5S River Fishing Guide Service

5S River Fishing Guide Service is the best way of exploring the abundant waters of the Sacramento River! With 2020 being his 40th year as a professional guide, Captain Gordon has been fishing his whole life, so he’ll make sure to show you the best spots and help make your trip productive.

You’ll head out on his 17’ Fishrite jet boat, perfect for an outing with a few friends. It’s powered by a 90 HP Yamaha engine, making it a great vessel for a day on the river. It can comfortably accommodate 2 passengers or up to 3 if the combined passenger weight is below 450lbs. A benefit of going out on a smaller boat is that your captain will be able to give you individual attention and instruction.

Capt. Gordon will have Fenwick and Lamiglas rods, as well as Shimano, Abu, and Garcia reels ready for you, and you’ll be fishing using a range of artificial lures. If you want to take your catch home and make a delicious meal or fill the freezer, the captain will be happy to clean and fillet it for you.

The Sacramento River has a lot to offer when it comes to fishing, being home to a variety of prized species. ‘5S’ stands for the five species that Capt. Gordon targets – Striped Bass (Spring/Fall), Sturgeon (Winter), Shad (Spring/Summer), Salmon (Fall), and Steelhead (Winter). 

Capt. Gordon loves to put his clients on fish! He will work hard to ensure that you have a fun and safe trip on the river. His trips run for a full day, however, it is quite common for clients to reach their catch/keep limit early in the day! There is no need to go on an expensive trip out of state. Capt. Gordon is targeting BIG fish right here in California!!

All you need to do now is pack, book 5S River Fishing Guide Service, and come explore the Sacramento River!



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  • Private trip
    Shad Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 25 - Jun 1
    $500
    Shad is small fish compared to others, don't underestimate it. This fish is a great fighter and fun to catch on jigs with light tackle. Captain Gordon targets this fish in spring. They are bony and not very tasty but are fun to catch and release!
  • Private trip
    Salmon Trip
    Just booked! Last booked: 21 minutes ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 15 - Nov 30
    $600
    The best time for big Salmon is from September till November. However, the early, smaller specimens can often be caught late July-August, as they are faster advancing upstream. The best time of the day to target Salmon is when the sun is not directly on the water. So, this means early morning or late afternoon.
  • Private trip
    Steelhead Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 16 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Dec 1 - Feb 28
    $600
    Steelhead trips are the best from Dec till Feb. Captain Gordon will prepare your fishing equipment and also clean your catch after the trip. Feel free to bring your own drinks and snacks.
  • Private trip
    Striped Bass Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - May 31
    $600
    There is an excellent Spring/Summer run of Stripers on the Sacramento River System. Striped Bass are great fighters and can weight over 50 lb! The average running is between 10-20 lb. Captain Gordon mostly trolls for Stripers but there are days when you can even catch them from the shore.
  • Private trip
    Sturgeon Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Nov 1 - Feb 28
    $600
    Primetime for Sturgeon is February–March. Fishing is great during the day but even better at night! There are many deep holes on the Sacramento River that hide big spawning Sturgeon. It's not uncommon to get pulled along by a large 8-9' river monster when fishing for fall Salmon. Capt. Gordon targets these fish during the winter months, as river flow allows.
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About the Captain

Gordon Holt
Sacramento, California, United States
31 Customer reviews
Response time 7 hours
Member since October 2015
I grew up camping and fishing and admired the knowledge and skill of local guides. I purchased a drift boat in 1985 and became hooked on back trolling for Steelhead on Northern CA and Southern Oregon rivers.

About this listing

Targeted species

Bass (Striped) Striped Bass
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Salmon (Chinook) Chinook Salmon
Shad Shad

Boat specs

Length
17 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Sacramento River, Feather River

Fishing techniques

Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Fenwick/Lamiglas Rods and Shimano/Abu/Garcia Reels
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 3 days days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
$50 extra charge for 2 adults plus 1 child.
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 31 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Photo by reviewers (1)
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Angler Rating
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Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
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100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
29%
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Donald W.
Sacramento, CA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Full Day Salmon Trip

VERIFIED   Salmon Trip on October 19, 2022
Our full day salmon trip happened in mid-October, I wanted to see the river and take my dad out as he was visiting from out...
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Phil L.
Woodbridge, CA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
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5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Gordon Knows

VERIFIED   Salmon Trip on August 9, 2022
Tyler 17 (first timer) and I 71 had a great day sharing a sweet slice of life with Captain Gordon.  We hooked fish in the...
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Elizabeth L.
Troy, IL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Salmon fishing

VERIFIED   NEW  Salmon Trip on November 7, 2022
Caption holt was very nice and very informative. He was really great. My son had a great time as well that meant a lot to me.
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Angela W.
Wilton, California
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Full day with Captain Gordon

VERIFIED   Salmon Trip on August 20, 2022
Our Captain Gordon was awesome.  He knows the river like the back of his hands.  He was encouraging, patient, and very supportive...
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Jacob L.
United States
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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October fishing trip

VERIFIED   Salmon Trip on October 3, 2022
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FAQs about 5S River Fishing Guide Service

5S River Fishing Guide Service offers the following trips to customers:
  • $500 per group - Shad Trip (7 hours)
  • $600 per group - Salmon Trip (7 hours)
  • $600 per group - Steelhead Trip (7 hours)
  • $600 per group - Striped Bass Trip (7 hours)
  • $600 per group - Sturgeon Trip (7 hours)

When you book a trip with 5S River Fishing Guide Service, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder

Trips booked with 5S River Fishing Guide Service include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Fenwick/Lamiglas Rods and Shimano/Abu/Garcia Reels)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting

5S River Fishing Guide Service offers the following type of fishing:
  • River Fishing (Sacramento River, Feather River)

5S River Fishing Guide Service offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with 5S River Fishing Guide Service include:
  • Bass (Striped)
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Shad