guide staff

As the founder and owner of Jeff Goodwin Guide Service, Captain Jeff Goodwin is pleased to introduce to you Northern California’s finest team of sport fishing guides in the business. With over 75 years of combined experience on the water, you can take comfort in knowing that your best chance for a successful and memorable day of guided fishing will be realized when fishing with us. Hand picked and held to the highest standards, our fully licensed, bonded, and insured guides will always give your party 100% effort, provide a safe environment, and will always be friendly and respectful to everyone in your group. We’ve worked hard to get where we are, and in doing so, we’ve set the industry standard for guided sport fishing trips around the state.

Captain Jeff Goodwin

Captain Jeff Goodwin has been fishing the Pacific Northwest and Northern California waters for over 25 years.  He currently works as a year round, full time fishing guide and is able to offer his clients the very best fishing trips in Northern California any day of the week.  Fishing has been his passion since childhood and it has grown every year since.  He has had the opportunity to become very familiar with fishing for multiple species of salmon, rainbow and brown trout, Steelhead, Kokanee salmon, and finally, Ca. Delta and river run Striped bass.  In addition to honing his skills as a fisherman, he has thousands of hours of powerboat handling experience on numerous bodies of water.  He is a licensed fishing guide by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and holds a USCG OUPV Captain’s License.  He is bonded, insured and is certified in first aid and CPR.

*Jeff has hand picked a team of like minded guides with superior work ethics who want nothing more than to see their clients have a great time on the water and to experience some of their best fishing trips ever! Read about our expert fishing guides below.

captain justin thompson

Expert guide, Justin Thompson with a Sacramento River late fall King salmon!

Expert guide, Justin Thompson with a Sacramento River late fall King salmon!

Justin is an experienced fishing guide and has been fishing Northern California waters for over twenty years. Fishing isn’t just what he does for a living, it’s what he does for fun too! Spending the past twenty years fishing in Northern California makes Justin very qualified to guide our clients on many of the different fishing trips we offer. Justin is a USCG licensed captain and is a licensed guide with the the Ca. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife. With all of his experience to share, Justin is confident that you’ll catch more fish with him (regardless of your skill level or age) than you would be able to catch on your own. He’s on our local rivers and lakes almost every single day of the year, which has given him a true understanding of the behavior and patterns of our local fisheries. Justin’s 25’ power boat and custom drift boat are always meticulously cleaned, organized, and the rods and equipment he uses are the best in the industry. Justin has always believed in quality and excellence, and that’s what you’ll experience on the boat when you fish with him. 

captain kenny turner

Captain Kenny Turner can put your group on the best fishing locations on the Sacramento River. With over 30 years fishing for salmon, trout, and steelhead, you’ll be in really good hands during your day on the water.

Captain Kenny Turner can put your group on the best fishing locations on the Sacramento River. With over 30 years fishing for salmon, trout, and steelhead, you’ll be in really good hands during your day on the water.

Captain Kenny Turner has been fishing Northern California rivers for over 30 years and is an extremely talented fishing guide on the Sacramento River. As another one of our USCG licensed guides, Kenny specializes in our King salmon, Steelhead, and rainbow trout fisheries and has very high success and catch rates while guiding our clients on the Sacramento River. Kenny is a very friendly, seasoned guide, and our clients always have a fun day while fishing with him. He’s very patient, respectful and readily provides all the necessary instruction required to get his clients hooked up with the fish he is pursuing that day. Kenny’s new 25’ Alumaweld jet boat and all his G.Loomis and Shimano fishing gear is undeniably the finest the industry has to offer. Kenny is one of the best Sacramento River fishing guides in California and thats why he is on our team. When your party is booked with Kenny, be rest assured that you are in very good hands and your day on the Sacramento River will be one you all will surely enjoy.

Jaynie Goodwin- co-owner/office manager

Jaynie Goodwin keeps things moving with her busy office schedule, but she gets to get out and see the other side of the business as well. Clearly you can see she does very well at both!

Jaynie Goodwin keeps things moving with her busy office schedule, but she gets to get out and see the other side of the business as well. Clearly you can see she does very well at both!

Jaynie Goodwin works hard at keeping our guide staff schedules straight and our client contacts answered in a timely manner. She handles our fishing trip deposit invoicing and makes sure all of our clients have the information they need before their trip. She’s an angler just like the rest of us and can answer many of the general questions most clients have, but please know, she likes to leave the technical and unique questions to the guides scheduled to fish with you. Jaynie is an important element of our team and will do all that she can to make sure your guided fishing trip is booked with as little work on your end as possible. We want you to enjoy your fishing experience with us and it all begins with Jaynie Goodwin.

"Hi Jeff, Just a note to tell you my son Brant and I had a great time fishing with you. You’re the best guide we’ve ever worked with and we want you to know that. You’re knowledgeable, on time, and professional. Keep up the good work and we hope to use your services again in the near future”.

Sincerely,

Hal Ueckert- Reno, NV