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Sacramento River fishing great for shad

In River Fishing News by Dave Jacobs

ery nice schools of American shad have made their move into the Sacramento River from Colusa upriver through Red Bluff now.

Best bets for shad have been side drifting small brightly colored weighted jigs with small curly tailed grubs trailing behind.

The best color jigs are red, chartreuse, hot pink and flame orange. The best curly tailed grubs have been in the one or two inch size and colors of champagne, chartreuse or bubble gum pink.

When a good school of shad is found we are getting double digit hook ups on shad one to two pounds with the larger female shad mixed in three to four pounds.This has been making fishing a lot fun.

Shad, Sacramento River, Dave Jacobs
Peter Lee, Sharlene Zhang and Jeanny Liang from Foster City with a very good group of Sacramento River American shad they caught while out with Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service this past week. Photo courtesy of the author
Sacramento River trout
Even with the current trout fishing closure in the upper 5.5 miles of the Sacramento River in Redding, there is still plenty of good quality trout fishing happening now below the Highway 44 bridge in Redding downriver through Red Bluff. Best bets are still side drifting small hand tied glo bugs in various egg colored patterns for wild rainbow trout 1 to 2 pounds with the occasional three to four pound bow mixed in. Hooking and releasing double digit rainbow trout daily is the average now in late May and good trout fishing will continue into June with the early mornings being best as reported by Sacramento River trout fishing guide Dave Jacobs.

Northern California salmon fishing update
Sacramento River The current ocean abundance estimates are in and are 25% higher than last seasons abundance numbers. The Sacramento River is estimated at 652,000 king salmon and the Klamath River system is estimated at 423,000 king salmon. This year there are a couple of new changes on both the Sacramento and Klamath Rivers. On the Sacramento River, the salmon season will open on July 16th and remain open for a full season until closing on December 16th. The new Sacramento River salmon possession limits are four king salmon in possession and a daily bag limit of two salmon per angler.

Klamath River:
Over on the Klamath River there is a new closure at the mouth of Blue Creek, the most popular fishing spot on the Klamath River in the summer and early fall. Starting June 14, there will be no fishing allowed 500 feet above and one half mile below Blue Creek through September 14. The mouth of Blue Creek will remain closed 500 feet above and 500 feet below the mouth of the creek from September 15 through December 31. There is also a catch and keep regulation at the spit of the Klamath River this season. Anglers are to keep all legally caught king salmon and are to cease fishing the Klamath spit area after the angler legally lands his or hers two adult king salmon.

For more local fishing information, call guide Dave Jacobs at 530-646-9110 or visit his website.


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