Northern California Fishing Report For January 30, 2017, Smith River Steelhead Fishing Report, Chetco River Steelhead Fishing Report, No Sacramento River Fishing Report

SMITH RIVER STEELHEAD FISHING REPORT 1/30/2017

      The Northern California Coast has been the place to be this previous week and should continue to be a top choice to anglers who love the excitement of a wild fighting adult steelhead and the serenity and solitude of the majestic redwood forests. Steelhead fishing in Northern California has reached its peak, and typically will continue to stay consistent through February and into early March, 2017. Most rivers that are not silt cursed are fishing by now, and even the real silty creeks and river will be fishing by early to late next week, depending on the system.  Opportunities for anglers to come enjoy everything about our Pacific Coast Steelhead Fishery here in Northern California. Don't pass on the opportunity to come steelhead fishing in many of the coastal waterways that are now producing beautiful chrome steelhead. In most cases only miles from the Pacific Ocean, where some steelhead will enter the system every high tide until the runs starts to slack off.  Time to let out your inner steelhead addiction and hit the road with a fishing partner, friend, spouse or anyone else that may share your love of the metal heads or just enjoys a day away in Gods Country.   

 Limit of hatchery clipped Chetco River steelhead caught on January 29, 2017 using a half a dime shot of roe with a touch of champagne colored yarn.  SalmonSacRiver.com  fishing guide Mike Rasmussen snapped the photo of the limit of quality steelies.  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

Limit of hatchery clipped Chetco River steelhead caught on January 29, 2017 using a half a dime shot of roe with a touch of champagne colored yarn. SalmonSacRiver.com fishing guide Mike Rasmussen snapped the photo of the limit of quality steelies.

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Northern California fishing guide Mike Rasmussen with SalmonSacRiver.com is on the coast,  currently and Rasmussen reports on January 29, 2017, the steelhead run on the Chetco and Smith Rivers are going be great. The Smith River is currently hovering around the 9 stage ft mark but on a steep drop, calling for the river to drop two stage feet my Wednesday morning http://www.cnrfc.noaa.gov/graphicalRVF.php?id=crec1.  Learn to use this graph or one like it and make sure to check it out before driving half of a day to get here.  The Smith has dropped and cleared considerably over the last week. The days are absolutely beautiful according to Salmon and Steelhead fishing guide Mike Rasmussen. Owner of SalmonSacRiver.com a Northern California fishing guide service..  Mike also took time to explain some of the some of really good fishing takes place when the Smith River is clear and low.  Lots of nice adult steelhead have been caught on the Smith River this previous week. Although it looks intimidating when it has dropped below 9 stage foot and is now gin clear and in your head you think there is no way a steelhead is going to swim up and eat your bait with a big black ball (sploosh ball).  But those steelhead  do bite and it does work. Sacramento River fishing guide Dakota Deines has stayed on the Smith River guiding everyday for Kevin Brock, and he reported that on January 28, 2017 there were only about a dozen boats on the Smith River and the boats had 2 to 3 hook ups a piece. "There have actually been some absolute studs pulled out of the Smith River in the last three days. Rasmussen reported" Mike stated further to say that two of the three fished weighed in and measured were 41 inches long weighing roughly 19 to 20 pounds. And Kevin Brock brought in a 22 pound monster wild buck steelhead on January 27, 2017.  The Smith river is going to continue to drop until it rains again late next week. Steelhead fishing on the Smith River will remain good for the next week until projected water rises will again blow out the coastal rivers and the cycle will start again.

 

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 Skip from Sonoma, Ca caught this fierce little chrome dome while fishing the Chetco River with Northern California Fishing Guide Mike Rasmussen with  SalmonSacRiver.com  on January 28, 2017 using yarn and a puffball.   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

Skip from Sonoma, Ca caught this fierce little chrome dome while fishing the Chetco River with Northern California Fishing Guide Mike Rasmussen with SalmonSacRiver.com on January 28, 2017 using yarn and a puffball. 

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CHETCO RIVER (OR) STEELHEAD FISHING REPORT 1/30/2017

     The Chetco River in Southern Oregon has gained in popularity over the last decade making it maybe the busiest steelhead fishing river in all of Oregon and California. Sacramento River Fishing Guide Mike Rasmussen of SalmonSacRiver.com has teamed up with Dave Jacobs to run work on the Chetco River for the previous three days leaving the Smith River in Northern California late last week after a productive couple days of steelhead fishing when the fast clearing Smith River came into shape. The Chetco river prized for its easy fishability, with very few snags and small gravel bottom, allowing for very little tackle loss compared to it's southern neighbor (the snaggy Smith River). " The Chetco has a very healthy run of beautiful looking fish and a good deal of hatchery fish leaving the possibility for taking a steelhead home and enjoying it mild fishy flavor." Rasmussen points out. Also making it a point to say, "The State of Oregon cares a great deal more about their fisheries then the State of California does." Oregon spends and produces many more hatchery salmon and steelhead and fund many more improvement projects in their rivers then deficit and drought stricken California who sells off the water and runs hatchery programs at less then 50 percent of capacity. 

     Northern California fishing guides Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service at sacramentofishing.com and Sacramento River fishing guide Mike Rasmussen salmonsacriver.com fished the Chetco River from January 26, 2017 until January 29, 2017 as the river came into shape following the last major rainfall we had. "The Chetco was good to us," explained Rasmussen. "We had opportunities everyday once we started focussing on the section of the Chetco River below Leob State Park." Mike says. "Don't get me wrong I love the beauty and layout of the upper river, from say, South Fork Chetco down to Ice Box or drifting Nooke Bar down to Leob State Park but I and I think Dave would agree if you asked him. The Chetco River water temperature up in that icy canyon is to cold for the fish."  Rasmussen said.  This after Rasmussen said he spent the better part of his day up there with very few other drift boats around and never had a grab until they were below Leob State Park. Mike Rasmussen reported that drifting sploosh balls with a bit of yarn a half dime shot of cured roe and a puff ball of your favorite color choice. Mike also reported that on January 29, 2017 the water had cleared significantly and he hooked two adult metal heads  using Mag Lip 3.5's on the willows between Moffet Rock and Social Security Bar. 

     Rain later this week will kick both of these rivers back into high gear. We finally have a normal winter back and this North Coast will be full of action all up and down the coast from Oregon to California.  And what a enjoyable place to be and what a beautiful place to spend a day fishing.  Contact Mike Rasmussen for availabilities at 530-722-8876 or on the web at salmonsacriver.com also by email at salmonsacriver@gmail.com.

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  SalmonSacRiver.com  client Skip from Sonoma, Ca holding a buck Chetco River steelhead, and hatchery clipped to boot. I had a great trip with these guys (Skip and Howard).  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

SalmonSacRiver.com client Skip from Sonoma, Ca holding a buck Chetco River steelhead, and hatchery clipped to boot. I had a great trip with these guys (Skip and Howard).

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