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Name: mizm05 Date: January 19, 2014 Rating:
 
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Hump is still dead even after the rain. Me and my buddy both skunked, and so did just about every other guy out there. We saw 3 cookie cutters landed at the hatchery in the morning, and that was it all day long. We hit the hatchery, the bluff, and hanson boat launch and worked all 3 areas hard. Nada.

Talked to one of the older local guys and he said there was a decent push of fish for 3 days after the rain, and then it just died again. He said his best guess is that the hatchery steel season is just a bust this year. I wouldn't waste the gas driving out there if I were you...just my honest opinion. I'm gonna take a breather and save my gas money for springers.
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Name: salmonbarry Date: December 14, 2013 Rating:
 
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What an epic day of catching and spending a great day on the river with a some nice folks. I had planned on fishing the Cowlitz Saturday but my buddies job kept him away from home all week so he never had a chance to get his sled ready so needed to find another plan to find some winter steel. Met up with Schu7498, her husband Danny, neighbor Harlan, and flyfisherguy Bob who were heading to the Humptulips for the same purpose.

Got to the Steven's creek area and brought along 2 set ups~ one for float fishing with jigs and the other for drift fishing with eggs. Since everyone was float fishing figured I would start out that route so tied on a nice looking jig and tipped with a piece of cured prawn tail and took my 1st cast. Now being a little rusty sent my 1st cast into a tree branch across the river! Darn, so broke it off and tied on another jig and this time hit the seam of the drift and watched my float dance past me when WHAM, bobber down and fish on!! I couldn't believe it but 1st cast into the water and I was onto my first steelhead of the season and it was a beauty making some good runs upstream before coming close enough in for Danny to net it. Yeah! Bonked it, punched it and onto the stringer it went!

A little while later had another bobber down but this one was acting different and came out of the water and it was a coho! Bright and fiesty it took a few runs up stream before finally coming close the bank where I beached it. Wow! I had heard of the December winter run but was surprised to land one and now had another one for the punch card.

Things slowed down a bit but Dan hooked up into one down stream on a pink worm but it threw it back at after a couple jumps so switched over to a cool looking jig I had that had a pink worm on; so tipped it with my cured prawn tail and cast up steam and once again it did a little dance before disappearing under water again! Fish on! A chromer and this one went ballistic doing some wicked runs up stream, coming out of the water but like a ding dong thought I could beach this too but just as it came ashore did a death roll and snapped my line. Alycia tried to grab it by the tail and I ran to block it's path back to the water but slid into the water and watched it swim past me with my jig in his jaw and my waders filling water. Darn! It was a nice one too but sad he had to swim around now with a jig in his jaw.

Tied on another one that looked like it and just as I was finishing my drift my bobber went down where a lot of us had hit a snag so figured I had found it too but as I pulled to get it out it pulled back and then shot upriver. Never had a snag do that before and it got tangled with Danny's line but he managed to get it off before any major disaster happened and this one I played out and waited for the net. Another coho but a bit colored but still a nice looking fish so now was limited on coho's and only needed another steelhead to round out my day.

Not long after was I was rewarded with my fifth solid take down and fish on but soon realized it was another huge chrome bright coho so handed the rod to Harlan who battled it like a pro and after many runs to get off finally came to net and ended just an amazing day for me. It was an awesome experience to share with some great people and feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to fish with them; so thanks for invite and really enjoyed your company and hope we can hook up again some day!

Look forward to reading some reports next week as I am off to CA to spend Christmas with my family and grandkids in San Diego and may be able to take them fishing at Santee lakes like I did last year down there! They put some pretty big trout in for the kiddo's! Go Hawks!!!
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Name: mizm05 Date: December 08, 2013 Rating:
 
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Talk about down to the wire! Hit the water at 7am and ended the the day at dusk. Had a buddy with me and he was landing fish on and off all day (we found a secret weapon that drives the fish crazy out there and it's something you may never have thought of). He landed a boot King, probably 12 lbs or so...then he landed and kept 2 very nice and bright hatchery Coho. I believe he also landed a chum or two throughout the day but you have to release those out there.

I on the other hand, hooked into multiple fish throughout the day, and every single one of them ended up getting off somehow. Lost a big Coho right at the bank as my buddy was swooping down with the net. Lost others out in the water. So we get to 4pm and I have ZERO fish on the stringer! I was feeling pretty frustrated because I had hooked into plenty throughout the day. So my buddy is giving me crap and I tell him "dude, I was just waiting for the end of the day to make it suspenseful, I'm about to go limit out right now". Well I was just joking with him, but that's exactly what happened! It was epic! I went to my favorite hole that I had been battling with all afternoon, and sure enough, just changing my depth by using a bigger cork and BAM! First cast, fish on! Got her in the net, marked my card and ran back out there. 2 to 3 casts and BAM, second fish on! 2 hatch Coho hens back to back within the last 15 minutes of the day. I came back to the bank and said "I told you dude, I just wanted to make it suspenseful"....LOL

Also had another buddy that joined us mid-day. It was a slow period while he was with us, although he saw my buddy nailing fish with our new secret lure. He had to go early to take care of his sick girlfriend and I didn't have my fish at that point so I was joking and told him, "I'm gonna send you a pic at the end of the day that's gonna piss you off because as soon as you leave I'm gonna land fish"...and that's what ended up happening. Sorry bud, I was kidding when I said it! LOL

Good day on the Hump...it's COLD out there! Bring some firewood if you'll be bank fishing.

