Smith River fishing report 12-24-2015.

Trinity River steelhead fishing.

Currently the Trinity River is dropping back into fishable shape from Lewiston downriver through Junction City.  Anglers looking for the clearest water to fish should try up high near Lewiston and work their way downriver in the next few days as the river clears. Steelhead 3 to 5 pounds are being caught with larger steelhead 6 to 8 pounds hooked occasionally.  Best bets are drifting small hand tied glo bugs or roe/puffball combos from both the bank or a drift boat.  Flows in Lewiston are at 300 cfs at the time of this report.

Smith River steelhead fishing.  

The Smith River has blown out and gone to flood stage several times this month and is currently on a steady drop from the last high water earlier this week.  The Smith River flows look very good for both bank and drift boat anglers for the next week.  As the Smith River gets clearer later in the week anglers can try the Chetco River to the North just over the Oregon border.  The Smith and Chetco rivers both produce chrome bright, hard fighting coastal steelhead in January and February.

Sacramento River fishing report.

The Sacramento River is now closed to all king salmon fishing. The upper river near Redding is producing the best wild rainbow trout fishing and has the clearest water for anglers to fish. Both fly and drift fishermen are doing well on wild bows in Redding drifting from a driftboat down through Anderson.   The winter white sturgeon run is starting now with the higher muddier flows attracting sturgeon to come up the Sacramento River to spawn from the Bay/Delta. Anglers can expect more sturgeon to show from Verona upriver through Colusa in January and February.

This weeks Sacramento, Smith, Chetco and Trinity River fishing reports are courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.  For more local fishing information call guide Dave Jacobs at 1 (530) 646-9110 or visit his website at


Pictured is Bob Baker with a incredible 21 pound Smith River steelhead he caught while out with guide Dave Jacobs on a previous winter steelhead fishing trip.  The biggest of the steelhead run enters early in late December and January.  Large double digit sized steelhead come in daily on the Smith River near Crescent City, Ca.



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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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