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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

December 12, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Some local upper rivers are generating winter steelhead

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Right now is the most opportunistic time to head to one of your favorite upper stretches of river for winter hatchery steelhead.

“I would’ve expected the past few days should have provided some pretty good fishing in the North Fork Stilly (Stillaguamish) as the water flow got down to the 2,000 cfs (cubic feet per second) mark,” said Brett Barkdull, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in La Conner.

“They got a bunch of steelhead at the Whitehorse Hatchery, and a guy would be blowing it if they’re not fishing right now,” Barkdull said. “The Cascade River has also been reasonably good for steelhead, and they’ve got about 30 fish in the fish trap right now.”

“Water flows on Cascade River have been quite fishable, and while the rain falls down here, it is all coming down as snow in the Cascade area,” Barkdull said. “They’re also getting a few steelhead on the North Fork of the Nooksack too.”

Elsewhere, high water levels from heavy rains and marginal conditions have meant most steelhead anglers were still targeting upper river areas like Reiter Ponds on the Skykomish and Tokul Creek on Snoqualmie.

It is also fair for steelhead and a few late coho in Cowlitz. Slow to fair for steelhead in Lewis. On northern coast, it is fair for steelhead in the Bogachiel, and Cook Creek or Salmon River, where a tribal guide is required. For late coho head to the Humptulips.

(Photo courtesy of a Reel Time Trivia winner)

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