River Fishing Report 2/21/2015


The rivers are in clear and in great condition with a chance of rain around Thursday, Feb. 26th in the forecast. Due to the clarity, steelhead may spook easily. River flows should remain good for fishing into the end of next week at least (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 were due in January.

This season, the California ocean salmon sport fishery is scheduled to open on or after April 4, 2015.

PSMFC currently anticipates commercial salmon fisheries will open on or after May 1, 2015 depending on port location.

Although the final season won’t be established by the Pacific Fishery Management Council and the Fish and Game Commission until early April.

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. The Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery derby is on Friday and Saturday and may be a little crowded. Side-drifting roe or egg imitations have had good results. Clear water will make the steelhead spook if disturbed and stealth  techniques are recommended.

See Chetco River flows.

Smith River

The Smith River has been clear with some minimal reports of steelhead.  The Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery derby is on Friday and Saturday and may be a little crowded. Clear water will make the steelhead spook if disturbed and stealth techniques are recommended.

No more rain in the forecast until the end of next week, the current Smith River flow is about 2,500 cfs (8 ft) and slowly declining.

Klamath River (Lower)

No current reports available.

Lower Klamath River flow is about 16,000 cfs (13 ft) and projected to slowly decline.

Klamath River (Mid)

No current reports available.

The Klamath River flow at Orleans is about 7,000 cfs (7 ft) and projected to slowly decline.

Mad River 

The Mad River is clearing up with minimal reports of steelhead the past week and today. Spin-N-Glo’s and roe have had good results and are recommended. Current flows are at 900 cfs (7.3 ft) and projected to slowly decline. See Mad River flows.

Trinity River

Fishing reports have been decent on the upper Trinity River for half-pounders but not too many Winter adults. Some minimal reports of steelhead near Junction City. Side-drifting roe, plugs and spinners are getting some good results.

The Trinity River Hatchery trapping summary (Feb 5-11) showed little increases in steelhead with:

Total combined Chinook has remained at 0 since December 17, 2014.

Total combined Steelhead slightly increased from 91 to 93..

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  

Steelhead reports have been slow but is shaping up for some good fishing.

The main stem and south fork Eel River have been turbid and are starting to clear. Reports are that Scotia will be fair this weekend, while the South Fork Eel is in good condition.

No more rain in the forecast until late next week, the current Eel River flow is 4,800 cfs (12.9 ft) at Scotia and is projected to slowly decline into next week. The south fork Eel near Miranda is about 1500 cfs (9.2 ft) and slowly declining.

Van Duzen River

Steelhead reports have been slow but conditions are good for fishing.

The upper Van Duzen River has been clear above Yager creek and the lower is clearing.

No more rain in the forecast until the end of next week, the current Van Duzen River flow is about 500 cfs (1.5 ft)  and slowly declining.

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