River, Smith River, Chetco River, Trinity River, Feather River, Eel River, Mad River, Rogue River, Matole River, Elk River, Sixes River and Klamath Rivers just to name a handful.

In and around cities like Redding California, Brookings Oregon, Gold Beach Oregon, Crescent City California, Hiouchi California, Colusa California, Corning California, Red Bluff California, Arcata California, Eureka California, Garberville California, Tisdale California, Old Bend California, Butte City California and Oroville California. Sacramento River Guide Dave Jacobs with a hefty Sacramento River king salmon November 2020.

“Providing Sacramento River Salmon Fishing Charters 7 days a week” -Dave Jacobs


Bluff California, Arcata California, Eureka California, Garberville California, Tisdale California, Old Bend California, Butte City California and Oroville California.
So like I said, being busy fishing is an understatement…in fact we have been busy guiding hundreds of happy customers to the hottest river bites happening over the last six months. We are now excited and ready to begin guiding many of you to the best king salmon fishing in California on the Sacramento River starting in July. Currently we are still actively wrapping up our Sacramento River striped bass season and offering wild rainbow trout and American shad fishing combo trips through early July. July marks the start of our Trinity River salmon and Sacramento River salmon fishing charters which we provide seven days a week through December 2021. The Trinity River will open to salmon and steelhead fishing on July 1st, The Sacramento River will first open on July 16, 2021 and the second upriver opening will open on August 1st and remain open through December 31st, 2021. We currently hold both BLM (Bureau Land Management) and U.S. Forest Service Special Use Permits on the entire length of Trinity River, The Sacramento River, Klamath River, Smith River and Chetco Rivers this season. I’ve shared a few photos here and will continue to add photos of our six month fishing adventures in the coming reports. Until then, give Sacramento River Fishing Guide Dave Jacobs a call direct today and book your very own salmon fishing vacation on the The Trinity or Sacramento and Feather Rivers.

Sacramento River Guide Dave Jacobs with a hefty Sacramento River king salmon December 2020.


A BIG surprise bite on the Sacramento River while Salmon Fishing!

Sacramento River king salmon held by guide Ryan Tripp December 2020.


May 16, 2021
Another Sacramento River king salmon held by guide Ryan Tripp December 2020.

Sacramento River Guide Dave Jacobs with a hefty Sacramento River king salmon December 2020.

Smith River Steelhead


May 16, 2021
A great example of what the Smith River can provide..chrome bright coastal steelhead caught and released by Gary with Smith River Fishing Guide Dave Jacobs January 2021.

Sacramento River Guide Dave Jacobs with a hefty Sacramento River king salmon December 2020.

Night Time Bass Fishing on The Sacramento River


Look at this night time chunky striped bass caught on the Sacramento River in May of 2021. If you fish at night you already know that the night bight is often the right bite. Come join us & have a great time fishing with friends & family.


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Sacramento River fishing report August 20,2020

Dave Jacobs August 20, 2020 Sacramento River fishing reports, Trophy Fish

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Current Sacramento River Fishing Reports

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Sacramento River fishing report 1-12-2020

Dave Jacobs January 13, 2020 Sacramento River fishing reports, Trophy Fish

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