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

The Schoolie Stripers Move In

Written By: Dan Bacher,
March 30, 2015

(Oroville) Anglers are still hooking striped bass on the lower Feather River, but it appears most of the fish are shakers or small keepers up to 5 pound;.

“The majority of big fish we were seeing a few weeks ago have left,” reported Bob...

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Bureau Drops Releases To 500 Cfs

Written By: Dan Bacher,
March 30, 2015

(Sacramento) This year was the worst ever for steelhead returns to the Nimbus Fish Hatchery – and things aren’t getting any better with a drop in flows on the river to 500 cfs., which means low, warm flows for steelhead and king salmon...

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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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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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