Smith River steelhead fishing 2-12-2019.

Todays Smith River steelhead fishing 2-12-2019 is courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.

Smith River steelhead fishing.

Much needed recent rains this week have given the Smith River the perfect rise in flows attracting more fresh steelhead upriver.  This season has been going well with large north coast steelhead coming in daily.  Both bank and drift boating will be popular this weekend with the perfect flows.  Side drifting small glo bugs in various egg patterns tipped with a brightly colored puffball have been best along with back trolling hot shot style plugs through the steelhead holding waters.  February is a peak month to fish for fresh steelhead on the Smith River.  Steelhead have averaged 8 to 10 pounds with several steelhead 12 to 16 pounds coming in this week.

Sacramento River fishing report.

Current rains have blown out the Sacramento River to most fishing.  The recent rains are expected to raise the Sacramento River to over 50,000 cfs at Bend Bridge.  When flows drop to safe levels there will be some great chances for anglers to target this years white sturgeon return.  Best bets will be from Princeton downriver through Knights Landing.  Anglers anchoring above the sturgeon holding holes soaking eel, ghost shrimp, pile worms or salmon roe will do best. Anglers should call ahead before heading out to get a recent report on river conditions due to high runoff from recent storms.

Chetco River steelhead fishing.

This years steelhead fishing season has been going well as fresh steelhead 6 to 10 pounds are coming in daily.  Anglers plunking in the lower Chetco have scored big as steelhead push upriver from the lower Chetco River.  Drift boaters have been doing well daily with two to five steelhead hooked from the South Fork downriver to the Market Hole.  Flows have been high recently but will drop back into great fishable shape soon. Anglers are side drifting BnR soft beads or yarn combos in various egg colors are catching fresh steelhead during peak season.  Steelhead fishing will continue through March here on the Chetco River near Brookings Oregon.

This weeks Sacramento, Smith and Chetco rivers fishing report are courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service.  For more local river fishing information or to book a guided fishing trip call guide Dave Jacobs at 1 (530)646-9110 or visit

pictured this week is Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service (left) and Chris Christensen (right) from Eureka Montana with one of his two steelhead limit caught on the Chetco River this week while out with guides Dave Jacobs and Harvey Young.  February offers the years best steelhead fishing on the Smith and Chetco rivers.

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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.

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