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Steelhead action steady on Trinity River

BY ANDY MARTIN/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jan 02, 2019

LEWISTON — The Trinity River continues to kick out a mix of wild and hatchery steelhead from top to bottom, with fishing remaining best in the Junction City area.

rainydaysteelieRAINY DAY STEELIE — The very top of the Trinity River was still fishable after earlier rains, and guide Steve Huber put Sean “The Milkman” McArdle onto this beauty during a trip there last week. A little rain didn’t slow them down.


Guide Steve Huber of Steve Huber’s Guide Service said the action has been consistent the past week, with a few adult steelhead a day, a few halfpounders and some steelhead smolts. The river rose after rain just before Christmas, but was back to prime shape late in the week and over the weekend.


Huber has been running 3.0 MagLip plugs in the deeper runs, and drifting roe and bobbers as well, both with good success. The biggest numbers of fish are between Junction City and Lewiston. Bank anglers are drifting nightcrawlers or roe, tossing spoons and flyfishing.


Flows at Lewiston have remained steady just under 300 cfs. Flows at Douglas City hit 610 cfs last week and were down to 376 cfs over the weekend. Flows at Junction City increased to 700 cfs last week, but dropped to 392 cfs over the weekend. Flows at Hoopa blew out at 6,000 cfs last week, but were down to 2,130 cfs over the weekend.


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