5"S" stands for 5 species of fish that migrate up the Sacramento River to spawn....Salmon, Steelhead, Striped Bass, Sturgeon and Shad!
King (Chinook) Salmon begin their migration from the Pacific Ocean thru the Golden Gate, SF Bay, Sacramento Delta and finally start making their way up the Sacramento River in late Summer/early Fall. The prime time for big salmon is between September and November, however, the early; smaller "chromers" are often caught late July thru August as they are quicker advancing upstream. The best time of the day to fish for salmon is when the sun is not directly on the water. Therefore, early morning and late afternoons are best. The great thing about fishing the Sacramento River is that it is a large river with a large volume of water and there are always new fish pushing their way upriver so...a slow morning bite may very well be followed up with RED HOT afternoon bite!
There are many deep holes on the Sacramento River that hold HUGE spawning Sturgeon. Not uncommon to get towed around by a large 8-9' river monster when fishing for fall salmon. I target these fish during the winter months as river flow allows. Prime months are February - March. Fishing is great during the day but crazy fun at night!
There is an excellent Spring/Summer run of Striped Bass and Shad on the Sacramento River System. Stripers are great fighters and run up to and over50 lbs.! The average running between 10-20 lbs. I mostly troll lures for Stripers, however, there are days when fish are holed up/showing and top water action from shore is the ticket! Shad are smaller fish but pound for pound are also great fighters and are much more numerous in numbers and fun to catch on jigs with light tackle. I target Striped bass in early Spring followed by Shad. Shad are bony fish that are not good eating but are fun to catch and release!
I have been an avid fisherman my entire life. My dad introduced me to camping and trout fishing at an early age. I could barely sleep on camping trips. So excited...thinking about fish. I am still that way...every fish is exciting!!
In 1983, I graduated from Humboldt State University and began a lengthy career in municipal government. Living and working up on the CA North Coast provided many fishing opportunities. I regularly fished the Rogue, Chetco, Smith, Klamath, Trinity, Mad and Eel Rivers. After many years of honing my skills and learning from local guides, I purchased a Drift Boat and obtained my guide's license in 1985. I maintained my license and worked continuously as a part-time/seasonal guide each and every year since.
In 1999, my family and I re-located to the Central Valley as i accepted a new position. I retired from that job in 2012. I have become quite familiar with the Sacramento River System including the Feather and American Rivers. This is my 4th year working as a full-time; year-round guide.
Above all, I will do my best to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable time on the river. I am honest and won't BS you about fishing conditions. The fish are not always cooperative but I will do my best to put you on them!
- Licensed CA Guide since 1985
- US Coast Guard Merchant Mariner's Credential; Captain's License
- Advanced First Aid/CPR Certificate
- Bonded and insured