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River Forecast Info

February 24, 2015

River Reports

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

Coastal & SW Washington Report

February 24, 2015

Some good fishing out there this last week even though we have seen some very low water. Down sizing our baits and practicing a little stealth on the smaller streams has worked pretty well for us most days. Warmer and dryer than normal conditions for this time of year is making for some tough going but with a little persistence you can get into some action. Just go small on your offerings. Jigs and floats are tops when in stealth mode. My all time favorite color jig in these low flows is called the Nightmare. It has accounted for more  Steelhead than any other color pattern out there at times like these.

If you don't want to fish small water the Cowlitz is putting out some fish although it has really slowed down the last several days. The lower Columbia is starting to put more and more Spring Chinook out daily. Springer fishing will only get better and better with each passing day.


Some great weather this last couple weeks has made fishing in the winter fun.


Thanks

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


Prior to this last rain the coastal rivers were putting out some very nice fish. Numerous wild fish in the mix. Cowlitz is putting out fish and they are slowly trickling in and it looks like it could be very good in the coming weeks. Side drifting eggs, yarnies,  etc or back trolling plugs or bait will put you on fish.

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


Hi Everyone,

The fishing is starting to heat up.
It's time to book your trips for late steelhead and spring chinook, all the way through June.
Cheaters and eggs or yarn balls work for us.
Give me a call to book your trips.

 

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


 

No report this week

 

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


Fishing has been fabulous whenever Mother Nature is playing nice and our Western, WA rivers are in fishable conditions during this 2015 winter run season..., so far :-)

I would expect some great fishing this week. Then it looks like we're in for a dry spell. Be prepared to change tactics and techniques as the rivers drop into lower levels later this week.

It seems that this warm weather has kept the fish biting. I can't put my finger on it, but I do know fishing has been better this year than last!
Especially when it comes to overall numbers of fish being put in the box.

If your looking to get out with me for this 2015 winter run season get a hold of me sooner than later. I have only 6 open dates between now and April 30th (winter run steelhead closure) unless I have a cancelation.

Here are some pics for y'all:


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


Great Weather and Great Fishing from SW Washington all the Way to the Coast!!  Everyone caught fish this past week and with not much rain in sight this trend will continue.  We have both sled and drift boat trips available and hatchery or trophy catch and release steelhead trips. 

All trips are highly productive right now.  Side drifting, bobber and jig, bead fishing, plugs - whatever you're preference we have a guide and trip for you!   Steelhead fishing is so good it's hard to say we are all dreaming about he upcoming Spring King Fisheries but who doesn't a touch of Springer Fever right now?  Now is the time to book these trips as the Portland/Vancouver fishery is limited.  All Steelhead pictures are from the last 7 days and one King Salmon Picture from last March. 

Book any trip online and use code UNIVERSITY for an extra discount on top of discounted online prices.  Book Online Here   Call text or email anytime with questions 253.389.0359 casey@fishwaterswest.com

Casey Weigel
Owner/Guide
Waters West Guide Service
http://www.fishwaterswest.com
253-389-0359
casey@fishwaterswest.com


The big boys are here, we landed 1 of 5 fish in the 20lb range that we could confirm either cartwheeled  out of the water or lost at the boat. The one we landed in the pictures below was 39.85x21.50 - a true 20lb steelhead. With the boy boys here, it makes one HECK of a time of year to go on a guided trip on the Coast of washington. You always get your smaller variety in the trips as well but with the big fish in the water! you never know you could win the 20lb lottery! I dont have alot of dates left but i do have SOME! please call me if you would like to book a first class guided trip for catch and release Native Steelhead.

Joe Princen Jr.
JP'S Guide Service
www.jpsguideservice.com

253 347 5300 or Joeprincenjr@gmail.com


Central Coast Olympic Peninsula 

Most coastal and grays harbor systems produced exceptionally high numbers of wild steelhead (release) this week and the Wynoochee river may have seen its peak of hatchery steelhead (keepers) as well.

