- Feb 16, 2009
- Mohawk valley, Oregon
Has anyone been fishing for coho near Jefferson? Just wondering how the coho fishing is there.
About 90% of all the coho coming up the santiams are headed for the south fork. I would fish below the bridge deadline in Lebanon, it's perfect holding water for coho and good access, plus the numbers will be better there.
Kodiak. I agree with all you say except about Crabtree Creek. Crabtree will have a bigger run than you think.
Crabtree Creek, and Thomas used to have great trout fishing back as recently as the 1960s, plus a decent run of Steelhead and Chinook. Overfishing resulted in the current rules in force there. I crossed paths with some ODFW fish surveyors who did a baby Chinook survey this last summer of Crabtree Creek up to ten miles upstream from the Wayerhouser gate on Snow Peak Mainline. They found lots of baby Chinook but were very surprised to find an abundance of baby Coho, as the ODFW never planted Coho up there. So the Coho are self-planters. Thomas may have a similar run of Coho. We are all waiting to see how many Cokes go up Crabtree.