How to catch Steelhead or "everything you ever
wanted to know about catching Steelhead but were afraid to ask".
We will list:
Steelhead fishing reports
Summer run Steelhead
Winter run Steelhead
Native Steelhead and hatchery Steelhead
Columbia River Steelhead runs
Popular Steelhead fishing rivers including the Cowlitz River,
Lewis River, Columbia River, Wind River, Drano Lake, Umpqua River, Rogue River,
and many other popular Oregon Steelhead fishing spots and Washington Steelhead
Gary's Guide Service
is located in Roseburg Oregon near some
of the best rivers in Southern Oregon like the famous North Umpqua,
South Umpqua, Main Umpqua, Elk, Rouge, Sixes, Coquille, and Coos.
They are the best Salmon, Steelhead, Smallmouth Bass, and Shad
Rivers in Oregon.
WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE IN WASHINGTON TO FISH FOR
Department of Fish and Wildlife has released
its draft steelhead catch estimates from the winter of 2001-02
WASHINGTON'S TOP 25
WINTER STEELHEAD STREAMS
1. Cowlitz 16,572
2. Wynoochee 4,436
3. Skykomish 3,315
4. Bogachiel 3,192
5. Elochoman 2,928
6. North Fork Lewis 2,368
7. Blue Creek 2,272
8. East Fork Lewis 1,850
9. Skagit 1,850
10. Snoqualmie 1,695
11. Kalama 1,351
12. Calawah 1,211
13. lower Hoh 1,180
14. Willapa 1,114
15. N. Stillaguamish 1,109
16. Lyre 1,025
17. Naselle 1,016
18. Skookumchuck 954
19. Green-Duwamish 936
20. Snohomish 919
21. Satsop 908
22. lower Chehalis 886
23. Wallace 872
24. Cascade 751
25. Soleduck 667
Figures include hatchery-origin
Set That Hook
How many people do you know that caught their first steelhead
when they thought they were snagged and started to pull it loose only to feel
the head shake?
This is so common, especially with those who haven't caught a steelhead or
haven't caught many. They don't expect to catch a steelhead but they do expect
to get snagged up.
"Expect a fish on every cast" That positive attitude will pay off.
I tell my clients to expect a fish and never think it's a snag. If that advice
alone was followed we would get a lot more fish. You may feel foolish yanking on
nothing, but the one nothing that turns out to be a fish makes it all
Another thing, set the hook like you mean it when drift fishing or bobber
fishing. Some time's I'll get a guy in the boat that's a trout fisherman and
they're not putting the wood to 'em like they should.
They are called steelhead for a reason.
Another tip, when fishing with a bobber make sure you reel up your slack before
the hook set. I know it's exciting to see that bobber go down but if you jerk
right away all you're going to do is pull back on your slack. Most of the time
there is plenty of time to drop your rod towards the bobber, reel down and pick
up all your slack and then set hard. It's even a good idea to reel until you can
feel the fish.
Place the fillet in a zip lock bag and marinate it in Italian salad
dressing for 45 min to an hour. Place it skin side down on aluminum foil
and put under the broiler. Just before it's done (about 15 minutes per
inch of thickness) sprinkle a layer of shredded parmesan cheese and let it
How to Catch Steelhead Tips
In the ocean prawns and shrimp make up a
segment of the steelhead's diet. To me, that spells out bait. Steelhead
love prawns and shrimp.
The ones I use the most are the grey,
un-cooked variety found at the local grocery store.
They work great for drift fishing or for
tipping your jigs and the hooks of your plugs. They also work good in
combo with eggs.
Easy access makes them very appealing.
They last in the freezer for a long time and you can take out as many as
you want for the time you will be fishing. Just keep them cool.
They're tough and they don't die either,
as compared to sand shrimp.
Another prawn tail option is the kind of
prawns that are cure up for spring chinook. These prawns can be found in
the bait freezer a few sporting goods stores.
When I was growing up me and my dad used
these quite a bit with our corkie and yarn rigs. We would peal them and
juice 'em up with shrimp oil.
In fact I caught my first steelhead on
one of these prawn tails that I had peeled and dyed with flo. red Pro
For either kind of shrimp/prawn peel of
the shell and break or cut them into the appropriate size.
Use them as they come or try adding some
shrimp oil or egg cure.
Steelhead Tip by Kurt
Old school tap tap tap v.s. slinkie
slide tap slide. If your old school and like the lead feel but hate the
hang ups, and hate putting those shots in the cord. TIP take 2-3 feet of
cord slide over a smoothed out end unrolled and straighten (best you can)
traditional lead core, take DULL BUT GOOD LEAD CUTTER, cut 2-3 inch chunks
off thru cord, make sure to crunch a little extra cord for melting seal.
Seal both sides cut small shot like sizes for slinkie cut into bigger
chunks for a more tradional tap tap feel when drifting rivers for
steelhead with at least 1/4 of normal rubber lead combo without losing too
much feel .... MY 2 CENTS Thanks to Kurt Ruden
for this tip
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