The Sacramento River steelhead season is off to a good start! We have our wild steelhead in the Redding area, but we have already seen a good number of Coleman Hatchery steelhead returning the past few weeks. This is great news because we normally see the biggest push of steelhead in January-February. This is when Coleman Hatchery sees its best numbers of steelhead show up at the Battle Creek fish ladder. Good reports of big numbers of steelhead as far down river as Butte City and Los Molinos continue to come in so its just a matter of time before we start to see more arrive above Red Bluff.
We are back trolling plugs, pulling bait with divers, and side drifting Pautzke BorX o Fire Natural cured roe to catch these steelhead. Drifting and plugging shallow rifles, current seams, and pushing steelhead into tail outs have been the most productive. We do hook steelhead in the deeper sections of the Sacramento River, but they are usually incidentally caught while fishing for King salmon.
We have some rain in the forecast so I expect it will pull some new fish up into my area of operation. Keep an eye out for future reports or visit www.norcalfishreports.com for my frequent reports. I have available dates through out the winter season so if you want to get out and experience fishing for these great fish, fill out the contact me info and I'll get back to you asap. I can also be reached at (707) 616-1905 if you have more questions or want to book a trip.