Sac River Trout Declining

Sacramento River - Lower - Redding, CA (Shasta County)

Tristen Guardino of Oakland, Ca. holds a very healthy wild rainbow trout he caught on the Sacramento River while fishing with Jeff Goodwin Guide Service
Photo Credit: Jeff Goodwin's Guide Service

by Jeff Goodwin

The Sacramento River rainbow trout fishing has remained quite good, but is seeing a decline in the bites per outing since the upper section of the river in Redding opened on August 1st. With flows dropping and the amount of aquatic vegetation floating downstream, its no wonder. Over all, the fishing is still good and fish are eating Dick Nite spoons and taking back trolled diving plugs like the Mag Lip 3.0's when properly presented. I myself do not fly fish much, but I have noticed the drift boat fly guides are doing well on the river and are catching some rainbows as well. Boat traffic has been fairly heavy in the morning, but once all the drift boats disperse throughout the river, access to holding water is once again, restored.

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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