The Top Species to Fish in The Trinity River

Lodging on The Trinity River, Junction City, CAWhen people come to visit the Trinity River, they’re often looking for as many chances as possible to experience the stunning scenery and aquatic adventure this unique body of water has to offer. One of the top attractions of this wild and breathtaking river—on a local and national level—is its ample and versatile fishing opportunities.

In fact, the Trinity River is considered a legendary spot among anglers for its sizable fish populations and variety of species. Check out some of the best fish species you can expect to find in this picturesque location!


Steelhead trout are one of the most popular freshwater catches among fishing enthusiasts, and one of the species for which the Trinity River is best known. Thanks to years of restoration efforts, the Trinity River steelhead population now numbers in the thousands. Many anglers enjoy going after this species for the challenge, as these guys are quick and feisty.

While the steelhead season runs year-round, it peaks in fall and winter (September-June). Fly and spin fishing are popular methods for catching steelhead, but you can find success with a rod and reel too.


Along with the steelhead, the other popular species you’ll find in abundance in the Trinity River is salmon. Chinook, kokanee, and coho salmon can be found throughout most of the stretch of the river from June through August and again from September to November.

Trinity River Chinook are often trophy-sized, ranging from 8-15 pounds, and are usually best caught via bank or drift boat fishing. For fly fishing, the small leaping coho will be the most fun. While the delicious kokanee, which in recent years has averaged 12-14 inches in this body of water, will bite readily on spoon lures.


Although the Trinity River is more well-known for its steelhead and salmon populations, it also offers abundant opportunities for anglers looking for largemouth and smallmouth bass. The best spot to head for bass is Trinity Lake, one of the few lakes in California that is home to trophy-sized smallmouths. Smallmouths that range from 3-5 pounds are common here, with the record size for this location actually being a little over 9 pounds.

Both types of bass can be found anywhere in the lake, but the upper end is typically considered the best area. Late winter through spring (March-June) is Trinity Lake’s peak bass season.

Located right on the Trinity River, Strawhouse Resorts offers comfortable lodging options that allow you to immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of the area. You’ll have quick and easy access to the best fishing spots from your cozy cottage, yurt, or RV site. Then, once you’ve finished your haul, you’ll be back in your home away from home relaxing or enjoying a meal in no time.

Contact us today to book your stay and get ready for the fishing experience of a lifetime!