Fishing Location: Upper Columbia River (Brewster, Wa)

Fishing Times: Oct-March

Steelhead season usually starts in October and runs through March.  We will be fishing on the Columbia River from a 24’ Alumaweld Super Vee Pro and be trolling plugs or casting bobbers and shrimp.  The majority of the fishing takes place from Wells dam to Chief Joseph dam.

Generally in a day of fishing expect somewhere between 5 to 20 take downs. Landing more than 10 steelhead per day is not uncommon.   Daily limits usually are between 2 and 4 fish per person of which only hatchery fish may be kept.

If the Weather gets cold enough the fishing out in front of Wenatchee river can get pretty awesome; if this happens expect quick limits.

Columbia River Fish counts

Chinook Adult 103; Chinook Jack 22; Steelhead 66; Wild Steelhead 9

Chinook Adult 598; Chinook Jack 54; Steelhead 665; Wild Steelhead 335; Shad 16016; Sockeye 1176; Lamprey 279

Chinook Adult 333; Chinook Jack 54; Steelhead 337; Wild Steelhead 151; Sockeye 713; Lamprey 222

Chinook Adult 362; Chinook Jack 54; Steelhead 188; Wild Steelhead 107; Sockeye 1384; Lamprey 169

Chinook Adult 662; Chinook Jack 29; Steelhead 163; Wild Steelhead 96; Shad 50563; Sockeye 2688; Lamprey 31