On the 2015 winter run steelhead front…, Life is GOOD!
And it’s been good all season.
I have been rowing my clients down small Olympic peninsula steelhead streams since the New Year.
Fishing with Light tackle, fair chase style, floating down scenic river byways has been my M.O. of late.
From Grand parents to grand children, expert to beginner and everyone in between has been catching STEELHEAD from my boat. Quit wish’n and lets get you Fish’n.
I have only 6 open dates left for my 2015 winter run steelhead season (April 30th is the closure date). If you want to come out and do some serious catching with me…, get a hold of me. Before your again, too late. Read more »
Winter Run Steelhead has over lapped into family time, The Christmas Holiday, and The New Year and it’s all become a blur.
Over These past few weeks I have been chasing steelhead on The Cowlitz, Sky, and Snoqualmie Rivers. Going from high, higher, and high water down to low water conditions. So…., Adapt, improvise, and over come has been the motto for these early hatchery steelies. Don’t be afraid to switch rivers and/or launch at different locations when you experience river changes. Being mobile and versatile is key to the success of my business.
I had a great early season basically side drifting in high water flows for massive hatchery steelhead, as you can see from the pictures. If you want to secure your chance to catch one of these monster steelhead…, get a date with me next year, for December 2015.
My next fishing adventures have me moving west to WA State’s Olympic Peninsula in pursuit of trophy steelhead, Floating down, scenic river byways in my drift boat. Peace and solitude, accompanied by monster fish is a great combination!
If you would like to join in on these classic steelhead adventures, contact me ASAP. I only have January 28th…, February 25th…, and March 4th as my last currently open dates for my 2015 drift boat trips. Otherwise I’ll see ya in mid March back in the Jet Sled!
I still have a few trips to finish up this week in the sled, but after the New Year it will be row, row, row your boat mode, for me. See you on the water & FishON!
I’ve been on my annual sabbatical from guiding for the past couple of weeks…, but the fun is coming to a screeching halt here this week. Read below for more on my sabbatical
It’s now time for me to get back to work. I will be in pursuit of fresh, dime bright, Winter Run Steelhead from now through April. For this years fishing calendar I have my services fishing on several different water ways, in both my jet sled and drift boat. We will fish The Cowlitz, Sky, Snoqualmie, and Chehalis River Systems for the early winter run steelies. Mother Nature, water height & water color dependent, for our River of choice on any given day.
If anyone is looking to get out in December to chase Winter Run Steel with me, my last currently open dates are December 17th & 18th, 2014. We will be side drifting with light tackle, pulling plugs when needed and also float fishing when the conditions call for it. Either way we will catch fish one way, or another. I will have Heaters on board…, Lunch, drinks, ALL fishing gear, bait & tackle for your day on the water.
While I’ve been off guide work, I was able to sneak in some hunting time and a day on the water. I’ve hunted both Idaho and WA State for feathers and fur. A special thanks to Toby Wyatt and Billy Boyce for helping me pop my white tail cherry!!!
I’ll let my below vacation pics speak for themselves
See you on the water and FishON!
I just returned home from Hell’s Canyon after finishing up my favorite side drifting fishery on the planet…, The Snake River for Summer Run Steelhead and Up River Bright Fall Chinook Salmon.
When I left Hell’s Canyon fishing was still going strong for steelhead and there was a late surge of fall chinook heading up the river. I had to leave because it was my time to say goodbye…, but I left GOOD fishing. Don’t hesitate to head over and get your piece of the action!
The River temperature is finally starting to drop, though it was still a warm 58 degrees on 10/30/14. The clarity is slightly tinted green with at least 3-4ft of visibility (which is perfect). The River is running steady at below normal flows, at roughly 15,000 cfs. As the water continues to drop, so will the aggressiveness of these fish. Take note of this and move your offerings to the slower water seems as the season progresses into winter time conditions. The season doesn’t close until April, so conditions will vary greatly from The September 1st opener through the April closure.
