Captain Dave Jacobs 530 646-9110

February 22, 2015    Headlines
Winter Steelies

All Rivers In
All North Coast rivers are in and fishing but the catching has been tough on many.
The first of two derbies supporting the Rowdy Creek hatchery on the Smith was held on Friday 2-20 and Saturday 2-21. There were 24 teams (two boats per team fishing the Smith one day and the Chetco the other) and high team had a combined score of 8 fish. Wally Johnson reports the action was spotty. His twosome landed 1 fish over the two days out of 6 hooked. With the low water and extra pressure that the derbies bring, the catching was tough. More fish were landed north of the border but there were some larger fish caught on the Smith which is low and clear.

Wally was back home on the upper Klamath on Sunday 2-22 and reports "this is where the steelies are". This past week he has been averaging 4 to 8 adults and 12 to 20+ half pounders per trip. He says the river is green and has a good 2-3 feet of viz and with the warm water temps around 50 degrees the fish are biting.
He will be back on the coast for next weekend's 2nd Rowdy Creek derby (the guides all give up their guide fee to support the hatchery) but plans on fishing his home waters through March. Wally has been bringing many of his coastal clients over to the upper Klamath the past three low water year; Once the see the numbers available they forget about landing a trophy 20 pounder and are more than happy hooking 20 fish.

The South Fork Eel is fishing to the main stem. Fishing here too has been spotty and after four years of drought will likely get slower is the years ahead. Overall guide counts are running at a respectable 3 to 6 fish hooked and about half landed. All are seeing some good days where they landed 4 or 5 but there are slow days mixed in where they are happy for a single photo opportunity.

Gary Blasi, six pack captain on the Sea Weasel and owner of Mad river Tackle reports anglers are finding good conditions on the Mad. Those in the know are still picking up limits of fish and with the river greening up those tossing roe are seeing good and even better counts than the liners. Most are working the deeper slots and holes from the hatchery to Blue Lake.

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