"It basically goes like this; If you want to go steelhead fishing in Northern California anytime in the coming week, you will need to head to the Smith River near Crescent City, Ca." Sacramento River salmon fishing guide Mike Rasmussen explains. Rasmussen went on to further explain that on February 10, 2017 he made his way up the coast on HWY 101 heading for the Smith River in Hiouchi, Ca. The drive North through very familiar steelhead country and crossing many different steelhead fishing rivers, it became apparent that the strong El Nino storms that rolled through Northern California this past week did their job in saturating California's North Coast. Every river system in "Steelhead Country" was blown out, running high and very muddy. "During a strong El Nino the Smith River may be all you have to fish for the majority of the steelhead fishing season." Rasmussen reports. Although the ride north on HWY 101 was a strong reminder that we as steelhead fishermen and women got spoiled during the last half decade of drought years, fishing many different river systems successfully, the gratitude of knowing that no matter what you have the Smith River that will be fishable almost every day rain or shine.
SalmonSacRiver.com Northern California fishing guide Mike Rasmussen reports that the Smith River as of February 11, 2017 will be in great fishing condition. Running to high to drift just yet the primary focus of the steelhead angler's in this hight water will be to "Plunk" Spin&Glo's with a little cursed salmon roe on the edges of the Smith River in holes like "Outhouse", "Ruby" and "Peacock". As of know the river may b in shape for drifting Sunday afternoon or Monday morning. This being the peak of the steelhead run on these coastal rivers, now would be a great time to take advantage of the brief break in the weather and get out after some thrilling steelhead action. Rasmussen will be spending the majority of this coming week on the Smith River in Hiouchi, Ca, but may wander into Oregon later in the week as the Chetco River in Southern Oregon is set to fish on Wednesday maybe even Tuesday if conditions stay favorable allowing the river to drop and clear at a much faster pace.
There are plenty of quality steelhead fishing guides up on the Smith and Chetco Rivers right now, mostly because its the only game in town. It's recommended to take a guide on your first trip up to the Smith River. It can be very clear and intimidating and relentless on taking your tackle. For those who chose to go at it on their own, there is miles of bank access and several different options for drifting if you bring your drift boat. This may be the only steelhead river in Northern California that will fish the whole month of February. Don't wait to get up here until you here a good report, these fish are swimming by everyday. If you are interested in coming to the Smith River and wish to book a guide for your trip you can contact Mike Rasmussen at tel:530-722-8876 or by email at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or on the internet at SalmonSacRiver.com. A amazing week of steelhead fishing lies ahead.
Pictured below are images snapped by Mike Rasmussen of SalmonSacRiver.com and long time friend Jamie Bowers who took some of the Mendocino Co. river pics. These images show the various rivers and there conditions on February 10, 2017 after following a week of substantial rainfall here in Northern California. This series of images ends with a picture of the Smith River, please note the considerable differences in the water color between the Smith River and all other rivers photographed.
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