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Low water stalls Trinity steelhead action

Published: Dec 28, 2017
LEWISTON — Steelhead are continuing to be caught throughout the Trinity River, but low, clear and cold water is keeping fresh fish from moving in from the Klamath. There are big numbers of steelhead already in the Trinity, however, said guide Steve Huber of Steve Huber’s Guides Service.


THE TRINITY RIVER was low and clear when Olin Sounders of Grass Valley caught this nice one while fishing with guide Steve Huber of Steve Huber Guide Service out of Douglas City. He used a Lamiglas rod, P-line, Owner hooks and a Yakima MagLip 3.0 plug.


Huber has been fishing in the upper river using small plugs or drifting tiny pieces of natural-colored roe. His clients are hooking into a handful of steelhead a day, but light leaders and stealth techniques must be used, as the fish are easily spooked in the low, clear water.

“There are fish around, but they are not moving,” Huber said.

Many of the steelhead are holding in deeper holes, especially near creek mouths, waiting for rain. Although the North Coast was hit with rain last week, not much fell in Trinity County. Flows remained unchanged from a week ago.

Bank anglers are catching some fish below Junction City on spoons, spinners and roe. They are accessing the river from Highway 299.

Huber said he expects fresh steelhead to move in from the Klamath when rain arrives.

Weather has been cold in the mornings, with freezing temperatures. Afternoon highs are still cold. Flows late last week at Lewiston Dam were 317 cfs, while flows were 359 cfs at Douglas City. Flows at Junction City were 393 cfs, while flows at Hoopa were 1,390 cfs.

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