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Fishing Reports are on hiatus until Tuesday, March 31st.  Please check back then.  Thank you for your patience.

March 09, 2015

River Reports

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

Coastal & SW Washington Report

March 09, 2015

WOW! With a lack of rain we have had some strange water conditions for late February and early March.  Low, clear water has made things a little on the tough side but there have been a few fish around if you work hard at them. Down sizing our baits and using a little stealth has went a long way this last week. Fishing on the larger rivers with more water in them has helped as well. Even in the low water fish are still moving in and we have been getting some really nice fish most days. There are a good number of wild fish around but if you want to keep fish no worries there are some decent number of nice hatchery brats around. All the streams still have lots of fish on the way and a few will only get better as March unfolds. Springers are making their way up the Columbia and the tribs are starting to see more and more of them and fishing for them will only get better and better over the next several weeks. 

Here are a few fish from the last few days, no Springers yet for me but they are around.. If your looking for a Springer trip I have a few days in April and May that I would love to fill.

Thanks

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


We have had some extremely low water flows these past few weeks, but there are some nice fish to be had. Seems like there are a few trickling in every day. Side drifting eggs, yarnies etc. plus back trolling bait or plugs will all take fish. Springers are just around the corner with a couple of fish already showing up.

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 now in full swing Here on the cowlitz river for later run steelhead and columbia will soon be Pushing out numbers of springers! While we have had Decent number of steelhead in the river For a month now The main big push Is yet to come Side drifting eggs will be the key to getting these fish! Compared to the last few years The river flows will be much less Which means More river miles will hold fish! Cover water cover water cover water. My last 2days avail this month are 3/17 and 3/19 If you want to hop on for a day to get these feisty steelhead Get a hold of us soon! 

See you on the water 

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


Rain? Anyone, anyone, anyone..., we need a freshet!! So..., everyone that likes to catch fresh, dime bright, steelhead and salmon PLEASE do the best rain dance you got and then let's ALL pray it works!!

Yes, our WA State coastal rivers are at historically low winter run levels and have been and most likely will continue to be well into the near future :-(
With that said, some Steelhead & Salmon will still trickle through and make their respected spawning runs up these super low rivers, regardless.

So..., it's time to break out the flouro carbon line, size 6 & 4 hooks, bite size bits and pieces of shrimp & eggs, nightmare jigs, 5mm-8mm beads, night crawlers, etc.

 
What all those riggings have in come are..., stealth mode tactics. Basically fish quietly with a more subtle approach and you should still be able catch fish in these tougher catching conditions. 

I will continue to catch winter run steelhead through mother natures ups and downs from now through Mid April this season. Unless I have a cancelation, I'm booked solid for these trips, but I will get the word out if I have any cancelations, or open spots. I look forward to seeing you on The Salmon & Steelhead water this month and it should be a good one!!!

On a side note..., I'm already booking Spring Walleye trips on The Potholes Reservoir. Now there will be plenty of water for this fishery..., no worries there :-)!!!
I will start these Walleye adventure trips The last week of April through May for this 2015 season. If you want a date, grab one before your to late, this is an awesome fishery and it books quick. Also, if you want the closest and most convenient accommodations Mardon Resort fills up quickly, as well.
Expect lots of walleye FishON! action, great weather, beautiful scenery in a very uncrowded and pristine fishing environment. We also have a place right on the golf course, so you will enjoy a nice peaceful day on the water catching fish and a relaxing afternoon watching me filleted your days catch, with a nice cold drink in hand, while sitting on the deck, over looking the golf links and The Potholes Reservoir.

Here are a few pics from this past week's fish catching adventures:


See you on the water & FishON!!!!


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


 

No report this week

 

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

253 347 5300 or Joeprincenjr@gmail.com


Columbia River at PDX/Vancouver

The first signs on spring chinook are showing in the big river.  With a strong run forecast and exceptional river conditions we're set to have an outstanding fishery by late March!!!

How to: With river flows and clarity expected to be optimal the go-to technique will most certainly be down-river trolling plug cut herring.  I typically use smaller green label year in, year out.  Trolling 15-40' of water is ideal and remember to go with the flow (down-trolling).  Use a 6-10oz cannonball lead on an 18" dropper and adjust your line out so that your ticking bottom every few seconds.  You can use a medium Yakima Bait Big Al's fish flash to create a little bling in your spread.  I use chartreuse, red, or a combo of the two.  

If you like to book a day with us and see a little more please feel free, no secrets while on our trips.  Otherwise good luck!

Pics from previous years with similar run size and conditions...

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


The Cowlitz is heating up!!  With low flows and spring like conditions, it seems to me these fish are pretty bitey.   We have been finding fish both drifting and back trolling.  Fish are spread through out the river with most of the pressure at blue creek.  There are a few springers around also. The Columbia although stuffed with smelt, is also kicking out a few springers for the guys that are putting in the time.

 

 

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


 

Olympic Pennisula Report  

March 09, 2015

WOW... what a March and February. The weathers been phenominal. The waters beens low so Bobber and Jigs have been working best. There has been plenty of fresh fish showing up lately, you just have to work for them. 10lb flourocarbon with a nightmare jig has been working best.

The Hoh has been good but there's been a lot of pressure,especially on the lower end. Use Bobber and jigs or Bobber Doggin eggs have been the best technique.

Fly fishermen are doing pretty well swinging flies too.

The Bogie has fish but is very low. Concentrate on the deep holes and choppy riffles.

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

March 09, 2015

Skagit River

March 09, 2015

No report this week

 

North Rivers
November 18, 2014

No report this week

 

Snohomish River System

March 09, 2015

 

No report this week

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



Klickitat River March 09, 2015


No report this week

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

www.adventurefishing.net


Upper Columbia
March 09, 2015

 

 

Hells Canyon / Clearwater River, Idaho

March 09, 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

March 09, 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



Portland Area Rivers:

Willamette Valley

March 09, 2015

No report this week

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

Sandy River

March 09, 2015

 

 

Clackamas River

March 09, 2015

No report this week

Fraser River, British Columbia

March 09, 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
March 09, 2015

STAMP RIVER – VERY LOW & CLEAR, FLYFISHING?

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
http://murphysportfishing.com/site/stamp-river-winter.html
www.facebook.com/murphysportfishing

Marilyn Murphy

 


Skeena Region, BC Canada
March 09, 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
March 09, 2015


No report this week

 

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