This time of the year reminds me of what I am truly thankful for, Family Friends and Big Kings. That is what happened this week on the West Coast.
We traveled down to the Elk and the Sixes to fish Big Winter Kings and a success it was. Techniques we fished, back bouncing eggs cured in #zillabait, Float and eggs and backtrolled plugs.
Columbia River: fishing is slow with a occasional catch and release sturgeon.
Lewis River: water levels are high but visibility is good. Catch rates have defiantly dropped off as we are waiting for the first run of winter steelhead to show.
Kalama River: Water levels are normal with great visibility. Fishing has slowed down for Coho with a occasional winter steelhead being caught.
Cowlitz River: Flows are high and green, there is still a mixed bag of Coho and steelhead. If you can twitch jigs you can catch good numbers of Coho. Side drifting eggs for steelhead is the effective way to go.
Chehalis River: River is a little above average flows but the visibility is good. There is still good numbers of Coho moving in and the hatchery B runs are starting to show up. Casting Hardware is very effective in size 3-5, make sure you use multiple color combinations.
Humptulips River: water levels are high. Focus on the upper stretch of the river by the hatchery for Coho as they tend to want to stack up there. Methods- casting spinners, float and eggs, twitching jigs.
Note: as always make sure You check the laws and regulations on what you can keep and use as they change regularly! Check out www.zillabait.com for your bait curing needs.
Wynochee River: water levels are above normal with tons of wild Coho in this system. However this river is open to Hatchery Coho only.
Satsop River: high water levels, good numbers of wild Coho in this river. You can only keep 1 hatchery Coho per angler per day.
Remember to book now for Winter steelhead for your best chances to catch your trophy.