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20 lb. Smith River Steelhead
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Fishing with Randy Whitney on the river


Fishing with Randy Whitney on the river


Fishing with Randy Whitney on the river


Fishing with Randy Whitney on the river


Fishing with Randy Whitney on the river


Fishing with Randy Whitney on the river


Fishing with Randy Whitney on the river


Fishing with Randy Whitney on the river


Fishing with Randy Whitney on the river


Fishing with Randy Whitney on the river


Fishing with Randy Whitney on the river


Tony Numoto Fishing with Randy Whitney on the Chetco River!


Keith deGroot Fishing with Randy Whitney on the Smith River!


 Fishing with Randy Whitney on the Smith River


Fishing with Randy Whitney on the Smith/Chetco Rivers is great!


Fishing with Randy Whitney on the Smith/Chetco Rivers is great!


Fishing with Randy Whitney on the Smith/Chetco Rivers is great!


Fishing with Randy Whitney on the Smith/Chetco Rivers is great!


Fishing with Randy Whitney on the Smith/Chetco Rivers is great!


Fishing with Randy Whitney on the Smith/Chetco Rivers is great!


Fishing with Randy Whitney on the Smith/Chetco Rivers is great!


Fishing with Randy Whitney on the Smith/Chetco Rivers is great!


Fishing with Randy Whitney on the Smith/Chetco Rivers is great!


Fishing with Randy Whitney on the Smith/Chetco Rivers is great!

Fishing Report
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Date: Friday, May 30, 2013 at 07:47:39
Current Report:
Hello Fisherman, The Salmon Fishing out of Brookings Oregon will be red hot buy june 14th. call to book a trip we are a full service outffiter. and can provide all your guided fishing trips . we also can provide lodging.


Date: Friday, January 20, 2011 at 09:27:01
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen, Long time gone Iam back and you should get ready for a very good push of steelhead when this storm lets up and the river starts to drop. call and book your trip soon. 530 320 4669 Randall


Date: Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 16:48:38
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen, Dont let this high water set you back Steelhead are on the way home and its already nets out. The guides that live to fish have already had some great days. Iam in a mode to pack your ice chest with fresh fish. So get your days booked and pack your bags. see you on the river. Randall


Date: Monday, December 6, 2010 at 12:07:47
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen, The Smith River and Chetco River are still giving up some nice Salmon. Check out the picture under the 20 lb Steelhead, of the Salmon just caught, I was fishing on my day off with Dave when I boated this Chromer, it was a 35lb plus hen.


Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 08:44:15
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen, Fishing for Brown Trout in many Lakes. Will post Pictuers and areas as soon as i get back from my summer travels. Talk to you later Randy


Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 19:03:55
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen ; The Fishing on the Smith River has been good. With most boats picking up two or more fish per day.


Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 17:31:46
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen; The Smith and Chetco Rivers are on the Rise again. The high water will bring in a new push of Steelhead. Randy


Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 19:06:08
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen; The Smith and Chetco Rivers are now in good shape and Steelhead are being caught. Pack your gear and get to it. Randy


Date: Monday, December 21, 2009 at 10:16:57
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen; It's that time of year again when the Smith and Chetco Rivers Steelhead run starts to heat up. The Salmon return on the Smith and Chetco River was larger than in the past few years. Maybe the Steelhead return will be in greater numbers too. The Rivers are on the rise for now, but when the rivers start to drop and the catch reports come in, then we will see the best numbers to date on solid hook-ups, first for the plunkers and than the sidedrifters. This is the time of the year that some very large Steelhead are landed. Happy Holidays to All. Randy


Date: Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 20:49:54
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen, The Chetco River is open to fishing as of today the 19th. The Smith has been open. Both Rivers have Salmon in them at this time. Randy


Date: Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 07:35:08
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen, The Smith River is open to fishing. The Chetco River will open when it receives a substantial amount of rain fall. The Smith and Chetco will produce some great Salmon fishing through November. At last report there were several hundred Salmon holding at Tide Rock on the Chetco ,waiting for the water to come up so they can make their trip up River. Pack your fishing gear and get your rod wet, see you on the river. Live life fish alot. Randy


