Reel Deal: Steelhead may be good for 1 more run

Written by Adam Spencer, The Triplicate March 22, 2013 04:30 pm

Monty Moncrief, Rye Phillips and Joey LeFebvre hold limits of lingcod caught March 16 out of Brookings, Ore., with guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. They were caught on feather jigs tied on size 6/0 Lazer Sharp octopus hooks.
Monty Moncrief, Rye Phillips and Joey LeFebvre hold limits of lingcod caught March 16 out of Brookings, Ore., with guide Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing. They were caught on feather jigs tied on size 6/0 Lazer Sharp octopus hooks. Courtesy of Andy Martin / Wild Rivers Fishing
Tuesday and Wednesday rains on the North Coast may bring one more influx of fresh steelhead trout, but many anglers have moved on to the other available options.

Brookings ocean fishing

Lingcod fishing continued to be great out of Brookings, according to guide Andy Martin. When the ocean was calm enough for bottom fishing, Martin’s clients limited out on lingcod every trip. 

Smith River

Last week, fishing guide Phil Desautels tried his hand on the Smith even though he was staring down low, gin-clear water. They weren’t able to find any adult steelhead, but half-pound hatchery steelhead were abundant.

“From the forks to Peacock, in just about every run, we caught a good half-pounder,” Desautels said, adding that they were all hatchery fish.

Although Desautels did not land any adult steelhead, he said there were still pods of downers.

But that was before the recent rains, so it’s anybody’s guess for the weekend.

The Smith River was 12.75 feet on the Jed Smith river gauge at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, and once that river starts dropping, there could be great opportunities to plunk for steelhead.

Without more rain in the immediate forecast the river was predicted to steadily drop through the weekend, potentially creating prime steelhead conditions.

Rogue River springers

Martin has been gearing up to fish spring chinook on the Rogue River after reports that two to three hatchery fish were caught per day earlier this week. And that was before the rain.

“There should be fishable numbers of springers from here on out,” Martin said. “April is prime time for springers on the Rogue.”

Fishing guide contacts: Phil Desautels of Phil’s Smiling Salmon Guide Service at 707-487-0260; Andy Martin of Wild Rivers Fishing at 541-813-1082.

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