The Fish Sniffer - Light Pressure For Big Steelies
Light Pressure For Big Steelies

Written By: Dan Bacher, March 8, 2014
Species: Steelhead Trout
Location: Trinity River, Trinity Lake,

The recent rain encouraged a few more people to get out steelhead fishing on the Trinity River, but fishing pressure remains light.

“The rain has prodded some fish to move upriver and into the tributaries, but the fishing is about the same,” said Tim Brady at Trinity Outdoors. “Anglers are seeing a bit more action upriver in the Douglas City to Junction City area.”

The steelhead ranged from 5 to 10 pounds and two thirds are wild. Most anglers are fly fishing with stonefly, birds nest and other patterns for fish, but jigs and pink plastic worms under floats are also working.

Even fewer anglers are reporting back from fishing excursions to Lewiston and Trinity reservoirs. Bank anglers should experience decent trout fishing while tossing out nightcrawlers, Pautzke salmon eggs, Power Eggs and PowerBait at Lewiston. Trinity Lake bass fishing should perk up as the water warms up and the fish move into spawning mode.

Trinity Lake is holding 1,178,689 acre feet of water, 48 percent of capacity and 66 percent of average. The lake level is 2274.05 feet above sea level. Releases from Lewiston Dam continue to be 300 cfs and flows at Hoopa are 3,450 cfs.


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