Smith River salmon arrive, rain coming!

2010-10-21 11:20:25
Smith River, California - Freshwater Fishing Report
Lower tidewater

Hundreds of big, bright fall king salmon are stacking up in the tidewater of the lower Smith River. The first major fall rain is expected to hit the coast tonight, and continue through the weekend, setting the stage for what should be some of the best fishing of the season beginning Monday.

An inch of rain is expected in the next 24 hours, followed by a few more inches Friday night and Saturday. That will give fishing on the Smith a major boost.

Even before this rain, we have been getting bright salmon.

We've been trolling at the Sand Hole using plug-cut herring before daylight, then trolling plugs, following by anchoring and fishing eggs and sand shrimp.

Once the river rises, we'll be pulling sardine-wrapped plugs and back-bouncing roe. (I just put up several quarts of eggs from fish this past week).

The Smith River will open above the mouth of Rowdy Creek once the flows top 400 cfs. THat should happen Sunday.

Call 206-388-8988 or visit for more information.

Fish Species: King Salmon
Bait Used: Roe cured in Pautzke's Fire Cure, plugf-cut herring
Tackle Used: Size 2/0 Lazer Sharp hooks, Wright & McGill salmon rods
Method Used: trolling, anchor fishing
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Tom from Sonoma with a bright king caught with guide Andy Martin of
Tom from Sonoma with a bright king caught with guide Andy Martin of

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