Adam Spencer, The Triplicate

Fishing guides report half the steelhead catches on the Smith River are fresh from the ocean

This seems to be the Smith River steelhead season that just won't quit. There are just under three weeks left in the Smith's steelhead season, and anglers are still catching fresh fish.

The spring salmon season on the Rogue River is off to a decent start, and ocean bottom-fishing out of Brookings is great when conditions allow.

Smith River

With the sun shining and the Smith River full of fish, guide Mick Thomas reported that his clients were still catching about half fresh steelhead from the ocean.

On Tuesday, they pulled in nine steelhead and also a bunch of half-pounders and a few cutthroats.

"There are still a lot of fish out here," Thomas said. "The fresh ones are a real nice quality."

Thomas, of Lunker Fish Trips, was switching between side-drifting bait and pulling plugs with just about the same amount of action on each.

Rogue River

Boats plying the lower Rogue are catching one to two spring salmon per day, with most being hatchery fish, according to guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing.

The fishing will be better when tides switch to an incoming tide in the morning early next week, Martin said.

With flows and temperatures at their current status, Martin said it's a better bet to run spinners than bait.

Brookings ocean fishing

Before the ocean conditions took a turn for the worse, Martin said that anglers were doing very well catching lingcod and rockfish.


April is typically a prime month to catch redtail surfperch and Del Norte beaches are considered some of the best for the fishery.

Fishing contacts: Mick Thomas of Lunker Fish Trips at 707-458-4704 and; Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing at 541-813-1082 and

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