The most challenging river fishing starts in fall. Small STEELHEAD (1/2 to 4 lbs) migrates up the river in late September and October along with the Chinook salmon. These fish generally stay in the lower river and are a lot of fun on light tackle or a 5wt or 6wt fly rod. Larger adult STEELHEAD 6 to 14lbs and occasionally into the 20lbs range start there migration up river in late October and November running through the winter months into early April.
Note: “No Take” on CHINOOK salmon or COHO Salmon if you hook a salmon while STEELHEAD fishing you must release immediately.
At the time of this writing, there is no fishing allowed due to low flow on the river. However, with the promised El Nino fall & winter, it is very likely that the low flow ban will be lifted.
In April and May another anadromous fish puts in an appearance – the small but mighty SHAD. What fighters these fish are! Mostly taken on flies and feathered lures, these fish provide a lot of entertainment as well as refining the fly fisherman’s skill in using sinking shooting heads with wet flies.
Summer brings warmer water and the bite turns on for SMALL and LARGE MOUTH BASS. These fish, along with BLUEGILL provide solid fishing all summer long for our many visitors.
The Russian River is a Barbless Hook River year-round. Check the Fish and Game Regulations for specific rules, hook sizes, bag limits, and size of fish. All tributaries are closed to fishing. These are spawning streams and we need to protect our native fish.
The Sonoma coast’s miles of shoreline provide great rock and surf fishing, along with world class abalone diving. Check Fish and Game regulations for specific rules, hook sizes, and bag limits. For fishing information, guide services, regulations books, and licenses contact King’s Sport and Tackle in Guerneville
707.869.2156 • kingsrussianriver.com