Date: Saturday, April 11, 2009 at 10:20:59
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen, Next fishing report will be on the California trout opener, on April 25Th. We will be fishing some of my favorite Brown Trout spots. That is hole hopping . Spring time can produce some large fish. Talk to you later . Randy


Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 08:19:17
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen, The Smith River and Chetco are looking good and Steelhead are being caught. The only thing is you really have to work hard to put a fresh one in the boat. The Chetco closes on April first, so you better get your line wet soon. Talk to you later , Randy


Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 08:05:18
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen , The Smith River has dropped eight feet and should fish starting tomorrow. The Chetco will be a few days behind the Smith. Talk to you later, Randy


Date: Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 20:13:06
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen , The Smith River and Chetco river are blown out. We will have to wait for the rain to stop and the rivers to start to drop before we will be side drifting. The Smith is at 20feet on the upper gage. Talk to you later, Randy


Date: Friday, March 6, 2009 at 20:36:40
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen, Well every one is back to side drifting again. The bad news is the Smith is not producing the Steelhead that it should be for this time of year . Your best bet is the Chetco.


Date: Monday, March 2, 2009 at 07:36:51
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen, The Smith and Chetco Rivers have come up several feet in the past twelve hours. Side-drifting will have to wait until they start to drop.


Date: Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 08:45:33
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen, Both the Smith and Chetco rivers are side driftable at the moment, but it is raining as I write you this report. Make sure you check your River stage level before making your trip up. Talk to you later, Randy


Date: Friday, February 27, 2009 at 08:43:43
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen, The Smith River is at 12ft on the upper gage. Side drifting is the ticket until we get more rain.


Date: Monday, February 23, 2009 at 07:48:54
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen, The Smith River is at 14.00 on the upper gage and rising. As soon as it starts to drop. That's when you will see a good number of steelhead caught plunking. You can plunk from shore or out of a boat . The advantage from a boat is that you can get to some great seems and frog water and thats where the Steelhead will rest and and then move on through.The Chetco River will be a few days behind on clearing then the Smith. Remember as I said it is best to plunk on a river that is on the drop. Talk to you later. Randy


Date: Sunday, February 22, 2009 at 07:43:44
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen, The weather up here is still producing rain in fact it looks like it will continue for the next seven days plus. Last week was slow for Steelhead caught on the Smith River and Chetco. May be we will get a new push of fish with all the rain fall. That would be the norm on a normal year. But who knows with the low returns of Steelhead these last couple of years. Talk to you later Randy


Date: Sunday, February 15, 2009 at 09:09:59
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen, We are catching Steelhead on the Smith and Chetco River. The Smith is just under 9 Ft on the upper gage. Lets hope that we don't get to much rain, and get blown out. Talk to you later, Randy


Date: Saturday, February 14, 2009 at 10:15:10
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen, The Chetco and Smith River our producing Steelhead once again. If the Rain stays light to moderate and it does not warm up to much, Then the snow melt will be next to none, and the rivers will continue to fish well. Talk to you later Randy


Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at 18:06:39
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen, The Brookings forecast is for seven days of rain. If it is light to moderate, it will make for some great fishing conditions on the Chetco and Smith River. Talk to you later. Randy


Date: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 09:12:48
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen, Some of the guides that work with are outfitters group are going as far as the umpqua up north and as far as the Eel and Trinity Rivers down south to put our clients on Steelhead. I will be staying at my fish camp on the Chetco River where i have three acres of River front property, at the Piling hole, intill the rain hits. The weather report is calling for several days of rain to start tonight. Lets hope it is enuf to bring up the water level on Chetco and Smith rivers,so we can get on with what we do best ,put Steelhead in the boat. Talk to you soon , Randy


Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 21:20:51
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen, We are doing the rain dance , but so far it has not helped any rain to fall. Now that the rivers are low and clear, we need to remember that every year the Steelhead have keep coming in through Jan , Feb ,and March ,but sometimes only in small pods, or even in ones and twos. Its time to get your tide book out and fish when the tide is at its highest for the month, and the seas are flat. It works even on a low and clear river. Low water fish low,high water fish high. Talk to you later, Randy


Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 18:28:22
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen, The river's are in great shape, with good color ,and flow. But the fish are off the bite ,maybe it's snow melt that brings with it colder water temps or may be the fish just aren't here in the numbers that they should be for this time of year. You have to work hard and fish every slot to hook-up on maybe one or two adult Steelhead. We are not seeing the three to four hook- ups that can be the norm for this time of year. o well go figure. great weather yes, great fishing some days. Talk to you later. Randy


Date: Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 07:55:00
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen, The Chetco River is producing more Steelhead at this time then the Smith. I will be focusing my fishing trips on the Chetco , Elk , and sixes , until fishing improves on the Smith.


Date: Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at 08:06:00
Current Report:
Hello, The New Year is here and we have several reports of Steelhead being caught on the Smith and Chetco Rivers. The Nimbus Hatchery is even reporting of more Steelhead already returning than past years. It seems to be the norm all the way up the coast.Ocean conditions during 2008 for many fish species in the pacific northwest including Chinook Salmon ,were greatly improved because of a huge cold water influx that settled in across much of the northern pacific ocean-a phenomenon not seen on this scale in 11 years,infact scientis who surveyed near shore waters from newport,ore to lapush,wash this year found the highest numbers of juvenile Chinook Salmon they've encountered in 11 years. My bet is that the Steelhead this year we return to the Rivers in better numbers than last year.I will be fishing the Smith and Chetco rivers along with some trips to the Elk and Sixes,. Call or email me with the fishing dates you would like to fish ,and i will put you on the best river at that time,for catching some chrome bright Steelhead. Talk to you soon, Randy cell#530 320-4669 email randy@whitneysfishing.com


Date: Friday, December 19, 2008 at 08:36:50
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen, Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday. The Smith River and Chetco Rivers are rising as I write you this report and more storms are on the way. That means we will see some good numbers of Steelhead in the Rivers . Typically we catch some large Steehead in December and start seeing some good size pods of Steelhead Return. Get your side drifting gear ready because the metalheads are on their way. Talk to you later. Randy


Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at 08:30:07
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen, We are still catching Salmon on the Smith River and Chetco. There are sevearl of the deeper holes, Like the highway hole, that are holding Salmon. But do to low and clear conditions, one day they bite and the next day they dont. I did see some Steelhead caught on the Chetco River a few days ago,and thats a good sign that with some rain we will start seeing some bigger pods of fish return. Talk to you later


Date: Monday, November 10, 2008 at 18:37:22
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen, The Chetco River opened to Chinook Salmon fishing on Wednesday, and several Chinook were caught in the 30 pound plus range. The Smith River is also open and some nice Salmon are being brought to the net. Talk to you later Randy


Date: Sunday, September 21, 2008 at 19:19:20
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen, We are starting to catch some nice Chinook Salmon at the Mouth of the Smith River. The Chetco's Salmon season doesn't open untill November first. Talk to you later. Randy


Date: Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 17:40:13
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen, The derby was fun for all, but after some tuff times on the Smith, I felt it was time to hit the High Sierras for the elusive Brown Trout. This time of year it can produce some dandys. Val Early did catch a 46-inch 50 pound Salmon on the Chetco during the derby. I will miss the Chetco and Smith, but next year will come soon, and I will be there. Randy


Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at 17:04:13
Current Report:
Hello Steelheaders, I Fished the Smith and Chetco River on Wenesday and thursday. We have some snow melt and it is making the bite tuff. One good thing is there are not many boats on the water. As soon as the water warms up we should be back into some great fishing. We did see some boats hook up on the Chetco but not on the Smith. Randy


