Redwood Coast Fishing Salmon & Steehead Fishing on the rivers of Humboldt County, from either Willie, a 21 foot open classic sled or 17 foot drift boat. 707-601-8757
Eureka 1600 5th St. 707-443-6328
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The Mattole is a remote, free flowing river with no dams and a wild population of steelhead. It is located in the Southwest corner of Humboldt county, about 65 miles south of Eureka and 260 miles north of San Francisco. There are approximately 26 miles of fishable water from the mouth to the town of Honeydew. The fish of this river are wild with no hatchery fish being introduced. Catch and Release is asked for these fish.
The primary fish of interest for the Eel include steelhead, chinook, coho, and sea-run cutthroat trout. Chinook start coming into the river in August. They tend to hold in the waters below Ferndale Bridge until rains allow them upstream. The run is from August through December, with the peak in late October. The Eel flows through some of the most beautiful redwood groves in the state, including Humboldt Redwood State Park.
The Trinity River is world-famous for its fine steelhead and salmon fishing, as well as for trophy brown trout. Chinook salmon are the most sought-after gamefish in the Trinity River system. Spring-run salmon begin to enter the river in May and provide trophy fishing through November throughout the river. Although brown trout are not native to the Trinity River, they were heavily stocked until the late 1970s. Today, a wild population continues to the upper river, providing fly and bait fishing for mostly 10- to 14-inch fish, although an occasional trophy to 10 pounds is sometimes landed.
The Klamath River is the largest of the North Coast rivers of California stretching over 200 miles from its mouth to the Oregon border. Its mouth is located 60 miles north of Eureka and 20 miles south of Crescent City off Hwy 101. The fish of the Klamath are king and silver salmon, steelhead, and resident trout. The kings start running in July with the best action near the mouth coming in August and running through September. Summer/Fall steelhead start running from late summer through October. The winter run starts in November and goes through February.
Big Lagoon and Stone Lagoon are brackish because their ocean barriers are breached by storms nearly every winter and are a favorite fishing spot for cutthroat trout. Freshwater Lagoon does not get breached and is open all year featuring rainbow trout and black bass.
Fish and Game code section 7153 provides for sport fishing from public piers without a sport-fishing license. All species, size and limit regulations apply to anyone fishing from these piers.
Fish & Game Website
Trinity River Report
Reel Steel bay & ocean fishing report
Humboldt Bay beaches & dunes map
Fishing the North Coast from the Times-Standard
Northwind Charters bay & ocean fish report
Redwood Coast Fishing Steelhead & Salmon report
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