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Some of the best freshwater fishing action in California, even the country, is on the Sacramento River. The longest river in the state, once called “The Nile of the West” boasts 400 miles of fantastic angling opportunities for all the freshwater gamefish you can think of. If you’re not sure where to go, Sacramento River fishing guides will show you to the best bite.

Depending on where you decide to cast your line, you could catch a variety of species. The Upper Sac is dominated by a Rainbow and Brown Trout population that’s active all year. Sea-run Rainbows, aka Steelhead, are also out there for the taking in spring and fall. Fly fishing is one of the preferred methods to land a good-sized Trout, and Sac fishermen know it.

If you’re looking for trophy Salmon, you should hit the Lower Sacramento River, where you can find Chinook in all shapes and sizes. These feisty fighters can grow up to a whopping 70 pounds! Striped Bass are among the favorite species in spring, and anglers looking for monster catches will love pursuing White Sturgeon in the winter months.

Seeing that the Sacramento stretches for hundreds of miles, it’s safe to say you’ll easily find a fishing charter suitable to your angling needs. There are some guides that run specialized trips for a particular species, perfect for trophy chasers. Half day trips are excellent for beginners and families, and full days are the right pick for more dedicated anglers.

The best spots to find an experienced local to take you out include Sacramento, Douglas City, Anderson, and Yuba County.

Rules & Regulations

Sacramento River fishing guides typically provide gear, bait, and everything else you need. The only thing you’re responsible for is your California fishing license. If you’re fishing for Steelhead of Sturgeon, you’ll also need a special report card for each species.

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January
Even in the dead of winter, you can expect excellent catch-and-release fishing for Steelhead and Rainbow Trout. Fly anglers on the Upper Sac River find nymphing especially productive in cold months like January.
February
Fly fishing for Steelhead and Rainbow Trout continues to provide the majority of the action on the river in February. This is also one of the best times to fish for Sturgeon as they move up the river to spawn.
March
Continue to enjoy excellent Sturgeon and Trout fishing in March, you’ll have a blast. Striper fishing starts to pick up around this time of year, but the best of the season is just ahead.
April
Striper season is in full swing on the Sac River. Expect multiple battles with these feisty fish, most of them weighing 3–5 pounds. If you have the patience to fish for a trophy, you might be rewarded with a 20–40 pounder.
May
May brings some of the best fishing action on the river, and there’s something for everyone! Striper season is still on, complemented by a brief but productive Shad season. As always, you can’t go wrong when fishing for Rainbow Trout.
June
As summer progresses, there are more and more anglers on the river, eager to catch Trout, Shad, and more. Striper season will be strong until the end of the month.
July
King Salmon fishing typically opens in July, marking the first of the fall runs. You can expect an abundance of 20–30 lb fish. Depending on the year, Shad may still be in season.
August
August is one of the best times to fish the river, with your choice of King Salmon, Rainbow Trout, and more. The second fall Salmon run is just around the corner, so gear up for some trophy-sized Kings!
September
September boasts the best of Sacramento River Salmon fishing. You’ll see fewer King Salmon at this time of year, but it’s all about “quality over quantity” this month. The sheer size of these brutes (40–70 pounds) will wow you.
October
Hit the water in search of massive King Salmon through October, there’s plenty of them out there, and they’re hungry. Rainbow Trout and the fall Steelhead run will keep you busy when you reach the Salmon quota.
November
November offers more great Salmon fishing, along with a steady supply of Rainbow Trout and Steelhead. Some Sacramento River fishing guides continue to fish for Trout and Sturgeon throughout the winter.
December
The Sac River is full of opportunities in December. Even when the Salmon season comes to a close, you can stay busy by hooking into Sturgeon, winter Steelhead, and Rainbow Trout.

Sacramento River Fishing Calendar

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Half day with Gary Anderson
Boyd W. fished with Gary Anderson Guide Service on June 8, 2020
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Sacramento River at dusk was gorgeous and we saw Eagle, pelicans, beaver, and others animals, along with plenty of fish
Half Day Trip with Amazing weather
Juan M. fished with Northern California Guide Service – Red Bluff on April 29, 2019
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As long as weather is nice, fish on. Tight Lines.
A day with Captain Gary and good friends
Rick M. fished with Gary Anderson Guide Service on September 11, 2018
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FAQs about Fishing Charters in Sacramento River

According to customer reviews, PF Guide Service Hunt Fish Nor Cal, Orland Outfitters, and Jacob Frye's Guide Service – 20' are some of the most popular fishing charters in Sacramento River. Full list of top fishing charters in Sacramento River.

PF Guide Service Hunt Fish Nor Cal, Orland Outfitters, and Jacob Frye's Guide Service – 20' all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Sacramento River.

The best way to experience fishing in Sacramento River is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Sacramento River.

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May brings some of the best fishing action on the river, and there’s something for everyone! Striper season is still on, complemented by a brief but productive Shad season. As always, you can’t go wrong when fishing for Rainbow Trout. Check availability for local fishing charters in Sacramento River.