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River Forecast Info

April 14, 2015

River Reports

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

Coastal & SW Washington Report

April 14, 2015

Lots of Steelhead on the Cowlitz this last couple weeks. Ninety five percent are in the Blue Creek area with the other 5 percent are at the Barrier dam. Tough going everywhere else on the river. If your chasing Steel toss yarn balls or eggs around the wall at Blue Creek and at the boat launch area. Don't like to do that then break out the Mag Lip 3.5's and back troll. Spring Chinook fishing has started out good and should only get better and better for the next couple weeks. Back trolling herring in the deeper runs above Blue Creek is where I'd start and work toward the dam. Getting a few fish over the Bonneville dam and I've heard of a couple fish caught at both Wind River and Drano Lake. Springer season is off to a great start!!
Here are a couple nice fish from the last several days.

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

We finished up our Steelhead season with a bang. Small yarnies were the go to bait. Springer fishing hasn't been quite as productive but now it's all about quality over quantity. Try everything when fishing for these picky fish. Herring, eggs, plugs, shrimp etc. Some days it all works and other days nothing will work. Lot's of time and patience will do the trick.


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 with the cowlitz river winterrun steelhead winding down for the year it was a different year water wise (summer time flows) but if you adjusted your presentation to a smaller size most fishermen had some very very good Success with fairly easy limits up around the hatchery. Now we are moving out efforts over to springers and eith the amount of them in the river already it is a pretty good idea to get the boat all tuned up to target them! Backtrolling k-14s,k-15s or your favroite spin n glow with eggs through the deep holes should produce some of the tastiest fish the northwest has to offer!  Still have some limited availability in May on my boat 
Thank you to all who steelhead fished withe this year! BRING ON THE SPRINGERS!

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

I've been focusing my time on B-run winter run steelhead of late.
Steady fishing continues for my boat.
Side drifting small offerings has been the key to continued success with the continued low water levels.
In low clear water conditions make sure to not drive over your fish..., Down size, be more precise and good things in the form of chrome will come :-)!

It's that time of year again. I will be switching over to my warm water fisheries for the next month, or so.
We will be catching Walleye and/or Bass on these trips out of Mardon Resort on The Potholes Reservoir.
Last year was incredible walleye fishing and this year is shaping up to be another fabulous spring season.

**These Potholes walleye are considered to be the best of the best when it comes to freshwater fish, table fare. This is due to the cooler spring time water temperatures..., which makes for fresh, firm, white meat that melts in your mouth not in your hand**

My last open dates are below:

Potholes reservoir, walleye and/or bass combo trips.
April 30
May 7,8, 18-22

Here are couple of pics from last seasons walleye catches:

Hope to see you on the water and FishON!!


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

Only a few days left for the Columbia River Spring Chinook Fishery.  We are catching some big beautiful fish and invite you to come fill one of the few remaining seats this week.  We are also catching Springers on the Cowlitz and Kalama Rivers.  The Cowlitz is also loaded with Steelhead so we will be fishing for both species in the coming weeks.  The Kalama River is going to be a hot spot for drift boat fishing - scenic trips for 2.  You can book any trip online or call/text/email anytime.  Use code UNIVERSITY when booking online >> http://goo.gl/d9lxt7   253-389-0359


Casey Weigel
Waters West Guide Service


No report this week


Joe Princen Jr.
JP'S Guide Service

253 347 5300 or Joeprincenjr@gmail.com

Columbia River Springers...Vancouver/PDX

Things are looking better and better this week with strong pushes of spring chinook charging up river.  The action came in waves.  One day Cathlamet would be hot, the next Kalama, the next Vancouver.  These fish are pretty easy to track so a string network of intel is key.  

Friday, April 10th is the last fishing day in the current rules but an extension is expected.  This run builds really fast each day in April so listen up for more fishing days starting this weekend.   

With the river "low and clear" the herring troll bite has been very productive but anchor fishing with plugs or prawn spinners has been hot too.  

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

Team Guide Drift Boats

No report this week


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

West coast angler crews have been having some great days catching winter steelhead on the Cowlitz . 
We have been finding out fishing free drifting eggs with light gear and small baits! Fish are spread from top to bottom thought out the river.
As of April 1st the limit on the Cowlitz has been bumped to 3 steelhead! 
We will be starting our Columbia river king salmon trips April 1st on the Columbia fishing has been picking up and limits are a real  opportunity in the upcoming weeks! 


Nate Bryant: (360) 219-3863


Olympic Pennisula Report  

April 14, 2015

No report this week


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

April 14, 2015

Skagit River

April 14, 2015

No report this week


North Rivers
November 18, 2014

No report this week


Snohomish River System

April 14, 2015


No report this week

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

Klickitat River April 14, 2015

Klickitat River drift boat fishing opens June first until then Tracy and his guides will be catching Turkeys.

The youth only weekend hunt as always was loads of fun. Hearing all of the hunting stories be it missed birds, oops triggers that should have fired, two in one shot, the two cougars and other wildlife that were seen. Some harvested birds and others not. Most importantly spending time with family and friends in the remote wilderness enjoying your surroundings hearing seeing the Gobblers is what its all about.

I am so proud of my clean cut fun to be with skilled guide team and there commitment in spending time scouting.

