Smith River

River Information

Fish Species: Chinook Salmon, Chum Salmon, Coho Salmon, Cutthroat Trout, White Sturgeon, Steelhead, Striped Bass, Sockeye Salmon, Pink Salmon, Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Brook Trout, Largemouth Bass, Mackinaw Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Coastal Cutthroat, Black Crappie, Common Carp, Smallmouth Bass, Blue Catfish, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Tule Perch, Inland Silverside, Prickly Sculpin, Green Sunfish, Threadfin Shad, White Crappie, Lightning Trout, Cutbow, White Catfish, Brown Bullhead, Black Bullhead, Yellow Bullhead, Wiper, Tilapia, Shad, White Bass

Latest Photos

The Smith River kicked out this chrome-bright winter steelhead last week for Arcata resident Justin Kelly. All of the coastal rivers should see increased flows from the storms that are expected to hit the North Coast over the next few days. Photo courtesy of Alan Borges/Alan’s Guide Service.
Rohnert Park resident Tony Sargans landed this big Chinook salmon on a recent trip to the Smith River. With more rain the in the forecast, the quick-clearing Smith will likely be the only option this weekend for late-run fall king action.
Photo Credit: Mike Coopman’s Guide Service
Chuck Brinker of San Francisco landed this nice hatchery steelhead while fishing the Smith River on Saturday. Rain is back in the forecast, with all of the coastal rivers expected to see steep rises beginning Friday morning. Photo courtesy of Kenny Priest

Latest Fish Reports

Date Report Author
3-19-2020 Smith is Low and Clear
The same old story from the Smith River,... more »
Kenny Priest
12-5-2019 Smith River Fishing Report
The first part of December is typically transition... more »
Kenny Priest
3-28-2019 Good Choice for Steelhead This Weekend
If you haven’t got your fill of steelhead,... more »
Kenny Priest
3-13-2019 If you Can Hook a Couple a Day, You’re Doing Pretty Good
The last few days, fishing has been tough... more »
Kenny Priest
2-21-2019 Smith River Great Fishing
Last weekend saw some of the best steelhead... more »
Kenny Priest

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