Trinity River steelhead fishing!

Trinity River - Douglas City, CA

Steelhead, Steelhead
Captain Justin Thompson with a fine example of a Trinity River steelhead.
Photo Credit: JG Fishing Team

by Jeff Goodwin

The Trinity River is home to one of the most under rated steelhead fisheries in Northern California.  Year after year this small river system receives little attention, but often times has the potential of yielding some of the biggest daily catch numbers of steelhead of any inland river in California.  There are currently steelhead in this pristine river, but our Trinity River steelhead guide won't be available until January this year due to a fully booked schedule through the first of the year.  Captain Justin Thompson is one of the best steelhead guides on the upper Trinity River and has a high success rate just about every trip, especially after some fresh rains in the region.  As with all fishing, environmental conditions and available numbers of steelhead always play a role in a days success during a day of steelhead fishing.  When conditions or fishing style dictates, we can accomodate both fly and conventional techniques to put our clients on the best possible fishing at anytime during the January-February season.  Booking early is recommended due to the fact we are expecting a good steelhead run on the Trinity River again this year.  Reports from our Klamath River guide this summer were informative and indicate a lot of steelhead pushed through the lower Klamath, most of which are headed to the Trinity River system and its tributaries.  Both hatchery and wild steelhead are available early in the year so taking home a steelhead or two is always a possibility when fishing the Trinity River.  My last day of fishing on the Trinity with Justin yielded 13 steelhead landed in a single day.  That was some good steelhead fishing and he's had many days like that since.  Catching double digit numbers of steelhead just isn't common on most California rivers anymore, but  the Trinity sees lots of days like that, especially with perfect water conditions.  Like all rivers in the west, there are days when fishing the Trinity just isn't possible due to high water.  The upper Trinity is a tail water fishery and the Lewiston Dam keeps the high water in check after most of the significant rain events in the area.  If by chance the Trinity River does blow out because of high water, we are fortunate to have the Sacramento River in Redding available to fish as a back up plan, and thats never a bad plan at all.  That definitely takes the concern out of booking a steelhead fishing trip and making travel and lodging arrangements only to have the river you are steelhead fishing blow out the day before you arrive.  All of our Trinity River fishing trips are run comfortably out of a 19' drift boat specifically designed for fishing this smaller river.  With a minimum of (2) anglers and a max of (3), effectively fishing the Trinity during changing flows is never a problem.  If this sounds like a fun trip for any of the readers of this content, please give Jaynie a call at our booking desk (530) 510-2925 and she will answer any questions you might have.  If for some reason you have specific questions about the day on the water that does not pertain to season or scheduling, one of our guides will call you to answer any technical questions you might have.

Captain Jeff Goodwin

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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