Washington Vs. Oregon River Systems
Oregon River Reports
Oregon has had quite a few late Chinook back to many of the systems as well as Steelhead.
Trask River: fished very well with multiple hook ups on Chinook and Steelhead with a occasional coho in the mix says Matt Halseth of Halseths Guide service. The go to for catching multiple species of fish was Float fishing with eggs cured in Zilla Bait. we also caught a few on Hardware.
Wilson River: Another awesome little river that had tons of action with little to no pressure. If you can back bounce you will cream the fish, but your bait had better be cured in Zilla Egg cure cause the fish inhale it. Float and eggs also worked well.
Elk River: Kyle from Willamitee Valley Outfitters has been putting the smack down on the kings in this little system, Method of choice Back bouncing eggs cure again in Zilla. Kyle says a few have been caught on float and eggs as well.
Sixes River: Chrome Bright winter Kings is all i have to say here, we love these little systems that remind us of our home waters but the quality of fish is astronomical. You can catch them any way you want if you have good bait.
Remember that most of all your rivers are blown out now but check your river flows before heading to the river. fishing with Swanny www.swannysfishing.com
South West Washington River Reports
Columbia River: Blown out from the recent rains, High and muddy.
Lewis River: High and green, still a few fish being caught at the hatchery hole on hardware.
Cowlitz River: High and greenish Brown, a few coho being caught at the salmon hatchery on hardware. a good number of winter steelhead has moved into the old creek at blue creek. method of choice, Bead fishing is very effective if you get the right beads from Lured Beads. a few jigs under floats are working as well. Boat angling has been terrible.
Humptulips River: Winter steelhead have moved in to this system, a occasional coho are still around, water levels were mid level but visibility was good. method of choice, float and eggs, float and jigs, some hardware.
Wishka River: the reports we got we’re there are a few winter steelhead in the bottom end and a occasional coho. Method of choice, casting hardware.
East Fork of Satsop: High and fast, a few wild coho caught by decker creek on float and eggs.
Skookumchuck River: flows where excellent and the coho fishing was good, Hardware was the ticket for producing and numbers of coho.
Newakum River: Very slow, water levels were excellent.
As always check out wdfw website for rules and changes.