45lb. King Salmon

Smith River - Reedsport, OR (Douglas County)

Guide Rye Phillips of Brookings Fishing Charters holds a 45-pound king salmon caught and released Nov. 25 on the Smith River by Jeff Bounsall of Santa Rosa. They were side-drifting for steelhead when they caught the salmon on roe and a Puff Ball.
Photo Credit: Brookings Fishing Charters

by Kenny Priest

With no rain for a couple weeks, the Smith is low and clear, but remains open to fishing. Boat pressure has been light, as most guides have canceled their salmon trips due to the conditions and lack of fish. Winter steelhead should start to trickle in even during the low-water conditions. As of Wednesday, flows were right around 1,075 cubic feet per second on the Jed Smith gauge.

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More Reports

Nor Cal Fish Reports Reports
for Thursday, December 2nd, 2021

Mad River: Closed to fishing as of Thursday, Dec. 2
Eel River: The last push of kings should arrive after the next significant rainfall
Eel River - South Fork: Closed to fishing
Van Duzen River: Closed to fishing as of Thursday, Dec. 2
: Closed to fishing
Trinity River: River conditions are excellent on the lower Trinity

Nor Cal Fish Reports Reports
for Wednesday, November 24th, 2021

Mad River: The Mad is green and fishable
Eel River: Some coho making their way through the lower river
Van Duzen River: Will be low and clear until the next rain
Eel River - South Fork: Low and clear conditions
Smith River: The river is low and clear
Chetco River: In-between time for salmon and steelhead
Elk River: The Elk and Sixes are low and clear