Here’s another HAWG of the Month entry, this time from Zack Carper, who shamed the family name by catching this beautiful Eel River steelhead while fishing with guide John Klar.
Carper will be going up against other monthly entries and the winner gets a nice prize pack of a hat and some hot salmon & steelhead lures from Yakima Bait…of course, with a name like that, a pack of corn and doughballs would probably be more fitting for Carper. Sorry, Zack…couldn’t resist!
After getting hammered by rain last week, Nor Cal’s Smith River and, just across the border, Southern Oregon’s Chetco River are now in shape and fishing pretty well.
Guide John Klar said the Smith is feeling “very fishy” currently, and he’s been hooking some seriously impressive numbers of chrome steelies, including the dandy pictured that was caught Tuesday.
The Chetco is still holding plenty of color but it has fish in it as well and guide Andy Martin had a day to remember when a 54-pound Chinook inhaled a Steelie plug and, on 12-pound gear, took 2 hours to subdue! He added a chrome steelhead as the cherry on top!
Looks like the North Coast is off to a good start! Keep an eye on our fishing reports for updates all season long!
Read all about how the Smith River’s epic king run last fall provided the a good boost to several downtrodden economies of Northern California in the WALL STREET JOURNAL Also, check out the cameo from our pal John Klar.
And for every one of you who benefited from the Smith’s kings (guides, tackle shops, gas stations, hotels and restaurants), it’s time to bust open the wallet and give a donation to the non-profit Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery…Without it, you’re probably out of a job!
Klar, via “boat phone,” said that they hooked the beast at the top of Jed Smith Park. “It was an epic fight,” say Klar. The fish jumped several times and just tore holes in the water.” You can tell what Klar was talking about when he called the fish “flawless.”
Moore hooked the big daddy on a peach Fish Pill, some orange yarn and a small cluster of eggs. Nice work!
We’re not all palm trees, Baywatch and Hollywood down in here in California…we’ve also got some monster king salmon like this 51-pound beast caught on the Smith River Monday, Oct. 25 by Ken Carter on a sardine-wrapped K16 Kwikfish. Carter and Gil Sissons had an epic day while fishing with guide John Klar (they ended up 11 for 12 on sea lice chromers) and fishing looks like it should be good for quite a while.
For up-to-date info, check out our Smith River Fishing Report page.