Smith salmon run still strong

2010-12-02 11:44:02
Smith River, California - Freshwater Fishing Report
Jed Smith to Outfitters

December is usually the start of steelhead season on the Smith River, but anglers also are being treated to a big run of fall kings this year. Salmon season usually tapers off around Thanksgiving, but we are still seeing lots of fresh kings in the Smith.

Wild Rivers Fishing ( has been focusing on the area from Jed Smith State Park to Outfitters.

There have been fresh schools of kings entering the river daily, along with some steelhead.

Several fish over 50 pounds have been caught this season.

Expect salmon fishing to remain good for the next two weeks. Steelhead fishing is improving daily.

We've been back-bouncing roe cured with Pautzke's BorxOFire and pulling plugs.

Fish Species: King salmon, steelhead
Bait Used: roe cured in Pautzke BorxOFire
Tackle Used: Eagle Claw hooks, Wright & McGill salmon rods
Method Used: back-bouncing, side-drifting
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Casey and Don with bright Smith River kings
Casey and Don with bright Smith River kings

Bob and Rose with a Smith River lunker.
Bob and Rose with a Smith River lunker.

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