Smith River Fish Report for 11-17-2005

by Scott Caldwell

Gear: Shimano reels, Rogue rods, kwikfish, roe

Weather: Sunny

Air Temperature: 35-55

River Flow: 1910 (7.5 feet)

Water Temperature: 4

Water Clarity: Clear

On the Water: 8:00am

Off the Water: 5:00pm

Fishing on the Smith River is tough right now. The water has dropped to 7.5 feet and is gin clear. I got a chance to go check it out on Thursday and Friday with Ross Cooley (Cooley & Pollard Hardware in Yreka) and Stan Egeline. We took Stan’s drift boat and all of us took turns rowing and fishing from the Forks to Ruby then from the Forks to Outhouse. On Thursday Stan landed a beautiful 8.5-pound Steelhead (buck) and later in the day I landed a small 8-pound Salmon (hen). We all got skunked on Friday. Both fish were landed in the cable hole and were very bright. Stan landed his on roe and I landed mine on a kwikfish. The river needs some rain to bring it up and put some color in it. Three to four more feet of water would be great. Salmon is the main attraction right now with fish up to 60 pounds having been landed so far. Steelhead are mixed in right now but not a lot of them. 

Salmon Photo, Steelhead Photo

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