River Fishing Report 1/27/2015


The rivers have been clearing and in great condition this past week with no rain in the forecast. River flows should remain good for fishing (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.


CDFW reminds anglers that their steelhead, abalone and salmon report card is due in January. See Regulations page for more.

Low Flow River Closures

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

Chetco River

The Chetco River has been low and clear with some decent reports of steelhead but not in the numbers expected from the last rain event.  Side-drifting roe or egg imitations have had good results.

See Chetco River flows.

Smith River

The Smith River has been low and clear with some decent reports of steelhead between the Forks and Ruby.

No more rain in the forecast, the current Smith River flow is about 2,000 cfs and is projected to decline to about 1,600 cfs on Saturday.

Klamath River (Lower)

No current reports available.

Lower Klamath River flow is about 10,500 cfs and projected to decline to 8,600 cfs on Saturday.

Klamath River (Mid)

Reports of small adults and half-pounders.

The Klamath River flow at Orleans is about 5,000 cfs and projected decline to 4,000 cfs on Saturday.

Mad River 

The Mad River has been low and clear with some great reports of steelhead the past week up to 16 pounds! Spin-N-Glo’s and roe have had good results. Current flows are at 800 cfs and projected to slowly decline. See Mad River flows.

Trinity River

Fishing reports have been good on the upper Trinity River for steelhead and downstream of Junction City. Half-pounders have been abundant with some adult steelhead. Side-drifting roe, plugs and spinners are getting some good results.

The Trinity River Hatchery trapping summary total combined Steelhead doubled from 61 to 126 from January 15-21.

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

Eel River  

The main stem and south fork Eel River have been clear with good reports of steelhead.

No more rain in the forecast, the current Eel River flow of 3,000 cfs at Scotia is projected to decline to 2,000 cfs on Saturday. The South Fork Eel near Miranda is about 750 cfs and stable.

Van Duzen River

The Van Duzen River has been clear and with good reports of steelhead.

No more rain in the forecast, the current Van Duzen River flow is about 200 cfs and slowly declining.

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