4 Seasons. 5 Species. 1 River. Sacramento, CA

Running through the heart of Sacramento, this tailwater fishery is an angler’s dream with its long runs, deep holes, shallow riffles, and extensive holding pools. The lower American can be fished year ‘round. And depending on the season, our fishing charters can target shad, striped bass, Chinook salmon, and steelhead. There’s also a good population of “half-pounders” and resident rainbows. Fishing aside, a float trip down the Lower American can also serve as a great wildlife viewing day. It is not uncommon for those on our fishing trips to spot deer, coyotes, turkeys, bald eagles, beavers, otters, turtles, and a plethora of waterfowl.

“The American River is in our backyard and our guides fish it everyday of the year.”


When should I fish?

Spring

In the immortal words of little Carol Anne from the movie Poltergeist, “They’re here.” But this is no horror story, my friends. Rather, it’s the reallife drama starring the American shad. Rejoice as the “poor man’s tarpon” return to the lower American en masse. So grab your popcorn, some shad darts, and join our fishing guides for the show. After all, you have a supporting role.

Summer

The shad bite continues in full swing – no pun intended. The hottest action of the day occurs during low light, be it breakfast or dinner. But you better put away that 6 wt. and gear up as the striped bass have infiltrated the river as well. These behemoths of brute force are sure to test even the best gear as well as your muscles. Perfect for those looking for a challenge on their fishing vacation!

Fall

‘Tis the season for the sultans of the Salmonoid. First to arrive are the mighty Kings. Dime bright and full of energy, these bad boys from the Pacific will stretch the limits on your drag system. Following soon thereafter, are what many consider the top prize of all the anadromous species, the steelhead. Have your track shoes ready ‘cuz these hogs like to run.

Winter

This is prime time for steelhead on the lower American – and not just any steelhead. Fish in excess of 15 pounds are cruising the feeding lanes, hangin’ in the redds and scouring the tail outs, ready for whatever comes their way. Once hooked – prepare for battle. Surrender is not an option for these masters of the long line release. Winter fishing trips to the lower American offer some truly great fishing in Northern California.


Rates & Reservations

We offer several fishing trips on the Lower American River.

Half Day Guided Fishing: $350.00

1-2 anglers, 4-5 hours on the water, beverage, snacks, equipment, terminal tackle and flies.

Full Day Guided Fishing: $450.00

1-2 anglers, 8-10 hours on the water, beverage, snacks, lunch, equipment, terminal tackle and flies.


Full Day Guided Drift Boat Trips

Full day guided drift boat trip(s) are designed for 1-2 people. A third person can be accommodated for an additional charge of $100.00. Your day on the water consists of 8 hours on the water. On typical days we cover 3-24 miles of water (depending on river and time of year).

Your Day Includes:

  • Lunches, fruit, and beverages. Our lunches are always deli fresh, picked up the morning of your day by your guide. Lunch is based on clients dietary needs and any food allergies. Water is always available and is fully stocked on all boats.
  • Rods, reels, lines and all terminal tackle, this includes flies, leaders, tippet and any other expendable amenities needed for the day. * Want to use your own gear? Please feel free to bring it along with you for the days trip. Our fishing guides will be happy to rig any rod that you might want to fish if specialized for the particular fishing condition.

Half Day Guided Drift Boat Trips

Half day guided drift boat trips(s) are designed for 1-2 people. A third person can be accommodated for an additional charge of $100.00. Your day on the water consists of 4-5 hours on the water. On a typical day, we cover 2-6 miles of water (depending on river and the time of year).

Your Half Day Includes:

  • Snacks, fruit, and beverages. These are based on clients dietary needs and any food allergies. Water is always available and is fully stocked on all boats.
  • Rods, reels, lines and all terminal tackle, this includes flies, leaders, tippet and any other expendable amenities need for the day. * Want to use your own gear? Please feel free to bring along with you for the days trip. Our guides will be happy to rig any rod that you might want to fish, if specialized for the particular fishing condition.

Full & Half Day Walk & Wade Trips

Walk & Wade trips are for those who are looking for a more intimate time with the water in which they are fishing. Learn how to read water and where to look for fish, the importance of flows, entomology, water access, and casting/fishing techniques. These trips can range from physically light to moderate conditions. From light walking to hiking in/out, a tremendous amount of energy will be spent throughout your day. We ask that all clients seeking a walk & wade trip are physically able to walk a 3-10% grade on their own (mountain, hill, canyon and stream incline). We will match fishing conditions to client’s abilities as much as possible.

Walk & Wade trips are designed for 1-2 people. A third person can be accommodated for an additional charge of $100.00. Your Full Day on the water consists of 8 hours fishing and travel, half days consist of 4-5 hours fishing and travel. On a typical day, we cover 1-3 miles of water (depending on river and the time of year).

Walk & Wade Includes:

  • Full day Walk & Wade trips include Lunches, fruit, and beverages. Our lunches are always deli fresh, picked up the morning of your day by your guide. Lunch is based on clients dietary needs and any food allergies. Water is always available and is on hand.
  • Half day Walk & Wade trips do not include lunch. Clients will be provided with snacks, fruit, and beverages.
  • Rods, reels, lines and all terminal tackle, this includes flies, leaders, tippet and any other expendable amenities need for the day.

What’s Not Included in My Guided Reservation

  • Alcoholic Beverages: This includes undistilled fermented beverages such as beer, wine, and cider.
  • Rain Gear: This includes all waterproof breathable rain gear; Raincoats, rain hats, ponchos, parkas, rain pants, rain boots, gaiters, umbrella, trap, goggles and stretch wrap.
  • Articles of Clothing: This includes underwear, swimsuits, socks, rainwear, base layering, insulated overwear, windbreakers, fleece, gloves, buffs, and any headwear of any kind.
  • Waders and Boots: This includes all wader and boot types; Waders include rubber, canvas, neoprene and breathable. Boots include stocking foot and boot foot.
  • Gratuities

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Book A Guided Fishing Trip

* A 50% deposit is due at the time of booking calendar date. You have the option to make full payment at this time. A valid credit card is required to confirm a reservation. Personal check, major credit card are all accepted as payment. Please make all checks payable to Fish Habit Outfitters. Final payments are due 30 days prior to scheduled trip date. All trips booked within 30 days of scheduled trip are due at time of making reservation.

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