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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 lakes and rivers.  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. We also have a 2016 Nitro bass boat for our small party bass fishing trips on Shasta Lake. Our boats are 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.  It is our belief that utilizing only the best bait and equipment available while fishing Northern California waters is essential to our 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 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.


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. 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.


Kokanee salmon and lake trout

#Kokanee salmon and trout; We are very fortunate to have several local lakes and reservoirs which provide very good Kokanee and trout fishing opportunities for our clients.  This fishery typically begins in the spring, and can last well into early fall.  The Kokanee salmon fishing is exclusive to Whiskeytown Lake and can provide some of the best Kokanee fishing in the state.  This is a troll fishery and fast action fishing typically results in easy limits for all during the peak of the season.  Whiskeytown Kokanee is a self sustaining fishery and all current fish in the lake are wild.  For our trout fishing enthusiasts, we provide guided trips on Keswick Reservoir.  This Shasta Lake Dam tailwater fishery is host to some of the largest rainbow and brown trout in the region and it is not uncommon to catch several trout in the multi pound class during your day of fishing with us.  Five pound trout are not uncommon in this body of water, and fish exceeding the five pound mark are caught every season.  These trout are all wild fish and the numbers are sustained through natural spawning.  This reservoir is not planted with hatchery trout yet regulations allow clients to retain a limit of five trout if they choose to do so.  Both Whiskeytown Lake and Keswick Reservoir have phenomenal fishing opportunities for the whole family, or just a group of friends.  I will often offer these trips over any other during certain times of the year.  Fishing is just that good…



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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.

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Jeff Goodwin's Guide Service - Full Time Professional Guide Services. in Redding, California. ATTENTION ANGLERS!!! My August 3rd trout trip on the Sacramento River in Redding is available again!! This is a rare opening to fish the recently closed "trophy trout" section on the Sac that opens August 1st. Many large trout will be caught on Wednesday so make sure its YOU that will be catching them! 6 seats available @ $175 PP!! (707) 616-1905 or msg me at jeffgoodwinfishing.com

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Jeff Goodwin's Guide Service - Full Time Professional Guide Services. added 2 new photos. Looking forward to filling the new kill bag full of salmon this season!! This bag zips up nicely and stows away in the fish box perfectly.

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Another awesome Kokanee trip with an awesome couple!! Easy limits of quality Kokanee salmon again today before the sun got too hot for comfort! Switching to River salmon soon so give me a call if you want to get out and experience the very best Kokanee fishing in California! (707) 616-1905

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Jeff Goodwin's Guide Service - Full Time Professional Guide Services. with Mad River Mfg.. The 2016 salmon season is here! One of our most important orders every season goes out to Mad River Mfg. Anyone who fishes for salmon and steelhead on the west coast knows Mad River Mfg. fish pills increase the effectiveness of your bait presentation! Additionally, we use the Mad River Drifters to keep our baits in the strike zone, and we avoid hundreds of snags every season because of their snag free design. Check out Mad River Mfg. and get these products in your tackle box this year! You'll be glad you did!! #madrivermfg

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Jeff Goodwin's Guide Service - Full Time Professional Guide Services. added 2 new photos. Tying Kokanee rigs and painting salmon plugs today before the heat cooks me out of the garage!! King salmon fishing isn't really an option right now, but when the Sac above Red Bluff opens on 8/1, there may be some salmon to chase up here. In the meantime, Kokanee fishing and rainbow trout on the Sac remains very good! Give me a call for the trout or Kokanee trips at (707) 616-1905!

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Jeff Goodwin's Guide Service - Full Time Professional Guide Services. updated their cover photo.

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Jeff Goodwin's Guide Service - Full Time Professional Guide Services. with Mad River Mfg. and Fish G.Loomis. G.Loomis E6X 1145S boondoggin rods are rigged and ready for the Sacramento and Klamath River king salmon season! #fishgloomis #fishshimano #madrivermfg

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Jeff Goodwin's Guide Service - Full Time Professional Guide Services. added 5 new photos. Whiskeytown Lake kicked out some fast action again today. We had doubles, triples, and a quadruple hook up this morning making it one of the more memorable days on Whiskeytown so far this season. Big thanks to G.Loomis/Shimano and Dick Nite Spoons for making my job on the water so easy, and enjoyable for my clients! #fishgloomis #fishshimano #dicknitespoons

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Jeff Goodwin's Guide Service - Full Time Professional Guide Services. added 2 new photos. Protecting my G.Loomis E6X Kokanee rods from wear associated with repeated placement in the downrigger rod holders can be achieved by installing XFlock over the cork handles. These are the best Kokanee rods I've ever owned and want to keep them looking good! #fishgloomis #fishshimano #dicknitespoons

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Jeff Goodwin's Guide Service - Full Time Professional Guide Services. with Dick Nite Spoons. Kokanee salmon fishing on Whiskeytown Lake is still very good! Guaranteed limits for every seat in the boat has been the norm and its not going to change anytime soon... Call (707) 616-1905 if you are interested in getting your limit of fresh Kokanee salmon!

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