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11/28/08
Trinity River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  Have been fishing the Trinity below Willow Creek and hooked many small half-pounders over the past couple days. lots of Salmon activity, splashing around, leaping out of the water. Landed a 15 pound chinook with a blue fox and a 5 lb steelhead. all other fish caught swinging an egg pattern on a t300 sinking tip. long-lining means snagging. I know someone who does it and he does it because he has no patience to learn how and why fish eat what they do, and he cackles about proudly. Most snaggers are impatient fools who do not practice catch and release ethics. It is their decision. Nothing we can do about it, but it is quite a shame. This area has such great potential to have fisheries like Canada but as long as the locals act like idiots it will never get there from here. Even fishing with bait encourages people to kill fish just for roe. Guides do it all the time. Go up to Canada and look at the absolute abundance of huge fish and ask why. It is certainly not because they all take as much as possible. Protect what you have by saving it, not decimating it!
Posted by:jr


11/24/08
Trinity River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Fished the Trinity last week 11/17-11/20, we were drifting from J.C. campgroud to Pigeion point, all but one fish were caught on plugs, my favorite plug being the cooper Brads wiggler, we had one fish take roe under a bobber. All hatchery fish ran about 7-9lbs, the wild fish of which we caught 5 were bigger going 8-12lbs. We release all fish, I did catch 3 tagged fish that all had 10 dollar reward tags in them "sweet". Now about "long lining", long lining is a term that is used loosely but the way I see it is this, with a long leader meaing about 10-15 feet you have a better chance of snagging the available fish because as the weight drifts downstream through the fish the long leader trails behind the weight upstream and being the leader is so long you have a better chance of running into a fish or "flossing" the fish in the mouth. The way I see it is the fish do not volintarilly take the bait most of the time you snag them somewhere other than the mouth!!!
Posted by:Fishhead


06/12/08
Trinity River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Shhh !!! LOL
Posted by:Tim


06/12/08
Trinity River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Partly Cloudy 
Comments:
  The Spring Chinook are moving through the Hawkins Bar area in substatial numbers. Bouncing a night-crawler (whole) with a green corkie above. Hit 2 fish last Monday and 1 on Tuesday. Fish the inside bends....more later......
Posted by:Steve Wartburg rapidrdr


12/12/07
Trinity River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  In the last several weeks including 12/11/07, there is more than an abundant of steelhead. Practically all are wild fish. Flys are deadly. Bait does not work well. Hooking, but not landing, with a black nymph seems to be the best. Usually, the Trinity is best in November. Steelhead are late this year. I believe that the Mad will come alive in the middle of January. Most will be wild. Hatchery steelhead will not be abundant until 2009!
Posted by:Bob P 11


11/14/07
Trinity River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  Anyone hit the upper trinity run by junction city, if not your missing out, even the old gray haired ladies are hooking their fair share. The water looks like gin but lighten up on the leaders and size hooks. Catching close to 8+ adult steelhead a day. Pony up for gas its worth it.
Posted by:RB


11/11/07
Trinity River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  The Madd like ALL coastal streams is subject to low flow closures. The flow line phone number is (707)442-4502. Hope this proves helpful. I floated the Trinity on 11/6 and a half day on 11/7 on the 6th we went 6 for 9 with 2 nice salmon landed and the rest metalheads. On the 7th we found a run that was holding alot of fish and we went 1 for 5 with the highlight being a hot steelie that smashed a plug and straightened out the factory snap ring and left with a barbless hook PROBALLY still stuck in is her mouth. Good luck and tight lines.
Posted by:Fishhead Fishhead N/A


07/06/07
Trinity River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  JUNE 23, 2007 FISHED BURNT RANCH I SAW A FELLOW FISHERMAN AND HIS FRIEND CATCH THREE NICE SALMON ON ROE. WEIGHTS WERE 20#, 15# AND 12# ALL CAUGHT BEFORE 7 A.M. MANY SALMON JUMPING BUT NO OTHER ONES CAUGHT. JUNE 24, 2007 I FISHED GRAYS FALLS NO LUCK BUT SOME SALMON JUMPING.
Posted by:cal dog caldog@yahoo.com


06/13/07
Trinity River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Partly Cloudy 
Comments:
  Fished June 9, 2007: Douglas City-Steiner Flat Road, fast current, but fishable, no sign of any salmon. Junction City-Pigeon Point, no sign of any salmon. Klamath Glen at the mouth of the Klamath, no sign of any salmon, talked to four guys in boats that fished all morning without even one bite. No sign of any salmon.
Posted by:Cal Dog fisher_man@hotmail.com


