Smith River steelhead fishing January 17,2018 Dave Jacobs January 17, 2018 Fishing Report, Trophy Fish Smith River steelhead fishing January 17,2018. This Smith River steelhead fishing January 17,2018 report is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service. Smith River steelhead fishing January 17,2018 report is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service. Smith River steelhead fishing report. This seasons winter steelhead fishing season is now in full swing. No matter which side of the the North border you choose, there are chrome bright steelhead making their way upriver daily. The conditions have been perfect on Southern origins Chetco River and far more challenging down on the Smith. The Smith River is running low and clear with a few steelhead coming in from the drift boaters braving the clear water conditions. The Chetco River has had some beautiful water conditions and more willing steelhead biting this past week. Heavy rains are forecasted late this week and will bring both rivers up making the Chetco River un fishable for a few days and bring the Smith River up giving it some much welcomed color and flow. Most steelhead coming in on both rivers have been running 6 to 10 pounds with a few larger steelhead in the low teens this week. January and February are two of the top months to target fresh coastal steelhead on both the Chetco and Smith Rivers. Pictured today is Tony Chiesa from Santa Rosa California with one of his steelhead caught over the holiday weekend with Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service on the Chetco River.