February 23, 2017    Headlines
Winter Steelies

The Trinity is a rarity this season with it being fishable much of the time while other rivers are being blown out by the continuous rains this winter. The reason is available storage in Trinity lake. The Feds drained the Trinity to keep cold water flows to the Klamath with the balance going to San Joaquin growers so we can export almonds to China.
Trinity lake is currently at 61% of capacity or 86% of average for this date. Most of our other water storage lakes are currently at 120% or higher. With room to fill this means that releases off Trinity will remain low. They are currently at just 220 CFS and this is helping to keep the upper Trinity fishing.
The following is a report from guide Dave Jacobs that he sent in on Friday.

Trinity River steelhead fishing report February 3rd
By Dave Jacobs

The great steelhead fishing on the Trinity River near Lewiston, California has continued. With another water rise from today's newest rounds of rain, the Trinity River is rising but there are plenty of steelhead scattered throughout the river. Best sections include many different drifts with put in and take out points from Lewiston downriver to Pigeon Point. Steelhead anglers are scoring big on steelhead both with conventional spin gear and on the fly. Best conventional bets are back trolled Brad's wigglers and Maglip plugs in the chrome, gold or copper patterns. Another conventional go to technique has been a diver/egg presentation with natural cured roe/puffball being the main offering for success. Fly anglers have been finding their success indicator fishing with golden stones and "rubber leg" patterns. These recent rains are certain to attract more steelhead upriver this month on the Trinity River.


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For river status (low flow closure) updates from Fish and Game please call +1.707.442.4502 for the North coast and +1.707.944.5533 for Central coast streams. Be sure to check out the California Fish and Game regulations before you go. Regulations vary on every river and you need to pay attention to bait and hook restrictions. Due to winter closures on HWYs 5, 101 & 299 we recommend you check Caltrans road conditions as well.

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