River Fishing Report 11/7/2014


Reports indicate nice fall weather in the forecast this week.

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.


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 are currently open:

1)main stem Eel River

2)Smith River

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

Chetco River

Reports were good last week, but dropping Chetco River flows have calmed the fishing action down. Bobber fishing is reported to be the method of choice in these conditions.

Smith River

Flows are above 600 cfs. The water is clear and the bite has been best in the early morning. Reports of bright fish and abundant jacks also.

As of today, the Smith River flow is dropping from about 800 cfs and with no real chance of rain in the weather forecast.

Klamath River (Lower)

The lower Klamath River is catch and release. There have not been any new reports of fishing although some fish may be slowly entering the estuary and the conditions are still good. No rain is in the weather forecast. Lower Klamath River flow is about 4,000 cfs and dropping.

Klamath River (Mid)

No current Reports

Trinity River

Fishing reports are slow on the lower Trinity River but Salmon, Steelhead and Brown trout are still available. Fishery survey crews have also reported increased activity in salmon redds.


The Upper Trinity River anglers have met their catch quota of 681 adult fall-run Chinook salmon above Cedar Flat on Friday, Oct. 24.

Starting Saturday, Oct. 25, anglers may still fish but can no longer keep adult Chinook salmon over 22 inches in the Trinity River above Cedar Flat. Fish tags may be removed and returned to CDFW. Anglers may still keep a daily bag of three Chinook salmon under 22 inches.

The fall-run Chinook salmon quota on the Lower Trinity River is 681 adult Chinook salmon from the confluence with the Klamath River up to Cedar flat. This sub-area quota has not been met yet and anglers may retain one adult Chinook salmon as part of their three fish daily bag limit.

Anglers may keep track of the status of open and closed sections of the Klamath and Trinity Rivers by calling 1 (800) 564-6479.

See the Regulations Page for more.

Trinity River Spawning Survey (Oct. 27-30)

Activity is picking up and fishery crews are reporting many active fish on the Trinity River.

Fishery crews surveyed the Trinity River from Lewiston Dam to Pigeon Point and from Big Bar to Cedar Flat.

A total of 533 redds and 859 carcass locations were mapped.

The weekly update and full report can be located on the .GOV page under USFWS-Arcata.

Willow Creek Weir Trapping Summary 

Fishery survey crews were only able to trap fish at the Willow Creek weir for two days because of high river flows.

Total combined Chinook decreased for the 4th week from 13 to 6.

Total combined Steelhead decreased for the 2nd week from 129 to 6

Trinity River Hatchery Trapping Summary

Total combined Chinook sharply increased for the second week from 391 to 1198.

Total combined Steelhead increased from 0 to 54.

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