Ever since our last river rise, fishing has been pretty darn good for winter run steelhead here in Western, WA.
The lack of rain gear and mild weather have been a big bonus!
I started the week side drifting, as my go to method. Fresh eggs, on a single hook, rigged through a bait loop. Then add a small corky in your favorite color, or a fish pill and you have a deadly combo for ocean bright Steelies. Fresh steelhead Eggs cured in Pautzke’s Borax O’ Fire did the trick for my crew. Throw that combo out into the river with a 982 fetha styx homewater rod and your in Hawg Heaven!
Once the waters started to lower & clear, I switched back over to bobber-dogging. The bobber helps when I’m trying to sit back and stay off the fish. The bobber also helps the angler to line up their presentation way above the hole and float the bait right into the holding water. This is extremely helpful in clearer water. More stealth…, equals more fish in this river situation.
Don’t forget about the old pink worm. That bait pretty much catches at least one fish per trip on my boat and it’s usually a Hawg!
If you would like to get out on the river for a great day catching winter run steelhead, then quit procrastinating & get a hold of me. My next open dates are in February for those who are looking to go on a guided fish catching adventure. You will be in a drift boat, on a scenic river byway, chasing coastal chrome. I will be offering these float trips into March.
FishON! and see you on the water
Here but a few pics of the fish we caught this past week:
I just went on one last hunt before the Eastern, WA Pheasant season closed.
With My Dad and our great family friends Joe & Joey, we headed East. While most were waiting for their local river to rise and/or drop back into shape, “The A Team” was on the hunt
Instead of sitting on the couch at home and watching pre-game NFL Playoff analysis…, I did my duty. When you own a hunting dog it’s your duty to hunt your dog. Our dog Marley did us well again this year. With the low bird counts this season a GOOD bird dog will pay big dividends. It seemed the wetter spring and those late September rains really hurt the Pheasant population this year. I hope for a dryer spring and no freak early, fall and late summer rain storms for next years hatchlings
With very little standing cover around the birds were skittish and quite weary. Long shots were the norm on this hunt. With today’s much improved shotgun loads ie Kent, Federal, Remington in shot sizes #4-#6 (to name a few brands), birds fall consistently at long range.
We were able to scratch out a few limits of roosters, plus a few Hungarian Partridge during our hunt.
Another key to our success was the fact we have acquired a bunch of private lands to hunt all over Eastern, WA, through all our years of hunting. The key there is ALL over. On sparse bird years you are your own worse enemy. By that I mean, you can’t keep on hunting the same fields over and over again and expect to be successful on a consistent basis. You basically must manage yourself and your hunting crew. Otherwise you will literally hunt out your grounds and create a serve downward spiral in your bird population. New birds can’t hatch without hold over birds.
I’m looking forward to next years shotgun season and I really can’t wait for the SEAHAWKS to start their playoff run.
If you want to come winter run steelhead fishing with me I have open dates starting in February. I will be fishing on WA State’s coastal river systems for trophy Steelhead. I still have yet to fill 1/15/14, which is this Wednesday. This will be primetime fishing date with the rain we just now received! Get a hold of me if you want go catch a bunch of Steelhead.
See ya on the river early this week, but
First I’ve got to get to Alpental for opening day this Sunday!!!
The season officially ends on January 12th for eastern, wa pheasants.
The past week has been up and down on the fish catching front. No real rain and low, clear river conditions have made for challenging fish catching conditions. Persistency and river knowledge have been the key for our recent success.
I have been catching fish on both my jet sled & drift boat. Side drifting, pulling plugs, bait divers, drift fishing, & bobber dogging techniques have ALL put fish in the box this week. I am eagerly anticipating our next river rise. Until then I will continue to grind out fresh winter run steelhead by fishing a variety of tactics, techniques, and baits.
For your best chance at winter run steelhead right now, fish around the hatchery zones on your river of choice. Until we get a river rise expect fresh fish to be at a trickle pace at best. So target where the fish will eventually congregate.
If you would like to catch some coastal, western Washington, winter run steelhead get a hold of me. Unless I have cancelations my last open dates in January are the 15th & 29th, 2014.
Come on out and get your FishON!!!
See ya on the water