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Tillamook Winter Steelhead

Proud angler with his first steelhead of the season

Tillamook Steelhead

Winter Steelhead fishing in Tillamook provides some incredible days of fishing. The Steelhead are mere miles out of the ocean, and with several rivers to choose from, it’s a great place to fish. This time of year I’m always keeping an eye on the river levels and while we fish in all sorts of conditions, it’s always great to see rivers rise! Rising rivers mean good things are coming and the recent rain cycle that we’ve been on has provided us with plenty of fun. 

We had some huge king tides earlier this month. I’m pretty sure they made the news even beyond the west coast. And while those tides, and the accompanying rains, kept our boats off the rivers, they didn’t keep the fish away. They actually helped give the steelhead an extra boost up into the rivers, and we finally saw our first great push of winter steelhead.

When the river levels dropped after the storm, and the rivers turned that green color anglers wait for after a flood, fishing was on fire! Double-digit days on the Wilson River, with bright fresh fish straight out of the ocean. The majority of fish we caught were bucks, which are usually the first ones to poke their noses into the rivers. That indicates that this is the start of the run, and we should have a lot of fishing days ahead of us. 

We are into a nice rain cycle right now. I know many of you are scratching your heads as you’re considering a hiatus to someplace warm, but rain is a good thing! Rising and falling rivers are great for fishing, and for anyone who has fished in clear conditions for steelhead, you know what I mean. Yes, rivers will go out at times and muddy up, but there will be lots of beautiful green water on the drop. 

We’ll be out on the rivers through March, providing drift fishing experiences and creating memories for our customers. 

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