Chetco River steelhead fishing report 2-5-2015.

Steelhead fishing on Southern Oregons Chetco river has been just fair this past week due to low and clear river conditions. However, welcomed rain has returned here in early February and currently the Chetco River has risen from a low of just over 1000 cfs to well over 5000 cfs.   The Chetco River was in need of a fresh shot of water to bring in more fresh steelhead and give the river some much needed color as reported by Chetco River fishing guide Dave Jacobs.  The fishing window here could be very short lived though as a very impressive rain event is forecasted through Sunday night with double digit precipitation and possible flooding expected.  February is a very good time to fish the Chetco River for Winter steelhead.

Smith River steelhead fishing report.

Steelhead fishing on the Smith River has also been tough lately due to very low and clear river conditions.  Fishing will pick back up with a new push of fresh steelhead after the significant river rise happening now and through the weekend.  The Smith River is forecasted to blow out this week with a very long wet weather system forecasted to bring double digit rainfall to the region.  Anglers can expect the Smith River to be one of the first rivers to come back into fishable shape as it drops and clears the fastest in the region.  Currently the Smith River is rising and  going straight up from recent rains as reported by Smith River steelhead fishing guide Dave Jacobs.

Eel River steelhead fishing report.

Fishing this past week was good on the main stem Eel River as it came into fishable conditions.  The South Fork Eel dropped out to low and clear making the main stem Eel a better bet for steelhead fishing success as reported by Eel River fishing guide Dave Jacobs.  Currently the main stem is on the rise, but this weeks rain event will undoubtedly blow out the Eel River.  Steelhead fishing rivers to the North will be a better bet as the Eel River will need some time to drop and clear enough to fish.

Sacramento River fishing report.

Trout fish in the upper reaches of the Sacramento River have remained tough due to the muddy releases from Shasta and Keswick lakes. Shasta and Keswick lake have remained muddy from heavy rains in December which is providing the muddy flows into the Sacramento River near Redding.  Trout and steelhead are being caught from Redding to Red Bluff but with just fair results as the river conditions have made for tougher than usual fishing.

Farther downriver below Butte City,  white sturgeon are beginning to show and the leading edge of this years white sturgeon run is beginning.  Just a few sturgeon, mostly oversized have been hooked recently.  Look for much higher river conditions as the Sacramento River is forecasted to rise from heavy rains later this week to over 60,000 cfs at the Bend bridge gauge.  February and March are very good times to fish for white sturgeon on the Sacramento River as reported by Sacramento River sturgeon fishing guide Dave Jacobs.

Trinity River steelhead fishing report.

The Trinity River has continued to produce both hatchery and wild steelhead 3 to 6 pounds for both conventional and fly fishermen as reported by Trinity River guide Dave Jacobs.  Best bets have been from Lewiston downriver through Junction City.  Lewiston Lake is now providing much more colored water conditions from heavy rains in December.  Currently, the river does clear as you move downriver, as more clear creeks feed the Trinity.  This region too, is expecting heavy rains which will rise and color the Trinity. After the rains,  downriver will be blown out with muddy creek flows,  however, look to the upper Trinity River to fish first after these rains push through.


The Northern California and Southern Oregon fishing report of the Chetco, Trinity, Eel and Smith River’s are courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service. For more local fishing information, call guide Dave Jacobs at 1 (530) 646-9110 or visit the website at

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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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