Fishing in between rain storms

The Smith River has been fishing good between rain storms. I cancelled a trip on a bad forecast. We hooked 5 and landed 4 earlier in the week. I still have a few dates left in March. Send me a message at or text or call me at (707) 218-4501.  Keep your lines tight!



More Weather Info:

Fishing the North Coast:
Falling rain and rising rivers keeping steelhead anglers at bay

Smith best bet for Friday and Saturday.

Options may be limited for the next four to five days for North Coast steelhead fishermen as the rivers, as well as the weather, remains unsettled. From the Chetco down to the South Fork Eel, every coastal stream is predicted to be on the rise as of Thursday following Wednesday evening’s heavy rains. Expect the rivers to recede on Friday and Saturday, but another rise is forecasted for Sunday morning. Whether some of the smaller streams will drop quickly enough to fish on Saturday remains to be seen.

Weather update

According to Reginald Kennedy of Eureka’s National Weather Service, the heaviest rain will have fallen Wednesday night. “Thursday we’ll see showers that should produce some decent rainfall totals. The Smith Basin in Del Norte County could see anywhere from 3/4 to an inch of rain and the Humboldt area could see a 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch. A dry pattern will begin Friday and last through most of the day Saturday. Saturday night through Sunday night, the Smith basin is predicted to see from 1.5 to 2 inches of rain. In Humboldt, we could see up to an inch of precipitation. Next week is looking dry, with the next system predicted for the March 17,” Kennedy added.

Smith River

The Smith fished pretty well the last couple days, reports Crescent City guide Mike Coopman. “The river has been a little big, but the fishing has been pretty good. We’re seeing about a 50/50 mix of downers to fresh ones. The next rises should bring more of the downers into the mix and the numbers of fresh fish will probably start to go down. There should be plenty of fish around through the end of the month,” Coopman said.

The Smith is forecasted to rise on Wednesday, but conditions look good for both Friday and Saturday.

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