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Big steelhead caught on the Smith River  

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The biggest California steelhead of the season was landed Tuesday on the Smith River with guide Mike Coopman. The female steelhead was 36.5 inches long and had a 23 inch girth. The measurements indicate the steelhead weighed 24.8 pounds. 

The fish is well shy of the state record of 27 pound, four ounces set in 1976 on the Smith River.  It’s not even a career best for Coopman, who landed a 26 pounder a few years back.

According to Coopman, The chrome-bright steelhead bit a shrimp pink yard tipped with a light pink fish pill. The bait was on a No. 4 owner mosquito hook. A Lamiglas 817 med/mag 8”6” rod did the trick. The offering reached the fist with the help of a ¾-ounce Mad River Drifter.


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