River Salmon & Tahoe Mackinaw coming up!

River salmon seasons are coming up! I’ll be on the Sacramento River near Chico in August, where water conditions are looking good this year! In September, I’ll move to the epic and wild Trinity Canyons where kings — and steelhead — will be on the menu.

Most folks book a year in advance for the Trinity, so I have added some dates this year to accommodate all of you who have been wanting to get on the schedule.

To get on the books, call us at (916) 952-1595 or email at fishwithjd@gmail.com


I still have room the second two weeks of July and the first week of August for light tackle mackinaw jigging trips. These are fun, high likelihood of success trips on one of the most beautiful bodies of water anywhere! Get in touch asap if you would like to get in on the fun.


Fishing Report, May 23

The striper fishing…amazingly…just keeps on trucking in the Delta and I found pretty good numbers of fish on the San Joaquin on Friday and the Sacramento side on Saturday (despite howling winds). I also took a day to take “Local Heroes Fishing” out of Rio Vista in which I donated a day to fish some local young men from the US Coast Guard and US Marine Corps out fishing as a small way to say thanks for their service.

Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 8.06.52 PMI’ve also been chasing shad in the American River, where the fishing has been outstanding. Last Weds, we also did a fun combo trip on the Feather in which we caught smallmouth, largemouth and striped bass, a bunch of shad and lost a steelhead all in the same day.

Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 8.07.28 PMShad is going to be the main game in town for awhile and then I’ll switch to Tahoe mackinaw jigging trips in July.

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Fishing Report, April 22

 We’ve had a few strikes against us here this week with the changing barometer, full moon and striper spawn in high gear — but the fishing keeps on keeping on. I’m having to bounce around a bit day to day to find the fish but so far, so good. 

I’m seeing blue-backed fresh fish every day mixed with the occasional spawned out bass. There are lots of fish in the system and plenty yet to come, based on the good Delta reports I’m getting. 

The fish continue to be on the small side but there are more and more larger hens showing up in the mix. 

This week, we’ve seen some nice topwater action during the low light periods of the day — and then when the day brightens, I’ve been going with swimbaits and minnows, depending on the group. 
We should get at least another 2-3 weeks out of this — and probably more.     

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