• Smith River Fishing Access

    One mile west of Highway 101 on Fred Haight Drive at Smith River

  • Smith River National Recreation Area


  • Fish Tolowa Dunes State Park

    Excellent fishing for Salmon and Steelhead on the Smith, cutthroat trout and starry flounder at Lakes Earl and Tolowa. Bass and Crappie in Dead Lake.

  • Redwood Rest Resort

    The Redwood Rest Resort is located 2.5 miles east of Highway 101 at Klamath in the Redwoods on the banks of the world famous Klamath River. Modern facilities in a lush 10-acre rustic setting are offered to visitors.

    Fishing guides are available to help you enjoy fantastic steelhead, salmon and sturgeon fishing. The Resort is open May through October. Guests have a choice of 75 sites.


  • 2009 Sport Salmon Fishing Del Norte County Exclusive!

    We are all gearing up for another great Salmon Season here in Del Norte County. Season runs from August 29 to September 7, 2009. The entire Del Norte County coastline has been approved this year for Chinook Salmon sport fishing and we couldn't be happier as it is practically the only place to access the sport in the entire state of California. It's time to get your boat tuned up and start packing the cooler! Limit is two fish per day with a 24 inch minimum size requirement.

    The Crescent City Harbor is a great place to put in for a day on the water. Bring your own rig or charter a trip with our commercial boat that is available right at Crescent City Harbor. The folks at Englund Marine can help you out with permits, gear and bait and even set you up with that charter boat.

    Use this site to help plan your fishing trip. Stay in a campground and enjoy our gorgeous National and State Parks. Many rental cabins are also available. Or relax in a nice hotel or inn after your day on the water.

    Del Norte County is located in the northern most part of the state of California and enjoys hundreds of miles of Pacific Coast beaches and coastline. Our climate is temperate due to our proximity to the Pacific Coast and stays comfortable in the summer, when inland temperatures soar above one hundred degrees! Our rivers are wild to mild and full of trout, salmon and stripers. Learn more about our rivers and coast.

  • Lunker Fish Trips

    Open 6 am – 6pm…

  • Lunker Fish Trips
    2095 Highway 199
    Crescent City, CA 95531


  • Wild River Fishing

    Bring your fishing license, layered clothes, fall raingear, felt sole waders, sunglasses and lunch. Bring your camera for the best fishing memories. Trips start at daybreak and return by 3 P.M. Noon to dusk trips can also be arranged. Please reserve ahead for multi-day and holiday trips by as much time as possible to assure the availability of your desired dates. Located within and around Redwood National Park. Enjoy yourself on California's realNorth Coast. Fishing Guide Gary Whittaker is licensed, bonded, insured, experienced, courteous and professional.


  • Fishing Guides of Del Norte County

    Del Norte County has a team of experienced and passionate fishing guides to help you fish how you want, whether it's spin, bait or fly fishing, river drifting or trolling in the sea.

    Cast Guide Service

    Catch My Drift Guide Service

    Don's Reel Time Guide Service

    Fishslayer Guide Service

    Hagen's Guide Service

    Ken Cunningham Fishing Guide Service

    Kenny Armstrong's Norcal River Fishing

    Kevin Brock's Guide Service

    King's Guide Service

    Lunker Fish Trips

    Me-Ca Guide Service

    Rivers West Outfitters

    Wild River Fishing

    Wild Rivers Outfitters

  • Riverwoods Campground

  • With more than 40 years experience fishing Northern California and Southern Oregon rivers and streams for salmon, steelhead, and trout, Rich Mossholder has become one of the most knowledgeable and experienced guides in the area. His love for the sport and years of experience have been well-rewarded by winning numerous salmon and steelhead derbies on the both the Smith and Chetco River, twice awarded Top Guide on the Klamath River and many others.

    Rivers West Outfitters offers only professional, seasoned guides handpicked by Rich. Each of our guides are USCG licensed captains, licensed professionals in both California and Oregon, CPR/first-aid certified, insured and bonded. Our guides are full-time as well as north coast residents with extensive knowledge and experience in the area. Our guides and boats are equipped with the finest rods, reel, bait, tackle and secrets available. We encourage our guests to use our equipment. For those who may prefer their own special equipment they are welcome to bring it along.

