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Name: salmonbarry Date: October 18, 2014 Rating:
 
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So work had me ending my day Friday in the Bremerton area and had a float trip planned on the Queets Sunday with a native American guide. So spent the night in McCleary hoping to get an jump start on the weekend and hit some spots Saturday before meeting my friends in Amanda Park later that day.

What I didn't plan on was for the amount of rain that fell overnight over on by Grays Harbor so woke up Saturday morning with not a lot of hope of finding silver in them there rivers! Decided to head straight to the Humptulips and see if I could find a spot that was clear to fish. Got to Stevens creek and it was blown out! The only clear water was right in front of the mouth of the creek and of course that was packed with people~ texted a friend of mine over there to see if he any other idea's and told me he had a spot on his boat and was just about to float by there and I was welcome to jump aboard! Of course I accepted and pretty soon he came down the boat shoot above the hatchery and came over to pick me up. The water was a chocolate milk color and he said had come up to 3700 over night so was going to find some inlets with some clear water where the fish could see.

Found a place called the helicopter hole and got back in and started tossing some jigs at 'em as they were rolling! I was jigging in when WHAM! Felt a tug and pulled back and a beautiful chrome hen came up out of the water and it was fish on!! Made some runs trying her best to tangle around some structure but managed to keep it clear and soon was in the net!

Ended up going 4 for 7 out of that hole with only 1 hatchery hen and had to release the other natives but did had a strange thing happen. The other guy on the got a hit and had a hard time pulling it in and realized it was foul hooked on the dorsal but looked like a cutthroat~ when we checked it while keeping it in the water realized it was a rare Sockeye that wander into the system once in a while! Unhooked it and let it swim away and he said they get about 200 a year that somehow make their way in the river system.

Anyway not a bad day considering the conditions and when we were done was down to 2700 and that boded well for my trip planned Sunday on the Queets! Stopped back down by Stevens and heard the only fish caught were by the guys over on the other side of the creek floating eggs under a bobber.
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Name: mauifisher Date: October 07, 2014 Rating:
 
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This was my first time on the hump and it was recommended by a friend to fish neat the boat launch near ocean beach Rd. I got there around 9 and there were fish rolling everywhere. I thought this is gonna be great. So after throwing corkys and yarn, roe, spinners jigs and whatever else I had in the box I called it quits around 3pm. The fish just weren't interested, probably due to the lack of water movement. Im sure a rain will heat this place up and it should be awesome given how many fish are already holed up in there.
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Name: doubleo6point9 Date: October 05, 2014 Rating:
 
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Took my nephew out on a guided trip with Nate from Nate Treat Fishing. Nate was out the day before and had a pretty good day given the conditions and even landed a 20 lb coho so I was hopeful that we would luck out as well even though the Humptulips was running really low and clear.

Turned out to be a real tough day, even frustrating at times when we could see large schools of fish that were completely lock jawed at everything at we threw at time. We hooked a small native Coho early in the day but that was about it. Finally towards the end of the day Nate brought us to the same hole they landed the 20 pounder in the day before and it was game on. It was literally bite after bite with some huge fish that took us straight into the logs and either broke off, bent our 4/0 hooks or threw the barbless hooks in some fashion or another while we were caught in other lost terminal gear within the hole. Normally I'd say that was pretty frustrating experience but given the day we had earlier this was a blast. We finally landed two nice sized Cohos (~8 and ~10 lbs) and lost probably another 8-10 fish in the hole including a nice King.

Our trip was saved when we got to wrestle some pretty large fish in that hole and while we didn't land them all it still made up for a pretty crappy fishing day early on. Nate did a great job of showing us around and doing his best to put us on some fish in some really tough conditions. Fortunately for us we finally hit the perfect hole in those conditions and had a blast to end the day.
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Name: Stark8 Date: September 30, 2014 Rating:
 
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I went back out there today and ended up with 7 kings and a jack. No silvers. What I was using was your simple 1/2 oz weight with a green, red and black or pink corky. All of those colors worked. There was a guy throwing a pink blue fox spinner #4 and he got 3 kings on that. Free floating eggs were working from another guy. I fished down from the hatchery where the log jam is and the clay bank hole and eggs were hot down at the clay bank hole under a bobber. I have never used spoons on that stretch of river mainly corkies or eggs. The river was low today and didn't have much current so I was using the 1/2 bullet weights but brig some heavier ones as well in case there is more current. If you are bank fishing you really won't use plugs. Ahhh today I did try a buzz bomb and didn't have any luck on that.

Once it rains more the silvers will be in there but I didn't see too much chrome today.
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Name: Stark8 Date: September 27, 2014 Rating:
 
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Got to the river Friday evening and it was blown out from the rain. Fished all day today, I ended up only landing one chrome silver around 645 pm on a green corky with a 3/4 oz weight. Hooked 2 kings and had a steelhead on but couldn't finish the job. Eggs free drifting where I was at below the battle ground was working in the early morning. One guy had two steelhead, so they are still there. Plenty of fish should be coming up this week with the rain. I had a blast and love this river. The road getting to the river with the puddles is getting some major ruts in it, so just stay to the side and you should be able to clear it and be able to drive to the gravel bar.
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Name: tele_maniac Date: September 27, 2014 Rating:
 
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My brother and I met up with friends and fished at the Humptulips on Saturday. Was a gorgeous day on the river. Hoped the rain would bring fresh fish into the system. Had a great time. Went 2/5 for the day. Caught a nice 20 lbs King hen with a little blush floating eggs. One off our friends caught a beautiful dime bright 20 lbs King buck. Threw various spoons and yarn and corkies after that hoping for Coho or a Steelhead. Ended up catching and releasing a second larger King buck that lived to fight another day!
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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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