Smith River Fishing Report

Report updated Feb. 6, 2014


The Smith is getting a much needed shot of rain this weekend and could be a bit high and murky Sat and/or Sun depending on what the storm actually does. However, fishing should be excellent early next week as things drop out!!!

The low flow closure system has been extended until the end of April. Call before you head up there: North Coast River Low Flow Closure Hotline: (707) 822-3164

DFG Fishing Regulations

Current & Forecasted Flow

Current Weather

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About the Smith River

The gorgeous Smith River pours through some seriously steep and rocky canyons and old growth redwoods before crashing head-long into the Pacific. It’s one of those places that is worth a visit (even sans rod) at least once in your life. Put it on the “bucket list.” What’s that you say? Scenery isn’t enough for ya? You want big fish too? Well, the Smith just happens to be the home of the current California State Record for steelies — 27 pounds and change. Steelies over 20 pounds are taken here every year and there’s been a handful of 26 pounders sprinkled in over the past 6 years.

Bring your A Game — the Smith is a wickedly snaggy and tough place to fish — the water can be super clear and guide boats in the lower river below the Forks are, shall we say…prolific…so you need to be a well-tuned steelheading machine to do well here. But put your time in – the rewards can be epic. The Smith fishes best for steelies January through March.

There are huge kings here too. Fifty-plus pounders are taken every season in October, November and December. It’s a short window and you have to be ready to hit the water at a moment’s notice after the first rain hits…

Fishing the Smith
Side-Gliding for Steelies

Species of the Smith River

Fall Chinook

Winter Steelhead

Photos from the Smith

The Forks put-in on the Smith

The Forks put-in on the Smith

Sunset over the mouth of the Smith

Sunset over the mouth of the Smith