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January 27, 2015

River Reports

Submitted byJoe Princen Jr.
JP'S Guide Service

Coastal & SW Washington Report

January 27, 2015

Good Steelhead fishing continues with this warmer than normal weather and  the fish are biting and fighting a little better than normal. All the rivers have at least a few fish in them at this time. Looks as though we are going to have a little low water in the next few days so a little stealth with small baits are going be key to getting those fish to bite. Jigs and yarnies are going to come into play again as the water gets clear. I expect some really good fishing this next week on all the streams in western Washington. Look for an increase in Wild fish to be in the rivers as we get into February. The Cowlitz should start seeing some of it's late Steel any day although it won't really get going until March. Spring Chinook fishing isn't far away and I'm watching dam counts at Bonneville for the first one to make it over the big wall.  

Here are a couple pics from some outstanding fishing we have had this past week.

For more info call Phil Stephens, Mystical Legends Guide Service Call (206) 940-0052 or E-mail

Steelheading will be back in full swing just as soon as the rivers drop a bit. Fishing was excellent until that last batch of rain. Cowlitz is still kicking out some nice fish with some chrome bright two salt fish starting to show.Standar gear like yarnies, eggs, etc. With the higher flows it's been mostly a side drifting show

Rob Sweem, R&K Guide Service
(360) 481-0612 or Email

No report this week


(253) 208-7433 
Bruce Warren
Fishing For Fun Guide Service

Well We are in the middle of Shaping up to be a stellar Winterrun steelhead season! While mother nature is throwing us curveballs The key to getting on these things are Understanding on the water conditions! We will backtroll plugs Through one hole then for the next 5 miles we may Side gift eggs or yarn balls Don't forget major throw bothering jig in the some slow-moving pocket water! Most of the Puget Sound rivers close January 31 However other areas Such as chehalis river system and cowlitz are just getting going! Even the 1st springer of the year hase even been caught! (Not to early to book those trips) Another very under fished fishery is lk.washington and lk.sammamish Winter cutthroat trout fishing we get some dandys out of them Right in our own backyard! You can vet will be floating between all of these Depending on the river levels and what's going on! 

Todd Daniels
Tall Tails Guide Service
Cell 206-437-8766 or Email

The floods receded and the Fish followed. Winter run steelhead piled into our Western, WA coastal river systems with this last high water event.

Mother Nature had me working hard last week. I started on The coast, headed to The Cowlitz, moved local to the Skykomish and I'm now back over on the Coastal streams. Swapping out boats and multiple boat launchings was key to our success. Literally every single steelhead stream in WA State has a winter run steelhead finning about right now. Both hatchery and wild fish are currently available.

Be prepared to change locations and tactics this time of year. While one river is out, I guarantee another is in, and vice versa.

See you out in the water somewhere in WA this week :-)


Bonner's FishON! Guide Service 
Website bonnerfishon.com
Cell 425-281-8772
Email Bonnerfishon@gmail.com

We are still enjoying strong numbers of hatchery steelhead on the coast.  Our run here lasts through March so we have many weeks left with the peak of the good fishing being in February.  One of our most popular trips are drift boat trips for 2-3 people on our small local rivers for Winter Steelhead.  Only 1.5 hours from Tacoma and you're in a nice new boat catching steelhead!  Use code UNIVERSITY at check out for weekly discounts: Book online here http://goo.gl/J6gTNj  or Call/Text 253-389-0359


Casey Weigel
Waters West Guide Service

There here, chrome, fresh, wild steelhead. I cant believe the strong numbers of early wild fish on the OP, this is shaping up to be a great Catch and Release season. Checkout the trophy high teens hen my client, Tim caught in the photos below. She jumped 5 times and burned 3 long runs of drag almost 40 yards long! Spinning the boat 4 times to carefully land her. These wild fish are strong and aggressive, they love big yarn balls and specially colored worm patterns, specific for water conditions. I'm enjoying taking photos of my clients with that priceless expression after they land the Wild Steelhead of their dreams. I have very limited Trophy Catch and Release dates left in February and March. Please call me if your interested in Catch and Relesae trips for these wonderful big native steelhead. 

Joe Princen Jr.
JP'S Guide Service

253 347 5300 or Joeprincenjr@gmail.com


No report this week

Mark Coleman - Guide/Owner, All Rivers & Saltwater Charters
www.allwashingtonfishing.com, 425-736-8920

Team Guide Drift Boats

No report this week


Nate Bryant: (360) 219-3863


Olympic Pennisula Report  

January 27, 2015

The Coastal streams have been low and clear - fishing has been good. With the next push of rain I expect fishing to be GREAT!

I've been having most success pulling the 3.0 Mag Lips (as pictured above).

Give me a call - I have a few openings and we're just heating up.

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Submitted by Mike Zavadlov
Mike Z's Guide Service
(360) 640 8109
Email: mike@mikezsguideservice.com

The Quileute River System has a mix of Hatchery and Wild Steelhead that is continuing to provide good action between the high water flows.
This River System drops much faster than the other system so you have to be ready to jump on. Jigs, worms and beads under a float on the seams and edges is getting them. 3.5 Mag Lips in pink and NFL for the ply pulling set. Swung egg sucking leaches for the Spey Fly Fishers. Yarnies and beads when nymphing colors vary day to day on clarity. 

Gary Grahn, Olympic Anglers Guides and Charters, Riverview RV Park, (360) 640-4820; olympicanglers.com; olympicanglers@centurylink.net

No report this week


Submitted by Jake Nelson, Coastal Chrome Guide Service


Washougal River

January 27, 2015

Skagit River

January 27, 2015

No report this week


North Rivers
November 18, 2014

No report this week


Snohomish River System

January 27, 2015

Winter Steelhead fishing has been very good on the coast when the rivers have been in shape.

Later on this week should be good as the rivers will be back in fishable conditions. Depending the water clarity, focus your efforts within the first 5 to 10 feet of water from the river bank.  Side drifting or bobber dogging bait and or yarn has been my go to but plugs and bobber and jigs have been working too.  Don’t hesitate to toss your offerings by logs, rocks or any other fish hiding spot as they can and will be tucked right into that stuff.


Capt. Tyler S Perry
Reel Pros Guide Service
(425) 345-7606

Klickitat River January 27, 2015

No report this week

Call or email Tracy Zoller .... phone (509) 369-2366


Upper Columbia
January 27, 2015



Hells Canyon / Clearwater River, Idaho

January 27, 2015


No report this week


Submitted by Ryan Rosenbaum


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Submitted by Ryan Pitcher
1 866 846-4240 or Email ryan@wcafish.com

North Coast Oregon

January 27, 2015


No report this week


Andy Martin
Wild Rivers Fishing Oregon and Alaska Salmon, Steelhead and Halibut Fishing www.wildriversfishing.com

Portland Area Rivers:

Willamette Valley

January 27, 2015

No report this week

Kyle Bushelman (541) 517-7536

Sandy River

January 27, 2015



Clackamas River

January 27, 2015

No report this week

Fraser River, British Columbia

January 27, 2015



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Skeena Region, BC Canada
November 18, 2014



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January 27, 2015

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