2019 sacramento river king salmon fishing report.  

8/18- Now booking!! The Sacramento River King salmon season has started and we are catching some big, bright Kings all the way to Anderson, Ca.! We’ll have some good salmon fishing for early (bright) run Kings from here on out and the run will begin to really build in the second half of August! August and September Kings are mostly “dime bright” salmon and their table fare is excellent! I’ll have two other top guides with over 50 years of experience between them running trips all salmon season. Our prime fishing dates are more than half booked, but we do still have several dates available. We will be fishing down in Corning until October and we’ll finish the year in Anderson fishing the Sacramento River below Coleman National fish hatchery. The salmon are here and the ocean fishing reports are really good still! Its going to be a great season! Call (530) 510-2925 to book your trip with us!

8/18 The Sacramento River is giving up some great, big King salmon this year!

8/18 The Sacramento River is giving up some great, big King salmon this year!

Late Fall king salmon begins in November and will run thru december 16th. Late fall Kings are big bright salmon and are highly sought after. Its going to be a great King salmon fishing season on the Sacramento River! More than 120,000 Kings expected to return to the Sacramento River alone. Retention limits (likely 2 salmon per person) will be set in April/May 2019 and more details are to follow soon after the in-river salmon season regulations are set!

sacramento River salmon fishing guide.

8/18 Sacramento River King salmon caught today below Corning, Ca.

8/18 Sacramento River King salmon caught today below Corning, Ca.

 

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. 

8/18 Client fishing with Justin today with a bright Sacramento River King salmon!

8/18 Client fishing with Justin today with a bright Sacramento River King salmon!

sacramento river King Salmon Fishing Guide

John with his first Sacramento River King salmon caught on a Brads Killer Fish plug today, August 1st, 2019 .

John with his first Sacramento River King salmon caught on a Brads Killer Fish plug today, August 1st, 2019 .

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 “late fall” king salmon fishing guide.

Sacramento River “late fall” guided salmon fishing trips! Top river guides catching big King salmon with our clients every day!

Sacramento River “late fall” guided salmon fishing trips! Top river guides catching big King salmon with our clients every day!

sacramento river rainbow TROUT FISHINg report.

5/18- The Sacramento River in Redding Ca. is currently fishing very good! The flows have been cut back to 8,000 cfs and the river is dark green. Both fly and spin trips are productive! The water conditions just don’t allow a detailed inspection of the presentations and we’re finding a lot of biters! The spring Kings are in the river and soon they will be dropping eggs which will send the bite into overdrive, if thats even possible. We’re seeing double, even triple hook ups every day. This is a catch and release fishery that can yield over double digit fish days. River conditions will remain good and we will start to see some great weather in the months ahead. This is always one of our best and most popular trips of the year. All ages and skill levels are welcome! Both fly and spin fishing trips are available daily.

Its time to come out and enjoy the fast action on the Sacramento River fishing for wild rainbow trout and steelhead!

Its time to come out and enjoy the fast action on the Sacramento River fishing for wild rainbow trout and steelhead!

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.

Sometimes days on the Sacramento River turn out to be your best days ever!

Sometimes days on the Sacramento River turn out to be your best days ever!

sacramento river Steelhead Fishing Guide

Sacramento River hatchery steelhead 2017!

Sacramento River hatchery steelhead 2017!

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!

600,000 juvenile steelhead smolt are released from Coleman National Fish Hatchery every winter into the Sacramento River. These steelhead will migrate down stream and spend a few years in the saltwater where they will rapidly grow before returning to the Sacramento River to Coleman Hatchery in the fall to spawn. Once they are done spawning, many adult steelhead are released and will once again return to their saltwater environment before returning to spawn again the following year.

600,000 juvenile steelhead smolt are released from Coleman National Fish Hatchery every winter into the Sacramento River. These steelhead will migrate down stream and spend a few years in the saltwater where they will rapidly grow before returning to the Sacramento River to Coleman Hatchery in the fall to spawn. Once they are done spawning, many adult steelhead are released and will once again return to their saltwater environment before returning to spawn again the following year.

sacramento river Striped Bass Fishing Guide

*striped bass fishing report;

!! Now booking striped bass fishing trips for april 1st-may 15th in the colusa area !!

5/04- The Striped bass have arrived in big numbers on the Sacramento River system. This is a great fishery for group trips, family, or just friends. Enjoy fast action, and fresh fillets as your reward for the day. Its actually one of California’s most popular fishing trips year after year. Striped bass fight hard and hit our live bait like a freight train! This fishery only lasts until the end of May so now is the time to get your day of fishing reserved. We have open dates available!

4/15/2019 Striper fishing on the Feather River was amazing!

4/15/2019 Striper fishing on the Feather River was amazing!

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.

Client limits of Striped bass!

Client limits of Striped bass!

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!

Striped bass are fun to catch and they taste great too!

Striped bass are fun to catch and they taste great too!

Jeff Goodwin guide service, Your Best Choice for Sacramento River Guided salmon, trout, and steelhead Fishing Trips.

Come fish with our small, veteran owned and operated, family fishing business!

Come fish with our small, veteran owned and operated, family fishing business!

No matter if you prefer to fish for king salmon, rainbow trout, steelhead, or striped bass, with Jeff Goodwin Guide Service guides, you are bound to have a wonderful fishing experience . Why?

  • Jeff and his team of guides know the Sacramento River intimately and will take you to the most productive fishing spots the area has to offer.

  • He will accompany you himself, or will schedule your group with one of his top of the industry fishing guides. No exceptions are made, Jeff knows the reputation he has worked so hard to build can only be maintained by using a select few guides when running his client trips for him.

  • 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 angler and knowledgeable guide dedicated to the satisfaction of his clients, book one of the unforgettable Sacramento River guided fishing trips only Captain Jeff Goodwin can organize!