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

Bass Are In The Shallows

Written By: Dan Bacher,
March 18, 2015

(Weaverville) If you want to hook smallmouth and largemouth bass, now’s the time to hit the slowly rising waters of Trinity Lake.

“Black bass fishing is pretty darn good on Trinity Lake,” said Tim Brady at Trinity Outdoors. “You can...

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Boaters And Bankers Hook Steel!

Written By: Cal Kellogg,
March 18, 2015

(Gold Beach) The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife disclosed that anglers fishing the lower river continue to pick up steelhead either from boats or the bank. Boaters are relying on plugs while bank anglers toss spoons, roe and...

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Steelhead Spawning Is Over For Season

Written By: Dan Bacher,
March 17, 2015

(Oroville) The Feather River Fish Hatchery staff has finished spawning steelhead this season and ended up trapping almost exactly half of the number of fish that they spawned last season.

“We trapped a total of 746 steelhead and spawned...

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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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