Steelhead General Information

Summer run steelhead enter the rivers from June through September but their eggs are immature and they do not spawn until the spring.

The most important thing to remember when fishing for steelhead is to fish where the fish are! Steelhead hold in the tailouts of pools and in runs 3 to 6 feet deep. They will commonly hold at the shallower edges of deep pools. If there is cover, such as a large rock, steelhead will use it. They will less frequently be found holding in white water or at the bottom of deep pools.

When the water runs clearer and shallower, lighten up the tackle and reduce the size of the bait or lure. In very clear low water you may have to resort to 4 pound test and tiny lures. Unless fishing in high cloudy water, lure or baits should be no larger than .75oz.

The best baits are ghost shrimp, mud shrimp, and salmon roe. The most common of a near endless list of lures are: Spin-N-Glos, Hot Shots, Wee warts, Rooster Tails, Little Cleos, and Krocodiles.

When fishing, keep your lure or bait close to the bottom!

Recent Steelhead Articles & Reports

Chinooks, Sturgeon Provide Top Late Fall Excitement

Written By: Dan Bacher,
December 10, 2014

(Knights Landing) Beautiful, bright late fall-run Chinook salmon are hitting in the Knights Landing and Verona areas and the first sturgeon of the season are starting to show in the Sacramento River.

“My cousin, Mike Reimers, and I caught...

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Salmon Surge Into Nimbus Fish Hatchery

Written By: Dan Bacher,
December 10, 2014

(Rancho Cordova) In the three weeks since the Nimbus Fish Hatchery fish ladder opened, hatchery workers have seen increasing numbers of Chinooks, especially after the recent rains.

“We’re seeing a lot more fish, now that the temperature...

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Sacramento River Steelhead

Sacramento River Steelhead

Written By: Al Brown Guide Service,
December 4, 2014

Sacramento River Steelhead fishing is good now, we have been hooking 4 or 5 a trip and a lot of Wild Rainbow trout. The river is on the murky side because there was a land slide above Shasta Dam that tuned the lake into a big mud puddle....

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Tips & Tactics for Steelhead
Steelhead Anyone?

Steelhead Anyone?

Written By: Cal Kellogg

Have you ever caught a steelhead? If the answer to this question is no, you need to catch one ASAP. If you’ve caught one, you know why the...

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FeelFree Lure 11.5 Introduction

FeelFree Lure 11.5 Introduction

Written By: Headwaters Fishing Team

This is Dave Fowler here from The Headwaters Fishing Team with my review of the new FeelFree lure 11.5. 

With the weight of this kayak at...

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Waiting for spring steel? You’re missing out

Waiting for spring steel? You’re missing out

Written By: Bob Gwizdz

To many anglers, steelhead fishing doesn't really begin until spring, when the fish begin moving up on their redds to do their annual duty...

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