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About James

Tight Lines Guide Service with Capt. Fishin’ James – Your local Sacramento Fishing Guide. I have been fishing since I was able to hold a fishing rod in the lakes and rivers all over Northern California and high sierra. I specialize in King Salmon, Stripers, Kokanee, Trout, Land Locked King Salmon, and Mackinaw Trout on the Sacramento River, Folsom Lake, Oroville Lake, Stampede Reservoir, Donner Lake, Lake Tahoe, and the Sacramento Delta. My goal is to allow you to sit back, relax, and enjoy yourself while I do whatever it takes to help create a memory that will last a lifetime.  I provide all the top quality equipment from Shimano and Abu Garcia reels, to Lamiglas and Shimano rods with the latest in electronics.  I run 2 boats for different applications.  2014 23′ Rouge Chinook with 225hp tiller model sled for rivers and delta and a 2006 22′ Boulton Pro Sea Skiff with 225hp with 4 downriggers for lakes.

Something that is very important to me is the remembrance of our veterans and the sacrifice they made. If you see my boat out on the water and I am flying an American flag, that means I have a veteran on board. Stop on by and be sure to say, “Thank you for your service,” to the veterans I have the privilege of guiding.

Reviews from Real People

May 10, 2013

We had such an amazing time! Thank you so much. There were 8 of us and we all agree the fishing trip with Capt Rick made it the best trip we have ever had! We are coming back!

I just met you at a store purchasing lures for your next trip. I just want to say thank you for sharing information with me. It’s not often you find a guide who so open and willing to help a rookie river fisherman. If I don’t start catching I will be sure to call you and book a trip. Book a trip with James! He is one of the good guys that is passionate about catching fish.!


Hello, I am a Loomis resident, and I was driving behind you when you had your boat in tow and noticed the website on the side. I checked it out and liked what I saw. I salmon fish myself when they are running, but shoot beads in the river to catch. Never fished for them on a boat. I was just curious though, if you are gonna be guiding ocean fishing trips? Possibly the S.F. Bay, Tomales, or Bodega? How about ocean crabbing trips? Anyhow, nice website!

Renato SilvaLoomis

I just got back from an amazing salmon trip with Fishin’ James. He’s knowledgeable, friendly and definitely knows every inch of the Sacramento River. Out of over 20 boats in the area fishing for salmon, we were the only boat that caught fish! His boat has protection from the elements, comfortable, and even has a DVD player! When I go Kokanee fishing next month, I’m definitely booking my trip with Fishin’ James!

Troy Nimmo

The man knows how to fish!!!!! Have had the pleasure of catching many salmon with James over the years. If the salmon are swimming anywhere near the boat. Get ready to battle a nice king. Good luck James, and keep the big net at the ready.

Jeff VanoverMagalia CA