G Loomis
Outdoor Emporium and Sportco  - For the Northwest Sportsmen
Wooldridge Boats
Steelhead University fishes Fetha Styx
Steelhead U Endorsed - Available at Sportco/Outdoor Emporium

Advertise on Steelhead U

Like us on Facebook


Visit Mack's Lure site

KAST Extreme Gear

Wicked Lures

Peterson Smoking Pucks

Snoqualmie Bait Company

TICA Rods and Reels

Bait Pal Products

Great Lakes Steelhead Company

Northwest Sportsman Magazine
River Forecast Info

April 22, 2014

River Reports

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


Coastal & SW Washington Report

April 22, 2014

Springers, Springers, Springers seems to be on everyone's  mind these days. Fishing hasn't been too bad this last week and things are looking great for the rest of the season. A decent push of fish has hit the Columbia and tributaries and Chinook counts going over Bonneville dam continue to increase daily. The Wind River and Drano lake areas will be producing some decent numbers this next week for those trolling these two spots. Cowlitz continues to produce fish from the Barrier dam down to the Columbia.  Trolling will be best at both Drano and the Wind with sardine wrapped Mag Lip plugs being the top producer.  Trolling these plugs early in the morning are my go to method. Bait trolled behind a Big Als Fish Flash with either herring or prawns will catch a lot of fish at both these places, which one is best changes daily so bring both. The Cowlitz is pretty much a Back trolling game and most of the guys will fish baits, either eggs or herring behind a jet diver. We have been doing pretty good down stream of the Barrier dam while the bank guys are doing good throwing float and eggs at the dam.  

Steelhead fishing is all but over anywhere on the Cowlitz other than the area around Blue Creek and the Barrier dam. The guys fishing from the bank have been doing really good for Steelhead in the channel that Blue Creek feeds. A few Summer Steelhead have shown up but they are for sure few and far between.The numbers of Summer Steel will build as we get closer to June. 

We caught some great fish this last week and this next week should be even better as numbers of these great eating fish build.


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

Fishing remains pretty good with the odd day thrown in for good measure. Still a good number of steelhead around with springers showing in the mix. It's looking like we should have a pretty good season this year. Sidedrifting yarnies or eggs for the steelhead and backtrolling eggs, shrimp, and or herring or plugs will all work on the springers. I have a couple of days open for April and a few dates left for May.

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

Here are some photos from the Columbia and the Cowlitz.
$150 will get you on the boat for a chance at the best eating salmon that swims!
Two people minimum, five people max.

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

Well we keep rolling through a very good steelhead season here in the cowlitz and we are still getting limits of dime bright fish. Now in the mix are more and more springers as well as a few early summerunns! Weve been primarlly sidedrifting eggs but over the next couple weeks well start backtrolling plugs or bait through the deeper holes targeting the tastiest fish in the northwest!!! The key to springers is a bit of patients and keep your gear/ bait clean as they are very smell oriented. Still have a few dates bail thru mid may!


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

Winter run steelhead continue to be caught daily on The Cowlitz River. Drifting yarn and/or bait has been the Top Producer of late. Springers are just that Springers..., Catch them one day and get skunked the next. The fish are there and they are building in numbers everyday. Back troll herring, prawn spinners, or wrapped plugs. Fish early and late for your best chance at a bite. Be patient and good things will come.
I have heard good early reports from Drano Lake, as well for you Springer fanatics.

I'm off to The Potholes Reservoir for the next month to target Walleye and Bass. A lot of people say Walleye are the best tasting fish in fresh water. Only way to find out is to try one for yourself. Contact me and we will catch you and your crew some walleye for a good old fashion fish fry! We can even do a Walleye shore lunch. Expect good action and a great relaxing day on the water. My open dates start May 1st and run through May 29th. We will also chase both large & smallmouth bass by request.
See you on the water and FishON!!!
Here are a few pics from my last week on Momma Cowlitz:

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


With the Lower Columbia springer season behind us, anglers here in the Pacific Northwest are now focused on the Willamette River. Unfortunately, our season has started a little slow, but given the massive weather fluctuation we’ve seen the past few days this is no surprise.

I’m still expecting a great season on the Willy, meaning 62,000-63,000 fish should be showing back up anytime. I think the springers are still in the main stem of the Columbia River now and they aren’t moving very fast. There’s springers in the Willy right now, but not as many as we’d like to see. However, as the water temperatures down there warm those salmon will move into this system to find cooler water. That could happen within the next few days, on up to a week.

