Time to book your Trinity River steelhead trip!

Trinity River - Douglas City, CA

Steelhead, Steelhead
Photo Credit: JGGS Team.

by Jeff Goodwin

The Trinity River is undoubtedly one of the most scenic rivers in California. Its easily accessed in many sections right off of SR 299 between Douglas City and Willow Creek, Ca. Its flows are regulated by Lewiston Dam and is fishable most months of the year. The Trinity River is very well known and is without question one of the top producing steelhead rivers in California. With both hatchery and wild steelhead populations, the Trinity River holds steelhead just about every month of the year.

Late October brings the first rains which move the steelhead into the upper stretches of the river in sections that can only be accessed by foot or navigated by drift boat. We will start running steelhead both fly and conventional fishing trips in about 3 weeks. By November and December, we will see good numbers of steelhead throughout the Trinity west of Weaverville and we expect the fishing to be excellent again this year. There were a lot of steelhead in the lower Klamath River this summer and those steelhead are all mostly Trinity River origin fish. November and December are the peak months for the steelhead fishing on the Trinity River, but we will be offering trips into February.

Captain Justin will be our only guide fishing these trips so dates will be limited. He will be guiding both fly and conventional trips, with spin rod/bobber fishing being the most productive. Very little experience is required for the spin trips, but it helps to have some fly fishing basics down for the fly trips. Justin provides all of the gear required for the day, but experienced fly anglers can bring their own 6-7 wt. fly rod if they wish. Justin rows a 17’ X 60” Willie drift boat that is very well suited for fishing both fly and spin techniques.

If this sounds like a trip that would be of interest to you, please give Jaynie Goodwin a call here at our office to reserve your Trinity River steelhead fishing trip with Captain Justin Thompson. Call (530) 510-2925 for more information and trip reservations.

Jeff Goodwin is a full time Northern California fishing guide.  He guides year round for salmon, trout, steelhead, Kokanee, and bass on Northern California rivers and lakes. He fishes many bodies of water in the Redding area, but also guides the Sacramento River and Feather River during certain times of the year. Jeff can also be found on the California coast chasing ocean fresh King salmon and steelhead each year. To learn more about the fishing trips Jeff has to offer, please visit Jeff Goodwin's Guide Service.  You can also find him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or please feel free to call him anytime at (707) 616-1905.

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