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NW Steelhead

Man in waders holding a Tillamook Winter Steelhead

Every season brings its twists and turns. The 2021 steelhead season won’t go down as any epic event, but regardless, the month of March has so much to offer for steelheaders. The weather is improving, buds are bursting out, water temps are beginning to warm up, and there are a few fish moving up the rivers. What more could you ask for?

Tillamook is well-known for its multiple rivers which give us more options to choose from depending on conditions on a given day. and who doesn’t like chasing chrome right as the fish enter freshwater? It looks like river levels will hold fairly steady this week, giving us some nice days to get out on the water. We have options for trips in the drift boat or sled (jetboat), depending on conditions and what you prefer. 

Just a short drive from Portland, some of the best steelhead fishing of the year is currently taking place on the Lewis and Cowlitz Rivers. These Washington tributaries provide some nice action for anglers, and each offers a different experience. The Lewis has a larger native population, while the Cowlitz has a large hatchery run. Both offer some beautiful water and bright, feisty fish, and March is prime time to get out.

If you prefer to chase Portland springers, let us know. Some early fish have been caught already, and we’ll shift our attention there at the end of the month as we move into prime spring chinook season in April. In the meantime, bundle up for brisk mornings and let’s chase some chrome.

Let us know if you have any questions or would like to get a trip on the books. We’re always happy to help.