As for catching these super scrappy, upper river bound salmonoids…, Pulling plugs and back trolling bait were putting fish in the box. Hot lips, and bait divers backed with coon shrimp are the go to baits. This is a very popular technique with the locals.
All the while I continued to side drift bait and catch plenty of fish around the pluggers. I enjoy hunting my fish down by covering miles and miles of this majestic river…, Instead of waiting around, tree stand style and waiting for the fish to come to me. Although, both methods have their moments in the sun, side drifting on a day to day basis will out fish the pluggers earlier in the season. Once the water temp gets below 50 degrees plugging usually takes the cake.
If shore bound, Casting spinners is also deadly on this fishery. Mepps, Blue Foxes, & Panther Martins, or find Ray on Heller Bar and you can by the locally made spinners directly from him (hint, hint). This is my preferred method when bank fishing.
Another way you can cover tons of water without snagging up all the time is, by tossing the good old bobber set up. Bobber and jigs, tipped with coon shrimp are a local stand by here, as they say, “bobber down!!!”
If you’ve ever wanted to experience some of the greatest Steelhead & Salmon fishing the Northwest has to offer on a scenic, federal river byway, in outstanding early fall weather…, then don’t wait to grab a date with me for next year, as most groups have already rebooked for the 2015 season.
My season runs from late September through Halloween.
Here are some grip & grin shots of what we caught during The 2014 Snake River Slayfest:
Here are some scenery & action shots:
My phone went for a swim a while back and this full time fishing guide, high tech red neck just finally got back online !
Where to start.., first off I don’t have much for pics, as they are floating around in some iCloud somewhere.
But I do have first hand reports for a few different fisheries.
The Cowlitz is kicking out kings and steelhead for those dragging eggs on lower river. Be stealthy and DONT drive over the fish is the best advice I can give you.
The Snohomish system has seen its first shot of Coho for the 2014 season. Until this water rises again Sit back and cast spinners, plugs, and dick nites, or drift eggs to catch these notoriously fickle fish.
The Columbia River in general is THE place to be at press time. There are so many different fisheries and methods to catch fish on this river it’s ridiculous. Talk to the neighborhood tackle shops and politely ask the locals that are fishing whichever pool that you have decided to fish to acquire proper tackle and technique and then get out there and get some.
I am currently fishing 3 different fisheries due to my families work, sports and school schedule. Here one day and there the next is my motto. No staying to stick’em at the present.
Fish are being caught all over the state right now. Shoot hunting season has already started here in WA State. Soooooo many options.., what a great problem to have !!!
If your looking to do some fish catching with me, my next open dates will be for winter run steelhead.
If you want to guarantee a date with me I have open trips/dates starting again November 30th through December 14th. We will be fishing for and catching winter run steelhead.
Until then…, enjoy this summertime, sunshine encore. If your looking to find me, look for H2O and your headed in the right direction and at the least you will have a chance to catch up with me. See you on the water & FishON!!!!
Here a few pics that survived my cell phone drowning from the past week and a half:
Wow and where did the time go!!!!!!
What a crazy fishing trip it’s been since my last update almost 2 months ago.
I have been guiding almost 7 days a week since June 1st. I have simply not had the time to sit down and write a quality report…., so here we go
I went from side drifting the most scenic and majestic urban river Seattle, WA has to offer within 35 minutes from downtown…, The Skykomish River. We had a changeling, but quite successful Springer & Summer Run Steelhead season. We put fish in box daily by tossing eggs, shrimp, and yarn balls at these SeaLiced, silver bullets. The season started out on fire and them it got TOUGH! But…, Persistence, good bait, and river knowledge won in the end.
Thank you to all of you whom came out to join me on these great Skykomish River adventures!
See you again next June.
I am now over on The Upper Columbia River catching Sockeye and King Salmon. This is a multiple location troll fishery out of Wenatchee, WA. I am fishing between Priest rapids and Chief Joe Dam. Timing and water release out of the Dams dictates our chosen fishing location for the day. We are currently experiencing great success on Sockeye Salmon along with some chinook in the mix. Now that August is nearing I will start to focus on Summer Chinook more & more. The fire season has tested me, but the boat never missed a trip. Through the scorching sun and the smoke the fishing has not skipped a beat.