  • 707-482-5591

  • Ken Cunningham Fishing Guide Service

    Quality guided fishing for salmon, steelhead, striped bass & trout on Northern California and southwestern Oregon Rivers. Great fishing at an affordable price. All bait and tackle is provided. Smith and Klamath Rivers. Salmon, steelhead, trout, striped bass and shad.


  • Don's Reel Time Guide Service

    Don guides the Smith River exclusively. By doing so, he is able to stay in touch with the current conditions and follow the fish runs from the time they enter the system, increasing his clients' success rate.

    Young or old, seasoned or beginner, Don's experience and knowledge has something to offer every angler. Come fish with Don's Reel Time Guide Service and remember that a memorable experience is a cast away.

  • Best Places To Fish in Del Norte County

    You'll not only have a chance to catch some of the worlds largest and tastiest chinook, coho, and steelhead, you'll spend your time in some of natures most pristine and unspoiled habitats. Enjoy!

  • Lunker's Bait and Tackle

    Boat rentals, including ocean kayaks, canoes Open 6 am – 6pm


  • Crescent City Public Ramp at Crescent City Harbor

    2 ramps, 300 parking spaces, boat rental

  • Klamath River Jet Boat Tours

    Take a 50-mile guided tour up the Klamath River on the swift, hydro-powered jet boat. Jet boats are specifically designed to navigate the strong currents and shallow riffles of the river. While shooting the rapids on the way upstream, expert guides pilot the jet boats and provide passengers with interesting commentary on river history, wildlife and geology. Klamath River has a 36-person craft and a six-person boat for small parties.

    Personalized trips and dinner cruises can also be arranged.


  • Hagen's Guide Service

    Come join Kim Hagen, fishing guide, for a world class fishing adventure on California's most productive and beautiful salmon and steelhead rivers, the Smith River and the Klamath River. Our years of fishing experience on these rivers insure you the highest quality guided fishing trips available, regardless of your skill level.


  • Lunker River Drifting

    Take a scenic float trip on the Smith or Klamath River and view the spectacular wildlife. Mick Thomas also offers guided fishing trips on the Southern Oregon and Northern California rivers. Boat rentals are also available featuring inflatables, hardshell and ocean kayaks. Contact Mick Thomas at Lunker's Bait & Tackle

  • Fish the Smith

    The Smith is the largest wild and scenic river in the United States that has been left un-dammed. Since the river system maintains almost 200 miles of hospitable salmon and steelhead habitat, the river sees some of the finest runs of Chinook salmon and steelhead in the country. The Smith boasts the state record for the largest steelhead caught weighing in at whopping 27 lbs. 4 oz. and the second largest Chinook at 86 lbs. The river is also home to cutthroat, some of which reside in the river year-round while others run to salt.

    The area averages about 100 inches of rain per year, which explains the powerful flows of the river. The free-flowing river has been known to rise or fall as much as six feet in a day and is admired for its exquisite emerald green color.

    Once heavily logged, most of the watershed is made up of parks. Most of the river is easily accessible from paved state highways or county routes.

    Angling methods: spin, bait, and fly-fishing.

    Map of fishing holes on the Smith River.

  • Little Ray's Tackle Box

    For all your tackle needs stop by Little Rays. This is a must stop for anglers new to the river and the crew behind the counter will be more than happy to answer all your questions and point you in the right direction.

    In Klamath located just past the Steelhead Lodge.

    707 482-7725

  • Oregon Coho Salmon Fishing

    Oregon Coho Salmon Fishing at the fishery opens June 20.

  • Angling and Fisheries Organizations

    Here you will find a helpful list of organization for fishermen. Included are Fishing Societies, weather and oceanographic information, state regulations and more. Use these links to plan and your next fishing trip in Del Norte County.

    Angling/Fisheries Organizations

    American Fisheries Society -

    Sportfishing Association of California - -

    United Anglers of California -

    Weather and Oceanographic Information

    Sea Surface Temperature Charts -

    Tide and Current Information -

    Tide Tables - NOAA/NOS -

    Weather Information - National Weather Service -

    State Regulations Information

    California Department of Fish and Game -

    More Helpful Links

    Field and Stream -

    The Fish Sniffer -

    Game and Fish -

    Sport Fishing -

  • World Class Fishing in Del Norte County

    These rivers hold the most spectacular fishing stories of record-breaking chinook salmon and steelhead trout. The California Pacific coastline and other hot fishing spots such as Damnation Creek, Hidden Beach, and Freshwater Lagoon are found in Del Norte County and its Redwood National and State Parks.