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


Upper Columbia
April 14, 2015



Hells Canyon / Clearwater River, Idaho

April 14, 2015


No report this week


Submitted by Ryan Rosenbaum



The steelhead fishing on the main Clearwater in Idaho is all wrapped up. We will be running Spring Chinook Trips May 1 to about July 4th on the Clearwater. The last few years has been phenomenal and the best fishing should be around Memorial Day weekend.
Clearwater River Company is offering guide Steelhead, Salmon, Sturgeon, and Trout trips throughout Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana and Utah, through our network of full time professional guides.


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

North Coast Oregon

April 14, 2015

No report this week

Chris Snyder - Total Fisherman Chris@totalfisherman.com

www.totalfisherman.com 253-335-9514

Portland Area Rivers:

Willamette Valley

April 14, 2015

No report this week

Kyle Bushelman (541) 517-7536

Sandy River

April 14, 2015



Clackamas River

April 14, 2015

No report this week

Fraser River, British Columbia

April 14, 2015



This past week we have seen just about every type of weather possible except snow, lots of rain, some sunshine and a few wind storms thrown in for good measure. Despite all of this, fishing has remained solid through Vancouver and Fraser Valley. See below for detailed report.

Time to renew your fishing licenses, they are now expired so I have provided links to both freshwater and tidal, remember if you are fishing sturgeon above Mission bridge you will require a sturgeon tag along with your basic license.

Non -Tidal License -  You can purchase your fishing license on-line at http://www.fishing.gov.bc.ca/index.html 

 How to buy a license, check out the Tutorial - http://www.fishing.gov.bc.ca/docs/tutorial_for_anglers.pdf

Tidal License - You can purchase your license at - https://www-ops2.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/nrls-sndpp/index-eng.cfm


As of April 1st, it is illegal to fish for sturgeon at night. This regulation has been introduced to curb the illegal harvest of sturgeon. It applies to the non - tidal waters of the Fraser and includes the Harrison and Pitt. Another new regulation for 2015/16 is that you are now permitted to use fin fish for bait in the Harrison and Pitt Rivers. Please refer to your 2015/2016 freshwater regulations for details.

Fraser River Sturgeon

The Fraser River is high and dirty with lots of logs and debris in the water, yesterday the Hatzic Hole and Flats area were completely jammed with logs, this morning looks better so I am assuming that it was due to heavy rains up north. Despite the conditions, sturgeon fishing has been nothing short of amazing with lots of nice fish being caught.  Best baits have been Eulachon and Lamprey fish on the bottom.

Vancouver Salmon Fishing

Vancouver Salmon Fishing has been fair to good this past week, some nice Chinook being caught in Howe Sound as well as Vancouver Harbour. The new Gibbs/Delta STS UV Glo flasher has been working really well for local guides and anglers. This flasher was developed by Gibbs/Delta to address the effectiveness of UV and Glo tape under water. Many guides had been buying UV tape and adding to spoons and flashers so being the leaders in Saltwater fishing, Gibbs produced a Guide Series Flasher using these two products. You can now buy these Guide Series flashers at your local tackle store, my 3 favorites are STS, Bon Chovy and No Bananas.

Vedder River Steelhead

Freds Tackle in Abbotsford reports that the Vedder River is still in good shape, fishing was slower yesterday but should improve as water is dropping as we speak. Don't forget that if you are fishing steelhead this weekend you will need a new license and tag for steelhead, fishing should remain good over the weekend and through until the end of the month until the river closes to gear fishing and becomes fly only.

We are now booking for our upcoming Pitt River Trout and Salmon season, most of our groups fly fish this river but we can also fish with light spin tackle for those anglers who prefer to cast spoons and spinners.  Our season runs from June 1 to August 15, we fish for sea-run Bull Trout and all species of salmon that return to the Pitt River. Our regular rate for this trip is $850 for 2 anglers, includes full day departing Grant Narrows at 6am returning between 3 to 4 pm.

Come join us for the 2015 season, call or e-mail us to book your next guided fishing adventure.

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
604 671-FISH (3474)

Stamp River, Vancouver Island Canada
April 14, 2015


Last Weeks Highlights:
The low clear waters and weeks now without any rainfall accumulation has dropped the river into very low status.

Gin clear water had made the fishing even more challenging as the fish have every advantage with the visibility.

Challenges of clear water aside, this does help those who want to take on trying to get a Winter Steelhead on the fly.  The low waters make this attempt actually practical. This past week visiting angler Grant was able to check off "Winter Steelhead on the fly" on his bucket list!

Congratulations Grant! That is not just any Steelhead, that is a beauty fish! (See photo below)

Current Conditions:
Very low and gin clear.

Lots of access with the low water.

Bright sun by mid day but fog in the mornings.

No Rain in the forecast until next week. Hope the fog sticks around as long as possible each morning.

**Looking to plan your summer fishing vacation, be sure to check out Kyuquot Sound! That is where have been going for the past 20 years. Learn more from our most recent online newsletter which includes our summer calendar http://conta.cc/18i8j2V***

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

Marilyn Murphy


Skeena Region, BC Canada
April 14, 2015



No report this week


Gill McKean, Westcoast Fishing Adventures www.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 John Hittel
Kitimat BC Canada
250 632-9880 hm.
250 639-4277 cell.



April 14, 2015

No report this week


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