Oregon Winter Steelhead Report 3-14-17
Oregon Winter Steelhead fishing is still in full swing. The rivers have been very unpredictable because of all the rain making for a lot of cancellations. At least its not below freezing as it was in the first several weeks of the season. As the Oregon rivers have been dropping into shape these silver bullets have been cooperative and willing to bite if we keep our presentations right. Bobber dogging yarnies and beads have been my best producers. Every day on the river has been different as to which the fish prefer. In March there will be Winter Steelhead that have already spawned and on their way back to the ocean (downers). These fish will be skinny and will tire very quickly. Their meat is pale with little flavor but can be smoked and should be just fine. There are however fresh fish coming in every day still.
As we move into Spring and the ocean calms down more and more I will be running Bottom fishing which includes not only fishing but crabbing. This is the time when the bigger lingcod are near shore to spawn and the sea bass are feeding heavy on baby fish and crab larva near the surface. When we find these schools of feeding bass it makes for fast and furious fishing that puts a smile on everyone face.
The heavy rains have made the Willamette and Columbia rivers swell too much to fish effectively. With all the snow in the mountains now starting to melt its difficult to say when those rivers will be in fishing condition. They are forecast to be dropping but will probably be too high until after the March 25th
Oregon Winter Steelhead should be decent into April so call me if you want to book a trip for any species.