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11/08/09
Smith River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  Smith River Zoo! Imagine the first day of fishable flows on a Saturday. Many did well, some were frustrated - I didn't even put in, waaayyyy too many boats to be of interest to me, I can wait. Heard Sunday was a bloodfest upstream of the 101.
Posted by:The Other Kev ugoundr@yahoo.com


11/06/09
Smith River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: Partly Cloudy 
Comments:
  Jed Smith Gage reads 470 cfs at midnight on the 5th, then rises to 3,050 cfs at 1: 15 on the 6th. Should be the deal maker for all boats. I will try plugs from a power boat downstream of the Hwy. 101 bridge. (first time for everything...). Will be interesting to see what happens.
Posted by:The Other Kev ugoundr@yahoo.com


11/06/09
Smith River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: Partly Cloudy 
Comments:
  Jed Smith Gage reads 470 cfs at midnight on the 5th, then rises to 3,050 cfs at 1: 15 on the 6th. Should be the deal maker for all boats. I will try plugs from a power boat downstream of the Hwy. 101 bridge. (first time for everything...). Will be interesting to see what happens.
Posted by:The Other Kev ugoundr@yahoo.com


03/21/09
Smith River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  I went fishin today, the fishing was amazing, I caught 7 steelhead but none were quite what I wanted to keep so I released em all. I don't want em unless they're 20 pounds or better. caught a few nice hens up in the 10 pound range though. the season's coming to an end so fish while u can, Good luck
Posted by:jared fillippa


01/28/09
Smith River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  no fish
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01/28/09
Smith River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Can anyone post a current fishing report for the Smith River?
Posted by:c wag northbayconst@live.com


01/01/09
Smith River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: Raining 
Comments:
  I just recently drove up from Ventura to fish the Madd River, but ended up on the Smith due to the conditions. I have been using this site to monitor the river levels and read the reports; it's been a great help. Too bad some of the people just can't get along. There are always more than one way to skin a cat. I have been fishing for over twenty years now, and have fished just about every species there is in the Pacfic and the Western US both in fresh water and salt. There is a time and a place for every type or method of fishing. When it comes to steelhead, I prefer throwing hardware but I will side drift, plunk, or use a float if I have to. A good fishermen has to be able to change with the conditions. Anyways enough about that, I ended up on the Smith and hooked a nice chrome steeley on roe (about 12 pounds). It's been about 12 years since I was in Washington and have had a chance to catch steelhead, so I just wanted to say thanks to this site and all the great imformation and help I was given at the Eureka Fly Shop, and the guys at Pro Sports. Thanks to you all!
Posted by:Reese


10/05/08
Smith River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Overcast 
Comments:
  Started the morning at the mouth..Inlet rough will lose gear if not careful min. action hooked 1 released, to small. Moved to cattle crossing action good landed 3 kept 1. Went home, brought friend down to Bailey Hole, fishing rolling and active. Kastmaster/spinners at the mouth as well as the Cattle Crossing. Rained all weekend except not much Sunday and river should hold shape/color. Going today (Monday). Back with an update..FISH-ON!!!
Posted by:Dennis Boydstun dnaboydstun@yahoo.com


09/24/08
Smith River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  hooked six by the mouth today on the long line, pretty much incredible right now, none hooked fairly..had to keep two...tasty little buggers. Hitten hard this weekend hopefully can get some more, 9 ft. leader with with yarn
Posted by:cledus buckwalter


09/21/08
Smith River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  I decised to fish the smith two days ago, Snagged 3 salmon on beads and 2 steelhead on beads in the tail. Released back to the water except two salmon for eating. Fishing is getting good for long-lining, hopefully we get rain to really get a good long-line fish in. Keep the tip up to the land the fish :)
Posted by:Cledus Buckwalter Lamiglas96@yahoo.com


10/29/07
Smith River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Partly Cloudy 
Comments:
  got good roe? otherwise wait for rain, pretty slow
Posted by:the kid wpatterson2@yuroktribe.net


10/29/07
Smith River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Can anyone post a current fishing report for the Smith River?
Posted by:Bobbo bobgraves1@hotmail.com


12/06/06
Smith River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Partly Cloudy 
Comments:
  I caught a nice ten pound native hen today and a fifteen pounder broke my line as it leaped. There are some steelhead in the smith and they are biting, concentrate on broken water, and middle of rifles, keep your baits small. numbers are small so twenty casts, and find a new spot.Cold in the morning no point in being there at the crack of dawn, bite comes on later. Sorry, got to keep locations secret for now.Good luck
Posted by:the kid


12/02/06
Smith River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  The south fork of the smith at stevens bridge was packed with half pounders, some nice 15 inchers. After a dozen on consecutive casts I decided not to waste my row anymore, no adult salmon or steelhead. I fished rattlesnake, not enough water. The falls hole yelded only several half pounders. yesterday I caught nice 8lb. native buck at the mad river hatchery. One to two inches of rain would be nice, follwed by sunny skies, yeah right.
Posted by:the kid aevanow1391@charter.net


