Winter steelhead oddly absent; consider winter trout opportunities

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Steelheaders took to the rivers under ideal conditions this week and although results weren’t overwhelming, they were consistent. With the number of people fishing the rivers under these conditions a two or three fish day is a good day.

Pro guide Chris Vertopoulos (503-349-1377) struck silver all week with some quality sized broodstock fish hitting the bottom of his boat. Chris stated that indeed, the rivers were full of anglers, but being innovative pays dividends. Chris has been bobber dogging pink worms instead of soft beads or eggs. As you can see, a fair number of 3-salt fish have been witnessed in the catches.

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January 19th catch from Nick Gee and his friend Oscar, fishing with pro guide Chris Vertopoulos (503-349-1377)

The Trask, according to Buzz Ramsey, didn’t fish all that well for steelhead on his recent trip down to the north coast. Buzz saw a few fish landed at the Dam Hole, hooking a couple himself, but only landed one. It seems it may be a tad early on the Trask River for steelhead.

The Nestucca also produced a flurry of activity this week, with some quality fish coming from drifts downstream of 1st Bridge. It’s just getting going on the Nestucca and early results are not all that bad.

Other early season systems such as the Necanicum, Three Rivers, the NF Nehalem, Big and Gnat Creeks as well as the Klaskanine Rivers are fading swiftly. These early season hatchery brats are now spawning and will be out of commission for a few weeks.

Although the ocean has somewhat calmed down from an angry 2 months, not many folks have been recreating outside. The outlook seems to be much the same, windy with some significant swell on the horizon.
 

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