Sacramento River Sturgeon Fishing Report, Northern California Fishing Report For January 23, 2017, Including Smith River Steelhead Fishing Report

     Northern California fishing for the most part has come to a standstill as of January 22, 2017, while rivers swollen to their crest for the umpteenth time this winter threaten to breach levees  and run over their banks. A already saturated Northern California sustained another series of strong pacific storms this past week, topping off reservoirs and scrambling the DWR (Department Of Water Resources), forcing the agency to bump up releases at all major dam sites in the North State. With higher releases flowing out of Keswick Dam, the natural occurring water drop that follows each Pacific storm is slowed tremendously as the raised flows from Keswick Dam on the Sacramento River near Redding, Ca are around 36,000cfs currently. Slowing down the receiding river level and keeping Sacramento River fishing for the most part, "Out Of The Question". Says Rasmussen, the Northern California fishing guide with SalmonSacRiver.com.  Sacramento River sturgeon fishing guide Mike Rasmussen elaborates on the possibility that the Feather River and Sacramento River may remain to high to fish for White Sturgeon near Colusa, Ca. "The sturgeon are here for the taking, as a mater of fact the trophy striped bass are too, but the Sacramento River remains to high to safely navigate and debris is a constant issue". Reports the veteran fishing guide on January 22, 2017.  "It can be done," says Rasmussen. "Make no mistake about it, the sturgeon along with a few big sow striped bass have made their way into the Sacramento River System. But with current flows of around 90,000cfs at Woodson Bridge near Corning, Ca it is unlikely I will be able to fish this coming week on the Sacramento River due to the slowly dropping river levels and a saturation of the North State's Sacramento Valley". The Sacramento River hydrological prediction for this coming week in Colusa, Ca keeps the river levels at the top of the boat launch at Steelhead Lodge where SalmonSacRiver.com sturgeon fishing guide Mike Rasmussen likes to launch during his Sacramento River White Sturgeon fishing trips that take place this time of year. The National Weather Service cluc1_hg.png is the hydrography Rasmussen uses to judge the river level projections for the week ahead. Rasmussen reported that with the conditions of the river he viewed on the hydro graph as of January 22, 2017 he would hold off fishing the Sacramento River for White Sturgeon and take his clients fishing on the Northern California Coast to fish Steelhead on the Smith River with Steelhead fishing guide Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service https//www.sacramentofishing.com. Hoping to return on Tuesday January 31, 2016 to start fishing the Sacramento River White Sturgeon in more desirable water conditions. 

Pictured is a screenshot image taken from the National Weather Service website at www.water.weather.gov .  This is the live time and projected hydrological forecast through January 28, 2017 for the Sacramento River in Colusa, Ca.  Mike's Fishing Guide & Charter Service For Sacramento River Fishing targeting King Salmon, Sockeye Salmon, Striped Bass, Sturgeon, Shad And Trout the best Sacramento River Fishing guide and Sacramento River Charter on Sac River

Pictured is a screenshot image taken from the National Weather Service website at www.water.weather.gov .  This is the live time and projected hydrological forecast through January 28, 2017 for the Sacramento River in Colusa, Ca. 

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Pictured above is a screenshot of the Jedidiah Smith State Park Hydrographyhttp://www.water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=eka&gage=crec1 (click the link for real time) used by SalmonSacRiver.com fishing guide Mike Rasmussen when steelhead fishing on the Smith River. Mike's Fishing Guide & Charter Service For Sacramento River Fishing targeting King Salmon, Sockeye Salmon, Striped Bass, Sturgeon, Shad And Trout the best Sacramento River Fishing guide and Sacramento River Charter on Sac River  

Pictured above is a screenshot of the Jedidiah Smith State Park Hydrographyhttp://www.water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=eka&gage=crec1 (click the link for real time) used by SalmonSacRiver.com fishing guide Mike Rasmussen when steelhead fishing on the Smith River.

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     Due to the high water on the Sacramento River at the current time SalmonSacRiver.com steelhead fishing guide Mike Rasmussen will be moving his clients over to the Smith River near Crescent City, Ca to fish for wild coastal steelhead out of a drift boat. Putting away his Koffler Jet Boathttp://kofflerboats.com for the time being. Rasmussen reported on January 23, 2017 he would be fishing the Smith River on the drop from Wednesday January 25, 2017 through Monday January 30, 2017 drifting curred salmon roe and pulling plugs (Mag Lip 3.5, and Hot Shots size 35). Rasmussen has one opening during this stretch of work on the Smith River for Thursday January 26, 2017 if any potential steelhead anglers want to guide out for a trip on the famous Smith River here in Northern California. You can contact Steelhead fishing guide Mike Rasmussen by phone at tel:530-722-8876 ,by email at mailto:salmonsacriver@gmail.com, or on the web at salmonsacriver.com booking page. 

