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 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.
The Smith River has been low and clear with some decent reports of steelhead between the Forks and Ruby.
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.
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.
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.
The main stem and south fork Eel River have been clear with good reports of steelhead.
Van Duzen River
The Van Duzen River has been clear and with good reports of steelhead.