Trinity River Steelhead Fish Report

Trinity River - Douglas City, CA

by Dave Jacobs

Trinity river fishing for salmon and steelhead has pretty much remained unchanged with tough fishing as reported by Trinity river salmon and steelhead guides. The bottom line is there are very few fish to target and the run is probally not going to get any better. Some very good anglers struggled on the Klamath river and lower Trinity river this season and things do not look like they are going to improve much on the upper Trinity river this season from what I have seen this past month or so. Salmon and steelhead fishing has been challanging everyday but quality hook ups are still happening with a little extra hard work for both salmon and steelhead. Mel Jackson hooked two Fall run kings in the low twenty pound class this week while fishing with guide Dave Jacobs of professional guide service. Early morning kwikfish bites have been best for salmon and backtrolled hot shots have produced some great steelhead 6 to 11 pounds this week on the upper Trinity river. Small smolts are still around making bait fishing challanging. Two to four hook-ups a day was the norm while Trinity river salmon and steelhead fishing. 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 salmon season from November 1st to December 31st from Red Bluff diversion dam downstream to Knight's Landing for big, hard fighting late Fall king salmon as reported by Sacramento river salmon guides.

Wild steelhead on the Trinity river in October...Fishing for both hatchery and wild steelhead have showed some signs of life with a little hard work and good presentations. Side drifting small baits in the riffles and tailouts or backtrolling hot shots in steelhead holding water has been best bet for quality steelhead hook ups on the Trinity River in October. Here is an average wild steelhead caught and released after a quick photo of Professional guide services Dave Jacobs. This steelie fell for a backtrolled hot shot below Big Bar, Ca. on the Trinity river. Steelheading will continue through the holiday season if the weather holds. Angler's can expect low and clear fishing conditions until the winter rains return to Northern California.

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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