Fishing for Winter Steelhead thus far in 2015 has been a great one so far! This is the time of year Columbia River fishing guides focus on the tributaries of the Columbia River to catch the awesome Winter Steelhead that return from the Pacific Ocean. Fishing for Hatchery steelhead was very good on the Cowlitz River in December, as was on other rivers as well. The Winter Steelhead have ran a few pounds larger this year due to the great ocean conditions we have had the past several years. We will get one more shot at the hatchery winter steelhead in early March, and for the past few years March has begun to out produce December and January combined! Not only will we have a lot of hatchery fish returning, we will also have a lot of native fish to return as well! Native steelhead are a sacred creature of the NW, and from what we have seen size wise from the hatchery steelhead, the native steelhead should be exceptionally nice fish. Generally we see one or two fish a day pushing the 15 plus pound class which is a real treat for anyone who likes to catch steelhead! This year I can’t stress enough to potential clients that if you want the best dates for any fishery you might choose, it is important to book early. NOAA has forecasted all fish returns across the board to be excellent this year! Whether it be Spring Kokanee, the world famous Columbia River Spring Chinook, the locally known June hogs (Summer Chinook), the awesome eating feisty Summer Steelhead, or the high paced action of Fall Chinook and Coho Salmon, don’t miss your chance to get out for another fabulous year of fishing!