South fork of the Eel River.

Located in Northwestern, CA


Eel River Fishing:


The Eel originates in the coastal mountain ranges and empties out into the Pacific ocean. Approximately 196 miles in length the Eel is the third largest river system in the state of California.  Renowned for healthy runs of Chinook, Coho and Steelhead the Eel river is an upper tier Salmon and Steelhead fishing destination in the state of California.

Chinook enter the Eel river in the fall about a month later the Coho as well. Steelhead in run during the winter months. For Eel River fishing access see our Eel River fishing access map below.



Salmonid Species:


Chinook Salmon

Silver Salmon

Coho Salmon



When to Fish

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This river generally offers fishing opportunities years round except for conservation closures.

**See California fishing REGS for exact times.


Daily Limits

This fishery generally allows 2 salmon or 2 steelhead per day.

**See California State fishing REGS for details.


Preferred Fishing Tackle:

One single point barbless hook. Corky and yarn, Jigs or spinners.



See Regs.



See Regs.


Tackle Tips:
Top Recommendation for this location is plunking or drifting sand shrimp or eggs. next possibly a steelhead jig, or corky and yarn and lastly spinners.


Combat Fishing Rating:

Hand to Hand. Eye protection recommended in the hot spots!


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