Lower Sacramento River
4 Seasons. 2 Species. 1 River. Redding, CA
Considered to be the best Wild Trout River on the West Coast, the Lower Sacramento River’s flows are dam controlled, pulling water from the bottom of Shasta Lake, this keeps water temperatures at a constant 56 degrees, which is ideal for trout year round. Its upper reaches run through the heart of downtown Redding and meander through residential backyards. The lower stretches slip into a western type feeling as cows, turkeys, deer, and waterfowl make their way up and down the Lower Sacramento River banks. Our fishing guides typically cover 6 – 20+ miles of river a day from drift boat with over a 100 miles of drift and fishable water to choose from. Our Sacramento River fishing guides can float from downtown Redding to Corning.
“Some of our guides have been fishing here for decades and understand this river as good as anybody.”
When should I fish?
Springtime brings Brachycentrus Caddis, often called “Mothers Day Caddis” these bugs have been known for prolific midday and early evening hatches. Often during these hatches, our fishing guides throw dries to rising fish or find a bank and pull over. Not only is this a great time for dries, but it is also a great time to walk the bank and swing soft hackles, or more commonly known as flies imitating caddis emergers. Spring is truly the time for those fairytale days of fishing, where everything just seems to come together. Trout are trying to gain a substantial amount of weight preparing for their annual spawn. This is the time of year where we play the numbers game. Join us this spring for some truly special California fly fishing!
These are the dogs days of summer on the Lower Sacramento River and it’s hot, weather and fishing alike. Prolific hatches of Hydropsyche Caddis are happening from late afternoon through evening, and the fish are keying in on this bountiful food source. Our fishing guides get on the water around 10:00 AM this time of year and generally will make longer floats sometimes covering 25 miles per day from drift boat. The constant cool temperatures of the Lower Sacramento River keep fish healthy and anglers happy throughout the day as 100-degree weather is consistent in Redding this time of year. Summer is a great time to hook large numbers of fish during the day and have epic dry fly fishing in the evening. Schedule your fishing trip today!
Weather temperatures start cooling, Beatis Mayflies are taking to the air as the Chinook Salmon also known as “Kings,” make their way into the Lower Sacramento River system for their annual spawn. It seems as though every trout in the river finds its way behind a salmon redd to gorge themselves on eggs being released from hens (females salmon). Fall presents some of the best fly fishing on the Lower Sacramento River with October being the best month of the whole year. Any given day in fall can lead not only to hooking epic numbers of fish but also finding massive trout or “Brutes” laying in the shallows. Trout 20-25 inches are often hooked this time of year. Starting a drift from Anderson River Park puts you into the lower river, and the chances for hooking into a true river ghost, Oncorhynchus mykiss, a.k.a. the Steelhead. Hook one and you’ll know it, it’ll be something to remember as 8 out of 10 times these escape artists make even the toughest guys go weak in the knees and left asking themselves “What just happened.” Tailor your fishing vacation today!
It’s winter time on the Lower Sacramento River, rain, wind, and colder weather can keep the faint of heart sitting on the couch. Most people will stay off the river as the die-hards make their way out searching for fat trout that have overindulged on eggs throughout the fall, some of the heaviest trout caught all year are taken during the winter months. We’re generally done with the numbers game at this time of year and with lower flows, there are plenty of wade fishing opportunities. Some of the best Beatis mayfly fishing happens in the winter months, and there are often short windows during the day for throwing dries to rising trout. Join us fishing guides for a truly special fly fishing trip!
Rates & Reservations
We offer several guided fishing trips on the Lower Sacramento River.
Half Day Guided Fishing: $375.00
1-2 anglers, 4-5 hours on the water, beverage, snacks, equipment, terminal tackle and flies.
Full Day Guided Fishing: $475.00
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 our guests’ 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 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.
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 our guests’ 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 it along with you for the day trip. Our fishing 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 fishing charters designed 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. They are perfect for beginner fly fishing! 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 our guests’ dietary needs and any food allergies. Water is always available and is on hand.
- Half day Walk & Wade trips do not include lunch. Guest 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.
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* 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 checks and major credit cards 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.