Posts tagged: steelheading
FISHING — According to unofficial results released Saturday (Nov. 24), a Clarkston man won the $2,000 grand prize at the the annual Kendall Subaru Clearwater Snake Steelhead Derby that's been held Nov. 17-24 based out of Lewiston and Clarkston.
John White of Clarkston caught a 20.07-pound steelhead on Day 2 of the derby to claim the overall winner title. The fish topped a total of 245 steelhead weighed in during the eight-day event.
Bass caught the second-largest overall steelhead — 18.6 pounds — on Day 1 of the derby, then another 18-plus-pounder to win the daily prize for Day 3 and a 14.8-pounder to with the Day 5 daily prize.
Fishing and fishing conditions deteriorated during a week of storms and participation fell off some during the big holiday weekend. The number of fish weighed in steadily declined during the wee with a high of 65 fison on Day one to a low of nine fish on Saturday, the last day.
As I noted in a pre-event story, the derby was extended include the Thanksgiving holiday this year as well as being expanded to include Washington waters.
FISHING — Rain has fouled most of the region's rivers, setting anglers back a bit until the waters clear.
But the fish were there over the weekend before the flows picked up, and there will still be plenty of fish around when flows ease.
Here's a weekend Grande Ronde river drift boat report from angler Jeff Holmes:
15 takedowns for 6 fish Saturday, 5 wild. Another fish, probably a big wild one, fried my drag and broke me off! Pretty good action on 8-pound average fish. Hatchery fish was a nice 8 pounder, too.
Dying spring chinook are VERY. Numerous, much more so than in past. (Washington Fish and Wildlife Department biologists) say there may be a season soon.
Meanwhile, at the Clearwater Snake River Steelhead Derby, only 28 steelhead were caught today, Day 4 of the event that runs through Nov. 24. That's down from 62 on Saturday, the first day of the event, 50 fish weighed on Sunday and 35 fish on Monday.
By the way, angler Robert Bass of Deer Park, continues to be a regular fixture at the top of the daily money winners — as he has for years. He's already weighed-in two steelhead over 18 pounds. Bass is a steelheading stud.
STEELHEAD FISHING — The S-R's Fishing-Hunting Report this week notes that steelhead fishing has been good on the Grande Ronde River this week.
But angler Jeff Holmes puts an exclamation point on that report with these photos and this assessment of his recent driftboat outing, which includes the thrills of seeing bighorn rams along the shores.
A ferocious fight resulted in the eventual netting of this Grande Ronde goliath (I) caught above Boggan's Oasis while backtrolling a metallic blue size 35 Hot Shot trailing a 1/0 Gamakatsu Siwash on double split rings.
With this being such a special fish for the Grande Ronde, stretching a hair over 34 inches and weighing 14 pounds, I thought it only appropriate to have a normal-sized human photographed with this fish, per the previous advice of WDFW's Chris Donley.
Thanks, Teddy Schmitt, for holding this fish for me, and for outfishing me by putting three big hens in the net, including a 28 1/2-incher just moments before this one bit.
In case you don't get his humor, Holmes is a large man. He didn't want to make his huge fish look dinky in comparison by holding it for the photo.
Holmes said Chris Donley, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife inland lakes manager and steelheading expert, said he's seen only one hatchery steelhead larger than this fish come out of the Ronde.
See my column on a new steelhead fishing book that will giving you insight on how to catch more steelhead in the region's rivers.
FISHING — It's time for a women's road trip to Riggins, Idaho, to warm up the town and win cash in the Women with Bait steelhead fishing derby on the Salmon River.
Every guided boatload of ladies gets a “bait boy” to do all the dirty work so the women can concentrate on catching fish.
The event opens Wednesday and runs through March 3.
Contestants get a grab bag of goodies and the chance to win cash or prizes for the most fish, the biggest fish and even the smallest fish during that period.
Contestants also tend to be a hit back home when they serve fresh steelhead for dinner.
The entry fee of $200 per angler includes the cost of the guide, gear, fish handling, boat, food and derby registration.
See the 2012 tournament rules.
STEELHEADING — Steelhead fishing on the Salmon River turned on recently and has been incredible the past week with lots of double digit days, reports Amy Sinclair of Exodus Wilderness Adventures based in Riggins, Idaho.
For the week of Oct. 23-30, she said her boats guided 91 anglers who hooked into 210 steelhead and landed 141.
The longest steelhead was 35 inches.
“Cooler fall nights and beautiful fall days have the current water level at 5,310 cfs and water temperature at 44 degrees,” she said. “The river is clear with amazing visibility and the weather forecast for the week shows a chance of rain this weekend with cooler day and night temperatures throughout the week.”
FLY FISHING – Brian O’Keefe, an Oregon-based outdoor photographer and fly-fishing ace, will present a free program, Northwest Steelheading. Wednesday, 7 p.m., at St. Francis School, 1104 W. Heroy, hosted by the Spokane Fly Fishers.
• O’Keefe will teach a two-hour fishing photography seminar starting at 4 p.m., but class size is limited. Cost: $5.
STEELHEAD FISHING — Learn fly-fishing tactics and techniques for catching steelhead on our region's steelhead waters in the annual two-hour clinic offered by Silver Bow Fly Shop, 210 E Indiana in Spokane Valley.
When: Monday, Sept. 19, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Instructor: Sean Visintainer, shop owner
Cost: $20. Prepay to register and reserve spot.
Contact: (509) 924-9998.
STEELHEAD FISHING — It's not even a trickle yet coming up over Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River — just a couple a day — but this year's steelhead run continues to pick up steam into the Columbia.
Late for sure, but they're coming.
FISHING — On June 5, two steelhead that had run up the Columbia River and into the Snake made their way up and over Lower Granite Dam. They are the harbingers of a good steelhead season that anglers will start targeting this summer.
The steelhead run is beginning to spike over Bonneville Dam, about two weeks later than last year.
STEELHEADING — A few sharp-eyed readers noticed that fish in the photo of the “27.5-pound” steelhead (see two blog posts below this one) I hooked Tuesday in the Okanogan River either didn't look that big or the guy holding the fish, Jerrod Gibbons, must have been about 8 feet tall and 400 pounds.
Sorry, I meant 27.5 INCH-LONG steelhead, not 27.5 inches. The correction has been made in the text.
It's a normal sort of mistake for a fisherman.
I know the length for a fact because a WDFW biologist measured it when we pulled off the river.
Meanwhile, the photo above is of a wild fish — another third bigger than the one photographed a couple of blog posts below this. Gibbons released this beautiful hen without bringing it out of the water.
FISHING — Anglers are still finding good steelhead action on portions of the Snake, Salmon and Clearwater rivers, especially farther upstream.
See the latest steelhead fishing report, just released by Idaho Fish and Game.