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Fishing in Trinity River

Located in Northwest California, the Trinity River winds its way from the remote Trinity Alps all the way to the town of Weitchpec, where it meets the Klamath River. It journeys through a whole host of picturesque fishing villages, where you’ll find a variety of local and experienced Trinity River fishing guides just waiting to take you out on the water. 
 
Considered the most famous tributary of the Klamath River, the Trinity is home to a trio of freshwater-favorites: Steelhead, Chinook Salmon, and Coho Salmon.  You’ll get to cast off alongside your guide using conventional spinning gear, or can test your skills against these species on the fly. There’s even a stretch of the river beneath the Lewiston Dam that’s purely dedicated to fly fishing!
 
Trinity River fishing guides offer a range of adventures targeted towards anglers of all ages and skill levels, with trips usually running from 4–8 hours. It’s also common for guides to offer species-specific trips, so if there’s one fish you really want to hook, you’ll be able to spend your entire day on the river chasing it! 
 
When it comes to choosing where to explore the river from, you’ll find a variety of locations dotted around the banks of the river, such as Weitchpec and Junction City. The historic fishing town of Lewiston, however, is one of the most popular destinations, with plenty of fishing guides to choose from. It also provides direct access to the fly-fishing-only stretch of the river, making this a must-visit for fly fanatics.
 

Rules & Regulations

All anglers over the age of 16 who’d like to fish the Trinity River need to purchase a valid fishing license, as well as Salmon and Steelhead stamps. Luckily, your fishing guide will provide everything else you need, including local knowledge regarding the area’s catch and keep regulations.
 
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Trinity River Fishing Seasons

Start your year off by chasing some huge winter Steelhead down the Trinity! You’ll find this species in abundance all throughout the river, with the North Fork being especially plentiful.

Although winter Steelhead start to disperse, you’ll still find plenty of angling action to be had when it comes to this species, especially around Weaverville. Chinook and Coho Salmon can be found throughout the river.

Spring is starting to arrive, making this the perfect month to drift down the Trinity River with a rod in your hand.  The Steelhead population is growing by the day, and Coho and Chinook Salmon aren’t far behind!

April means one thing when it comes to the Trinity River – fly fishing! This month sees the fly fishing only stretch of the river near Lewiston open for business, so come test your skills against Steelhead and Salmon.

Keen fly anglers should head to the waters around the Lewiston Dam to hook Steelhead and Salmon using this technique – the fly fishing only section is still open. Elsewhere, spring-run Chinook Salmon start to appear.

If you’re looking to hook a trophy catch, this is the time to visit! Spring-run Chinook are abundant in the river, and these fish regularly reach jumbo sizes during this time of the year. 

The weather is seriously heating up, and so is the fishing! Local anglers head to the stretch of the river near Lewiston for the chance to target spring-run Chinook, as well as the first few summer Chinook and Coho. 

Spring-run Chinook remain a popular catch during this month. Summer Chinook and Coho are near the Lewiston Dam. In the fly fishing only stretch of the river, there’s a handful of remaining Steelhead to be chased.

September on the Trinity River is all about Steelhead, Steelhead, Steelhead! This is when the bulk of the summer-run fish enter the river. Chinook and Coho Salmon are extremely plentiful, too.
 

This month is often one of the busiest on the river. The weather’s beautiful, the bite is hot, and there’s plenty of fish to cast your line for! If you’re willing to brave the crowds, you’ll be rewarded with Steelhead and Salmon.

The winter Steelhead run starts to show up during this month, which means the waters remain pretty busy – not just with fish, but with fellow anglers! Chinook and Coho Salmon can also be targeted.
 

Wrap up your year by chasing some trophy-size winter Steelhead down the Trinity River! The weather drops during this month, though, so make sure you’re prepared to battle the cold as well as some jumbo-sized fish!

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Top Fishing Techniques in Trinity River

  1. Fly Fishing

Top Targeted Species in Trinity River

Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

Salmon (Chinook)

Salmon (Chinook)

Salmon (Coho)

Salmon (Coho)