NEW Sacramento River salmon fishing report

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

Photo Credit: all photos are courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service

by Dave Jacobs

Big Baits...Big Fish!!

A big push of Fall run Sacramento River king salmon have made a strong showing this week.  The sheer size of many of these salmon shows just how healthy these kings are this season.

There has been many smaller jack and "jumbo jack" salmon brought in as well.  These jack salmon are a great future run indicator for next years run.  

There are many ways to catch these king salmon but one technique in particular has been very successsful in targeting the largest of the king salmon.  

With the heavy feed in the salt this season, salmon have engorged themselves to make the long last journey upriver to the spawnning grounds feeding on krill and schools of anchovies.  While targeting the largest of the salmon in the Sacramento River, sardine wrapped "old style" kwikfish and flatfish have, hands down, produced the bigger salmon.  

Backbouncing "old style" kwiks in the best "moving" and "holding" waters has produced savage strikes on king salmon in the high 20 and low 30 pound class.  This week we have really seen an increase in the number of hook ups (see "salmon chew toys" pics below) and the fish boxes are filling up here in September.

Back bouncing our home cured roe and a puffball has also scored on some very big king salmon.  Another great way to get your king salmon has been "dragging" or "boondoggin" small roe/puffball combos.  This is a great way to pick up king salmon in all of the holding/moving waters as well.  

September is here and the Sacramento River salmon run will build for the rest of this month making for some great salmon fishing.  If catching your own Sacramento River salmon is something that interests you, bring your family and freinds here to the Sacramento River.  Call guide Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service at (530)646-9110  We have lots of room for all of you no matter the size of your group, be it large or small..."we have been perfecting Sacramento River salmon fishing since 1985!"

Wanted to personally thank all of the guides and outfitters that have helped us send all of our families and freinds home with many pounds of fresh filleted salmon this week.  Thank you guides...Steve Lowery, Ryan Tripp, Mike Rasmussen, Jacob Frye, Jerry Frye and Robert Petty.  

Contact Dave Jacobs Guide Service at (530)646-9110 or check us out online at

Professional fishing Guide Dave Jacobs is licensed to operate in both California and Oregon. Dave Jacobs is a licensed guide with The California Department of Fish and Wildlife as well as a current licensed Oregon guide registered with The Oregon State Marine Board.

Professional Fishing Guide Dave Jacobs is also licensed to operate in the Rogue/Siskiyou National Forest on the upper Chetco River in Oregon, licensed to operate in the Six Rivers National Forest on The Smith River, Klamath River, Trinity River and South Fork Trinity River. We are an Equal opportunity provider. Guide Dave Jacobs is also licensed with the Bureau of Land Management to operate on the upper Trinity River from Lewiston California downriver to Grays Falls on the Trinity River.

Guide Dave Jacobs also holds a Merchant Mariner Credential with The U.S. Coast Guard and is certified in both CPR and First Aid.

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