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.

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Dave Jacobs

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.