River Conditions Were Excellent But Fishing Was Tough

Smith River - Smith River, CA (Del Norte County)

Santa Rosa residents Rob Crane, with fish, along with Dan Sayre landed a nice steelhead last Saturday on the Smith River.
Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of Aaron Walker

by Kenny Priest

River conditions were excellent over the weekend but the fishing was tough. With the Chetco still off color Saturday, the boat pressure was extremely high on the Smith. A few fish were caught but not many. The river is dropping and clearing, and conditions will get tougher. Hopefully the next round of storms will bring in more fish.

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