Northern California steelhead fishing guides Jan 7, 2016.

Smith River steelhead fishing report.

The absolute best time to steelhead fish on the North Coast is right now.  Recent rains have brought up the flows on the Smith River.   These rains have brought in groups of very large chrome bright steelhead into the Smith River.  Many steelhead here are averaging 8 to 10 pounds with very large steelhead 11 to 18 pounds coming in daily.  The Smith River is a great drift boat or bank fishing river with lots of fishing access.  Anglers drifting yarn/puffball combos are doing best side drifting.  Bank fishing has been best with the large flows this week.   January and February are peak months with steelhead in the river through March.

Chetco River steelhead fishing report.

Like the Smith, the Chetco River is also experiencing a large push of fresh steelhead for the last three weeks.  Located just over the California border 20 miles North of the Smith River, the Chetco river in Southern Oregon is producing both large runs of hatchery and wild steelhead.  On average the steelhead are smaller than the Smith but the run is by far larger than what anglers encounter on the Smith.  Average steelhead 4 to 8 pounds with larger steelhead 9 to 12 pounds are coming in daily before these big rains.  The Chetco is high and blown out at the time of this report.  Both bank and drift boat fishermen are doing best side drifting with yarn/puffball combos when flows drop back down to fishable conditions.  The steelhead run on the Chetco will peak through February and run into March.

Trinity River steelhead fishing report.

Recent rains have brought the Trinity River up from Douglas City downriver to Del Loma.  Best steelhead fishing water at this time will be up higher near the top in Lewiston.  Steelhead 3 to 6 pounds are still coming in daily on the Trinity River with larger steelhead 6 to 8 pounds.  Both fly and conventional fishermen are doing best from both the bank and a drift boat.  Clearest water to fish has been up high near the town of Lewiston.

This weeks Northern California and Southern Oregon steelhead fishing report is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.  For the latest local fishing information or to book your fishing vacation, call guide Dave Jacobs direct at 1 (530) 646-9110 or visit his 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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