Saw a guy land one steelhead on a spinner, but that's the only steel we saw. All silvers for us (not complaining). We tried various gear and techniques, and all of them produced. My buddy hit fish on jigs (twitching and floating), eggs, and he hit fish drifting our new secret "Hump Killer" lure. I hooked into fish with spinners, twitching jigs, and when those slowed down, drifting a cork. I also got into fish with our secret lure. I think it's just something those fish haven't seen before and it drives them mad. My buddy was just messing around trying new stuff and found something that they love, or hate...either way they're biting it! LOL
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Name: Rethink Pink Date: November 10, 2013 Rating:
 
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Newbie to the salmon season this year. You have to release Chum at the Humptulips but I had a lot of fun catching and releasing them while trying to hook onto a Coho or better yet, a Chinook! Fished from the bank. Early morning bites, twitching on jigs (pink and purple). Nothing biting in the afternoon. All of the fish out here at the Hump are huge compared to what I have been seeing at the Green River, which is close to my home.
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Name: KIDKOKANEE Date: November 03, 2013 Rating:
 
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Water Lever had just come up and still was rather low but good lots of fish CHUM mainly and big ones almost every cast a fish some good coho had to warch onlu can keep one wild at times everyone had a fish on I hooked several big fish including a monster KING that tried to strip my 25 lb braid and I have a good reel witha good drag stystem its a Shamano 3000 Newer type SUSTAIN C14 just gave that reel a real work out I wasnt about to YELL FISH ON and head down the river and interupt a doz fisherman but the thought crossed my mind I tried to wear it out I had my good rod n reel etc a G L Loomis 8 to 17 lb and a med heavy so I thought I could work but WOW!! it tugged and pulled all the way acrosss the River to the other side and started down the other side crossing all there lines finally a few guys cast over me and a my Braided line snapped first time had that happen!! A full five minutes made the trip worth it some monster Kings out there to be hooked into! I always enjoy the Humptulips fished at the mouth of the Hatchery at the creek unbeliable how many fish stacked up there!! Got Limits and fresh lookin fish nice day after the storm !! ITS FUN u KNOW!! Was good to hook up with the MAD RUSSIAN and hook into a few fish again hadnt fished together in a few months!! Was FISH ON!!!!
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Name: mizm05 Date: October 26, 2013 Rating:
 
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Hit the Hump on Saturday with a couple buddies. River is extremely low and slow...they need rain badly!!! Started off by the hatchery from 6:45am to Noon. Extremely slow. Saw people landing chum, but you can't keep those anyways. I landed a good size fire truck Ho...but let it go. Too colored. Nailed the Coho drifting eggs. He gulped them down pretty good. Had to get my hook back with pliers.

After lunch we moved a few miles down river. We found a hole with fish and fished that hole from 1pm to 6pm. Was still slow, but there were fish there. I ended up landing 2 monster chum. Had to be 15 lbs or better, each one of them. Damn did they put up one heck a fight!!!!! Thought I had a monster King until I got them close enough to see what they were. Nailed the first one running a #4 Blue Fox (purple body with silver blade) past wood piles. Nailed the second twitching a purple/pink jig past wood piles.

My buddy ended up landing a decent King. Somewhere around 13-15 lbs (smaller than my chum), but it was pretty bronzed. Bummer.

Once they get a decent rain I'll consider going back. It's very slow out there right now.
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Name: White Teeth Date: October 19, 2013 Rating:
 
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Was the first at the hatchery to arrive and thougth to myself it doesn't look good. Went down to the mouth of Stevens creek and guys across the river already fishing. Seen 1 fish jump and about 15 guys trying to catch it, stayed for about 30 minutes and headed to the Bluff. Upon arrival to the bluff seen someone had a fish on but lost it. While at the bluff fish were rolling and a couple of of huge Chums landed and also a Fairly light bronzed King all landed with eggs. I didnt have any luck there so decided to head down river. Seen a couple of guys cross the the river so I crossed shortly afterwards. As I was walking down river I casted into every possible area that a fish could hide. There was a area where it looks like a stump comming out of the ground and behind it was the biggest Coho I have ever caught.. Since this was my first and only bite of the day I played him out till he rolled on his side. Luckyly there was alot of real estate and I could see that I had a solid hookset in the mouth. Although its alittle colored the meat was still bright orange and it made the 2 hr. And 15 min drive worth it.
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Name: natetreat Date: October 15, 2013 Rating:
 
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Well, I spent the weekend working the coast, and the majority of it fishing the Humptulips chinook. There were kings, but it wasn't easy. The water was low and clear, running from 550 to 500 CFS after dropping from above 1000 during the week, there were fish hanging around the hatchery area. Many of the chinook had been in the fresh for quite a while, and while they were a fantastic fight, they were not worth eating. We did manage a couple bright ones though.

