River Fishing Report 10/28/2014


Reports indicate more rain in the forecast this week and should increase river flow by Friday 10/31. Salmon and Steelhead should continue moving further upstream.

Monitor current and projected flows on the River Flow page.



Roe, Kastmasters, Kwikfish, Cleos, Worms and Spinners (Panther Martins and Blue Fox #5) have been working great for half-pounders, steelhead and salmon. Beads are working good to avoid hooking up on Trinity River hatchery smolts.



CDFW reminds anglers that a salmon report card is required when fishing for Chinook salmon in anadromous portions of the Klamath basin. See Regulations page for more.


Low Flow River Closures

Sections of coastal rivers that were open last week included:

1)main stem Eel River from the paved junction of Fulmor Road to its mouth,

2)main stem Mad River from the Hammond Trail Railroad Trestle to its mouth.

3)main stem Smith River from the mouth of Rowdy Creek to its mouth.

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 designated in the sport fishing regulations booklet to obtain information on the status of any stream. See Low Flow Restrictions page for more information.

Smith River

Flows are above 600 cfs and have been dropping from the recent rain but conditions are good. The increase in recent flows should have pushed some fish up river and brought fresh fish from the ocean.

As of today, the Smith River flow is dropping and is projected begin rising on Friday 10/31 according to weather forecasts.

Klamath River (Lower)

The lower Klamath River is catch and release. Reports have slowed down. More rain is in the forecast.

Klamath River (Mid)


The upper Klamath River catch quota of 702 adult fall-run Chinook salmon above the Highway 96 bridge occurred around, Oct. 10.

Starting Saturday, Oct. 11, anglers may still fish but can no longer keep adult Chinook salmon over 22 inches. They may still keep a daily bag of three Chinook salmon under 22 inches in the Klamath River above the Hwy. 96 bridge at Weitchepec.

Fishing was not too consistent last week as fish are moving up from the lower Klamath River since the recent rain events.

Trinity River

Fishing reports are slow on the lower Trinity River for Salmon and Steelhead as the rain event brought them upstream. There are reports of landing some Steelhead in the middle to upper river and many half-pounders throughout the lower to middle.

The release of hatchery smolts is also making fishing more challenging and using beads may prevent hooking them. With more rain coming this week, models are predicting a slight rise in Trinity River Flow near Hoopa that might move some fish.


Trinity River Spawning surveys mapped from Lewiston Dam to Pigeon Point and from Big Bar to Cedar Flat.

A total  of 445 redds and 662 carcasses were surveyed last week and continues to increase.


Willow Creek Weir Trapping Summary 

Total combined Chinook continued to decreased from 172 to 90.

Total combined Steelhead increased from 69 to 252.


Trinity River Hatchery Trapping Summary 

Total combined Chinook decreased from 330 to 69.

Total combined Steelhead  increased from 3 to  7.

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