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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 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 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 “peak” of the salmon run on the Sacramento River for king salmon in our own “back yard”.  We typically start the king salmon season fishing in the Woodson Bridge area near Corning, Ca. and will fish our way upriver with migrating salmon to the Anderson, Ca. area. 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 set for December 16th.


Wild Rainbow Trout/Steelhead

#Sacramento River rainbow trout; The Sacramento River is host to a very large population of resident wild 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 G.Loomis 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 early August, 40-60+ trout caught per trip is the norm. 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. These steelhead are 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 and steelhead should pay special attention to this guided 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. shared New Easy Rider Sport Fishing's post. Book your Sacramento River salmon trips folks! The bulk of this seasons salmon run is still swimming in the ocean north of SF Bay!

Holy SHA SALMON The boys had to put on the battle gear today 20 limits nice grade To 25. Lbs

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William WalshShawn Stewart day trip:)3 hours, 16 minutes ago

The adult salmon quota of 555 fish on the Klamath has been mysteriously reached for the lower system and it is now closed to the take of salmon over 22". I've packed up and have headed back to the Sacramento River to prepare for my salmon and rainbow trout trips I have booked for September and October. I'd like to thank all of my wonderful clients who came out to fish with me on the Klamath this year. Fishing was slow, but I really enjoyed spending time with you all! I still have open dates available for those of you out there who have not booked a salmon or trout/steelhead trip with me. Call or msg me for available dates please. (707) 616-1905. PLEASE KNOW.... I will give honest reports before your fishing trips and if fishing doesn't look to be good, I am more than happy to reschedule your party or will offer an alternative fishing trip. THANK YOU!

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Pamela GoodwinHave a good trip home. Thanks again for the visit and boat ride.11 hours, 42 minutes ago

Taking a break from the valley heat and mixing it up a bit for a short while! Fishing isn't what I'd like to see, but there are a few around. �#�fishgloomis� �#�fishshimano�

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Jeff Goodwin's Guide Service - Full Time Professional Guide Services. shared Fish Sniffer's post. Heres this weeks Sacramento River rainbow trout fishing report!

Sacramento River Video Fishing Report For Aug. 20 Posted... Please Subscribe To Cal's YouTube Channel...Thx https://youtu.be/lYp-uixGGdU

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River salmon seminar at the Rooster Tails Fishing Club in Auburn, Ca. In the morning! This will be my second appearance for this club. They have been such a great group of fishermen to work with! Thank you Rooster Tails!!

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Here is some great footage of a client fighting a great Sacramento River rainbow trout. This is such an amazing fishery and is one that anyone who fishes with me can have success with. Most of my clients catch the biggest rainbow trout of their life during their day on the water with me.... #ilovemyjob

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Will SchwabIs that all catch and release Jeff?1 week ago

Dan HamiltonLet's get together and fire the head biologist in Sacramento6 days, 17 hours ago

Craig McBrideAwesome fish1 week ago

Jeff Goodwin's Guide Service - Full Time Professional Guide Services. added 2 new photos. BOOK YOUR SEPTEMBER SAC SALMON TRIP!!! Calendar dates with a "dot" are booked. All other days are available for salmon trip reservations. Call or msg to book!

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We are pleased to have partnered with Power Pro and will be using the Power Pro braid lines to fill our Shimano reel spools! Power Pro braid is a superior braid line in the fishing industry, and we believe our clients will enjoy the performance and reliability Power Pro lines have to offer while fishing with us. #powerprobraid

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Kenny StangenbergThats my braid of choice on everything I run, including backing on my fly rods!1 week ago

Dan IngledewIt's the only braid use. The super 8 slick works great on a spinning reel.1 week ago

Kevin JaimeGreat stuff... Let me know when ya have some extra1 week, 1 day ago

Ben WiechmanMy go-to braid, awesome stuff!1 week, 1 day ago

Ben RasmussenSlick 8 is the best all I run. 👍1 week, 1 day ago

Roger GainesGo to for me1 week, 1 day ago

Jeff KritskyGreat product congratulations bud1 week, 1 day ago

Had some great rainbows come to the net today while fishing the Sacramento River. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to capture the biggest fish of the day on video. This was a fun fish, but wasn't one of the big boys...

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Another day of great trout fishing on the Sacramento River. Great grade of fish once the bite turned on! #fishgloomis #fishshimano #dicknitespoons

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