On the upside, the lower river had a very regular fish presence in the usual holes, but they were not thick by any means, and with the low water, take downs were hard to come by. We did find the fish lower were a little bit brighter. We need rain out there to draw the fish in, and then it will be back to business as usual. Even more acceptable was that as much roe as we chucked into the river, we filled up on tons of eggs while we were out there. Plus the chum are ginourmous!

The crowds at the hatchery are not that bad at the moment, and there are enough fish to tug on to make it worth the drive to fish from the bank, but the lack of concentrations in the lower river makes it really tough to run the boat out.

The few fish we did pick up did not disappoint though. Most of the coho were 10 + with the average at 15, the chinook were large, the smallest kept was 13 lbs. We did hook fish every day, but not in the numbers that make it worth the drive. I have rescheduled my weekend trips until we get more rain.

But don't worry! The coho are THICK in the Snohomish system, and will more than make up for the lack of fish in the hump.



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Name: mizm05 Date: October 13, 2013 Rating:
 
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Went to the Hump on Sunday with a buddy who was familiar with the river. Had a good day and learned a lot. Also learned some good spots on the river. Fished from 7am to 6pm.

My "curse of the Kings" continues though...Ahhhhh!

Started the day on the lower river floating eggs right past log jams. The fish were there jumping. They stuck right inside of the logs so we floated the eggs as close to the logs as we could without snagging (still snagged a few times), and I got a big Coho to break cover and take the bait (Pink eggs with Red Fire Cure). He spit the hook fairly quickly, but I got a fairly good look at him (that water is crystal clear) and he was big Silver (as were all the Silvers I saw that day). The rest of the morning was terribly slow. We hopped from hole to hole down the river with no luck...not even bites. Drift boats were coming by and they weren't getting anything either.

Took a lunch break and were growing weary of the slow action...so we moved up river to a spot known for drifting (flossing). At this point we wanted a King badly so we headed up to the drift fishing spot. There were quite a few people there of course, but nothing like the peak of the Puyallup season so I've been in worse conditions. Fished that spot from about noon to 6pm and one of our buddies (the one who had the net big enough for these fish!) had to bail at about 3pm. Sure enough, right after he leaves I hooked into 3 kings, and didn't land any. They either shook the hook within the first minute, or ran me into a rock and cut my line.

This was the one that just devastated me....I had a beautiful King hooked...and I mean I buried that hook into his jaw. He wasn't going anywhere, or so I thought. He jumped clear out of the water on 3 occasions and I successfully kept him on the line. Fought him for probably 10 or more minutes and one of the guys next to us was gracious enough to offer his netting services so he patiently stood right next to me as I played the fish. I had the fish probably within 10 feet of the net, and he plunks down on the bottom and we start playing the waiting game. I figured he was about tuckered out so I was going to give 1 more pump and reel to hopefully bring him in close enough to net. Well apparently he had one last burst of energy in him and he turned and took a vicious run and snapped my hook clean off in the process. He was so close to being netted! Ahhhhhhhh! He was BIG...probably around 25 lbs. And bright too. Many of the Kings up there are at least bronze, if not total boots. But this guy was still shiny with just a hint of a bronze tint just starting. Definitely an edible fish and that would have been a lot of meat. I was pretty upset...but in the end I'm sure it was my fault. I should have played him longer and next time I will.

The group of guys next to us were killing it. They brought in some big Silvers (all 10 pounds or more) and some big Kings too. One of them landed a 25 pounder. But.....after they left we moved into their spot and saw barbed hooks on the bank where they were tying up all their gear, so we are assuming they were using barbed hooks.

I will be back...don't know if it's gonna happen this season...but if not, I'll be back there for another run. There are big Kings to be had there, and I should have had one...but for now my curse is still alive. I guess it's all a learning experience but it sucks when that learning experience means losing a huge fish.
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Name: DONUTFORME Date: October 05, 2013 Rating:
 
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FISHED THE HUMP FROM OCT. 2 TO THE 5TH. LIMITED EVERYDAY ON KINGS AND SILVERS. FISHED THE UPPER RIVER THE FIRST THREE DAYS, AND THE MIDDLE ON SAT. ON WED THE RIVER WAS HIGH BUT SILVERS WERE EVERY WHERE IN THE BACK WATERS. THURSDAY FOUND SILVERS AGAIN IN THE BACK WATERS AND KINGS ON THE SEAMS. FRIDAY WAS THE MORE OF A KING SHOW, STILL FOUND PLENTY OF SILVERS AT THE HELICOPTER HOLE AND A NICE KING AT LAST CHANCE. FISHED THE MIDDLE ON SAT WITH SILVERS IN ALL OF THE USUAL HOLES AND ONE NICE KING THAT WAS JUST OVER 40 POUNDS. WED/THUR/ WE TWITCHED JIGS. FRI JIGS AND FLOAT BAIT. SAT BAIT DIVERS AND KWIK FISH.
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