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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 Wait For Fall Kings To Arrive

Written By: Cal Kellogg,
July 23, 2014

It is transition time on the Rogue River. The spring salmon run is just about over and fall run kings have yet to arrive. According to the ODFW, fall Chinook should start moving into the estuary anytime.

On the middle Rogue, anglers are...

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Bass Action Takes Center Stage

Written By: Cal Kellogg,
July 21, 2014

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reports that the mainstem Umpqua is closed to wild steelhead harvest, but remains open year-round for adipose fin-clipped steelhead.

This fishery is primarily catch-and-release since the number...

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Anglers Gear Up For Salmon Opener

Written By: Dan Bacher,
July 12, 2014

Fishing pressure has been very light, but that will all change when the Feather River opens to salmon fishing on July 16. Combined releases into the Feather River are currently 3,500 cfs, so this should draw increasing numbers of salmon...

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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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