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

Anglers Await Steelhead As Salmon Action Winds Down

Written By: Cal Kellogg,
November 27, 2014

 

(Elkton) It’s transition time on the Umpqua. Fall salmon fishing is coming to an end, but the winter steelhead run won’t get going for a month or so and won’t peak until January.

The ODFW reported that the wild Coho season below...

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Chinook Fishing Remains Productive As Steelhead Start Showing

Written By: Cal Kellogg,
November 16, 2014

(Gold Beach) The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reports that anglers are catching king salmon on the lower and middle Rogue with the best action taking place from the mouth to Indian Creek.

Recent rain has helped pull more kings...

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Steelhead Action Going Strong

Written By: Dan Bacher,
November 16, 2014

(Sacramento) As the salmon spawn on their redds on the Klamath River, anglers are hooking good numbers of steelhead in the 3 to 5 pound range.

“The fishing has been great,” said Albert Kutzkey of Albert Kutzkey’s Guide Service. “We’ve...

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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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