Northern California's Smith River remains the hot spot to catch chrome bright king salmon, as they continue to pour into California's Redwood Coast. Scores of big chrome king salmon made their way into the Smith River this week after last weeks series of Pacific storms brought the river levels up to almost 16ft on the Jed Smith gauge. Triggering a push of bigger then average male chinook salmon to start their migration up the very turbulent, and almost violent river system as it climbs the steep rocky terrain from which it originates. "These King Salmon of the Smith River are just about a big and bad as you will find world wide. Although the Sacramento River holds the current state record of roughly 86 pounds, salmon of this caliber and bigger are swimming up the Smith every year still." Reports Mike Rasmussen, a Northern California salmon fishing guide that spends the majority of his season on the Sacramento River near Corning, Ca. Rasmussen continued to explain that the genetic make up of the Salmon and Steelhead on the Smith River are far superior to those of other rivers in the state because of the geographically steep and rocky terrain that gathers the rain and runoff delivered by the storms of the Pacific Ocean, and quickly without ground saturation from its mostly rocky headwaters, the runoff is gathered as creeks turn into streams and streams into rivers on the Smith's very vertical decent back to the Pacific Ocean. Thus making passage by anadromous fish such as Salmon and Steelhead only possible because their genetic make ups ensured by Mother Nature that they were big and strong enough to plow through the raging Smith River to make it to their spawning grounds.
Sacramento River Salmon fishing guides Mike Rasmussen, Dave Jacobs, and Dakota Diense have fished and worked together using several different drift boats and using several different combinations of drift locations over the last four days as the Smith River again loaded up with big King Salmon following last weeks strong Pacific storms. Leaving the Sacramento River high and muddy and needing over a week of good weather to become fishable, the trio of Northern California salmon fishing guides moved their work to the Redwood Coast for the time being. Mike Rasmussen reports as to date that the Smith River has been very productive using Kwikfish in mostly silver and chartreuse color patterns, while also wrapping a fresh sardine on the lures for added incentive to strike. "Most of the action for myself has been taking place from the Ruby boat launch down to the take out below the 101 bridge. With most trips ending at the Ruby boat launch as kings filled the flat below the actual hole." Reports Rasmussen with SalmonSacRiver.com. Mike is quick to add that there are no secret spots and just good old determination is all that is needed to catch these big kings. "The whole river loads up instantly and just being on the water pays off. At the same time i was catching these monster kings at Ruby and the Water Tower above HWY 101. Dave Jacobs of Professional Guide Service and owner of sacramentofishing.com (where you can find other up to date Smith River reports and current salmon fishing photos) was pounding on these big kings to 35 pounds upriver from the Forks (Middle Fork and South Fork confluence) to the Outhouse Hole below the HWY 199 bridge. Salmon fishing guide Dakota Diense, who fished with Jacobs on November 1, 2016 for a training day, reported landing a 33 pound male he retained and loosing several other kings one of which he stated to be by far the biggest he had ever felt on his line. "The opportunity to land world class salmon exist everytime you drop a lure into this river." Dakota Diense explains when asked about the quality of kings he saw while on his first salmon fishing trip to the Smith River.
The time is NOW here on the Smith River as yet again a Pacific storm is set to roll into the California North Coast. Both Jacobs and Rasmussen will be spending their time guiding for king salmon here on the Smith River with a occasional day spent up on the Chetco River in Southern Oregon as water conditions ping pong back and fourth making almost any day ideal for your salmon fishing adventure. Both Dave and Mike are staying on site in Hiouchi, Ca at the Hiouchi Motel hiouchimotel.com . Accommodation through the Hiouchi Cafe for breakfast, a packed lunch to take with you on your river adventure, and diner being served on a full menu at your time of request makes this Smith River fishing trip very comfortable and affordable. Inquire about special fisherman discounts made available by the Hiouchi Motel if booking a trip with Mike or Dave. Rarely do we have such premier river conditions for coastal salmon fishing as these fisheries are very weather dependent. Take full advantage of the current opportunities and book a trip today. Contact Mike Rasmussen by phone at (530) 722-8876 or on line at SalmonSacRiver.com. Dave Jacobs who will also be on site can be contacted by phone at (530) 646-9110 or on line at sacramentofishing.com.
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