Fishing fanatics will not be disappointed in Fortuna. Although the entire river system is renowned for its brilliant fishing spots, Fortuna is where all the action is during fall and early winter. The Eel River Valley is the perfect place to fish for Chinook, known as King salmon due to its size, while many of the locals like to try their luck at Snag Pool. Head further up the river in search of Steelhead, or get in a few hours of angling at Riverwalk Drive. Located just past the Main Street exit of Fortuna, it’s not uncommon for fishermen here to hook salmon that are 50 pounds or more, so it’s worth a visit!

Here are some top tips to help you land the best catch:

• For first time fishermen, the fishing shops of Fortuna are happy to give you some pointers, so ask for advice as you pick your bait.

• If you want to give yourself the best possible chance, hire a professional to guide you to the best sites.

• Check restrictions before you fish, as during certain seasons there’s a limit on how many fish you can take.