Salmon season starts out fishing the Klamath in May for Springers, and continues on into early July when we then start to make the transition into the fall season for Salmon on both the Klamath and Trinity Rivers. When our first heavy rains hit, we then make our move to the Smith River. Salmon fishing usually lasts through November. The Klamath and Trinity River fish average between 8 to 15 pounds, with fish also being caught in the 20 to 30 pound class. The Smith River fish average a bit higher, between 15 to 25 pounds. This is one of only a few rivers in California that allows an angler to have a chance at a fish in the 40 pound class and above. Late August through November is the main event for Rogue River fishing. As the hot days of summer start to cool, the big fall run of Chinook salmon begins to enter the lower Rogue Canyon. The Chetco River has some of the largest Chinook salmon in the state averaging 20 pounds with a possibility of landing a fish to 50 pounds.
Steelhead fishing begins in January for winter Steelhead and lasts all the way through the end of March. We fish all the North coast rivers as conditions allow. One of the best things about being in this area is that we have the Smith river just a short drive away, and a chance at catching a steelhead in the 20 pound class. August brings steelhead fishing to the Klamath/Trinity River systems, and continues through November or until we get those first heavy rains. This unique fishery offers the angler a chance at both half-pounders and adult Steelhead in the 6 to 10 pound class. We offer both conventional gear fishing as well as fly fishing for these silver bullets. The weather and scenery at this time of the year are absolutely beautiful and mild. The majority of the returning hatchery steelhead stay within the lower 8 miles of the Chetco river in Oregon, providing for good Chetco River fishing opportunities December through March.
Trout fishing on the Sacramento River is pretty much a year round fishery. The only thing that really dictates the river as being fishable or not is whether the flows from Keswick dam are ramped up or at a fishable level. With that being said, I concentrate my efforts on the months of May through July. These fish are absolutely beautiful and there are lots of them. A great fishery for all but especially for those beginners and kids. The weather is usually very cooperative and the fish are good biters. The fish range from 1-5 pounds with an occasional fish over 5 pounds. I use a number of different tactics to fish for these beauties. Light tackle gear fishing and fly fishing being the most popular.