I am in Sacremento and don’t mind driving a few hours. Help!
If I had to pick one river it would be the Smith river just North of Crescent City California. The California state record came from the Smith and steelhead over 20 pounds are caught every year. Call ahead, as river conditions will effect how or if you can fish.
Redwood creek in Orick California is another good bet for the steelhead.
There are others, but I am trying to keep this short.