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

Steelhead Follow Salmon Into System

Written By: Dan Bacher,
October 28, 2014

(Weaverville) While most anglers are still focusing on king salmon, increasing numbers of steelhead are starting to show in the catches as the steelies follow the salmon into the Trinity River system.

“Bank anglers are experiencing the...

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Kings And Steelhead Surge Into Upper River

Written By: Dan Bacher,
October 14, 2014

 (Yreka) Albert Kutzkey, fishing guide, reported “pretty good” salmon fishing on the Upper Klamath River below Iron Gate Fish Hatchery.

“The fish started showing up around the 20th of September and have been coming in steady ever since,”...

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Shore Anglers Working For Kings

Written By: Dan Bacher,
September 29, 2014

(Sacramento) Salmon fishing has picked up a “little” for shore anglers and waders drift fishing on the American River in the Sailor Bar and Sunrise areas, reported Craig Kamikawa of Fisherman’s Warehouse.

“Most of the fish are from 10 to...

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Tips & Tactics for Steelhead
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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Anchovy, I Love You!

Anchovy, I Love You!

Written By: Cal Kellogg

Just the other day I found myself setting on a deer stand on a ridge high in the Tahoe National Forest. The hunting was great except for...

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