Steelhead Fishing At Monte Rio On the Russian River

Saturday February 6, 2021 Monte Rio CA.

Paddle day

The sun was shinning nicely at my house this morning so after doing my chores and getting it going for the day I got my stuff and drove on down to Monte Rio to paddle and see how the steelhead fishermen were doing since I saw a lot of fish coming into the river yesterday down at the river’s mouth.

No steelhead

As I was unloading  my boat at the Monte Rio boat ramp these steelhead fishermen landed and a guy said, hey Bob. They had just come down the river from Guerneville about 4 miles up the river. The guy that said hey Bob said my blog was better for fishermen when I was on the river more and he wasn’t interested in chickens. :O)ramp

 

They hadn’t caught any fish today, such is steelhead fishing.

I was headed down the river a short ways.river

 

The slot

I had to paddle by these guys fishing in what is called the Slot for steelhead.slot

 

No fish caught

So I pulled in by them and shot the bull a bit. They hadn’t caught anything either so maybe all those fish I saw come in yesterday went by here in the night, who knows.boats

 

Down the river

So I continued on down the river going by this pair of mallard ducks feeding. The male wasn’t feeding but watching over the female feeding which usually means she has a nest of eggs she is sitting on someplace.ducks

 

I’m headed for the Villa Grande Hole just up ahead.villa

 

Dragster

Just as I approached the hole I heard a siren and a pickup go by which was really getting it on sounding like a rip roaring roadster. That’s the first time I’ve ever heard the local rescue guy Steve Baxter go that fast so it must have been someone needed some real help quickly. He was headed down towards the ocean.

About ten minutes later this chopper went by headed in the same direction.chopper

 

Sit spot

I pulled into this spot just on the bottom side of Villa Grande and sat and watched for a bit and napping a bit too.sitspot

 

The people in the canoe where fishing but not catching anything.sitview

 

Paddling up the river

After a good break there I started back up the river to Monte Rio about a mile up the river from here.river5

 

As I was paddling along I noticed this group of mallard ducks keeping up with me as I went. They stayed with me for a bit then veered off.duckies

 

King fisher

I saw this bird in a tree across the river from me and it looked like a king fisher. I approached and didn’t expect to get a picture as they always fly off just before you can get a picture of them but today it stayed long enough to get several pictures before taking off.kingfisher

 

No fish were caught

I made my way up the Slot and stopped long enough to see if any fish were caught while I was gone, but no fish were caught.fishing

 

So I made it to the boat ramp and loaded my boat and drove on home for the day.

Spring is here

Once home I didn’t do much as it was late in the day but I did notice some daffodils had bloomed so as far as I’m concerned in this area Spring has popped or at least starting to.daffs

 

Nice day.

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1 Response to Steelhead Fishing At Monte Rio On the Russian River

  1. Nancy K says:

    Don’t see Kingfishers much any more. Great picture!!!

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