11/12/06
Smith River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Mostly Cloudy 
Comments:
  The Smith will come alive any time now. I drifted my kayak down through the Sand Hole three times in the last two weeks, but the salmon haven't started coming through in big numbers yet. Rumor has it some fish are already up-river in the "no fish zone."
Posted by:Jim jnshoop@hotmail.com


11/11/06
Smith River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  I'm just a Crescent City Home Boy stuck out here in Kansas and I am coming home for Thanksgiving and I was wondering if the Kings have hit the park hole / Cable hole in any numbers yet? Also whats the conditions at the forks for a boat to slide through?
Posted by:Dale Harvey riverratharvey@msn.com


11/05/06
Smith River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  How are the conditions on the Smith? Any salmon movement?
Posted by:Bill Burludi burludi@yahoo.com


10/24/06
Smith River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  some salmon are in the lower river
Posted by:jared fillippa fillippad@aol.com


10/05/06
Smith River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  I fished the middle fork and south fork before the river closed and between the three of us we landed 3 legal cutthroat trout.13", 15.5", and the biggest was a monster 17". Are they getting any salmon in the lower river?
Posted by:jared fillippa fillippad@aol.com


09/18/06
Smith River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  What's happening on the Smith? I am going up tomorrow and I would like to drop a line before 10/1. Anybody seen anything?
Posted by:T B the_abalone_girl@yahoo.com


07/31/06
Smith River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Is there any fish being caught on any of the forks? Does anyone know about the north fork of the smith?
Posted by:jared fillippa fillippad@aol.com


07/30/06
Smith River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  hey! what's the deal with the cutthroat fishing on the smith? where are they being caught at and what on?
Posted by:jared fillippa fillippad@aol.com


07/30/06
Smith River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  it has been really hot lately and there is a lot of swimmers in the water. The only cuttthroat i've caught have been small. there's bigger ones up on the forks and on the lower river.
Posted by:jared fillippa fillippad@aol.com


07/11/06
Smith River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Partly Cloudy 
Comments:
  why doesn't the moderator delete all of the spam ?
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03/18/06
Smith River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  Smith is looking great. Went there today, had a few bites, but never got anything. So clear, you can see the fish easily. How's the MAD?
Posted by:mackfisher


03/01/06
Smith River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Partly Cloudy 
Comments:
  Been watching river since 3 December 2005 this season. People catching Steelhead up and down river. Plunking and drifting good; silver spoons and trebles at S. Fk. Lauch Bar recently; Christensen Bridge holding pool full last week 100 plus steelhead spawning size & condition; puff balls and roe balls from drifts; use good 2-6 oz. weights while plunking and a 1-3 foot leader to hook; some use yarn and bait; yarn and puff balls; spin-glows and roe balls plunking; water tower and below weak last 2 weeks; Tetson empty; so was Bailey's/ Transmission- too low; Peacock hot this season; these fish ae up & down right now; south fork has seen a lot of effort lately; my temps are 41-51 F this season with average about 43-45 F; derby last was 100 plus fish all teams, no take; 2000 plus inches total; River should be improving this week.
Posted by:Bradford Norman brnorman@hotmail.com


11/19/05
Smith River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  Smith River - November 17th, 2005 RECORDED: 40 ° FISHING: Fair Gear: Shimano reels, Rogue rods, kwikfish, roe Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 35-55 River Flow: 1910 (7.5 feet) Water Temperature: 4 Water Clarity: Clear On the Water: 8:00am Off the Water: 5:00pm Fishing on the Smith River is tough right now. The water has dropped to 7.5 feet and is gin clear. I got a chance to go check it out on Thursday and Friday with Ross Cooley (Cooley & Pollard Hardware in Yreka) and Stan Egeline. We took Stan’s drift boat and all of us took turns rowing and fishing from the Forks to Ruby then from the Forks to Outhouse. On Thursday Stan landed a beautiful 8.5-pound Steelhead (buck) and later in the day I landed a small 8-pound Salmon (hen). We all got skunked on Friday. Both fish were landed in the cable hole and were very bright. Stan landed his on roe and I landed mine on a kwikfish. The river needs some rain to bring it up and put some color in it. Three to four more feet of water would be great. Salmon is the main attraction right now with fish up to 60 pounds having been landed so far. Steelhead are mixed in right now but not a lot of them. www.caldwellfishing.com
Posted by:Scott Caldwell scott@caldwellfishing.com


11/05/05
Smith River
Water Condition: Modoff  Weather: Raining 
Comments:
  LOTS OF RAIN AND WIND STAY HOME FOR NOW WATCH WEATHER
Posted by:MIKE HAMILTON CHANSLER@CHARTER.NET


11/03/05
Smith River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  Nothing but a small cutthroat trout. Area fished was the brundeen wall and Van Devener park. There was a lot of boats at Van Devener.
Posted by:Jared Fillippa


Smith River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Partly Cloudy 
Comments:
  Live on the middle fork. Caught two small jacks (4 to 6 pounds) and released. Saw some hogs. Should be better in a day or so for plunkers when we get some substantial rain.
Posted by:Verne Zorn vernezorn@charter.net

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