Fishing report: Nov. 12, 2016
Sacramento River salmon
With drier weather returning to the Sacramento River Valley, much better salmon fishing conditions are occurring now. The Sacramento River has dropped and cleared, bringing up nice schools of late fall king salmon. These are the biggest and brightest king salmon of the year on the Sacramento River with November and December being the two top producing months. This is the time of year that quality salmon not quantity is more the norm. Best bets are back-bouncing sardine-wrapped large Brad’s Killer Fish plugs in the KF-16 sizes. Anglers are also enjoying some good striped bass fishing throughout the entire Sacramento River system for large resident striped bass 12 to 30 pounds.
Smith River salmon
Some very good king salmon are being caught on the Smith River as the recent rains have continued to keep the Smith at fishable levels. The king salmon have been very large and fresh as new kings move upriver with every passing high tide. The salmon fishing has become tougher as the Smith is low and clear at the time of this report, but higher river flows are coming next week with another good shot of rain forecast for the area. Better salmon fishing has been happening just to the north this week on the Chetco River near Brookings, Oregon. The better river flows and color have also made for very favorable fishing conditions there as well. There are reports of darker kings along with a few fresher salmon mixed in the daily catches.
Trinity River steelhead
Steelhead fishing has started out very slow with few adult steelhead being caught from Lewiston downriver to Del Loma. Reports from both the drift boaters and bank anglers say the fishing has been dead slow due to lack of steelhead in the Trinity River at this time. Steelhead fishing could improve, but reports from the lower Trinity River have not been good lately. Anglers can expect large crowds on the Trinity River this holiday weekend.
This week’s salmon and steelhead fishing reports for the Sacramento, Trinity, Smith and Chetco rivers are courtesy of Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service. For more local river fishing information in Northern California and Southern Oregon, call guide Dave Jacobs at 530-646-9110 or visit the area’s most current river fishing website at www.sacramentofishing.com.