The boat

the-boat#Sacramento River Salmon Fishing Guide;  Jeff Goodwin’s Guide Service operates a 2014 24’ Willie Fuzion, open style Jet Boat while fishing the Sacramento River.  We paid attention to every detail when we had this boat factory built, and left nothing out of its design.  The end result was a safe, comfortable, reliable river fishing boat that provides our clients with a very stable fishing platform. Our boat is equipped with all USCG required safety equipment. We pay special attention to all the fishing gear and bait we provide our clients.  We are pleased to offer our clients the use of the very best equipment the fishing industry has to offer and have spared no expense in doing so while fishing with our clients on the Sacramento River.  It is our belief that utilizing only the best bait and equipment available while fishing on the Sacramento River is essential to our daily success on the water.  

The Fish

Sacramento River King Salmon

#Sacramento River king salmon; We start our Sacramento River fall king salmon season beginning July 16th. We will start fishing king salmon on opening day and will fish them through the end of October.  During years with good runs of king salmon, we will sometimes move our king salmon trips to the Klamath River in August/September for our clients who enjoy fishing on that river system.  We will target ocean fresh king salmon where we believe the quality and quantity of fish is unparalleled. In September/October we will always be fishing the Sacramento River king salmon in our own “back yard”. Living a short distance from the Sacramento River “Barge Hole”, we enjoy a short boat ride to one of the most prolific locations for king salmon fishing on the Sacramento River. The Barge Hole is located at the mouth of Battle Creek, which winds upstream to the Coleman National Fish Hatchery. This is the final destination of the bulk of the Sacramento River king salmon fall run. November and December brings the Late Fall/Winter run of Sacramento River king salmon.  Although this run of king salmon returns in lower numbers than the fall run, these Sacramento River king salmon are most often the biggest and brightest Salmon of the year and occasionally tip the scales in the 50+ lb. range. The current state record king salmon caught in 1979 weighed in at 88 lbs! This brings us to the end of the Sacramento River king salmon season, which is December 16th.  See our Facebook link for a Sacramento River Salmon fishing report when the season begins.


Wild Rainbow Trout/Steelhead

#Sacramento River rainbow trout; The Sacramento River is host to a very large population of Wild Sacramento River Rainbow Trout. This is a year round fishery and is good to excellent nearly every month of the year. Spring, Summer and Fall generally provide the best Wild Rainbow Trout fishing on the Sacramento River. Our favorite time to book trips for Sacramento River Rainbow Trout is May-June and October-November. These Wild rainbow Trout range in size from 12” to 25” and are very fun to catch on our light spin gear. This is a Wild Rainbow Trout catch and release fishery, but can provide fast action with 25 to 40 fish caught per trip. In addition to the Native Wild Rainbow Trout, the Sacramento River has both a wild and hatchery run of Steelhead. The Sacramento River Steelhead can be found in their largest numbers in the Cottonwood area in October and November. Wild Sacramento River Steelhead can be found throughout the Sacramento River most months of the year. This strain of Steelhead is not comparable to the coastal variety due to their smaller size, but are still a lot of fun to catch on our light spin gear.  Anyone looking for a relaxing day on the river while catching numerous Wild Sacramento River Rainbow Trout should pay special attention to this guided Rainbow Trout fishing opportunity.


Striped Bass

#Sacramento River Striped Bass; Stripers enter the Sacramento River to spawn in March, April and May. The Sacramento River striped bass run size is numbered in the millions and is a fishery you just can’t miss! Sacramento River striped bass are very aggressive biters and they are really hard fighters when you hook into one. When the striped bass fishing is “hot”, double digit days and multiple hook ups are a frequent occurrence.  Although the striped bass are scattered throughout the Sacramento River system during the year, we like to fish them in April and May when they travel up river to the Colusa/Grimes area where they spawn. These striped bass average in size from 6-10 lbs, but a good number of fish in the 20-30 lb range are caught every year. Trolling “live minnows” for striped bass is our preferred method of catching these hard fighting fish. Fishing for striped bass using this method is very productive and we can easily accommodate clients of all ages and skill levels.  All you have to do is hold onto one of our striper rods and wait for it to go down!



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Jeff Goodwin’s Guide Service offers year-round, private party, guided sport fishing trips on the Sacramento and Klamath Rivers.  We offer guided fishing trips on the Sacramento River for King Salmon, Wild Rainbow Trout/Steelhead and Striped Bass.  We also offer a fall run King Salmon season on the Lower Klamath River during the peak of the run when water conditions allow.  We book all of our private party trips during the peak periods of each run to ensure our fishing clients have the best opportunity to experience catching the fish we are pursuing that day.

Jeff Goodwin has been fishing the Pacific Northwest and Northern California rivers for over 25 years.  Fishing has been his passion since childhood and it has grown every year since.  He has had the opportunity to become very familiar with fishing for multiple species of Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Steelhead, Sturgeon, and Striped Bass.  In addition to honing his skills as a fisherman, he has thousands of hours of powerboat handling experience on numerous bodies of water.  He is a licensed Fishing Guide by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and holds a USCG OUPV Captain’s License.  He is bonded, insured and is certified in first aid and CPR.

Jeff Goodwin is committed to providing the most enjoyable fishing experience for his clients possible and will give them a 100% effort, every day.  He possesses a warm friendly personality and is very attentive to the needs of his clients.  He is eager to provide instruction to his inexperienced clients in an effort to help them become better anglers.  For his more experienced clients, Jeff Goodwin focuses on putting fish in the boat and helping to enhance the skills of his clients during their day on the river.  Bottom line is, Jeff Goodwin can accommodate clients at every skill level and will do everything he can to ensure you have a great time on the river.

Note:  We generally book a maximum of six clients per day under most conditions.  If your party is larger we can usually accommodate your needs with assistance from our partner guides.  A party of four provides maximum comfort and leaves plenty of room for items clients bring with them for their day on the river.  Guided trips will never be double booked which means the boat is privately booked for your party only and is yours for the day.

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Upriver salmon are still cutting very nicely for this time of year! #sacramentoriver #kingsalmon

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