Sacramento River Kings still taking roe!

Sacramento River - CA

Young Alex with his catch of the day while fishing with us on the Sacramento River this week!
Photo Credit: Capt. Jeff Goodwin

by Jeff Goodwin
10-10-2018
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The fishing on the Sacramento River remains consistently productive for King salmon and myself, and other guides as well, are starting to see a few more steelhead showing up river.  We were lucky to land several hens (female salmon) the past few days making for a bountiful harvest of salmon eggs for next seasons fishing.  Some big 20 plus lb. female salmon have shown up in better numbers which is a good indicator that we area approaching the end of the fall run, probably by the fina days of October.  If we dont see any rain before then, we may see the salmon linger in the system for a bit longer.  Either way, we can already say 2018 was a good year for salmon fishing on the Sacramento River, and once again confirms the forecasters and regualtors of our salmon runs were way off.  The one salmon limit imposed on river anglers was a big blow to the river salmon fishing indusrty, and as it turns out was completely unnecessary.  We saw a large number of jack salmon and 2 year old solmon again this year, both in the saltwater and in river fisheries.  This fact, along with favorable ocean conditions, points to another abundant return of King salmon to the Sacramento Valley in 2019.  I'm hoping the government agencies that monitor and manage our salmon fisheries are paying attention and put this years information to work when setting our seasons and our daily limits.  This is my last week fishing for salmon on the Sacramento River before moving to Shasta Lake to fish for big trout!  I will start guided trips after Shasta Lake turns over and after I get prepared for a long busy season ahead.  I only have 10 days of availability left in November for our trophy brown trout trips so if you're wanting to get into some big fall browns on Shasta this season, now is the time to book your trip.  Thank you!


Jeff Goodwin is a full time Northern California fishing guide.  He guides year round for salmon, trout, steelhead, Kokanee, and bass on Northern California rivers and lakes. He fishes many bodies of water in the Redding area, but also guides the Sacramento River and Feather River during certain times of the year. Jeff can also be found on the California coast chasing ocean fresh King salmon and steelhead each year. To learn more about the fishing trips Jeff has to offer, please visit Jeff Goodwin's Guide Service.  You can also find him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or please feel free to call him anytime at (707) 616-1905.



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