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Name: Steamboatfishslayer Date: March 22, 2014 Rating:
 
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After multiple trips to the Wynoochee, I was finally able to get my first fish of the year and help my buddy get his first steely ever! Fished first light until about late afternoon. My buddy got his within the first four casts at our first spot, and I got mine later in the afternoon. His was a dime bright buck about 5 lbs. and mine was a colored up buck about 10 lbs. It was nice to finally get the skunk off! Haven't touched a decent fish since December.
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Name: wbroekhof Date: March 19, 2014 Rating:
 
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Took a day off work since the rivers came into shape for the last trip on the west side this season (going to the Grande Ronde in April). It was raining half the day and then cleared up at around noon.

Did a lot of hiking and checking out the river since I'm pretty new to it (3rd trip out) and found some beautiful spots. Water was just over 6 ft with 2 feet of visibility and a nice emerald green. I was floating pink works, an assortment of jigs and throwing spoons.

I also tried out drift fishing for the first time later in the day after reading up on it recently (Steelheading & Salmon Drift Fishing Secrets by Timothy Kusherets) and that's what worked for this native. Man what a difference in the strike drifting! Still trying to get a feel on the drift and telling the difference between a strike and a rock but the hit was very subtle. Was fishing a #2 red Octopus hook, size 12 cerise corkie and cerise yarn with a 2 and a half foot leader.

Got a quick photo opp in the water and sent him on his way. 3 stars for my first native and first fish while drifting but I was working the river hard and didn't see anyone with any luck in the upper river.
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Name: bkawafishin Date: March 14, 2014 Rating:
 
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Got to the upper river at 6am (surprising number of cars!) and found a spot along the stretch above the corner hole.

Water wasn't too high, but very colored. Fished for a couple hours with nothing to show. Nobody around me saw anything either. Walking back to the rig didn't look like anyone had any luck along the bank.

Moved to lower river and walked/fished the majority of it. Nada. Floated Jigs, drifted yarnies and spoons, and bobber dogged pink worms at every stop.

It's been a rough winter steelhead season for me, with only a handful of chrome to show for numerous trips. I'm thinking I'll tear down and clean gear to store until summer....
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Name: natetreat Date: March 14, 2014 Rating:
 
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Well, we drifted 7400 to White Bridge and had another hard fishing, but rewarding day. The fishing isn't easy, but when you are given these conditions and you still catch fish, it's very satisfying. The water has been yo-yoing around quite a bit, which has these fish in a no-bite funk, but they are there.

Bait of the day was sand shrimp, boondogged under the sticks in the flats. With the latest high water, sticks and stumps have been moved around a bit. There are bright fish in there, which means that the last two weeks of the season are going to be a good bet for fish.

The nooch closes at the end of the month, and I expect it to fish reliably until the end of the season. I have some dates open to drift and would love to get you in on this fishery before it's over. Two weeks anf then I'll be running Cowlitz trips and bank lessons on the Skookumchuck. Remember, in like a lion, out like a lamb! The weather is getting better, and there's nothing like fishing on a balmy March afternoon.

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Name: natetreat Date: March 13, 2014 Rating:
 
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This is more of a river update than a report. Drifted the Wynoochee for the first time today, White Bridge to Black Creek. The water had more color than I'd like, but it wasn't unfishable. We connected to 3 fish, but the rest of the boats had slim pickings. It was rough, we had most of our takes on pink worms, and side drifted eggs. There were fish moving up, we saw several instances of chrome breaking the surface as they headed upstream. Fin flipping.

The main reason for the report is to let you know how things have changed after the high water. Lots of wood has moved around, mainly taken downstream. A lot of the nice snags and sweepers that made perfect pockets are missing. One of my favorite corners lost it's tree. Not much new is tricky except for the big tree that is caught on the spillway on the left side, right where you rope over. Roping over in the extra high water today was tricky, and getting back in the boat wanted to suck into the tree. But when the water drops, it will be difficult to get by on the left side, and could potentially be dangerous. In the right flows you can row over the dike, but the new tree makes things difficult. Just a heads up for those of you looking to drift it this weekend.

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Name: wbroekhof Date: March 08, 2014 Rating:
 
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I fished the Wynoochee from the bank around the 7400 area starting at 7:45am. Most of the river was very muddy with bad visibility but higher up it tuned green with very low visibility (maybe 2 feet). I fished the inside seams with an assortment of 1/8 bright jigs and after working an area I would run over the water with a 2/5 ounce rvrfshr 50/50 silver gold spoon.

I picked up a 31 inch 9 pound hen with the spoon about 5 feet from the bank in the second hole I went through. She went in the faster water peeling some line and put up a nice fight with me following along shore a bit down river.

The rain was coming down hard and the river seemed to rise slightly so I called it a day at 10:30am. I saw two other bank fisherman on the other side of the river and they didn't seem to have any luck.
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Name: tlr24 Date: March 08, 2014 Rating:
 
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Tough fishing today. First time on this river so I don't know what it usually looks like, but it was high and fast; muddy near the mouth. A buddy and I worked all the way up the river from the mouth to the dam with no luck. Stopped at five different spots along the river and even fished the lake. Tried every trick we could think of to get a fish on but nothing worked out for us. Couldn't even get a trout after we gave up on the steelhead. The few other folks we saw out today didn't look like they were having much luck either. Will have to give it another shot next weekend.
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Name: natetreat Date: March 04, 2014 Rating:
 
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Wow guys, just wow!

