Sac River Kings arrive up river!

Sacramento River - CA

Sac River Kings arrive up river!
Nice Sac River King salmon caught today while fishing with Pro Guide, Captain Justin Thompson!
Photo Credit: Pro Guide Justin Thompson

by Jeff Goodwin

We're just a few days away from the August 1st salmon opener above Red Bluff and we're just now starting to see the holes below Red Bluff filling with King salmon!  Its very early in the season, but we now have salmon in all the areas we fish on the upper reaches of the Lower Sac.  Above average water temps in the lower river in Sacramento have likely stalled the early run of Kings, but we're finally starting to see the leading edge of this years annual fall King salmon up north.  Flows from Shasta Dam are hovering around 4,500 cfs which is at least half of our normal flows for this time of the year.  Lower flows have created some issues with aquatic grasses in the river which make some popular river salmon techniques very difficult to properly present.  Its reported that there are quite a few salmon holding above Red Bluff but that remains to be seen.  Monday's salmon opener will tell us a lot!  We still have some guide availability for this years King salmon season. Call Jaynie Goodwin, our booking service manager, at (530) 510-2925 for available dates.  Thank you!

Captain Jeff Goodwin 

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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