    Here are some of the best places to fish and the best times of year to do it. We've also provided a list of experts to show you the way as well as where to find everything you need to get outfitted, on the water, and ready to go.

    While planning your trip, make sure to be informed about local and state regulations and required licensing.

    Sport Fishing License Required
    A California sport fishing license is required for anyone 16 years or older in order to take any kind of fish, mollusk, invertebrate, amphibian, or crustacean.

    Steelhead Catch Report - Restoration Card
    A Steelhead Catch Report-Restoration Card is required to take steelhead, which are defined as rainbow trout over 16 inches long.

    California Department of Fish and Game - State Regulations Information.

    Major Species and Legal Limits - Major species and legal limits in the Redwood National Parks.

    Check out these fun fishing facts !

  • Fishing the Klamath

    The Klamath River is the largest north coast river in California, stretching over 200 miles from its mouth to the Oregon border. The fish are Chinook (king) and silver salmon, steelhead and resident trout. While the chinook are average to large in size, the steelhead tend to be smaller. The number of steelhead makes up for the size difference, however. The Klamath is well known for an excellent “half pounder” run, which is a great opportunity for fly fishermen and ultra-light gear enthusiasts, even if they are inexperienced.

  • Fish Six Rivers National Forest

    The Six Rivers National Forest fisheries program is a nationally recognized leader in anadromous (“up running”) fisheries habitat management. Anadromous refers to fish that spend part of their lives in the ocean, but move to fresh water streams to spawn. Six Rivers National Forest is responsible for the protection and habitat enhancement of over 250 miles of these fisheries.

    The forest waterways are renowned for their world-class salmon and steelhead fishing opportunities. Good management results in a continuous supply of fish for recreational and commercial fishing.

  • Englund Marine Supply Company

    Everything for fishing, boating, outdoor life, commercial or recreation. Electrical, lighting, marine equipment, handheld GPS, raingear and boots, sweatshirts, camo gear, food-savers, smokers and more.

    Open Mon-Fri 7 am–5 pm, Sat 7 am–1 pm.

    1 boat ramp


  • Boating at Chinook RV Resort

    Boat rental, 1 small boat ramp…


  • Fish Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

    Catches of 30-pound salmon and 20-pound steelhead trout are possible during the Smith River's seasonal runs. Depending on the weather, fishing is good from October through February. During the summer, fishing for cutthroat trout is popular. Here are some favorite fishing spots in this Park:

    Jed Smith Trail (The Daily Triplicate's 2007 Readers Choice favorite)

    Mill Cree - spawning ground for King salmon, steelhead trout

    Myrtle Creek

    Simpson Reed Grove

    Stout Grove (The Daily Triplicate's 2007 Readers Choice favorite)

    Walker Road

  • More Great Places to Fish

    These are great locations for fishing! They were chosen by The Daily Triplicate Readers Choice Awards Nominees for great places to fish in Del Norte County.

    • Beachfront Park
    • Big Flat-Smith River recreation area
    • Crescent City Harbor
    • Hiouchi
    • Howe Drive
    • Little Bald Creek
    • Nickel Creek Trail
    • Pacific Ocean
    • Pebble Beach
    • Poker Flats
    • Redwood Nature Trail
    • South Beach
  • Kenny Armstrong's Norcal River Fishing

  • We specialize in jet boat and drift boat fishing of the magnificent rivers of the North coast.

    We provide not only the best guides, but the best gear available including: boats, rods, reels, bait, tackle and of course, the expertise of the rivers. Our drift and jet boat fishing trips can either focus on conventional gear, fly fishing gear or both. Whichever discipline you choose is fine with us. Our focus it to make sure you have the best fishing trip possible.


  • Redwood National and State Parks

    Redwood National and State Parks
    1111 2nd St
    Crescent City, CA 95531
    707-464-6101 ext. 5001

  • ME-CA Guide Service

    Dan GillilandProfessional guide since 1985. License, bonded, all gear provided. 530-262-5500

  • Cast Guide Service

    We are a full service operation for Northern California and Southern Oregon.707- 487-CAST (2278)

  • Blumenstrauss RV Park


  • Sunset Harbor RV Park

    Cleanliness, convenience and client satisfaction are our mission.


  • Klamath River RV Park

    RV Park located on the edge of the Klamath River with all the amenities you would expect.




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