The December rain was great and the January rain came at a good time which should make all rivers prime for more steelhead! The rivers have been clear but recent rain and reports of more in the Sunday forecast may stir things up until Monday or Tuesday (see River Flow page).
Fly fishing– Golden Stone Rubber Legs, Copper Johns, Brindle Bugs, Burlap Specials and Silver Hiltons. For nymphing, use a Black Rubber Legs or Golden Stone Rubber legs with a Copper John under it.
Other- Little Cleo’s (blue, silver, maroon, copper), Kwikfish, Spinners #3- #5’s (blue, silver or copper blade with an orange, blue, pink or chartreuse body) and Spin-n-glo.
Bait- Roe or night crawlers with a puff ball in front of your worm to float off of the bottom.
All coastal rivers are flowing!
CDFW shall make information available to the public by a telephone recorded message updated, as necessary, no later than 1:00 p.m. each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as to whether any stream will be open or closed to fishing. It shall be the responsibility of the angler to use the telephone number (707) 822-3164 designated in the sport fishing regulations booklet to obtain information on the status of any stream. See Low Flow Restrictions page for more information.
River Fishing Report
The Chetco River has been low and clear with some reports of steelhead but another run of steelhead is expected to occur with the current rain event.
See Chetco River flows.
The Smith River has been low and clear with some reports of steelhead but another run of steelhead is expected to occur with the current rain event.
Klamath River (Lower)
The lower Klamath River has been low and clear with some reports of steelhead. Another run of steelhead is expected to occur with the current rain event.
Lower Klamath River flow is about 14,000 cfs and projected to peak around 21,000 cfs on Sunday.
Klamath River (Mid)
Report of small adults and half-pounders, but more steelhead should be moving up after this rain event.
The Klamath River flow at Orleans is about 7,000 cfs and projected to peak at about 13,000 cfs on Sunday.
The Mad River has been low and clear with some great reports of steelhead the past two weeks. Spin-N-Glo’s and roe have had good results. We should see another push of fresh winter steelhead following the current rain event around Monday or Tuesday. Current flows are at 800 cfs and projected to peak at 2,800 on Sunday evening. See Mad River flows.
Fishing reports have been slow on the upper Trinity River for steelhead but downstream of Junction City has been decent. Half-pounders have been abundant and brown trout are always lurking up river.
Anglers may keep track of the status of open and closed sections of the Klamath and Trinity rivers by calling 1 (800) 564-6479.
The main stem and south fork Eel River have been low and clear with decent reports of steelhead near cover. Another run of steelhead is expected to occur with the current rain event and should open some areas up.
Van Duzen River
The Van Duzen River has been low and without any good reports of steelhead. Another run of steelhead is expected to occur with the current rain event and should open some areas up.