 
Drifting salmon eggs, various pink rubber "things" like worms, shrimp, beads, etc always produce.  You can fish with a float or not, it's up to you.  But, with no precipitation in sight, fishing the float will help your presentation in the low, clear water to come.  


The next three weeks will offer anyone willing a potentially world class steelhead fishing experience, right here.  Don't miss it.  Remember to handle your release fish properly, keep them wet and make the photography portion of the release short and sweet!  


Columbia River spring chinook are right around the corner!!!

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

Team Guide Drift Boats



Cowlitz B-Run Steelhead are in! The water conditions are low and clear.
From the boat side drifting artificials and back trolling plugs have been the top producer this week.

Expect action to pick up through the month of March. We will be moving down to the Columbia River the end of March for the Spring Chinook run. With the weather we have had this year, it's expected to be one of the best years ever!

Make sure you book your next fishing adventure soon before all the dates are full.

FISH ON!!

Ryan McCaughan  (206)533-4105  www.seattlefishingtrips.com
seattlefishingtrips@yahoo.com


 

West coast anglers have been chasing steelhead on Cowlitz this past week.  With great early results, although water levels have been up and down, fish have stayed bitey.  We found our fish free drifting, but with lower flows I'm sure back trollers will have success. I expect lower flows for much of the spring which is great for my clients! 

Nate Bryant: (360) 219-3863
www.salmoncommander.net


We are starting to see some springers in the lower river.  We will start fishing the lower river the second week of March, and staying there till the second week in April then we will move up river to the Wind river, and Drano.  The water conditions look good , for a great March.  Normally we are dealing with high murcky water.  Cant wait to start the season.  www.bigfishguideservice.com,  541-380-1415

Thank you, Josh Frederick

 

Olympic Pennisula Report  

February 24, 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.

Don't forget to mention Steelhead University...

Gift Certificates Available

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


 

No report this week

 

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


 

Washougal River

February 24, 2015

Skagit River

February 24, 2015

No report this week

 

North Rivers
November 18, 2014

No report this week

 

Snohomish River System

February 24, 2015

 

No report this week

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



Klickitat River February 24, 2015


No report this week

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

www.adventurefishing.net


Upper Columbia
February 24, 2015

 

 

Hells Canyon / Clearwater River, Idaho

February 24, 2015

 

No report this week


TO BOOK YOUR TRIP CONTACT: 208-413-4028

Submitted by Ryan Rosenbaum

http://www.hellscanyonsportfishing.com/


Clearwater River Company Fishing Update and Opportunities:

It’s hard to believe that March is already here. Clearwater River Company has had a great steelhead season and we’re really excited about all of the fishing opportunities for the upcoming year.
There are only a few weeks left in our Clearwater Steelhead Season. This has been one of the best seasons in the past 5 years. The catching has been phenomenal! Our guides have been out on the water putting clients into big B-Run Steelhead that average 12-15 pounds. It’s not too late to get in on a trip. We still have some great dates open and will be guiding for steelhead until mid-to-late March.
We have appreciated all of your support over the years and look forward to getting you out on the water. Feel free to send us an email or give us a call, 1-866-846-4240.


Sturgeon ~ Snake River / Columbia:
If you are interested in hooking into the largest fish found in North America, let us help you land a White Sturgeon.  All sturgeon trips are catch and release but the chance to land an oversized 6 to 10 foot fish is second to none.  We fish the Lower Hells Canyon, Lower Granite Dam, Hanford Reach, McNary and other stretches of the Columbia.  We average multiple hookups per day on very large Sturgeon.  This is an experience that every angler should have!


