Trinity River & Klamath River Fishing Guides Salmon & Steelhead Report

Trinity River - Douglas City, CA

by Dave Jacobs

Fishing for Spring salmon on the Trinity River has slowed on most of the Trinity river except for the upper reaches of the river from Lewiston, Ca. downstream to the town of Douglas City. Many of this years Spring salmon have shot up to the upper river below the hatchery with heavy fishing pressure from both boat and bank fishermen. This past week we saw very few adult salmon, many jack salmon and even fewer steelhead down river below Douglas City reported by Trinity river salmon guides. Some good fish worth mentioning this week was a 10 pound steelhead and a 20 pound salmon with Dave Jacobs. Flows will stabilize at 450 cfs by the end of the month. These are chrome bright and hard fighting salmon 8 to 12 pounds on average with the occasional salmon in the 20 pound class a real possibility on the Trinity river this season. Side drifting and back bouncing roe has been best technique for bank and boat fishermen. Recent fires in Northern California has made for poor air quality on the the Trinity. The Trinity and Klamath rivers are two of the three rivers in California that anglers can keep salmon this time of year. Most Spring salmon have moved through the lower Klamath river with a below average Spring salmon run this year being reported by Klamath river salmon guides. Steelhead, some in the mid teens, are still being reported by Klamath river steelhead guides in the lower Klamath around Klamath Glen. Summer steelhead fishing should improve in the coming weeks. This years quota is 22,500 salmon to begin in mid August. The Klamath and Trinity river's will be the only river's besides the Smith river that angler's can keep salmon on this season with the Sacramento river offering a very small season from November 1st to December 31st from Red Bluff diversion dam downstream to Knight's Landing.

Professional fishing Guide Dave Jacobs is licensed to operate in both California and Oregon. Dave Jacobs is a licensed guide with The California Department of Fish and Wildlife as well as a current licensed Oregon guide registered with The Oregon State Marine Board.

Professional Fishing Guide Dave Jacobs is also licensed to operate in the Rogue/Siskiyou National Forest on the upper Chetco River in Oregon, licensed to operate in the Six Rivers National Forest on The Smith River, Klamath River, Trinity River and South Fork Trinity River. We are an Equal opportunity provider. Guide Dave Jacobs is also licensed with the Bureau of Land Management to operate on the upper Trinity River from Lewiston California downriver to Grays Falls on the Trinity River.

Guide Dave Jacobs also holds a Merchant Mariner Credential with The U.S. Coast Guard and is certified in both CPR and First Aid.

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