This past week we had the opportunity to fish the Southern Coast of OR and it was a unbelievable fishery with lots of winter King action on the Elk and the Sixes rivers.
The technique we used was Float and eggs, Back bouncing eggs cured in Zilla Bait. We saw anywhere from 10-19 fish opportunities a day.
Columbia River: High and dirty still from the rains.
Lewis River: High Green water, but there are a few Kings and coho being caught up at the hatchery hole on hardware.
Cowlitz River: Water level is flowing high and green, a few coho being caught at the salmon hatchery on eggs, drifting corkie and yarn, and hardware.
Chehalis River: still closed to sport fishing but open to tribal gill nets.
Humptulips River: Rhine vans to 101 hwy, water levels are high with 2 -3 feet of visibility, a few kings being caught on eggs, Coho has increased, more wild coho than hatchery. We caught the coho good throwing hardware and twitching jigs. we also caught a few early winter steelhead.
Wishka River: lots of coho at the hatchery hole, bank access is minimal.
East Fork of Satsop River: water was high but very clear, we caught all wild coho throwing hardware.
Skookumchuck River: High with color, Most all the Coho being caught at the hatchery hole to the deadline at the dam. Drifting corkie and yarn has been very effective as well as Throwing hardware.
Newakum River: high and clear water levels, Casting hardware is the most effective way. Bank access is minimal.
As always check your regulations for rules and check of updates on www.wdfw.wa.gov.