This past week has been a wet and wild Pacific Northwest. There has been a ton of rain and the wind has blown the leaves in the rivers which makes for tough conditions for fishing especially when you are having to cleaned off leaves and debris on every cast.
Lewis River: the flows on this river system are way above the norm but there is definitely wild Coho to be caught throughout the river. Casting spinners and twitching jigs in the soft water has been very effective.
Cowlitz River: The River is in excellent shape with normal flows. There are lots of Coho to be caught with a occasional steelhead in the mix. Try and focus from Blue creek to the Barrier dam. Fishing float and beads, casting hardware, jigs. Has been the main course for catching Coho. Also don’t forget to watch where the surplus fish are being trucked for more fishing opportunities!
Chehalis River: This system is full of Coho but remember you cannot retain Wilds this year and it is only a 1 hatchery Coho limit. Casting spinners and twitching jigs is very effective. Check out www.dingerjigs.com for your custom jigs.
Humptulips River: the water levels are above average but very fish able. There is a ton of Chum Salmon in this system which has pushed the Kings and Coho out of the holes and because the Chum are so aggressive it is almost impossible to catch Kings and Coho. The method of choice Bobber and eggs cured with Zillabait, casting hardware, twitching jigs.
Satsop River: water conditions are in excellent condition. There is quite a mixed bag of Salmon in this system from Kings, Chum, Coho. Methods for catching these salmom, Float and eggs, back trolling plugs warped with bait fish, casting hardware, jigs.