Salmon ~ Columbia / Snake River / Clearwater:
We are very lucky to have some of the best salmon runs in world. Over a million salmon return to the Columbia River each year and we target all of the best runs and the highest quality fish. There are many different species and subspecies that return to our rivers from early spring to late fall. We primarily fish for Spring Chinook, Summer Chinook, Fall Chinook and Coho.
March through June we target Spring Chinook starting on the Columbia River near Portland in late March and early April. As the spring chinook travel up river we pursue these highly sought after fish through the Columbia Gorge, at Drano Lake, past the Wind River and ultimately into Idaho. Starting in early May you will find our guides targeting Spring Chinook on Idaho's rivers till the middle of June.  Springers are considered to be the best eating fish to swim any river in Pacific Northwest, if you enjoy eating salmon, this is the fish for you.
Come July and early August we can be found fishing the Upper Columbia between Priest Rapids Dam and the town of Brewster.  Summer Chinook are commonly called June hogs and are known for their size and incredible strength. Record sockeye runs along with Summer Chinook make this is a fantastic fishery.
As August approaches we start to focus on Fall Chinook on the Columbia and Snake Rivers.  We start our Fall Chinook Season off near the mouth of the Columbia at the Famous "Buoy 10" fishery.  Here we target ocean Chinook and Coho Salmon.  Some of these Fall Chinook can reach the 40+ pound class! In September the Hanford reach is a prime area to target the Fall Chinook and we will spend about three weeks in this area. Once the end of September hits we head closer to home.  This is a very unique fishery during this time of year, as it has the opportunity to hook Fall Chinook and Steelhead on the same drift.  This can be some of the best fishing of the year and should be experienced by all!


Steelhead ~ Clearwater / Snake River:
We will start guiding for steelhead again in August. Well over a hundred-thousand steelhead migrate each year to the Snake, Clearwater, Salmon, and Grande Ronde river drainages. The Clearwater River is located in North-Central Idaho and hosts one of the largest runs of B run Steelhead in the world! Huge Idaho Steelhead, a long season and typically low fishing pressure creates ample opportunities for all anglers. The average Clearwater River Steelhead is 12 to 15 pounds with numerous fish over 20 pounds being landed each season. Our peak dates go early, so don’t hesitate, book now. All trips include rods, reels, tackle, bait, a boat lunch and about 9 hours out on the water.  It’s not too early to start booking your fall steelhead trip.


King Salmon ~ Alaska:
Have you ever dreamt about fishing in Alaska? Alaska is a fisherman's paradise with some of the most incredible fishing in the world. Alaska's oceans, rivers and lakes are teaming with fish and offer a variety of options. While some of our guides stay in the lower 48, some travel north to Alaska. If you are looking for an Alaska fishing trip we have the best contacts and options available.

We hope you enjoy your fishing season and are able to join us on your next Fishing Adventure. We would be happy to offer any advice or services that you may need. Please feel free to contact us any time by email or phone, 1-866-846-4240. Thank you again for your business and support over the years.

 

Submitted by Ryan Pitcher
http://www.clearwaterrivercompany.com
1 866 846-4240 or Email ryan@wcafish.com


North Coast Oregon

February 24, 2015

The Kokanee fishing has been great for early February! Trolling all the normal gear seems to be working, just keep the gear close together. Find the fish and keep with them for an easy limit.

We're running Kokanee trips on Merwin and catch a release sturgeon trips on the Willamette River. Spring salmon are just around the corner so contact me to secure your date! Don't miss out on the best fish of the year.


Chris Snyder - Total Fisherman Chris@totalfisherman.com

www.totalfisherman.com 253-335-9514


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

February 24, 2015

No report this week

Kyle Bushelman (541) 517-7536
www.willamettevalleyoutfitters.com

Sandy River

February 24, 2015

 

 

Clackamas River

February 24, 2015

No report this week

Fraser River, British Columbia

February 24, 2015

 

 

Fishing in Vancouver and Fraser Valley is starting to pick up, with the warm weather we have been experiencing, the fish have been active. Sturgeon, Steelhead and Salmon Fishing have all been better than average for early February, see detailed report below.