     Northern California's famous Smith River near Crescent City, Ca is the fastest clearing steelhead fishery in all of California and Southern Oregon. Generally only needing a single day to become fishable after a big water rise. Not much time is missed off the bite due to muddy water. The Smith River looses the high water volume from rain run off very rapidly, dropping feet a day frequently . At the current time the Smith River is fishable for bank anglers both above and below the "Jawls" (Confluence of the South and Middle Fork Smith River). For the "bankies" this is a great opportunity to get in front of some brand new chrome fish that will have pushed in on this last water rise. And for those of you that read this fishing report and have caught a steelhead of any size up one of the forks of the Smith River, you will certainly agree that the fight of a wild Smith River steelhead from the bank, will rival any fight, of any fish, from any where. These Smith River steelhead will make you earn it if you want a picture with one from up river of the "Jawls". Rasmussen reports he will start fishing the river with his clients on Wednesday January 25, 2017 when the river is projected to drop to around the 12 stage ft mark, this signifying the hight that the river will be fishable by drift boat. 12 stage ft on the Jedidiah Smith State Park Gage http://www.water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=eka&gage=crec1 is the river hight that most guides and recreational drift boater prefer to start drifting eggs. "I mainly plan on drifting natural cured salmon roe with a medium to large puff ball in pink or orange color, from the "Jawls" down to the Hwy 199 bridge.  When the water gets to around the 9 stage ft l like to pull plugs on the very bottom drift of the Smith River in the afternoon when drift boat traffic has been minimized".  Reports Rasmussen.  Fishing Plugs on the Smith River may be ill-advised as these locals really don't want you clogging up their runs and tail outs with your plugs. 99% of the drift boat fishing on the Smith River is done drifting eggs and you will most certainly hear about it if you fish plugs in front of the local guides. This is not to say you can't fish plugs on the Smith River, or to scare some plug fisherman from coming to the Smith River, but more letting it be know that if you cause a traffic jam in say "Poison Oak" (popular run on the Smith River) your not guns have any friends at the boat ramp, and maybe worse. "When in Rome" says Rasmussen, explaining the best policy to me when asked about plug fishing on the Smith River. 

Brad Flournoy from Corning, Ca fights a big wild buck steelhead on the South Fork of the Smith River in February, 2015 while fishing with Northern California Fishing Guide Mike Rasmussen with SalmonSacRiver.com.  Mike's Fishing Guide & Charter Service For Sacramento River Fishing targeting King Salmon, Sockeye Salmon, Striped Bass, Sturgeon, Shad And Trout the best Sacramento River Fishing guide and Sacramento River Charter on Sac River

Brad Flournoy from Corning, Ca fights a big wild buck steelhead on the South Fork of the Smith River in February, 2015 while fishing with Northern California Fishing Guide Mike Rasmussen with SalmonSacRiver.com

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     If you love fishing of any kind, and especially steelhead fishing, and you HAVE NOT been to the Smith River I would put it on the very top of the priority list. This is the perfect time for steelhead fishing on the coastal rivers of Northern California and you can not find a more beautiful and stunning backdrop to your bank fishing experience. A drift boat and a guide is truthfully the best idea on the Smith River. At least one time, if you plan on fishing the main river from a drift boat. This way you learn the ins and outs of the river, gain knowledge of geographic locations to return to, and check out the Smith River before you try to come ore on down this big, and at times pushy river system, blind without knowledge of dangers that may lay ahead. 

This picture of Dakota Deines and Kyla Melcher was taken by Sacramento River Fishing Guide Mike Rasmussen in early February, 2015 while on a guided steelhead fishing trip with Dakota Deines rowing for Kevin Brock. Mike's Fishing Guide & Charter Service For Sacramento River Fishing targeting King Salmon, Sockeye Salmon, Striped Bass, Sturgeon, Shad And Trout the best Sacramento River Fishing guide and Sacramento River Charter on Sac River

This picture of Dakota Deines and Kyla Melcher was taken by Sacramento River Fishing Guide Mike Rasmussen in early February, 2015 while on a guided steelhead fishing trip with Dakota Deines rowing for Kevin Brock.

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