CHETCO RIVER




Captain Dave Jacobs 530 646-9110

February 16, 2017    Headlines
Winter Steelies

After dropping back in shape on Wednesday 2-15 heavy rain overnight has put the Smith back on the rise. The Smith dropped to 10 feet on Wednesday and guides saw some great catches. Here on Thursday 2-16 we are seeing a hard rise with flows jumping to 20 feet.
 This season has been more about quality than quantity with lots of BIG fish and some true trophies in the mix. Mike Coopman had a FB post of a 20 plus pound native that was safely released on Wednesday. There have been at least two other fish in the 20 plus class on the Smith this season and the Chetco has seen lots of big fish as well. Despite the near record rainfall these catches are impressive considering the few days that the Smith and Chetco have been fishable. The guidance plot calls for the Smith to drop back to 12 feet late Saturday with another rise expected next Monday and Tuesday. Longer range forecasts calls for 5 to maybe a week of dry weather beginning the middle of next week.
With the wet forecast all other North Coast rivers are high and muddy and most need a week of dry weather before they will come in. The Smith, as always will be the first river back in. The Chetco will follow a day or two later.


The Smith river dropped back into shape on Sunday 2-12. The bite is more quality than quantity with guides seeing 1 to 4 fish of mostly big fish in the 10 to high teen pound class. Here on Tuesday 2-14 the river is dropping ever so slowly from 11 feet to 10.5. One could only wish for conditions like this every day of the season. The river will continue to drop and be in great shape on Wednesday but rain is on the way. The forecast calls for rain, heavy at times late Wednesday and into Thursday. The next system expected on Friday looks to push south and could have a very limited impact on Del Norte river flows.
The Chetco is back in play here on Tuesday as well with guides seeing similar action of 2 to 6 fish hooked and 1 to 4 fish landed. This is PRIME TIME and if you are looking to get out and enjoy one the best winter fisheries you have just a few weeks get in on the fun.

All rivers from the Mad to Eel to the Russian remain high and muddy. With rain on the way we don't expect any changes in river conditions through at least February 25th. All Mendo, Humboldt and Sonoma county rivers have been unfishable since the New Year. Hopefully we see an extended dry spell so anglers can enjoy a few days on their favorite or most familiar waters.

Wally Johnson is booking steelie trips for the coming week and has room available for Smith river trips. 530 496-3291
Guide Dave Jacobs will also be offering trips on the Smith, Chetco and Central Oregon rivers. 530 646-9110


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