The 2017 winter steelhead season is here. We started off with some unusually cold steelheading conditions for Forks, with highs not reaching 30 degrees. The fish were coming in even with the cold temps and low water. We just got the first good rain of the year last week and the weather is more normal in the 40’s. Fishing has been good and the angling pressure seemed above normal for early January.
It was another great steelhead season on the Klickitat River. Chinook fishing was tough and there were fewer steelhead around than normal which kept some of the pressure away (not a bad thing). But, there were enough fish in the river to keep everybody happy. Here are a few pictures from the season.
We have had a lot of water over the last month, the rain kept coming. We were able to fish about 5 days, but we were seeing wild fish coming in. We got some nice early wild steelhead over the past few weeks as well as some hatchery fish in the Bogachiel. The extended forecast is calling for clear skies. We are excited to get on the Hoh and see all the changes that happened this Fall. We have some dates available between now and Jan 15 if you are looking to hook into some wild steelhead. This picture of Ashley was from last week, she was in town from Texas and caught her first ever steelhead.
The Klickitat is in great shape, with cool water temps and plenty of water for the fish to make it up. Those things are tough to find in the northwest right now. There are a lot of steelhead in the river right now, a good mix of hatchery and wild fish. The chinook are coming in thick as well. Over the past week there have been around 20,000 chinook a day coming over Bonneville Dam, and yesterday over 35,000 came over. The salmon fishing should get good this week. We have some dates open next week if you are getting the itch. Late October and early November has some availability as well. See you out there.
Just as we expected, the summer steelhead are in the Hoh. It has been rising every night from run off and the river starts to drop mid-morning. The visibility has been on the low side, but the fish have been biting when you put it right in their face. We have been hooking fish on the dead drift and on the swing. The coho have been coming in good as well. Fishing should be good through August. Then we are headed to the Klickitat on Sept 1. We have some dates open on the Klick between early Sept and early Nov for summer steelhead and fall chinook.