#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 mid December. During years with good runs of king salmon, we will sometimes move our king salmon trips to the Klamath River for a few weeks in August/September for our clients who enjoy fishing on that river system. On the Klamath, we will target ocean fresh king salmon where we believe the quality and quantity of fish is unparalleled. In September and October we will always be fishing the Sacramento River for king salmon in our own “back yard”. We typically start the king salmon season fishing in the Woodson Bridge area and will work our way upriver with the salmon to the “Barge Hole” in Cottonwood, Ca. 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 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 and was caught on the Sacramento River in Anderson, Ca! This brings us to the end of the Sacramento River king salmon season, which is typically December 16th.
#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. We will target these supercharged rainbows in a 5 mile section of the Sacramento River that winds through downtown Redding, Ca. Spring, Summer and Fall generally provide the best wild rainbow trout fishing. Our favorite time to book trips for Sacramento River rainbow trout is April-October. These wild rainbow trout range in size from 12” to 25” and are very fun to catch on our ultralight action custom spin rods. This is a wild rainbow trout “catch and release” fishery, but can provide fast action with 25 to 30+ fish caught per trip on average. 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 however, be found throughout the Sacramento River most months of the year. This strain of steelhead rarely reach ten lbs, but are still a lot of fun to catch on our ultralight 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.
Jeff Goodwin’s Guide Service offers year-round, full time,guided sport fishing trips on the Northern California lakes and rivers. We offer guided fishing trips on the Sacramento River for King Salmon, Wild Rainbow Trout/Steelhead and Striped Bass. We offer some excellent guided fishing on Shasta and Whiskeytown lakes for bass, Kokanee salmon, and rainbow trout. We also offer a fall run King Salmon season on the Lower Klamath River when salmon runs are strong and 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, Kokanee salmon, and finally, lake and river 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 helping to enhance the skills of his clients during their day on the water. The 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 water.