Russian River
Fishing Guide

Types of Fish in the Russian River
Large Mouth Bass
Small Mouth Bass
Striped Bass
Shad (Seasonal)
Chinook (Seasonal)
Coho Salmon (Seasonal)
Steelhead (Seasonal)

Licensed Guides

Steve Jackson
Russian River
(707) 869-2156

Thee River's Guide Service - Ron Babbini
Russian River
(707) 431-0851

Bass & Boars - Tony Giorgi
Sonoma and Lake Counties
(707) 857-3752

Tailout Guide Service - Michael Kelly
Russian River, Gualala
(707) 874-2126

Bodega Bay Charter Boats

Wil's Fishing Adventures
P.O. Box 1555
Bodega Bay 94923
(707) 875-2323

Aggressor Adventures
Bodega Bay
(707) 829-4728

The Boat House
1445 Hwy 1
Bodega Bay
(707) 875-3495

Bodega Charters
Bodega Bay
(707) 463-3618

Bodega Bay Sportfishing Center
1410 B Bay Flat Rd
Bodega Bay
(707) 875-3344

  Fishing Locations
The two main options are to fish from shore at one of the parks or other beach access locations, or to rent a canoe or kayak and paddle to a good spot. For information on renting a canoe or kayak visit the Canoeing and Kayaking page. For information on parks, visit the Parks page. All beaches along the river are public property.

The Russian River is a year-round fishery. Late Fall begins the Steelhead run, and continues through April. Next comes the "Mighty" Shad, April through June. Summertime is Prime time for Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill, and Carp. The Russian River is a "barbless- hook" river all year. Check California Dept. of Fish and Game regulations for specific bag limits and rules. Access spots and fishing hole maps as well as regulation books can be obtained at any of the local tackle shops.

Barbless hooks year round
No bait April 1st through November 1st

King's Sport and Tackle in downtown Guerneville is a great source for fishing information. They sell all the bait, tackle, licenses targeted at the Russian River and have up to date information on fishing conditions.

Ocean Fish

Salmon - Halibut - Rock Cod - Ling Cod - Albacore Tuna - and others

People fishing on the Russian River

^ Images by George Scott Zastrow

[above] Fishing the surf at Bodega Dunes, this fisherman has already had two catches.

Fishing Map: Fish Sniffer, Russian River
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