Another week and I’m off to the Lower Columbia River chasing Up River Brights & Summer Run Steelhead.
Here are a few pics of what I’ve been up to of late:
See you on the water and FishON!!!
If you would like to go fishing with me…,
Hells Canyon, Snake River, Steelhead and King Salmon fishing adventures are what’s on tap.
My last open fish catching dates are: October 25,27-29 for 2014.
Personally…. This is my favorite fish catching office! Contact me if your interested in getting hooked up on this world class fishery.
Not too much has changed since my last fish catching report, which is a good thing! Nice weather, good fishing conditions, and lots of FishON! action has been on the menu for a few weeks straight now.
My boat continues to hammer on the Walleye over in Eastern, WA. It’s been so productive I haven’t even, but barely bass fished my last few trips out (very strange for me ). Reason being, I’ve been bug-eye catching. Troll, troll, troll and just keep on trolling and you will catch walleye right now. I would grab a few dozen worms, my favorite worm harness, a few weights between 1/2oz and 2oz and GO fish either Moses Lake, Potholes Reservoir and/or Banks Lake right now for walleye. One Pro Pointer for the day.., make sure and pay attention to what your electronics are showing you. It’s your job to decipher and conquer. The fish just keep on biting on a daily basis and I see no end in sight. Maybe a few location tweaks here and there and you should be good to go. Otherwise call me and I’ll put you on limits of walleye.
Same goes for The Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass on all the above waterways. We just experienced another major spawn on the Eastside of the state. The bass can be caught in all modes of the pre-spawn, spawn, and post spawn cycles right now.
I have less than 2 weeks left chasing around spiny rays…, then I’m back out on The Westside Rivers chasing King Salmon and Summer Run Steelhead around from June 1st through Mid July on The Skykomish River.
If your looking to catch a bunch of fish between now and Fall I’ve got a bunch of fisheries on my plate between now and then. From The Upper & Lower Columbia, Eastside & Westside Lakes & Reservoirs, and The Mighty Snake River all in Pursuit of Summer Run Steelhead, Sockeye & King Salmon. I will get you hooked up…, GUARANTEED!!!
See you on the water & FishON!
Here are a few pics from this past week:
What a great past few days of fishing we had! Awesome weather, good friends, and family were all there to get in on the action with me. You truly couldn’t ask for any more success than what we experienced. In total…, my boat cleaned 50 plus walleye in two days and released over 75 bass the other two days. To say it was good, would be an understatement.
Bass were biting well. Soft plastics on, or adjacent to flats with cover was the pattern. If you’ve ever fished The Potholes reservoir there are literally thousands of acres of flats with cover on them to fish for these awesome largemouth bass. The water temp reached into the upper 60′s by mid afternoon in the shallow coves way back in the dunes. Which definitely turned the fish ON!
The smallmouth were also on the bite. Some fish had spawned, but it seemed like the majority had not quite spawned yet. Again, soft plastics fished around under water structure was the key to our success.
I managed to find a few walleye, as well The Rod Meseburg Classic Walleye tourney was this weekend and I would imagine that it took a pretty big two day total weight to win this year.
From what I saw and did out there on the reservoir, there were three primary fishing methods consistently putting fish in the box.
Jigging with blade baits and/or plastic grubs (preferably in Chartreuse color) tipped with a night crawler was one method. Or simply trolling rapalas and/or crank baits at a pretty good rate of speed. Troll speed, some where between 1.5 to 2.5 miles per hour was the ticket. And of course…, the old stand by, a simple worm harness with your favorite spinner in the front and you were good to go. Primary fishing Depth varied from 12ft to 35ft of water, which had my boat using the 1oz to 2oz size bottom walkers.
I have a few open dates left for this incredible fishery between now and the end of the month if you simply want to come out and have a great day on the water catching fish, while being pampered first class fishing style with me :$)!
See you on The Water & FishON!!!
The below pics are from the past few days on the water:
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