Steelhead will test your tackle. These hard fighting sea running rainbow trout will exhilarate you more than any other fresh water fish. With their quickness and agility they can jump five feet and shake like you plugged them into an electrical socket. They can put their head down and swim away from the boat and test any reel drag on the market. The spirit of these fish make them one of the most sought after fresh water fish.

Summer Run Steelhead Fishing

Summer Run Steelhead on the Cowlitz River

The top producer of summer run steelhead is, again, the Cowlitz River. These fish start returning in June through October. They range in size from 7 - 17 pounds. The weather is warm and the fishing is great. Go to our steelhead section to learn more about the steelhead.

Cowlitz River Winter Run Steelhead

Winter Run Steelhead on the Cowlitz River
The Cowlitz River is the number one steelhead river in the state of Washington. It averages the largest numbers of hatchery reared steelhead in the months of November, December, and January. During the latter part of November through mid December you'll find the return of the three-salt winter run steelhead. A three-salt steelhead means they stay in the ocean for three years before they return back to fresh water.
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These fish range in size from 10 - 17 pounds. From mid December through mid January is the time frame in which the two-salt winter run steelhead appear. They live two years in the salt water before returning home to the fresh water. Their average weight is 7 - 10 pounds. Approximately 95% of these winter run steelhead are hatchery fish. For the person who wants to take fish home to the dinner table this is a great fishery. These fish are chrome bright and excellent eating.

Olympic Peninsula Steelhead Fishing

Steelhead Fishing on the Olympic Peninsula
The Hoh, Bogachiel, Sol Duc, Callawa, and Quillayute Rivers offer some of the best native steelhead fishing in the world. Many trophy fish over 20 pounds are landed every season. These fish have the genetic background and endurance for strong runs and fighting abilities that will leave you in awe. Many a fisherman have dreamed of catching this elusive fish.  Copyright The Website Guy & Don Kinsey Fishing


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