Vancouver Salmon

Salmon Fishing has been fair to good this past week, winter Chinook are being caught in Vancouver Harbour as well as the Gulf Islands. The Pro Staff Team at Gibbs is on the water on a regular basis and have been reporting some great catches using the new Guide Series Flashers trolled in front of Silverhorde & G-Force spoons. The key to success is trolling near the bottom whether you are using spoons or bait.

Fraser River Sturgeon

Sturgeon Fishing has been fair to excellent this past week, some great reports from last weekend and Monday was a great day on the water with lots of sturgeon between 3 to 4 feet with the occasional fish over 5ft. Best bait was lamprey eel and chum roe fished on the bottom with small offerings. During winter months it is advisable to downsize your hooks and baits for best success.

Fraser River Sturgeon Seminar dates have been announced, this seminar is a 6 hour day on the Fraser River with STS Guide Vic Carrao.
Learn all about:

  • Reading the bite & setting hooks
  • Rods, reels and advanced riggings
  • Fish feeding habits, bait selection
  • Proper handling of large fish
  • Sturgeon migration and movement
  • Safe anchoring techniques & hot spots

Day includes 6 hours of instruction and fishing
The cost of the seminar is $175.00 per person

Vedder River Steelhead

Steelhead fishing has been excellent so far this season, lots of fish being landed both wild and hatchery. Water levels are very high and as of yesterday the river was quite dirty and not really fishable. If the rain holds off we should see some decent water conditions by the weekend. Lots of stories of anglers not respecting others while fishing for steelhead which is sad to hear but not unexpected. The Vedder can be very busy during steelhead season so if you have the urge to step in front of another angler who is fishing their way down a run, step back and allow them to finish. The polite thing to do is to step in behind and follow then through the run.

BC Boat & Sportsman Show is only 25 days away, please drop by and say hello at our booth or drop by the Stage, Vic will be talking about everything to do with Fraser Valley Fishing including Salmon, Sturgeon and Steelhead.

Join our Facebook page   facebook.com/STSGuiding

 

Have a great Week.
Vic Carrao

To Book Your next guided adventure, call us Toll Free 1-866-771-3474

Remember to conserve your catch

Tight Lines and we will see you on the water

Vic Carrao
STS Guiding Service
http://www.guidebc.com
sts@guidebc.com
604 671-FISH (3474)


Stamp River, Vancouver Island Canada
February 24, 2015

The weekend past and week to date has had good fishing again as more fresh fish continue to move into the system.

Anglers on the trips have been encountering 4-8 fish per day. There are winter fish throughout the system now and all the way to the most upper reaches with new fish in the lower daily.

The falls pool and areas below it continue to be very productive.

Now that the river is entering a medium and into lower phase be sure to gear down and use smaller terminal tackle and lighter leaders. The fish will have lots of visibility so tread "lightly" on presentation and cast entry.

The fish are still trending larger than the past years averages.  This is great news for Coho Salmon since Steelhead and Coho all grow up and feed in similar ocean areas, so conditions are favorable for both species. With these conditions we expect the fishery to remain strong through early March.

Call us anytime for the latest conditions! We enjoy helping anglers plan their trips with or without guides.

For the latest info visit at http://murphysportfishing.com/site/fishing-report.html for river level charts, local weather expectations, and more.

Call anytime for updated conditions 250-723-8022
http://murphysportfishing.com/site/stamp-river-winter.html
www.facebook.com/murphysportfishing

Marilyn Murphy

 


Skeena Region, BC Canada
February 24, 2015

 

 

No report this week


 

Gill McKean, Westcoast Fishing Adventures www.westcoastfishing.ca
info@westcoastfishing.ca
1-866-578-8552 toll free 1-250-615-3477 cell
Fishing is our addiction ­ Guiding is our passion
Adventure is in our blood
 


 


Tight Lines,
Tracey


Tracey John Hittel
Kitimat BC Canada
250 632-9880 hm.
250 639-4277 cell.

www.steelheadheaven.ca
www.kitimatlodge.com

 

Alaska
February 24, 2015


No report this week

 

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