Northern California steelhead fishing report January 8, 2019 Dave Jacobs January 8, 2019 Trophy Fish Northern California steelhead fishing report January 8, 2019. This Northern California steelhead fishing report January 8, 2019 is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service. Smith River steelhead fishing. With low clear steelhead fishing conditions, steelhead fishing from both the bank and the drift boats has been slow. Recent rains are bringing the flows up and new winter steelhead are entering the river daily. The few steelhead brought in this last week averaged 7 to 12 pounds. Side drifting hand tied yarn balls in various egg color combos have worked best. Both bank fishing and drift boat fishing should really improve with the recent rains. Chetco River steelhead fishing. With just a few steelhead entering the Chetco a day daily hook ups here have been fair at best. As the rains arrive this week there have been larger schools of steelhead moving upriver. Most steelhead hooked have been 6 to 10 pounds caught by both bank and drift boat anglers. The river flows are expected to really rise this week and looks to be dropping into fishing shape after the weekend. Plunkers on the lower Chetco river have been doing best with the higher water off the Social Security Bar. The recent round of significant rains should really kick off this winters steelhead run on the Chetco River. Trinity River steelhead fishing. Steelhead fishing over on the Trinity River still has been good with steelhead scattered throughout the river from Lewiston down river through Junction City. Both bank and drift boat fishermen have been catching steelhead 3 to 7 pounds. Best bets have been back trolling small hot shots or divers/mini crawlers for the conventional anglers. Fly fishermen have had good success this past week below Lewiston. Steelhead fishing should remain strong through March over on the Trinity River.