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!
Steelhead Articles & Reports
Written By: Cal Kellogg,
According to reports from the ODFW, now that chinook are spawning on the lower Rogue River, anglers are finding half-pounders feeding on any eggs floating downstream from redds. Steelhead fishing is picking up on the middle and upper...read more ››
Written By: Danny Lloyd,
If you like fishing for hard fighting landlocked steelhead trout, Lake Sonoma is the place to be with fish being caught by anglers fishing from the surface to 20 feet deep.
"Most fish are in the 15 to 22 inch range, with an occasional...read more ››
Written By: Dan Bacher,
Cold water and air temperatures and continuing low, clear water conditions are making for challenging steelhead fishing conditions on the Trinity River.
“We’re working hard for our fish,” said Steve Huber of Steve Huber’s Guide Service....read more ››
Tips & Tactics for Steelhead
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...read more ››
Written By: Bill Herzog
The first step in reading water is realizing that no two sections of river are the same. With this in mind, how do you go about...read more ››
Written By: Cal Kellogg
Steelhead!… Just hearing the word starts my adrenaline flowing. If you’ve caught one you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t its...read more ››
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