Premium Member
Join for FREE!
Tilton River (Lewis County) Fishing Report
Available Fishing Guide
Name: River Otter Guide Service Contact: (425) 422-9616
My passion for catching steelhead and salmon has turned into a occupation as a river fishing guide here in the Northwest. I’ve been guiding for over 25 years now and have many secrets up my sleeves for those days when the fish just don’t want to cooperate. I’m also a professional career firefighter /officer and USCG Captain. Experiencing a quality guided trip down the river from my 21' jetboat is the way to go. I will provide you with all the bait and tackle you need and take your picture with that prize fish of a lifetime.
Name: natetreat Date: September 28, 2012 Rating:
Sign up for a Premium Membership!
Time: Members Only Bait: Members Only Tackle: Members Only
Color: Members Only Species: Members Only  Method: Members Only
Conditions: Members Only Air Temp: Members Only Water Temp: Members Only
Ice Depth: Members Only   N/A
Time, Bait, Tackle, Color, Target and Method are only available when logged in. Get your free Basic Membership account today!
On my way out to the coast, decided to take a detour through Puyallup and hit highway 7 into Morton. Man, I'm glad I did! They've been putting fall chinook into the Tilton for a while now, but recently started dropping in coho, which makes it worth my time. Lady and I started off floating roe under the bridge and hooked a couple of mini-jacks and two boot-ish kings. Too many nibbles from the bait steelers so we through some hardware and nymphed an egg patern under a floating line and got a couple more jacks.

Moved upstream to kill time and started fishing the dump. Not too many guys there. Yet ;) Hooked a lot of wild fish, coho and kings, I'd say probably about half of the fish in there right now are native, which makes for a fun fight, but gotta throw 'em back.

Highlight of the day was this MONSTER that tore through my line and ran straight upstream. For some reason I'd grabbed my steelhead rod instead of my heavier salmon setup, and was playing this on 10 pound line. Took a little bit longer to get him in, but didn't waste many anglers time because he stayed in the hole probably about 10 seconds before zipping up and out. After a delicate battle on my light rod, inevitably I won and got him landed, native so he went back, but will be my biggest king of the year. This thing had to be an easy 30, I could barely get my arm around it. It sure was bright and feisty too. But back he went after a good forward back revival.

I picked up some hatchery coho as well and brought one home for the food saver. It was a good day.

Float roe down under the bridge and in the swimming hole, but if you get up to the dump bring your dental kit. Lots more fish to be dumped, and I know the park will be jumping with guys soon. Be kind and courteous and we'll all catch our fish. River is a creek right now, low as low gets, but still it's a dandy old time!

Nate Treat Fishing
Official Sponsor

"Specializing in Fishing Instruction and Shore Guiding on Washington's Rivers."

Want to know when more reports like this are posted?  

Share this report with your friends!


#1 RiverChromeGS says:
September 28, 2012 09:36 PM
Hawg king!!!!!!
#2 schu7498 says:
September 28, 2012 10:18 PM
That is a monster fish!
#3 tele_maniac says:
September 28, 2012 10:59 PM
Nice fish Nate! Thanks for the report. Sounds like a great day.
#4 oneshot says:
September 28, 2012 11:58 PM
sounds like a dandy of a time :).. that's a beast!!! nice to see a pic too! \m/
#5 The Jigmiester says:
September 29, 2012 08:41 PM
Great story and photo bro! Kudos on landing that brute with a ite rod too! Jiggy
#6 billyfishkill says:
October 02, 2012 01:50 AM
Nate, nice fish, but if this is a native and was meant to be released, then it should remain in the water and not against your shirt. Just a reminder because I know excitement can get the best of us.
Leave a comment:
Please Note: No HTML allowed. We appreciate it when fellow anglers share their opinions, techniques, fishing holes and all around fishing knowledge. That being said, we do not appreciate negative or threatening comments posted anywhere on our site. If you have something negative to say, please keep it to yourself or you might find your account deleted and your IP banned.