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Trinity steelhead action improving

Published: Nov 22, 2017
Fish are biting roe and plugs


LEWISTON — Steelhead fishing continues to improve on the upper section of the Trinity River, where bank anglers and driftboaters are continuing to find a mix of wild and hatchery fish.

Guide Kirk Portocarrero of SacRiverGuide said the Trinity River near Junction City is producing good fishing, with steelhead up to 7 or 8 pounds. Most of the action has been near Junction City.

Guide Steve Huber of Steve Huber’s Guide Service said the next several weeks are peak season for Trinity steelhead. “November and December are strong months for steelhead here,” Huber said. “It gets the most attention during this time frame. The majority of the people are fly fishing.”

While the coastal rivers often blow out this time of year because of storms and heavy rain, the Trinity often remains fishable because of Trinity and Lewiston dams. Huber said boaters are drifting roe or pulling 3.5 and 3.0 MagLip plugs. Bank anglers in the Junction City area will toss spinners, or drift spoons in the riffles. Some also will drift-fish roe and yarn.

Retired guide Ed Duggan said fresh steelhead are moving out of the Burnt Ranch area into the upper Trinity. “My fellow fishing guide Todd LeBoeuf of Tiger T Fishing did pretty well for his clients,” Duggan said. “He is fishing the upper area of Douglas City and was able to get seven steelhead to the boat. The largest was 7 pounds. If you are looking to fish the Trinity for the Thanksgiving holiday, I would suggest that you concentrate on the upper sections of the Trinity as more fresh fish will be moving out of the Burnt Ranch area this week.”

The lower section of the Trinity was slow last week, Duggan said. “Fishing on the Lower Trinity this week has been slow due to the lack of fishermen fishing the river, rain and the first cold weather,” Duggan said. “Last week, the Willow Creek weir was pulled in preparation for the rains this week. I also must note our first cold weather arrived. The sad news is that we did not receive a lot of fresh steelhead in the lower part of the river.”

Flows at Lewiston were 305 cfs over the weekend. Flows at Douglas City were 390 cfs, flows at Cedar Flat were 822 cfs and flows at Hoopa were 2,319 cfs.

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