Pacific Northwest



Steelhead are typically categorized as being either summer run or winter run fish. This is meant to distinguish between Steelhead that return into fresh water from the ocean in the summer months or winter months. Steelhead are very flexible to given freshwater conditions and there exists a lot of variation in run timing depending on the location. Winter run fish are typically found in rivers […]

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Coho runs in the Pacific Northwest are strongest from the mid-Oregon coast north all the way to northern Alaska. The run timings often overlap with Chinook and early winter steelhead, in many rivers it is common to be able to catch two or three different species in a given day. It is safe to assume that all healthy coastal river systems and many of the […]

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Chinook Salmon

Chinook Salmon are available through Spring chinook runs as early as March and winter chinook into December. For this column, the focus will really be on tributary and non-tidal-based river portions. The bead and twitching jig techniques described are most effective in those areas. Some of the key areas for chinook starting from northern California include the Sacramento, Rogue, Umpqua, Siuslaw, Tillamook Bay Tributaries, Columbia River […]

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