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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 29, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Anytime now some lucky river angler will score the first winter steelhead

Queets_mh88174The winter steelhead watch is on for anglers who put misery high on the priority list, and the recent rainstorms are a welcome sight.

They are a hardcore group of anglers who are gluttons for punishment and will go to any lengths to find winter steelhead.

While just about every Western Washington river is punched out of shape, and high and turbid or in some cases at flood stage, the hope is that once they drop the first hatchery steelhead will likely make an appearance putting a smile on those who have gone through the pain to catch them.

Most likely it will happen on a northern Olympic Peninsula coast river like the Bogachiel or Calawah or along the beaches off the west side of Whidbey Island at Bush and Lagoon points or Fort Casey.

Usually, the Puget Sound rivers will see the first winter-run fish just after the Thanksgiving feast.

Somewhere like the Skykomish, Tokul Creek, North Fork of the Stillaguamish at Fortson Hole, Snohomish and Skagit are obvious choices.

Some rivers don’t open until Monday, Dec. 1, so anglers should check the regulation pamphlet for specifics.

 

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