Smith and Chetco steelhead fishing 1-3-2016 Dave Jacobs January 4, 2016 Fishing Report Smith and Chetco steelhead fishing 1-3-2016. The past holiday steelhead fishing week was fantastic on both the Smith and Chetco Rivers. Both rivers have been fishing very good after the high waters just before Christmas and both have dropped into fishable shape. Both bank and drift bot fishermen are bringing in the early run of steelhead 5 to 16 pounds. The Smith River has produced the bigger steelhead this past week but he Chetco has produced great catching numbers of 4 to 8 steelhead a day with a great mix of hatchery and wild steelhead. The best bets on the Chetco River have been side drifting yarn/puffball combos or roe/puffball combos for steelhead 4 to 12 pounds. With the lower water on the Chetco most steelhead are being caught very close to the North Fork and has been very good for the bank and drift boat fishermen all week/weekend. Over on the Smith River, steelhead are spread throughout the entire river system even high on both the South and Middle forks for the bank fishermen. The drift boats have been catching steelhead from the forks downriver to Ruby this week on yarn/puffball combos or roe/puffball combos. Both the Smith and Chetco are forecasted to get some more good rain this week rising both rivers, steelhead fishing should build through the rest of January and into early February.