01/16/07
Trinity River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Overcast 
Comments:
  Fished the middle Trinity (N. Fork - S. Fork) this afternoon as a small storm blew through. My buddy and I hooked 4 and landed them all (2-8 lbs). Does not seem to matter what you use just gotta get it in front of em'. Just wanted to say thanks to "Idontthinkso" for reports. I check the board often and felt obligated to give a vague , although truthful, report.
Posted by:one none


12/14/06
Trinity River
Water Condition: N/A  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  DOC's story is that he is a unemployed fish biologist. He trades hunting and fishing stories to anyone that will listen as he bumbles about an area known as Lime Point on the Trinity River. This area has 4-5 residents that live on the east bank of that strech that belive they own both sides of the Trinity River. The area is a well known public fishing access for many years and as you can tell I've been harrassed a few times for fishing in their "private strech" of the river. If you fish this area like I do tell the home owners to stick it when they complain that you woke them with the clank of your drift boat trailer at 5 am!!!!!
Posted by:doctor don


12/14/06
Trinity River
Water Condition: Blownout  Weather: Raining 
Comments:
  Sorry, that was for the Trinity. You'd think I'd be able to hit the right button. ;-)
Posted by:Doc's Fly Company


12/14/06
Trinity River
Water Condition: Blownout  Weather: Overcast 
Comments:
  I thought this site was to post fishing conditions and reports to help fellow anglers, not to rail against people whom you don't care for (which is your prerogative, to be sure). Posting reports is all I've done here since finding this website a short while back. However, on this occastion only, for sake of clarification to the post below, let me say this... First, I'm not the one posting as "doc" or "DOC" below. My couple of posts have been as "Doc's Fly Company," one of several small businesses that I've started after moving to Trinity County seven months ago. Second, I'm sem-retired, not unemployed. I'm an aquatic entomologist, one who left a lucrative biomedical research career in the biotech industry in the 90's to learn more about the rivers he loves in an effort to use my talents in science to help preserve the habitats that have enriched my life since my ranching granddad first took me trout fishing in the Sierras at the age of 4. I'm in this position now because Cal-Trans, with support from Placer County's developer-loving politicians, the California Dept. of Fish and Game, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (whom I once worked with) decided to take my family's 154-year cattle ranch that my great, great, great-granddad founded in 1852 to use for environmental mitigation of a highway bypass around the city of Lincoln in Placer County. Four years prior to that, I had willingly given up an enjoyable university teaching and research career in Wyoming, living much of my time in the Rocky Mountain high country in wall tents elk hunting and fishing for cutthroat, to return to the Tarnished State to run my family's historic cattle ranch. This was a promise I made to my grandmother on her deathbed - a promise to retain our six generation family heritage that urban people developing the valley have seen fit to not allow me to keep. So, I've come up here to your neck of the woods to try to put the pieces back together again for myself and my family, to be close to my aging parents to lend them a hand as needed, and to try to make the best of an extremely degrading and undeserved experience for us all. Third, regarding land and river use around Lime Point on the Trinity where I live... Sounds like this fellow below is someone with a grudge, to be sure. The fact of the matter is that the land bordering the south/east side of the river around Lime Point is private land. Check the county record if you wish. As one of more than a few landowners along the river here, we fully recognize and appreciate that use of the corridor of this Wild and Scenic river lays fully within the public trust and therefore is rightfully open to public use. As a fellow angler, I'd have it no other way. The rule of thumb is generally accepted to be from "normal" high water mark to high water mark, but by legal precedent at the federal level NOT to include extreme high water marks from extreme high water conditions, as occurred last winter here. This is where anglers, myself included in the past, have a hard time discerning where public and private rights to access lay. There is no state law pertaining to this, only federal law, according to a DFG Captain I've spoken with in Redding. (I have a feeling this keeps the state from having to pony up funds they don't have to fight lawsuits from both sides of the fence!) The bottom line is this: as angling pressures increase here in the northstate, and indeed in all western states, with the unbridled urbanization that's occurring everywhere, there's bound to be more conflicts between landowners and recreationists who both have justifiable concerns about land use bordering rivers, streams and stillwaters. Coming from a rural background, my family and I were brought up to respect private property and err on the side of the landowner when there's any question. Particularly in a county like Trinity where the vast majority of land is publicly owned and angling opportunities abound. It's unfortunate that not everyone is either understanding, patient, or well-raised enough to be respectful of the rights of others... but unfortunately that's a part of the nature of some people, something I've really had to come to terms with over the past couple of years. Yes, unfortunately, I've had to ask people to leave my private land when they've ventured on to it. The person below may have been one of them. And, yes, unfortunately, I've had to post my property here when I had no intention of doing so when moving here. I hate unsightly "No Trespassing" signs as much as you do. And, yes, most admittedly, I'm a little sensitive to trespassers... you'd be too if you'd had a thousand acres stripped from your family in the name of the public good. But I've never threatened or yelled at anyone on my land, having tried to be as understanding as possible to fellow anglers despite some of their attitudes. Most fortunately, the vast majority of anglers that visit this area are respectful and responsible toward private property and are pleasant fellas to fish with. I've enjoyed talking and fishing with a few of them, learning from each other and enjoying the day. They fish from gravel bars on the north/west side and those on the island in-river to access holding water around Lime Point, including the Lime Point Hole. They don't climb out of the river channel on to private property on the south side, however. Unfortunately, as in many things in life, a few bad apples spoil it for the rest of us anglers. There's plenty of river, folks. There's no need to go looking for conflict, as the post below seems to be doing. I sure hope the rest of you have great winter steelheading! Happy hookin'!
Posted by:Doc's Fly Company


