Smith River steelhead fishing Dave Jacobs March 6, 2018 Recent Catches This Smith River steelhead fishing update is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service. Smith River steelhead fishing. Recent rains and snow have brought some much needed flow and color back to many of the rivers in Northern California and Southern Oregon. After a month of little or no rain, the low clear coastal rivers are now running strong as well as the steelhead runs. Anglers are experiencing some great fishing here in early March on both the Smith and Chetco Rivers. The Smith has been fishing excellent for the last five days with a mix of fresh upriver bright steelhead and some early spawn steelhead on their way back to sea. Most steelhead are 6 to 16 pounds and are being hooked on all sections including the main, middle and south forks Smith River. The Chetco River has finally dropped back into shape early this week and is also fishing well for a mix of fresh and runback steelhead. March is a great month to target steelhead on the north coast. Pictured is Ryan Tripp with one of his many Smith River steelhead this week. This steelhead fell for one of the new BR soft bead’s that have fished very good recently.