Fishing Report 3/7/17

Well it’s been a while since I’ve thrown one of these fishing reports up. I think it’s pretty obvious that fishing has been great during the warm ups and tough during the cold spells. Luckily, those warm ups have been hitting on the weekends so fishing has been good for my friends and I. It looks like we’re in for quite the cold snap this weekend and then after that the temperatures level out pretty nicely in the 40s. It’ll be interesting to see how the spring steelhead run shapes up with how warm this winter has been.

On with the report. Three weekends ago we had bluebird skies and temps in the mid 50s. We fished Friday through Sunday and managed to land 12 steelhead out of the 14 hooked. Friday was slow all day but we managed to land two steelhead during the evening. I assume the bright sun had them tucked tight to the cover during the day.

Saturday started out with a bang and the bite held pretty steady throughout the day. Light leaders and fishing some of those overlooked spots made a big difference. We ran into some fresh fish that were absolutely beautiful, the type of wild steelhead that you know has never been hooked before, goes ballistic, and just doesn’t give up. We also caught a couple spawned out fish which were just holdover fish from the fall/winter. Back in early February I saw a fair amount of freshly polished gravel, which isn’t surprising given our warm winter.

Sunday was one of those days where you catch fish at the first hole and not much else the rest of the day. The water temp held pretty good around 38 the entire weekend.

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Two weekends ago, a buddy and I got out on a Friday before a cold front hit. It had poured Thursday night and we had to change plans Friday morning as we were on the hunt for fishable water. Conditions seemed perfect but the bite was off. Caught a few trout and lost a nice steelhead during the middle of the day. Maybe steelhead were on the move throughout the day with the influx of water in the river?

This past Saturday was slow to start. We took our time getting on the river as it was still only in the teens at 10 a.m. By noon it had warmed into the 30s and with that came about a 3 hour window where the bite turned on. I took a water temperature reading at noon and another at 4 p.m. Both readings were the same, right at 32.5 degrees.

Every river is fishing well right now. With all the high water finally settling down, fishing should remain good until that cold snap really sets in on Friday. If there was a weekend in March to not go fishing, this is probably it. I’m looking forward to spring showing up for good and I hope the cold weather helps slow things down a bit. Two or three weeks from now we will be in need of a fresh wave of steelhead, lets hope they haven’t all already showed up! Most fish were caught on spawn bags or a combo of a bead and a spawn bag.



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