11/24/06
Trinity River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Partly Cloudy 
Comments:
  Obviously, my report below was for the TRINITY, not the Mad. One beer too many, I'm afraid!
Posted by:Doc's Fly Company


10/19/06
Trinity River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  October Caddis (Dicosmoecus sp.) are in the air during evenings in the Big Flat - Junction City reaches. Steelhead and browns are occasionally chasing emerging pupae, about a size 6 - 8 and orange-brown colored, rocketing into the air at dusk like being shot out of a cannon. Occasional signs of both species chasing salmon smolts, with large fish racing at the surface and smolts behaving like flying fish trying to escape. Since entering this stretch about a week ago, smolts are making flyrodding tough by intercepting flies before a decent presentation can be made to larger fish. Of course, they do the same to roe rodders as well. Also emerging are rust-colored mayflies, around a size 16, and smallish brown caddisflies (perhaps Brachycentrids) of about the same size, with dimpled (spent flies) or subsurface rises (emergent rise) and partially emergent fish splashes being signs of large fish feeding on each, respectively, in the evenings. Before smolts (B.S.), I was taking sea-run browns to 7 lbs. and wild and hatchery steelhead to 10 lbs. by swinging and jerking deerhair caddis dry flies and mayfly nymph imitations. After swamped by smolts (A.S.S.!), it's tough to even get a rise, but admit to still having missed two large fish at dark tonight on dead-drifted deerhair caddis. Argghhh. Happy hookin'!
Posted by:Doc's Fly Company


02/19/06
Trinity River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  On sunday, I fished the trinity and landed a nice 9lb steelhead on roe. she was a nice fighter.....
Posted by:christian


11/28/05
Trinity River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Overcast 
Comments:
  Fished upper trinity near Douglas city Sunday morning caught one 5 lb steelie buddy lost one that looked to be 5-7 lbs, and caught 2 half pounders... Flys that worked: size 12Jumbo Johns, size 8 October, size 16 phesant tail ,and a size 18 PMD
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11/06/05
Trinity River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Me and my partner fished the Trinity on November 3. We started the morning fishing at the confulence where the north fork comes in. I hooked 2 steelhead and landed one fishing a 3/4 oz, gold and orange spoon. After hooking two other fish in that big hole we moved down to pigion point. There were a few fly fisherman fishing right at the boat take out. So we deceided to take the dog and cross the river and work our way downstream. It was a great idea, when we worked down around the bend we got to a huge swirling hole. There were a few salmon jumping. We started fishing using spoons and spinners, I hook and landed one 7lber on a blue fox #5. After a good fight, I released her. We switched to roe and that was the best thing we had done yet. We fished roe for about 2 hours hooking 8 and landed six steelies all about 7-8 lbs except one wild fish that was pushing 10lbs easy. After a great morning of fishing and alot of rain we moved over to the Madd thinking the low flow closure would be lifted. We stayed in Arcata and were on the river as soon as we heard the closure was lifted. We fished up at the hatchery and not a bite, so we moved down to the bridge. We had heard that one salmon of about 25lbs was caught my partner had one quick hook-up but no real fight to speak of. I think another couple weeks of weather and the steelies will be in the Madd!!!!!!!!!
Posted by:Fishhead


07/26/05
Trinity River
Water Condition: Clear  Weather: Clear 
Comments:
  All hatchery fish but the river is loaded in the fly fishing only section. the fish were all about the 12-15 inch range (half pounders) fishing was gread all day. due to the water level change the fish are in shock and will bite all day long
Posted by:turbo toad turbotoad87@yahoo.com


Trinity River
Water Condition: SlightlyOff  Weather: N/A 
Comments:
  Ehh..darn gotta work at the shop today..it's Monday morning and the Trinity is seeing a slight rise in flow due to overnight rain. Fishing should be excellent in the Junction city area as flows at Helena are climbing to near 600 cfs and fish will be coming upriver out of the canyon below with the increased flows. Imho- we'll probably hear some good reports tommorrow from both the Klamath and Trinity! :) C'ya Bentrods, evreyone!
Posted by:C Bentrod

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