Smith River steelhead fishing report Crescent City California.

The current Smith River steelhead fishing report Crescent City California is brought to you courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.

Smith River steelhead fishing report.

The shinning star for anglers looking to get out and do some fishing this past week has been the Smith River near Crescent City, California.   The Smith River has received its fair share of heavy rain as well lately, but being Californias first river to drop and clear the Smith River is on par for some more great steelhead fishing after this coming weekend.  The Smith River is bracing for another round of heavy rain Wednesday into Thursday but weather forecast suggest sunny drier conditions this weekend right into next week.  The Smith River should begin to fish for the bank anglers willing to do some plunking  and should begin to fish from the drift boats again early next week. The Chetco River to the North is still very high and probably will not begin to fish until the middle to latter part of next week.  Steelhead fishing was very good before this most recent storm and February is one of the top steelhead fishing months on the North coast.

Trinity River steelhead fishing report.

The great steelhead fishing on the Trinity River near Lewiston, California has continued. With another water rise from the newest rounds of rain, the Trinity River is high but there are plenty of steelhead scattered throughout the river. Best sections include many different drifts with put in and take out points from Lewiston downriver to Pigeon Point. Steelhead anglers are scoring big on steelhead both with conventional spin gear and on the fly. Best conventional bets are back trolled Brad’s wigglers and Maglip plugs in the chrome, gold or copper patterns. Another conventional go to technique has been a diver/egg presentation with natural cured roe/puffball being the main offering for success. Fly anglers have been finding their success indicator fishing with golden stones and “rubber leg” patterns. These recent rains are certain to attract more steelhead upriver this month on the Trinity River.  Anglers should focus on the upper Trinity to fish first as flows drop from these recent storms near Lewiston California as it is the first section to become fishable after heavy rains.

Sacramento River sturgeon and striper fishing.

Currently the Sacramento River is extremely high and unfishable.  The heavy rain runoff and high releases from our reservoirs at Shasta and Oroville, have made sturgeon fishing impossible for the last theree weeks.  Sturgeon are in the river at this time and will become fishable down near Colusa California as flows begin to recede.  The Sacramento and Feather River striper fishing will begin in late March and peak through the entire month of April and early May.

Todays Smith, Trinity and Sacramento River fishing reports are courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.  For more local river fishing information in Northern California and Southern Oregon give guide Dave Jacobs a call direct at 1 (530) 646-9110 or visit

Pictured this week is John Adams from Hilmar California with guide Dave Jacobs and another nice Chetco River steelhead caught before this weeks rains.  Anglers can look forward to these rivers fishing great again after this weekend.

About The Author

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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