The Fish Sniffer - Steelhead Biting In Snow
Steelhead Biting In Snow

Written By: Dan Bacher, December 23, 2013
Species: Trout
Location: Trinity Lake, Trinity River,

Snow and ice hit the Trinity River over the past week, but steelhead action was surprisingly good in the cold conditions.

“The two anglers fishing with me caught and released 6 out of the 5 steelhead they hooked up on Friday, December 6,” reported Steve Huber of Steve Huber’s Guide Service. “The fish ranged from 6 to 12 pounds. We also landed a brown.”

The anglers hooked the steelhead, mostly hatchery fish, on both salmon roe and plugs in the Lewiston area, he noted.

On the next day, December 7, Huber wasn’t able to launch the boat until 10 a.m. because of the heavy snow. In spite of the snowy conditions, the anglers managed to land 3 steelhead to 6 pounds out of the 4 they hooked up.

“Bank anglers are experiencing the best action from the mouth of the North Fork to Del Loma, while drift boaters are reporting the top steelhead action from Douglas City to the North Fork,” confirmed Tim Brady of Trinity Outdoors in Weaverville.

Because of the snow and ice, few anglers have ventured to Trinity or Lewiston lakes lately. Before the storm, anglers were hooking a lot of rainbows while shore fishing with PowerBait, Pautzke salmon eggs, nightcrawlers, spoons and spinners at Lewiston Reservoir.

Trinity Lake is holding 1,207,918 acre-feet of water, 49 percent of capacity and 75 percent of average, and the water level is 2,276.94 feet in elevation. Releases to the Trinity River below Lewiston Dam are 902 cfs.

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