Apr 5, 2012

Fishing Report - Columbia River Gorge and Beyond

Report for April 4th 2012

Steelhead rivers are in prime shape.  Still seeing solid numbers of fish moving up the Lower Columbia and Willamette and levels are falling into that coveted, sweet spot. Before the big blowout last week, Steelhead fishing was rather stellar. Anglers should continue to set up on some great memories out there this week. If there was ever a time to ignore those impending chores and life’s trivial duties, that time has arrived. It arrived about 500 CFS ago.

Trout action has been slow to recover on The Deschutes. Levels here are still pumping, but that said, the fish may have adjusted enough to start showing some enthusiasm again. As levels and clarity continue to improve, look for fish getting on hatches of March Browns and Blue Wing Olives during the afternoon. Basic attractor nymphs should draw some attention. Also, keep in mind that fish will be tighter to shore at these river levels. Keep your eyes on the soft water…

Here are some Steelhead shots from the previous week, courtesy of Jeff Hickman and FishTheSwing

A voluptuous bronze hen

And we're off!

Kathryn's first-ever steelhead to hand!

A day brightener

I wonder what that sounds like...


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