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

Rigged Anchovies Produce Kings At Mouth

Written By: Cal Kellogg,
August 23, 2014

(Gold Beach) The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife relates that anglers have started picking up fall Chinook the bay trolling anchovies or an anchovy with spinner blade.

With minus tides this week the best fishing will be late...

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Smallmouth Top Attraction As Kings Show In Bay

Written By: Cal Kellogg,
August 20, 2014

(Elkton) 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 of hatchery fish is relatively low compared to...

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Steelhead Offer Better Fishing Than Salmon

Written By: Dan Bacher,
August 15, 2014

(Yuba City) Salmon fishing has been very tough, with only a few chinooks reported lately. Combined releases to the Feather River below the Thermalito Aferbay Outlet are currently 2300 cfs.

“Anglers fishing with guide Jimmy Zanoco have...

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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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