So far this season I think the size of our run is smaller than projected, but that doesn’t mean we should be disappointed that they aren’t coming because that could change tomorrow. I’m expecting lots of fish to arrive shortly. We still have a strong month of springers ahead of us.

Right now the water temperatures are staying cooler than normal. What that does is enable us to fish just about anything. The springers will show on herring, prawns and eggs. Basically, on the Lower Willamette we are trolling herring and prawns. However, at the upper end (by the falls) guys are back trolling and back bouncing eggs. Don’t get me wrong; as the fish get up towards the falls they still catch them on herring. Meanwhile, eggs seem to work better because they yield more scent, which is necessary because of the faster moving water.

The best way to troll is downstream with the most current so you can cover the most amount of water to find the most aggressive biters. Tides are important here. There’s always bites on the tide changes. Personally, I like the low slack and high slack. However, you don’t always get those. So by covering the most amount of water, and using multiple rods, you’ll have a better chance at catching more salmon.

Having good bait is extremely important. I use Pautzke Fire Brine, mostly Natural, Chartreuse and Blue, to brine my herring. I brine them for 12 hours in the fridge or on ice. It’s important to keep your bait cold and I can’t stress how vital it is to have good bait.

Moving upriver, when back trolling or back bouncing eggs slower presentation is critical. You want to go slower than the current speed. This is achieved via boat control. Basically, I want my FireCured eggs to milk and create the most amount of scent released. The more scent the better chance of a bite.

Editor’s Note: Bill “Swanny” Swann will be offering guiding springer trips on the Williamette through May 20th. Anglers are permitted two hatchery salmon per day. All wild fish must be released. For more info on Swanny’s guided fishing adventures please visit www.swannysfishing.com<http://www.swannysfishing.com>.



Bill "Swanny" Swann: 206-755-1204
Swanny's Guided Fishing: www.swannysfishing.com

The Cowlitz has been seeing some very interesting flow fluctuations. The Spring run Chinook have been showing up in better numbers and the Steelhead run seems to be slowing down just a little bit. We are going to switch to Springer fishing on the Cowlitz until the Summer run Steelhead start showing in good numbers. Good eggs back trolled have worked for us in the past for springers, as well as lures.

Marc Bush
Twisted Waters Guide Service
253-468-0610 : 360-894-7636

No report this week


Joe Princen Jr. 
  JP'S Guide Service  

We had a blast Springer fishing on the Columbia River - great weather most days and the fish were top notch A++ quality!

Looking forward to the Wind River and Drano Lake starting tomorrow.  With the dam counts at Bonneville over 1,000 - it should be red hot up there!

Call or text to get out 253-389-0359

Casey Weigel

The mighty Columbia cranked out a lot of spring chinook this past week!  Monday, 4/14/14 was the last fishing day under the current rules but it will list likely reopen in May after run size updates.  Keep an eye on that! 

Until then, the Puget Sound has been producing some great chinook fishing and we will be offering that fishery through the end of April.  Most of our chinook limits are coming from the saltwater.  Inquire for details!

Cowlitz...we're seeing steady hatchery steelhead fishing and the occasional springer in the mix too.  Side drifting with small yarnies or single ez egg with a touch of yarn is your go to technique for the steelhead.  You'll catch just about everything on that setup but if you want to target the chinook more specifically, drag or back troll salmon eggs, or back troll and hover fish with herring. 

Good luck!

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

Team Guide Drift Boats

Columbia River- Spring Chinook

What a great week on the lower Columbia river! I'm so glad we got that extension.  Counts over Bonneville Dam are finally increasing with up to a thousand fish over the dam a day. We will be fishing on Wind River and Drano Lake until the end of May. With both fisheries heating up and a two fish limit per person, the season is going to be awesome.
  Flat lining plugs and trolling prawn spinners are the best technique to catch these beautiful fish. I have a few days during this fishery still open. If you haven't made it out yet, this is the time.

Good luck to all and Fish On!!

Ryan-Riverside Guide Service


No report this week


Submitted by Nathan Bryant

West Coast Anglers : Email

Olympic Pennisula Report  

April 22, 2014

Forks Rivers continued to produce good numbers of steelhead. There are also a few summer's and Spring Chinook showing up too. The Hoh shut down today on the 15th but the Bogie, Calawah and Sol Duc are still open until the end of the month for steelhead.  If you want to go out and have a chance to catch all three give me a call. Mike Z's Guide Service.



