The primary fish of interest for the Eel include Steelhead , Chinook and sea-run cutthroat trout. In normal years, Chinook begin arriving in August and remain until rains allow them upstream. The run continues through December, with the peak in late October.
In addition to the annual Chinook Salmon and Steelhead runs the Klamath River supports a genetically unique population of rainbow trout able to survive the naturally high temperatures and acidity of the river. The Klamath one of only three rivers in the region and six in the state managed as a wild rainbow trout fishery, significant in a state known for its fishing. In addition, access to prime fishing spots are plentiful.
The fishery in the Mad River is primarily for Steelhead trout, Chinook and an occasional sea-run cutthroat trout. Because of occasional low flow regulations you will need to check the regulations before venture out here.
The Smith River is the largest un-dammed river in California that runs into the ocean, and supports valuable Steelhead trout , Chinook salmon, and coastal cutthroat trout fisheries. The Smith is legendary for its' Steelhead and large Chinook salmon fisheries.
The Trinity is legendary for its salmon and steelhead fishing by drift boat or walk-in riverside spots, as well as for trophy brown trout. Chinook salmon are the most sought-after gamefish in the Trinity River system. Spring-run salmon begin to enter the river in May and provide trophy fishing through November. Although brown trout are not native, they were heavily stocked until the late 1970s. Today, a self-sustaining population remains in the upper river, providing fly and bait fishing.
As tributary of the Eel River the Van Duzen also provides fishing for Steelhead , Chinook and sea-run cutthroat trout. In normal years, Chinook begin arriving in August and remain until rains allow them upstream. The run continues through December, with the peak in late October.