Sacramento River Guided Fishing trips for salmon, trout, steelhead
sacramento river fishing report:
07/01- The Sacramento River is going to be open for King salmon fishing this year from July 16th-December 16th with a (1) fish limit per day. The best time to book your King salmon fishing trips are mid September-Mid October! Its time to get your date(s) booked so you can fish during the peak of the run!
07/01- The Sacramento River fall King salmon season is normally scheduled to open above Red Bluff for client fishing on or near August 1st. September through mid October is when the run peaks near Anderson where I typically run my guided trips and those are the dates I fill first. This year should far exceed the fishing we have had the last two years with a much better return to Coleman Hatchery, but please note a (1) fish limit (2 in possession) has been imposed by CDFW.
The Sacramento River is the largest in California, descending all the way from the shadowy Mount Shasta to the San Francisco Bay, creating a wildlife paradise in its path. Although the area is popular for its boating, swimming, and camping resources, nothing beats the excitement of the Sacramento River guided fishing trips.
The river’s salmon fishing industry alone accounts for more than $100 million annual revenue and represents over 70% of California's overall salmon catch. Besides the famous king salmon drawing visitors from across the country, the river is home to steelhead and rainbow trout, striped bass, smallmouth and largemouth bass, bluegill, green sunfish, shad, Sacramento sucker, catfish, herrings, minnows and sturgeon.
How can you be sure to enjoy a successful fishing expedition in the area? Know a few things about the most abundant fish species, gear up correspondingly, and count on a local guide who knows the most productive fishing spots and the most effective techniques. Here is some basic information on the four most popular fish species in the Sacramento River.
sacramento river King Salmon Fishing Guide
Also known as Chinook salmon, this fish species lives in the north of the Pacific Ocean and in the North American river systems from California to Alaska. The Sacramento River is home to the biggest specimens, some exceeding 50 pounds, while the record belongs to an 88 pounds beauty caught in 1979.
The season for guided king salmon fishing trips on the Sacramento River begins for us around the middle of August and continues until mid December when the Sacramento River closes to salmon fishing for the year. The Woodson Bridge area is the best for catching king salmon at the beginning of the season. As time goes by, the best strategy is to move upriver, following the salmon’s path to the Cottonwood “Barge Hole.”
During the late fall or winter run, taking place in November and December, the number of fish decreases, but their size grows, so catching a great King salmon is always a possibility. The king salmon in Sacramento River have a wild way of fighting for their freedom and a taste to measure.
sacramento river rainbow TROUT FISHING GUIDE
Oncorhynchus mykiss is a salmonid inhabiting the cold-water flows fueling the Asian and North American waters of the Pacific Ocean. The Sacramento River is one of the biggest rainbow trout fisheries in the US.
The specimens here are wild and vary in size from 15 to 25+ inches, making them a challenging catch on our ultra light, conventional rods and reels. This is a “catch and release” fishery, but surely can be one of the best days of trout fishing one can or will experience in their lifetime. Our clients can catch up to 30 fish or more on a single trip, and for many who fish with us, this trip has become an all time favorite for catching, photographing, and releasing multiple trophy rainbows.
The best area for guided wild rainbow trout fishing trips on the Sacramento River is the 10-mile long section running through Redding, Ca. The spring, summer, and fall runs are the most productive, with the period between April and October seeing the highest number of visiting fishers and the most impressive catches.
From solitary anglers looking for some peace and quiet on the river to couples looking to build romantic memories, large families looking to spend quality time together, and groups of friends in search of adventure, everyone will have a great time fighting these wild rainbow trout into the net.
sacramento river Steelhead Fishing Guide
Unlike rainbow trout that live in the river year round, the steelhead return from their migration to the ocean to spawn in their natural spawning grounds. The steelhead return to the rivers several months throughout the year, where they will stay for several months at a time before they spawn or return to Coleman National Fish Hatchery in Anderson, Ca. These trips between fresh and salt waters keep the steelhead growing year after year, and the fishing season alive year round. The most productive months on the Sacramento River to catch steelhead is August thru February. While the Sacramento steelhead rarely exceed 10 lbs, catching them on ultra light gear is so exciting that many of our clients sacrifice salmon fishing. Just to spend a tranquil day on a lightly pressured Sacramento River steelhead fishery, while anxiously awaiting to feel the power of a wild or hatchery steelhead fighting on our G.Loomis ultralight rods, is worth the trip alone!
sacramento river Striped Bass Fishing Guide
Morone saxatilis, also known as striped bass, line sides or stripers, inhabit the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta including some of our Northern Californian rivers like the Sacramento River, the Feather River, and the American River.
Although the best fishing season for striped bass typically begins in mid March and ends in June, the most productive guided striped bass fishing trips on the Sacramento River are those organized in April and May.
There are several great fishing locations up and down the Sacramento River, but my most productive trips often take place in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Sacramento River near Colusa, Ca. The striped bass here usually average 3 to 5 pounds in weight, but specimens between 20 and 40 pounds are caught here every year.
The sheer numbers of striped bass that run the Sacramento River during their spawning migration certainly are impressive. You will never hear anglers complaining that they got bored waiting for striped bass to bite on the Sacramento River when they are in the river to spawn.
The best part is that the excitement of seeing and feeling these fish fight for their freedom is doubled by the amazing table fare they provide. Many anglers decide to take their catch home with them and have developed their own delicious recipes. Fish tacos are our favorite!
Since striped bass are so easy to catch when they are present in good numbers, it makes for a great fishery for both experienced anglers and families or even groups of friends looking for fun and adventure. Limits can be quickly obtained some days, but in those cases we will often continue to fish "catch and release" to give our clients a full day experience. Whatever your profile, all you need is a friendly and skilled guide, and you’ve found him!
Jeff Goodwin, Your Best Choice for Sacramento River Guided salmon, trout, and steelhead Fishing Trips
No matter if you prefer to fish for king salmon, rainbow trout, steelhead, or striped bass, with Jeff Goodwin as your guide, you are bound to have a wonderful experience. Why?
- Jeff knows the Sacramento River intimately and will take you to the best fishing spots in the area
- He will accompany you himself, so you don’t have to worry about booking the trip with one guide and being passed on to someone else
- He will provide all the top of the line gear and tackle you need or advise you on what to bring along so that you can experience a great day of fishing
- He won’t mind rescheduling or adjusting trip plans according to the weather and your availability, making sure nothing stays between you and your relaxing day on the water
- He will make a great fishing and local guide, disclosing the area’s best kept secrets including technique instruction and tackle tips while helping you make the most of your trip.
If you want to see the Sacramento River and discover its richness through the eyes of a passionate fisher and knowledgeable guide dedicated to the satisfaction of his clients, book one of the unforgettable Sacramento River guided fishing trips only Jeff Goodwin can organize!