Gift Certificates Available

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


The past couple weeks has been great steelhead fishing. Even quite a few double digit days. In years past there were quite a few darker fish around but this season seems to be mostly nice fresh chrome steelhead and lots of them. So many we've been able to sight fish for many stehead the past week.

With some of the rivers closing on april 15th I'm limited to only a couple rivers but I am still getting steelhead every day. I've been bobber dogging yarn and shrimp, eggs, and yarn balls. Also float fishing jigs. Some spring Chinook are starting to show up in the sol duc river and summer steelhead are beginning to show up too.

I'm leaving for alaska June 1st, if any one wants to get out fishing with me before i leave get a hold of me.



Jake Nelson: Coastal Chrome Guide Service

jakenelson56@live.com or call me 425-350-7782

Washougal River

April 22, 2014

Skagit River

April 22, 2014

No report this week


North Rivers
April 22, 2014

No report this week


Snohomish River System

April 22, 2014


No report this week


Andy Shanks - Guide/Owner
Island Guide Services


Fishing has been good on the Cowlitz. The steelhead fishing is pretty good around the Blue Creek area. We’ve also been seeing an increasing number of Springers being hooked from  Barrier to Blue Creek. Back bouncing, side drifting and divers with bait have been the best producers. For the bank angler, you’re going to find your fish in the area around Blue Creek. The Skookumchuck is a great place right now if you want to catch big numbers, but the quality of the fish we’re catching is declining as fresh fish are far fewer than the recycles. Springer fishing is only going to get better on the Cowlitz though, so now is a good time to count your sick days! The week days are going to be less crowded. I’m offering $25 off per person on my weekday trips right now, so if you’d like to get out, give me a call.


Nate Treat – Guide and Instructor - (360) 481-0051

Nate Treat Fishing


No report this week


Tyler Perry - Reel Pros Guide Service

(425) 345-7606 or www.reelprosnw.com

Klickitat River
April 22, 2014


No report this week


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


Upper Columbia
April 22, 2014


No report this week


Hells Canyon / Clearwater River, Idaho

April 22, 2014

No report this week


Submitted by Ryan Rosenbaum



No report this week


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

North Coast Oregon

April 22, 2014


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

April 22, 2014


No report this week


Kyle Bushelman (541) 517-7536

Sandy River

April 22, 2014



Clackamas River

April 22, 2014

No report this week

Fraser River, British Columbia

April 22, 2014


It was nice to see some great fishing weather over the weekend, we spent several days out fishing the salt for salmon, completed our first river seminars and we are now starting up our spring sturgeon, steelhead and salmon season.

STS guide Thomas Rutschmann has been out several days this week and is out on a trip this morning. Water is in great shape and our guest from Vancouver just landed his first Vedder river Steelhead. Over the next 2 – 3 weeks we will probably see some of the best steelheading of the season, lots of fish in the system so great time to give it a try.

Vancouver Salmon
Vancouver salmon fishing is starting to pick up, any day now south end of Bowen Island should start to produce good results and Gulf Island are already starting to pick up. Ling fishery opens May 1 over in the Gulf so we are looking forward to getting out there. Crab and prawn fishing has been good and should remain steady until the commercial opening in May. Once that fishery is open we pretty much stop prawn fishing on salmon charters on the Vancouver side of the strait.

Although we still have lots of great salmon fishing between April and July, August is by far one of the best months for salmon fishing in the Vancouver area, with 70 million sockeye predicted this summer, it going to be a bit crazy. If you’re looking for a great local trip for both Chinook and Sockeye, August is the month to book.
Fraser River Sturgeon
Sturgeon fishing has been a bit spotty this past week, some days are great and the next day you can’t get one to bite. Most of this is due to inconsistent weather and we are still just a bit early for the Eulachon run. The lower and middle Fraser has fished best with most fish being caught on Eulachon and Lamprey eel.



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)

Skeena Region, BC Canada
April 22, 2014



We're frozen over! Reports after the thaw.


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


No report this week

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



April 22, 2014

No report this week


Steelhead University is a division of Salmon University.
All content of this site is ©2004-2014 Steelhead University, unless otherwise noted.



Site Sponsors

Check out our
Guides & Charters

River Guides
Saltwater Charters

World Class Skeena River Fishing

Western Canada's Preferred Airline

Quick Links

Cowlitz/Chehalis Region
Olympic Peninsula
Skagit River
Snohomish System
North Rivers
Klickitat / Columbia

Pautzke Bait Co - Check out their new Products!

Twice the Flash - X2 Flashers!


Steelhead Beads


Steelhead University - EZ Eggs Pro Staff Members