Smith River steelhead fishing report 1-19-2015

The Smith River has finally received some much needed rain and is still rising at the time of this report.  Although there have been a few steelhead around to catch, the low clear conditions have made for challenging fishing. As I have stated many times, conditions in this region can change quickly and the Smith River has received a very good amount of rain through Sunday and is now one of the first rivers North to drop and begin to clear. This morning the Smith River is dropping nicely at 10,500 cfs and will be in excellent fishing shape this week as dry weather has returned.  This much needed rain will undoubtedly bring in new groups of bright winter steelhead.

Chetco River steelhead fishing report

Just to the North of the Smith River, the Chetco River near Brookings Oregon is too receiving a good dose of much needed rain.  The Chetco River had a significant rise in flow on Sunday and is too now dropping nicely.  Current flows are still high this morning at over 8,ooo cfs but too will begin to fish well again later this week with the returning dry weather. The Chetco will also host some great bank and driftboat fishing later this week.  This current water rise will also bring in new fresh winter steelhead.

Eel River steelhead fishing report 

The “go to” Northern California steelhead fishing river of week is now slightly on the rise and will soon color up and move this winter’s steelhead around.  There looks to be a good chance of steelhead fishing conditions on the South Fork Eel soon with the returning rains.  If too much rains fall in this region anglers can expect very colored river conditions.  These weekend rains are rising the South Fork and it does look like it may fish  later this week when these rains stop.  Last week anglers landed very nice winter steelhead on both the South Fork and main stem Eel River above Rio Dell and Garberville.

Trinity River steelhead fishing report

The Trinity River continues to produce consistent steelhead fishing with flows at the winter rate of 300 cfs in Lewiston.  Best fishing from Lewiston downriver through Junction City.  There are very good bank fishing and driftboat fishing happening now for both conventional and fly fishermen.  The steelhead now are a mix of new arriving steelhead and spawned down runners 3 to 6 pounds on average.

RIVER CONDITIONS CAN CHANGE VERY QUICKLY DUE TO RUNOFF FROM RAINS IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AND SOUTHERN OREGON. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL AHEAD FOR CURRENT RIVER CONDITIONS AS THEY WILL CHANGE QUICKLY THIS TIME OF YEAR.

 

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Professional Guide Dave Jacobs is licensed to operate in both California and Oregon. Dave Jacobs is a licensed guide with The California Department of Fish and Wildlife as well as a current licensed Oregon guide registered with The Oregon State Marine Board. Guide Dave Jacobs is also licensed to operate in the Rogue/Siskiyou National Forest on the upper Chetco River in Oregon, licensed to operate in the Six Rivers National Forest on The Smith River, Klamath River, Trinity River and South Fork Trinity River. Guide Dave Jacobs is also licensed with the Bureau of Land Management to operate on the upper Trinity River from Lewiston California downriver to Grays Falls on the Trinity River. Guide Dave Jacobs also holds a Merchant Mariner Credential with The U.S. Coast Guard and is certified in both CPR and First Aid. We are an equal opportunity provider.

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