Steelhead Information

Steelhead

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!

Steelhead Articles & Reports

Upper River Will Reopen May 1

Written By: Dan Bacher,
April 15, 2014

The American River from Nimbus Dam to the SMUD power line crossing at the southwest boundary of Ancil Hoffman Park will reopen to fishing on May 1. The purpose of the closure by the Fish and Game Commission is to protect salmon and...

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Spring Steelhead and Trout

Spring Steelhead and Trout

Written By: Al Brown Guide Service,
March 26, 2014

 

 

 

Sacramento River Trout fishing has been great the past few trips out. The wind blows a lot in the spring around here and can have an adverse affect on the Trout fishing but I have been lucky to fish on days that the wind has not...

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Steelhead Season Enters Final Stretch

Written By: Dan Bacher,
March 23, 2014

The steelhead season has entered its final stretch on the Trinity River and few anglers have been out trying lately.

“With the last two storms, the steelhead have scattered throughout the system from the mouth to Lewiston,” said Tim Brady...

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Tips & Tactics for Steelhead

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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Steelhead

Steelhead Drift Fishing: Recognizing and Identifying Holding Areas

Written By: Bill Herzog

The first step in reading water is realizing that no two sections of river are the same. With this in mind, how do you go about...

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