Winter steelhead are on the move and this year big returns are expected. With the Chinook salmon fishing season coming to a close Winter Steelhead fishing has already been going steady for almost a month now. If the record returns of salmon to some Northern California and Southern Oregon rivers are any indication of what we may have in store for the steelhead season this could be a banner year. As of late the fishing reports around the area are good. Most guided outings are producing multiple hookups and landings of bright hard fight winter steelhead. The method of choice by most guides these days appears to be side-rolling bait (cured eggs) or yarn balls. River conditions fluctuate dramatically this time of year with factors such as rain run off and snow melt in particular, dictating when and where you want to be wetting a line on any given day. Time on the water, accurate weather predictions, dependable river gauges, and a network of other top guides fishing all across the area providing up to date information add up to a winning combination. This season should be one to remember. If you want to spend a relaxing day on the river chasing one of the most sought after sport fish in the pacific northwest now is the time. All you need is an apatite for outdoor adventure and a little luck on your side!

For more information contact:

Jordan Abbott

King of the Rogue Outfitters


Fish Species: Steelhead
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Umpqua river steelhead
Umpqua river steelhead

Smith river steelhead
Smith river steelhead

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About The Author: Captain Jordan Abbott

Company: King of the Rogue Outfitters

Area Reporting: Southern Oregon / Northern California

Bio: I have been fishing the rivers and streams of Oregon my whole life. I have been guiding full time now for 6 years professionally. I am a fully licensed and insured guide in Oregon, California. I also hold a U.S. Coast Guard OUPV license. I am CPR/First aid trained, and I am also a certified Swift Water Rescue tech. My goal is to make your river experience a safe, fun, and exciting one that you won't soon forget! The time is now to make a memory that will last a lifetime!!!

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