Northern California steelhead fishing guide Dave Jacobs January 19, 2018 Recent Catches Northern California steelhead fishing guide. This fishing report is courtesy of Northern California steelhead fishing guide Dave Jacobs. Better rains have returned to the North Coast bringing many coastal rivers flows up attracting fresh run steelhead. The Chetco River has been fishing good this past week but now has come up over 7000 cfs making plunking this weekends top choice. Over on the Smith, flows have come up enough to plunk late the week and looks like flows will stay up through the weekend. Pictured today is John Adams from Hilmar Ca. with a nice Chetco River steelhead caught with Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service recently. January and February are top months to target north coast steelhead as reported by steelhead fishing guide Dave Jacobs. We are offering fully guided steelhead trips daily on both the Chetco River in Oregon and the Smith River in California.