SMITH RIVER



 



November 04, 2017    Headlines
Smith Salmon

The Smith is seeing a small rise here on Saturday 11-4. Over the past 24 hours the river has gone from 5.5 to just over 6.5 feet or 700cfs to 1350 as of midnight. Another small rise is expected on Sunday that could bring the river to a still low but better level of 7.5 feet on Sunday. Yet another storm is expect Tuesday / Wednesday of next week. As of Saturday morning the Smith is open to fishing but could close if flows again drop too far.
Ten days ago the first big rise, guides saw decent to good counts from the Park to the Outfitters with lots of fish in the 10 to 20 pound class. The Smith is known for it's trophy size kings but so far most fish have been under 25 pounds.
Dave Dave Jacobs will be running trips this next week depending on flows. A rise to 12 or more feet (and then dropping back below 12) would really turn the action on. The Smith will often fish for just a few days so readers need to keep a close eye on the weather and go when the river is just starting to drop after a big rise.

The North Coast river low flow closure hotline is 707-822-3164.


This writer is taking the next two weeks off to chasse elk in Colorado so please contact your favorite guide or Dave Jacobs for updates.
 

 


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Rules for the Smith River
 New rules have been adopted by the Cal F&G commission for the Smith River. Only barbless hooks will be allowed in all reaches of the Smith River. The  Klamath-Trinity Salmon Report Card has been renamed North Coast Salmon Report card and will now be required on the Smith River also. The annual bag limit for  wild trout or steelhead was reduced to zero and no more than five wild Chinook may be kept per year.

The North Coast river low flow closure hotline is 707-822-3164.


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For river status (low flow closure) updates from Fish and Game please call +1.707.442.4502 for the North coast and +1.707.944.5533 for Central coast streams. Be sure to check out the California Fish and Game regulations before you go. Regulations vary on every river and you need to pay attention to bait and hook restrictions. Due to winter closures on HWYs 5, 101 & 299 we recommend you check Caltrans road conditions as well.
Prime steelhead flows on the Smith river are between 12 and 9 feet. Fish are caught in higher flows by those plucking and even in the low and clear waters below 8.5 feet but prime fishing is always found with a dropping river in the 9 to 12 foot range. No one can predict the best day or conditions but put in a few days in and you will be rewarded. All of our sponsors have room available for the prime January - mid March period. Please call the DFG flow information hotline at 707 822-3164 for additional information.


 
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