Sacramento River

17 Fishing Charters

Sacramento River Fishing Charters

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Sacramento River: 17 fishing charters available

PF Guide Service Hunt Fish Nor Cal

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Sutter Yuba Area
 Instant Confirmation

Orland Outfitters – Salmon Fishing

Chico
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $300

Northern California Guide Service – Red Bluff

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
Red Bluff
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $250

Orland Outfitters – Striped Bass

Meridian
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5S River Fishing Guide Service

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(26 reviews)
Sacramento
trips from $450

Orland Outfitters – Trout/Steelhead

Red Bluff
 Instant Confirmation

Out Cast - Sacramento River

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Gridley
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $225

C&A Guide Service

Anderson
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Northern California Guide Service – Colusa

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
Colusa
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $225

Northern California Guide Service – Redding

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(9 reviews)
Red Bluff
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $250

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Sacramento River

The average price for a private 4 hour Sacramento River fishing trip is $500, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $654 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.


PF Guide Service Hunt Fish Nor Cal, Orland Outfitters – Salmon Fishing, and Northern California Guide Service – Red Bluff all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Sacramento River.

The most popular fish species you can target are Rainbow Trout (Steelhead), Chinook Salmon, and Striped Bass. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, trolling, and drift fishing. River fishing and lake fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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.

Sacramento River
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Based on 24785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

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.

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Sacramento River at dusk was gorgeous and we saw Eagle, pelicans, beaver, and others animals, along with plenty of fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sacramento River at dusk was gorgeous and we saw Eagle, pelicans, beaver, and others animals, along with plenty of fish
Boyd  W.
Boyd W. Lincoln, CA

Fish On Charters – Lake Fishing
Fish On Charters – Lake Fishing
Fishing charter in Marysville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
This was my daughter’s first fishing trip. It was everything we could have hoped for! She had a blast, and the Captain kept the fish on the hook. We can’t wait to go again!
Anthony  R.
Anthony R. Orangevale, CA