Fishing has been fantastic. Multiple chances at fish daily, and a great drift through gorgeous country. We've been drifting the Wynoochee for the past week and it's been tons of fun. Depending on flows, we're drifting the upper or lower. In the heavier flows, the upper drift has been very good to us, when it falls back down, the drift from Crossover to Black Creek it very nice. Even from the bank we've been hooking up, and the fish have been holding throughout the river.

I'm not saying it's easy fishing, as if steelhead ever are, but every day we're getting multiple chances at large fish. A mixed bag of chrome and earlier arriving fish, and everyone once in a while we're catching a native steelhead or two.

Best techniques are to pull up to the froggy slack water and drift something orange or purple and red through. Side drifting down and casting at the bank, under the trees is the name of the game between slack spots, and the best way to find the fresh chrome moving through. The fact that half of the fish we're catching are bright means that we have a lot of time left in the season, and it sure is nice to be able to take fish home in this late run, rather than harassing the native fish on the Peninsula.

Visibility has been steelhead green, although we have been fishing in the rain, the double heater in the boat keeps us nice and warm. With the heavy flows and flood watch on the Chehalis this week, those fish that have been waiting to ttraverse the nets will be able to puch up, and I expect another blast of nice big fish to come. Keep an eye on the gauges because once the Black Creek station drops to below 3k, fishing conditions will be ideal.

As for later in the month, the Cowlitz fish counts are looking better. Our first springer of the year was counted this week, and into March we'll be able to have the chance of a mixed bag of late steelhead and spring chinook. It sure is refreshing to hit the Cowlitz in a quiet drift boat, no need for ear plugs to drown out the big motor.

If you're looking to take home some steelhead, give me a call, I have some dates available. Like my Facebook at www.facebook.com/natetreatfishing for new deals and discounts every week, as well as updates and fishing reports. AS always, tight lines!


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Name: salmonbarry Date: March 01, 2014 Rating:
 
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I was excited to finally fish again on this beautiful west side river and what a day it was!! After hearing mixed weather reports on what to expect, was pleasantly surprised on the drive down at 4am to see some stars up above and no rain and even more surprised when we put in the boat at 7400 launch to find no ice or freezing weather!

It was already busy so were 3 boats behind before we could get into the water but by 7am were gliding down river anxious to see our 1st 'bobber down'! We passed a few boats and some pretty fishy water without a bump but as we were coming up on a nice slot, I botched a cast so Ron was able to place a perfect cast into the seam and was rewarded with the 1st bobber down! It was a scrappy fish that was reluctant to come to the boat. After about 3 good runs and 2 jumps out of the water Ron finally was able to get it the side of the boat and into the net! A nice looking hen a bit over 10lbs so after a quick photo shoot and punch card filled out, we were back in to go after number 2!

After a few more drifts we came into some water that called for plugs, so switched out our rods and worked our way down through a real nice hole. Just as we were almost to the end, my rod just about rips out of the rod holder and it's a beast!! I could feel right away that this was a big fish as he hunkered down and just started moving upstream. I was able to keep him around but it took quite a while to finally get him over to the side of the boat and when in the net was amazed at the trophy steelhead I had just landed! What a HAWG!!! 40" long with a 21" girth and the biggest hatchery steelie I had ever caught in my life! This called for another Kodak moment so after a few photo shots on the bank we went back to it.

Now it was getting busy on the river so did leap frog with a few boat and passed by white bridge with little action; but as we fished 'coho corner' had a couple possible bobber downs. Couldn't get them to stick so we were on our way back to our take out at Wishkah bridge when we decided to fish the last rock out crop before calling it a day. Just as my bobber passed the rock pile, my bobber disappears and I pull back and wham! Fish on!! Yea baby, will I actually limit out today? Well, not according to this fish as he didn't want to have anything to do with us and was trying to get wrapped around some snags before we could net it. Finally I eased him up to the side of the boat and whoosh! into the net he goes and an exclamation point to a glorious day on the river!!

Fished from 7am to 4pm with 3 for 3 on the boat and some breathtaking scenery and even had a bald eagle swoop down by us on a bend in the river! Not exactly sure of the weight of the fish but a couple guides at the take out put it at 22 lb's according to length and girth so will be happy to call it a 20 lb fish and stay with that!!

Hope to get out and chase some cutthroat and kokanee soon but will fishing the Cowlitz on March 14th so hope to keep the mojo going for a while more! Oh, also got a pontoon boat this week so hope to get that out too on some water!

See you on the water!
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Name: bkawafishin Date: February 26, 2014 Rating:
 
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Hit the Wynoochee today from Sunrise until about 3pm. Fished various spots along the river. Water was in great condition, weather was nice and warm today, no rain, no wind.....but no fish.

Hit every where I stopped pretty hard with jigs, beads, spoons, spinners, eggs (where legal).....notta. Didnt see anyone else with fish either.

River is getting crowded and hit pretty hard considering how slow it's been. I stopped at the gas station in Monty and it was a zoo.....
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