Salmon Fishing Opening Sacramento River

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

Salmon Fishing Opening Sacramento River
Photo Credit: Photos courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service

by Dave Jacobs



Well time has finally run out for this seasons re opening of the Sacramento River salmon fishing.  The Sacramento river is poised to open this Friday July 16th. Sardine wrapped “old style” kwikfish will be ready to be deployed to the bottom of the Sacramento Rivers best salmon runs below the Red Bluff Diversion Dam precisely one hour before sunrise…4:53am to be exact. 

You can guarantee many anxious anglers will arrive days before the opener scouting the Sacramento rivers many different salmon holes in search of fresh migrating king salmon. 

This run of salmon begins in mid July and will build…peak…and wind down through mid to late October. Water conditions will be challenging to say the least and salmon fishing pressure should be high. 

Low river flows will ultimately expose many in river obstructions like submerged trees and shallow gravel/sand bars…extreme concentration and expert boat operations will be imperative to avoid costly accidents. 

As I have been sharing with many for a couple of months now, the commercial and sport fishing fleet from Santa Cruz to the Golden Gate have been reporting great daily catches of large…very large…California king salmon. Undoubtedly king salmon preparing to return to the Central Valley river system..the mighty Sacramento River and all of its tributaries. 

I have been fortunate to have been salmon fishing for more than a month now readying  our very best “old style” kwikfish…all finely tuned and proven king salmon catchers over the last month. These old kwikfish may be tarnished, bloodied and scratched up by massive king salmon bites on the world famous Kenai peninsulas rivers this past month… I assure you…these kwikfish are ready for whatever the Sacramento River has to offer us this week and the coming months. 

Reports of large 40 plus pound king salmon has been rampant in the last two weeks out of the Golden Gate and I have been preparing our gear with new line and heavy 40 pound leaders a must. 

Opening day on the Sacramento River is here…join us on California’s home to its king salmon state record…a huge 88 pound king salmon…caught in the very same river with the same salmon fishing techniques we use today.  Come experience the great salmon catching experience on the Sacramento River with Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service…”we have been perfecting Sacramento River salmon fishing since 1985!”

Come be a part of Northern California’s most celebrated and historic salmon experience known as the Sacramento River with the regions top guides…Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service. 

….available seven days a week…fully guided Sacramento River salmon fishing charters for any sized group, be it large or small. 

Call guide Dave Jacobs at (530)646-9110 today!

All photos are courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service and @chenzos_wayoflife 

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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