According to King’s Sports, the most challenging 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.
At times, fishing is very good and always frustrating as we wait for the rains to ease and the water to clear.
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.
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 with its miles of shoreline provides 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.