Date: Sunday, February 10, 2008 at 19:39:33
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen, I fished the Elk River today with Jerry and George. Jerry caught a Steelhead of a life time ,It was a 20 pounder. George caught a 16 pounder. We had two other hits ,but did not hook any more fish after that. We will fish the Smith tomorrow, and see what happens. Randy


Date: Friday, February 8, 2008 at 16:45:11
Current Report:
Hello Steelheaders, I fished the Chetco today with Marty and Larry. We had some biters, but only landed one 12 pound Steelhead. It was a chromer and it put up a great fight. Larry did a good job on keeping it out of the willows. Randy


Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at 18:42:01
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen, Mike and I broke in his new boat today. We Fished the Elk River and did land some nice Steelhead. The boats that fished the Chetco and Smith also caught fish. It is time to come up and catch some of these great fighting Steelhead. call me and lets go Fishing. 530-320-4669 Randy


Date: Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 10:02:43
Current Report:
Hello Steelheaders, The Smith River and Chetco River are blown out today. When the Rivers start to drop, we should have some great Steelhead fishing. Randy


Date: Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 09:12:50
Current Report:
Hello Steelheaders, The Smith River water level is just over 8ft and that is low. It is also very clear. The good news is, its starting to rain and that should make the fishing much better. We did catch some Steelhead on the Chetco River the other day and we did see some fish caught. Dont wait to long after this rain storm to come up and fish, if you want to catch some of the next push of Steelhead. Its all about the weather when it comes to catching more than the norm. Randy


Date: Monday, January 21, 2008 at 10:55:30
Current Report:
Hello Steelheaders, We had a few good fishings days on the Smith after this last rain storm. Most of the fish went through on the high water. We are having to work for ones and twos. Today the River is under 9 feet and very clear. We have been Catching 2 fish per rod on the Chetco River. Remember we had rough seas for almost a month and know that the ocean is calm ,the Steelhead will start stacking up in the river and they will move up a little slower then on high water. Randy


Date: Sunday, January 13, 2008 at 16:35:30
Current Report:
Hello Steelheaders, We have gone from Plunking to Backbouncing. Today was the first day that we made a effert to sidedrift the soft corners and seams that would hold fish. We had three takers but no fish to show for today. We will put several fish in the boat this week and so will many of the other boats that are fishing. Randy


Date: Wednesday, January 9, 2008 at 09:11:48
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen, This last storm did melt some snow from above and raise the Rivers, The good news is that after tonights rain fall ,we will be into four days or more of sunny weather. That should give the Rivers a chance to drop and put us on even more Fish then we have been catching during the high water. Dont let the high water fool ya, the Steelhead return this year is a possible record return with still many weeks to . 194 male Steelhead and 261 females counted at the Rowdy Creek Hatchery fish trap, as of Monday. Your Fishing tip. Randy


Date: Monday, January 7, 2008 at 15:15:20
Current Report:
Hello Steelheaders, The Smith River and Chetco River are on the drop, and if the storm tonight is not to warm and does not melt the snow above, we will have several great days of Steelhead Fishing. Fish were caught at Social Security Bar on the Chetco this moring buy Plunkers, and fish were caught at the water tower on the Smith. This is the first new sign of a fresh push of fish. Your Fishing tip, Randy


Date: Friday, January 4, 2008 at 15:44:48
Current Report:
Hello Steelheaders. The Smith River and Chetco are on the rise, and when they start to drop we will have a new push of fish in the rivers. Watch your tide tables and when you see a high tide combined with flat seas the push will be better than norm. Randy


Date: Wednesday, January 2, 2008 at 17:10:36
Current Report:
Hello Fishermen, The Chetco River Has a good number of fish in it, at this time. We had a great day today. The hatchery fish are in first, as norm. , with some Hogs to boot. The Lower river can send you home with what you came for. My last 3 days on the Smith did produce some nice fish, also but remember, the Chetco has more color at this time. Does that matter , yes with boat after boat running over the fish. We will get some big time rain tomorrow and that will set the slots up with a good number of Steehead. Randy

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