Captain Dave Jacobs 530 646-9110
Drops Out/ Chetco Could Use Some Color
Wally Johnson with Seiad Valley Guide Service
reported Thursday 2-11 that the Smith
has dropped out with the water gin clear and flows
down to 8.5 feet. There are fish in the river but
getting them to bite is tough in these conditions.
Wally has been on the Chetco most of the past
week where the fishing and catching have been solid.
After several days of 3 to 7 fish scores it was
slower for many guides today. Wally said that with
the Smith dropping out that there was a bit more
pressure on the Chetco and scores ranged from 1 to 4
fish. There is a good mix of both hatchery and
native fish in the mix and an inch or two of rain
will turn things back on.
The South Fork Eel is green above Benbow as
of Tuesday and should be in down to Garberville or
Myers by Friday 2-12. With all the rain we
have not had a South Fork Eel report yet this season
but this is "prime time" and over the next few days
the south fork should be in puuuuurect shape.
The Mad looks to drop to green and bait
anglers should find plenty of biters below the
and Chetco In & Solid Action
The Smith has been giving up lot of steelies
the past few days. Here on Saturday morning the
river has been holding in the mid foot range and
still has some color. Overall guide counts on the
Smith have been running from two to seven fish
hooked and 2 to 6 fish landed the past few days. The
river has been holding steady in the mid 9 foot
range over the past 24 hours but looks to drop and
clear by Sunday or Monday.
Guide Wally Johnson reports that light rain Friday
evening will only keep good color and flows on both
the Smith and Chetco through the weekend. We spoke
to Wally on Saturday 2-6 at 11:AM who was on