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Winter & Summer Steelhead

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 1 - 3 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination: Washington  
Category: Fishing outfitters
Specialty: Steelhead  
Season: December - October
Min Price: 175 US Dollar (USD) per person
Max Price: 175 US Dollar (USD) per person

In mid-November when the rivers swell from the rains of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula coast, the migration of winter Steelhead begins. The first Steelhead that arrive to our rivers are of hatchery origin. The chrome-bright fish weigh from 5-12 pounds. By Thanksgiving the numbers increase continuing through the Christmas holiday and peak usually by the new year. The daily limit is two hatchery Steelhead per/person. Most of our fishing this time of year is spent on the Bogachiel, Calawah and Hoh rivers. As the new year begins, the infamous native(wild) Steelhead start their migration upstream which makes our world class rivers home.

These beautiful sea-run rainbows are the Tarpon of the west. With their strong will to fight, spin, or dance to break loose for freedom; it’s a challenge for any angler to land one of these Steelhead. Native Steelhead average about 10-15 pounds, with many into the high teens. It’s not uncommon in late January and February to catch a trophy class Steelhead in the 20 pound class, and possibly a monster in the 30 pound class. Every year these magnificent anadronimous creatures are caught. In the winter season, on February 6th 1998, a Westside Guide Service client caught the unofficial state record (34,4 pound) native Steelhead and released him to freedom (see photo). Again on February 12, 2002 a (31 lb.) native Steelhead was caught on 8 lb test line. We promote catch and release on wild Steelhead to ensure the future runs of these pristine water sheds of the Olympic National Park.

March is known as the height of the season and very productive with native Steelhead averaging 13-15 pounds. State regulations permit the taking of one wild Steelhead per year on any river in the state. April is the start of spring on the Olympic Peninsula, and also a great month for numbers right to the end of the season April 31st. Included in this fishery is the occasional showing of spring salmon (springers), also a very explosive fish, averaging 15-35 pounds. Most fishing is performed out of a 16ft. aluminum (heated) drift boat, using terminal tackle, or wade fishing on our fly-fishing trips. All bait and tackle are provided, or feel free to bring your favorite rod and reel, etc. Please bring your own waders if you have them. The summer months are also filled with Steelhead. We fish the Olympic Peninsula and the southwest Kalama, Cowlitz and Lewis rivers.

This summer is expected to have another great season. We can host up to four anglers per boat. Fishing will be performed out of a 20-23 ft. jet-sled on the Cowlitz and Lewis rivers. Drift boating on the Kalama, Hoh rivers. All bait and tackle is provided. A variety of accommodations are available. I recommend the Miller Tree Inn, Sol Duc River Lodge and Brightwater House B&B as the top choices on the peninsula. All have great sack lunches for the trip. Or if you like to motel it, the Forks Motel, Pacific Inn or the Dew Drop Inn will provide you with a comfortable stay, with a local restaurant serving a healthy breakfast and lunch to go. Whether your entertaining a client, bringing a friend, or taking the family on an excursion, I guarantee this is a trip everyone will enjoy. Don’t forget the kids! With my 27 years of experience on these rivers, I will provide a fun and memorable experience of a lifetime.

Notes:
- All trips are secured with a 50% deposit due when booking is finalized.
- Cancellations are 14 days prior to booked date.

Supplier Information
Location: USA
Joined InfoHub: Jul 2006
Client Request Served: 44

Westside Guide Service was founded in 1977 to bring together the finest trophy Steelhead,Salmon and Sturgeon fishing in Washington State. We have the best line up of guides in the business. We offer the best tackle and bait available, along with the latest in boats, technology and knowledge to make your trip a success...

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