Sacramento R. Salmon Fishing

The Sacramento River plays host to some of the largest king salmon runs on the West Coast (even Alaska!). The kings start pouring in mid-summer and this amazing river will pump out great fishing all the way to Thanksgiving…and beyond!

Sacramento River Kings typically average around 15 pounds, though we catch them over 30 pounds each year…46 pounds was the biggest one of my clients caught recently and the river record is 88 pounds.

Feather River Salmon Fishing

One of the Sacramento River’s major tributaries, the Feather River gets a big run of king salmon and they are the Sacramento Valley’s earliest returning fish. The action here begins in August and runs into October.

American River Salmon Fishing

The American River’s Chinook salmon fishing can be epic and it’s particularly nice because of its proximity to Sacramento. It’s within easy striking distance of the Bay Area by car -- and even LA via a short 1-hour flight.

Your Day

Your full-day fishing trip, unless otherwise specified, will begin just before dawn (exact times depend on time of year, weather, tides, etc). Once on the water, we will give a brief seminar on the day’s techniques and then fishing begins!

•Sacramento Valley Salmon Trips last 7 hours.

What We Provide

• All bait, tackle, rods & reels
• Fish cleaning & processing and cooking suggestions

What You Need to Bring

• Fishing license and appropriate stamps (Purchase licenses online HERE)
• Lunch and drinks
• Rain gear/sun screen
• Camera (though we always have one on the boat and can email you pix of your fish!)
• Ice chest to keep fillets fresh on the way home


A 50% deposit is required to hold a date; Refundable with 3 weeks notice or due to unfishable conditions.



Sacramento River: We focus on Sacramento River salmon fishing in October and November and target the lower section of the river where the fish are chrome bright.

Feather River: We start fishing the Feather River for kings in late August and continue into early October. Most trips originate from the Gridley area.

American River: American River Chinook salmon fishing peaks in October.

JD holding up a nice sacramento king for longtime customer Rusty.


Sacramento Valley Kings, 7 hours

We can handle up to 6 anglers per boat and can easily accommodate large corporate and family multi-boat parties as well.

Get in Touch

We're here to answer any questions about your trip you may have. Feel free to reach out!

Reservation Hotline
Tamara Richey (916) 952-1595
Call or text

Talk to JD direct:
(916) 952-1554
Usually best in the late afternoon, after fishing


Sacramento Valley Salmon Fishing Gallery

Guided Salmon Fishing on the Sacramento, Feather & American Rivers